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I am looking to build a small home server. I plan on using this server as a backup for all of my data. I plan on setting up some RAID Arrays to protect the data and all that. Going to be using it as a safe source for all the data between my 2 laptops, desktop computer, and Xbox 360. Since this is more less going to be a storage facility and the occasional media center, I will more than likely also use it to fold. Might as well right...

At any rate...The last server CPU that I had was in my old Socket 939, It was an Opty 170...(those were the glory days for AMD...haha) With all of the new Xeon and Opty CPU's out, I am really not sure which way to go. Is what is throwing me off is that AMD had 16 core CPU's for $550-$900 bucks. Intel has their Xeon CPU's which are 8 core well above $1000. As you can see I have a 990x in my main rig, therefore I am not above dropping a grand on a cpu if it is warranted...

How do these 16 core AMD Opty's in comparison to the 8 core Xeons for half the price?

How do these 16 core AMD Opty's fold compared to the 8 core Xeons?

Are the Xeon's hyperthreaded?

In theory, with a dual socket mobo, could have 32 cores with AMD for the price of a 8 core Xeon. The price just seems almost to good to be true though.

Is it better to just go with a standard desktop build...I am not to concerned about the money. I want to actually know performance comparisons.

Thanks in advance for the help...
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Depends on your thoughts on folding. A home fileserver/storage machine doesnt need a thousand dollar processor. Most peoples main rig is more than enough power. Getting the most out of folding, the old gen opterons beat the xeons in performance/price.
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Depends on your thoughts on folding. A home fileserver/storage machine doesnt need a thousand dollar processor. Most peoples main rig is more than enough power. Getting the most out of folding, the old gen opterons beat the xeons in performance/price.

Yeah I really like folding...That was one of the main reasons I ended up going with the 990x...That way I had plenty of CPU power, for gaming, folding, and video editing...

I would really like to be able to utilize the server as a folding system when its not streaming something for my viewing pleasure.
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Just for casual folding as a secondary feature of the server, you can just use an i7. It won't get you server sized points, but that is what a lot of people fold with.

If you really want to get bigger numbers, you can check out http://www.overclock.net/t/1212613/guide-building-a-2p-4p-from-start-to-finish-along-with-ppd-benchmarks-gallery

That will get you more points. You can almost build a full 2 processor server system for the price of just one Xeon processor and it will put up better numbers.
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So ur saying if i decide to build a server grade server to go the amd route...mainly because of price/performance ratio...
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Yes, if you decide to go that route go with the old gen (Magny Cours, not Interlagos) Opterons. Especially if you plan on overclocking them some as the new gen eats up a lot of power. I have seen some of the Magny Cours processors on Ebay for as little as 125$ sold by reputable dealers.
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