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I found this, an HP ProLiant BL460c 5160. It's expandable to 64bg of ram with an 80watt cpu.
http://www.ihaveit.com/p-77927-hp-416656-b21-used.aspx

Basically I'm looking for something that can host 10-50 websites using all the goodies, I'll be using a guide to set everything up: http://arstechnica.com/series/web-served/
It will be a Ubuntu Server.

I was wondering what the best bet would be? I can learn about anything I need to but my budget is limited.
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Originally Posted by hang10sk8r View Post

I found this, an HP ProLiant BL460c 5160. It's expandable to 64bg of ram with an 80watt cpu.
http://www.ihaveit.com/p-77927-hp-416656-b21-used.aspx

Basically I'm looking for something that can host 10-50 websites using all the goodies, I'll be using a guide to set everything up: http://arstechnica.com/series/web-served/
It will be a Ubuntu Server.

I was wondering what the best bet would be? I can learn about anything I need to but my budget is limited.

The server you linked is not a standalone server, but actually a blade. You would need the chassis to use that blade server, and the chassis is going to chug power. Also, just because the CPU has a TDP of 80W does not mean it only uses 80W, that's not how that works.

Also, your second link is not to a guide for something.

What are these websites going to be? Are they going to be using some sort of CMS platform (WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, etc) or what? Are you building these websites or just providing shared hosting for customers? What kind of web server do you plan to use (Apache, NginX, etc) and are you using any sort of caching proxy (Varnish, etc)? Are you planning to do any virtualization (bare-metal, para/kernel, etc)?

Some insight into what you plan to do would definitely help.
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If you're only running sites, you could find a cheap shared hosting site. Most will let you have as many domains registered to your user as you want. Or do what I did, VPS. I have 80 GB storage, 2 T transfer per month, 2 GB ram, 2 static IP addresses, and pretty much any linux OS I want. Unless you're hosting huge content sites, you should be able to run them off of this. Or something similar.
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The link was a page of a series of guides for setting up a webserver. It would be Nginx, and will run everything from a wiki to forum. Node.js, Redis, and memcache will be used. With PHP-FPM and MariaDB(SQL). SSL as well.

I would like for it to be expandable to go into hosting others sites. Also I might run 2-3 small VMs if need be. For instance a 5 player Minecraft server with MineOS.
So the cpu socket should be somewhat future proofed and the memory very expandable.

I'm pretty adept at overclocking so I would be comfortable doing that to boost the performance of a leaner cpu.
Edited by hang10sk8r - 8/29/13 at 4:39pm
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@OP

A hosting server is a dependency, so overclocking is out of the question. Additionally, assuming you intended to buy a physical server, where did you intend hosting it?
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@OP

A hosting server is a dependency, so overclocking is out of the question. Additionally, assuming you intended to buy a physical server, where did you intend hosting it?

This exactly.

Do you have collocation space in a local data center to host the server you intend to buy? No-one in their right mind would want something hosted from someones house.

Get yourself a used dell poweredge or HP proliant. The Dell C1100's are really good value at the moment.
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I decided to go with a Proliant SE1101 - 16gb

The cpus seem to be the best value for the price range, 140 for it without HDDs.
I Intend to learn on it within my home network, not live unless for small things like perhaps seeding a file. Once I'm comfortable with using it and all the programs I'll move on to the next phase. Plus I like to work on hardware so this lets me explore a server.
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