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There has been an influx of servers that have been hitting the markets lately from closing businesses or businesses that are updating so I thought it would be a good time to pick up one or two for my home network.

There are quite a few options in the 70-250$ price range, but my main question isnt of hey find me a server, rather about the theory.

Since when visualizing servers you can give each profile X amount of ram and X number of cpu cores (maxing out at what both cpus have. for instance if you have 2x dual core, a single profile can emulate a maximum of 4 cores). With that in mind would I be better off going for faster clocked dual cores or slower clocked quad cores. At any given time no profile will have more than 4 cores so two faster dual cores would seem logical, although if I go for slower quad cores the profiles will be spread over more cores rather than all bunching up on the few available.

So I guess the question is, should I purchase faster dual core processors or slower quad core processors. The clock difference would be at most 1ghz from min to max (example 2ghz quad core vs 2.8-3ghz dual core).

If any of my logic is wrong about visualization please inform me. I'm pretty new to owning physical servers, but I've used and have access to many VPS/Dedicated servers in data centers (with all the visualization work already done)
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I would say get a slower clocked quad-core as performance between multiple CPU's doesn't scale as well as if they were in the same package.
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All depends on the purpose of the server. If you are virtualizing OS on top of the server (Hyper-V, ESX, Xen, KVM, OpenVZ, etc) you want more cores regardless of clock speed (to an extent). If it's going to be a game server for an older game that runs on a single core, higher clock speed.

However, if you want best bang for your buck, go to eBay and grab a Dell C1100. ~$300 for dual quad core hyperthreaded CPUs (16 threads), 24GB RAM, 4 hotswap bays. Can't beat it. For a little more you can get 36GB RAM, or around $450 you can get 72GB of RAM in it. Can't beat it.
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Originally Posted by tycoonbob View Post

All depends on the purpose of the server. If you are virtualizing OS on top of the server (Hyper-V, ESX, Xen, KVM, OpenVZ, etc) you want more cores regardless of clock speed (to an extent). If it's going to be a game server for an older game that runs on a single core, higher clock speed.

However, if you want best bang for your buck, go to eBay and grab a Dell C1100. ~$300 for dual quad core hyperthreaded CPUs (16 threads), 24GB RAM, 4 hotswap bays. Can't beat it. For a little more you can get 36GB RAM, or around $450 you can get 72GB of RAM in it. Can't beat it.

this would be visualizing the OS on top of the server most likely using OpenVZ.

ive been browsing http://stores.ebay.ca/SaveMyServer but i will look into the server you listed. those specs beat anything savemyserver sells for the price. most of their used servers are 4 or 8gb models with few 16.

edit: maybe its because im not logged in but all these servers have insane shipping prices. most of them are fixed at 450$ on top of the 300-400$ for the server itself
Edited by abduct - 7/11/13 at 6:58pm
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this would be visualizing the OS on top of the server most likely using OpenVZ.

ive been browsing http://stores.ebay.ca/SaveMyServer but i will look into the server you listed. those specs beat anything savemyserver sells for the price. most of their used servers are 4 or 8gb models with few 16.

edit: maybe its because im not logged in but all these servers have insane shipping prices. most of them are fixed at 450$ on top of the 300-400$ for the server itself

The ones I see are around $300-400 (depending on RAM) with free shipping. However, that's to the states. It looks like you might be in Canada?
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The ones I see are around $300-400 (depending on RAM) with free shipping. However, that's to the states. It looks like you might be in Canada?

yea i am in canada. do you think creating an account and logging in would change the shipping at all? i find it hard to believe that the would flat rate the shipment at 450$ to everywhere in canada. i always gave money to my friends who use ebay to make purchases for me so im not very experienced with it.
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yea i am in canada. do you think creating an account and logging in would change the shipping at all? i find it hard to believe that the would flat rate the shipment at 450$ to everywhere in canada. i always gave money to my friends who use ebay to make purchases for me so im not very experienced with it.

I doubt it will change, since typically eBay won't show the price of shipping until you log in, if it was based on your location. Hmm, I dunno.
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I doubt it will change, since typically eBay won't show the price of shipping until you log in, if it was based on your location. Hmm, I dunno.

yea im not sure. most of the other guys have 90$ or less on shipping which is reasonable for its weight, but 450$? would almost be worth it to get a friend in the states to order it for free shipping then ill pay him the shipping charges over to me.
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