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looking to build a server for home use, as a NAS and a FTP server. Ive been trying to decide weather to build a low end server or use an old PC to run windows 2000 server, Linux ____ server. I dont really have any exp with the hardware side of servers whats the difference? I overclock like a madman and all of my systems can run orthos 24hours. Im not hosting a web site do i really need ECC? what other differences are there?
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Servers are typically made of higher grade components, suitable for 24x7x365 operation. They go through more rigorous testing for compatibility with specific components. Most times they support significantly more memory than their desktop counterparts.

If this is just going to be for home use, you don't need server-grade hardware. For a home NAS and FTP server, standard PC hardware is all you need.
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definately...

mostly real servers have redundant PSUs built in, hardware RAID controllers (SCSI/SAS) and use ECC memory...

Someone may be able to correct me, ECC stands for Error Check and Correction? which is used for servers that are on 24x7x365. Some exotic particules ejected from the sun can actually pass through a lot of solid matter as they are so small. if one of these particules passes through some RAM it can corrupt the data...that is where ECC comes in...

So, its not nesseary for a home server, even if it is on all the time..

i have a file server at home, it just runs with a A64 3500, DFI motherboard, 1GB DDR-400 RAM, Corsair 450W psu, no graphics and ~6 HDDs.
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Originally Posted by Pantonious View Post
definately...

mostly real servers have redundant PSUs built in, hardware RAID controllers (SCSI/SAS) and use ECC memory...

Someone may be able to correct me, ECC stands for Error Check and Correction? which is used for servers that are on 24x7x365. Some exotic particules ejected from the sun can actually pass through a lot of solid matter as they are so small. if one of these particules passes through some RAM it can corrupt the data...that is where ECC comes in...

So, its not nesseary for a home server, even if it is on all the time..

i have a file server at home, it just runs with a A64 3500, DFI motherboard, 1GB DDR-400 RAM, Corsair 450W psu, no graphics and ~6 HDDs.
It stands for Error Correcting Code.
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post #5 of 6
A server is just a computer that does a dedicated task for other. Enterprise servers level servers have vigorous testing, designed for 24/7 operation, redundancy, and long term replacement parts. Most home users don't need all these features since they are not running a mission critical task. If your server goes down, do you lose millions of dollars?
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Plus, a server is going to be more expensive. I would go with a desktop.
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