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I build custom PC's as a side job, and a client of mine is going to need me to build a server in the near future.

I am aware that servers require different hardware and software than cut-and-dry PC's... but where can I gather all of this info?

I do not need you to explain everything to me here, links of useful sites will do.

Thanks OCN
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I would be looking for a prebuilt system on their behalf.
Though prebuild systems intially cost more, in the end it would be cheaper and easier.

Prebuilt systems come with support and warranties, if you build it yourself you'll be supporting it when something goes wrong.

Look into Dell, IBM's etc. They all have pre-built systems that have already been tested.
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post #3 of 8
You got to let us know what this will be for and what type applications they are planning to run (file sharing, directory services, web hosting, etc).

I would also suggest going with pre-built servers unless if you are planning on being their personal IT tech.
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post #4 of 8
Prebuilt all the way. Guaranteed compatibility, great support. Which is pretty much what makes up 'server construction' - many lower end servers even from OEMs are made from pretty much standard desktop components, but its the testing and support that sets them apart from their desktop counterparts.
post #5 of 8
I always recommend the 100 series of HP Proliant servers, they are very cheap to buy:

http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/us/en...6-3328424.html
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post #6 of 8
Yup, if it is for a business, then definitely order a pre-built server.

HP, Lenovo, and Dell make some great servers, though personally I prefer Dell due to their customization options.
    
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post #7 of 8
+1 go prebuilt its guarenteed and will come with support, coming from somone who works in a server farm believe me having that in the background is priceless unless you intend to provide the support
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Originally Posted by the_beast View Post
Prebuilt all the way. Guaranteed compatibility, great support. Which is pretty much what makes up 'server construction' - many lower end servers even from OEMs are made from pretty much standard desktop components, but its the testing and support that sets them apart from their desktop counterparts.
That, and ECC REG RAM.
    
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