James Walker

James Walker

Web Developer

My new dev server

Published on Sunday September 10 2017 at 10:43 in General posts

Last week, I completed my new workspace, encompassing a reworked physical environment, new PC and my first dedicated dev server. In this post, I detail the latter and what it's being used for.

For the past several months, I've been using a Raspberry Pi 3 as my development server. While this setup has been functional, I've been seeking a more performant solution now I'm transitioning to full-time work on my primary projects. In tandem with my new workspace, I've built my dev server to take over the responsibilities of the Pi, with room to scale for the future.

Without further ado, here's the full parts list:

I had originally intended to use a Pentium G4560, but since it's still out of stock *everywhere* in the UK I decided to spend £20 more for the few extra MHz, and immediate delivery, of the 4600. I tried to keep the overall costs as low as possible, hence why I'm using the slightly inefficient CX500M from my old PC. I have spent cash in a few areas that could have been omitted though, such as the non-stock fans.

As a quick note on the case, I found the SG11B slightly difficult to work in initially, having never previously built in a case this small. The finished result is very good though: I'd definitely recommend this case to anyone looking for a dev server/media centre/tiny gaming rig. It has space for 9x 2.5-inch drives too, so I've got a lot of room for expansion there! It can also house the majority of graphics cards, although that's not applicable to me.

On to what I'm using the server for...

This list is likely to grow over time. So far, I've been very impressed by the system's performance. It's fast (obviously massive improvement over the Pi), quiet, cool and power efficient. A very successful build, and I'd recommend this parts list to anyone else looking for a low-cost, high-performance dev server for web projects.