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Upgrade E6750 Server to Dual Xeon E5450?

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So I know they are old but my minecraft server seems to be struggling as of late. We have up to 10 people playing at a time. I also host TS3 server on this tower.

I have an Intel DG33BU, C2D E6750, 6gb of ram, 7200rpm hdd.

I am currently running the minecraft server on a 2gb ramdisk and I keep getting the “did the system time change, Cant keep up” message. Looking at the cpu usage its usually around 80-90% so I’m pretty sure it can’t keep up on the ramdisk.

So the current motherboard I have can support a X3360 and I have found a few on ebay for $70-80. I almost bought one when I decided to look locally and found a server for sale.

The server specs are Intel S5000PSL, 2x E5450 processors, 4gb or memory, and 2 hdd’s in Raid 0, plug and play ready to go.

I know the processors are better but. I know next to nothing when it comes to server related boards and processors and all that great stuff. It comes with Windows Server 2003 R2. I wonder if it could be upgraded to win7? Or would that be a downgrade.

Can anyone educate me on server hardware, or at least help me understand? Is there anything special about them?redface.gif

When running the MC server on my main PC It can handle the 10 people no problem so I know its not the net.
Edited by Max78 - 4/4/14 at 2:38pm
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the E5450s will handle pretty much anything better than that C2D. The core count won't matter as much but the bump in clock speed and cache will help. Personally I would run any flavor of linux on the box; Linux Mint offers a nice set of features and the UI is nice. However Win 7 would work just as well. I would not bother with Server 03 for what you are using it for. The other thing that could help tremendously would be running off of an SSD.

But more than anything, I'd say you need MORE RAM. Minecraft is primarily RAM and IO intensive. Be aware that the memory used on those boards is different than regular DDR2, You'll need FB-DIMMS and those my cost a pretty penny on Ebay. How much are you looking to buy the dual E5450 setup for?
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So far i have talked him down to $75, it comes plug and play ready to go. I will probably install win7 & SSD from on old laptop.

I did not know about the ram so I downloaded the tested ram list. I found a few listings that seemed to be an ok price. 4gb for $20 obo, or 8gb for $50.

Looking at the supported OS win7 is not on the list, yet they seem to have raid drivers for win7. Do you think I will run into any compatibility or stability issues?
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Windows 7 should be fine, as I imagine that Server 2008 R2 is supported. I've always used my similar system with Linux OSes so I can't say with absolute certainty. I've maxed out my system at 16 GB and I think I did it for around $100 a year ago
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Cool, Thanks for the help!

I guess I will go ahead and get it and see how it works out.
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