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Hey all..

I don't have a part list or anything yet, but what I'm asking for is suggestions. Going to be loading Windows 2003 Server. The office runs software called ACT!, OmniForm, and of course, Microsoft Office.

They are coming from a dual PIII machine .. an IBM server. They are trashing it soon and want me to build something decent but not super expensive. I was about to bust out the C2D and overclock but I had to ask everybody's opion.

What do you guys think? All the parts that are compiled and chosen will be purchased on Sunday.

Help me out, thanks guys.
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Well if it's a server, IMHO RAID 1 is necessary for data security, just in case one drive fails. And you need a good amount of ram, atleast a gig, preferably 2 gigs +.

I'd go with a core2duo or one of the new Xeon's just because they're much better than their AMD counterparts.
    
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Opteron's are better for servers. Dunno why, but over half the server user market can't be wrong, right?
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Athlon 64
Raid supporting motherboard
Raid 1 Sata HDD's
Nice, reliable power supply.
2GB FAST DDR.
2* Gigabit 10/100/1000 cards

EDIT:

Servers are all about I/O Input and output.

you want a computer that can acknowledge the request for whatever it needs, get it, and send it as fast as possible.
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I'm looking to spend from $700 to about $900
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buy my 771 Xeons!
    
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post #8 of 13
Opteron ~$200

very nice motherboard ~$100

4x160gb WD SATA drives in RAID $210

1GB Ballistix $120 (may be able to get cheapo ram for $40-$60 for a gig)

And some other stuffs
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post #9 of 13
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Snerp View Post
buy my 771 Xeons!
Well I decided to purchase these as they seem like an excellent deal. Now I was wondering what you all think for the rest since I got the juice. What kind of hard drives and how many - remember, they really don't have A LOT of data.. it's mostly documents off of a program called Omni filler. Not like they're saving videos n stuff.

So I need:

HDs
Case (don't know if Snerp's mobo is rack mount or ATX)
CD drive...
what else? PSU..

I don't know what kind of mobo Snerp has. I am wondering if it has onboard video or what... he said no drivers in his for sale post but he still hasn't gotten back to me (it's very early in the morning).

I just don't know


edit; was looking at some HDs

4 of these (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822144102) versus 4 of these (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822144173)

Which hard drives should I get? I'm not even sure if I should do raid0+1 ...
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Quote:
Originally Posted by KoSoVaR View Post
Well I decided to purchase these as they seem like an excellent deal. Now I was wondering what you all think for the rest since I got the juice. What kind of hard drives and how many - remember, they really don't have A LOT of data.. it's mostly documents off of a program called Omni filler. Not like they're saving videos n stuff.

So I need:

HDs
Case (don't know if Snerp's mobo is rack mount or ATX)
CD drive...
what else? PSU..

I don't know what kind of mobo Snerp has. I am wondering if it has onboard video or what... he said no drivers in his for sale post but he still hasn't gotten back to me (it's very early in the morning).

I just don't know
I am pretty sure the VGA drivers is enough for servers.
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