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thinking of building a AMD system over a intel for a server.

im just basically waiting for microcenter to launch a combo deal on the bulldozer and motherboards.

looking at the quad and hex cores right now. 8 core is overkill most likely.

the system will be running and handful of workstations around the world in Linux. but nothing huge.

most likely we'll be going to the quad to save money.

since the 990 boards have 6+ sata 6gb and raid for a lot cheaper price then the z68 boards with only have 2-4 6gb. i would think they're much better value?

i just get the feeling AMD system right now are better "equipped"
should i jump on this? budget is basically 400-600 depending on whats in it.
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Is that budget total, for everything?

Depending on exactly what you want the VMs to do, and what will be hosting them ESX, HyperV?

A lot of people underestimate HDD performance for running VMs as well. The contention for read writes can often be a bottle neck in addition to the usual. Which drives did you have in mind?
     
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i was thinking 1tb F3s in raid 5 config. im not sure what exactly they want to run but seeing their current system..its time for a upgrade.

we cant use SSDs we need to back up over a tb worth of data. that will go way over budget. they just want the tower part no screen or accessories.

would be nice to get it all under $600. but if the extra money justifies i'll throw it on the table too.
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"the system will be running and handful of workstations around the world in Linux. but nothing huge."

What are the requirements exactly?

With servers and specialized build, figure out what is needed first and then build around requirements.
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"the system will be running and handful of workstations around the world in Linux. but nothing huge."

What are the requirements exactly?

With servers and specialized build, figure out what is needed first and then build around requirements.
This.
Though I would recommend Opterons over Bulldozer for pretty much any AMD based Server.
Unless you need something for high performance work.
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mainly we are using it to store work flow. it takes 20mins-40mins to upload a whole test flow onto a workstation from their current server. i just want to cut that time down a little.

but most importantly i can just feel that something in that system will pop soon..so old.
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I misread your original post where it said "will be running a handful of ....." I assumed virtualisations was intended! Re-reading the post I see you mean will be accessed/managed by a handfull of clients.

What is the current server spec? so we can compare specs against current performance.
     
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i would suggest an opteron 4130, and get the dual C32 socket mobo that ASUS makes. throw in 8GB of DDR3-1333 and your drives and call it good.

opteron 4130 ~110
ASUS mobo ~290
ECC RAM ~80
regular RAM ~37


with the dual socket, you'll have a much better upgrade path for the future. it's not much more than with a single socket board though, so I highly recommend spending the extra $70. ex: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813151251
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i would suggest an opteron 4130, and get the dual C32 socket mobo that ASUS makes. throw in 8GB of DDR3-1333 and your drives and call it good.

opteron 4130 ~110
ASUS mobo ~290
ECC RAM ~80
regular RAM ~37


with the dual socket, you'll have a much better upgrade path for the future. it's not much more than with a single socket board though, so I highly recommend spending the extra $70. ex: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813151251
that route is pretty expensive for what we want. its great and all but its not really a server. were not a big company. thanks though.

the current server specs are horrible. its the same since they opened in the 90s. (they replaced hard drives and PSUs countless times everything else runs solid though O.o)

but it manages since they split everything into 3 old computers. they want me to put together a system to replace all 3.

they have a year 2004 xeon server dedicated for a fusion tester and they said it was noticeably faster in load time. i was guessing it had to do something with the gigabit connections and IPOS on the newer hard SATA hard drives.
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