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Hey, I'm planning to split a nice server with some friends that will be colocated at a datacenter. Anyway, we plan to host some game servers as well as an FTP server and more. I've never built a 1U server before so I just have a few questions.

1) can i use a desktop mobo inside a 1U enclosure?
2) generally speaking, can you overclock a processor if its inside a 1U case (heat issues). i want to get a Quad running at 3ghz or so, minimum.
3) if the data the server will be handling doesn't need to be error-free, i can just use standard DDR2 (instead of ECC enabled) right?
4) what kind of power supplies do 1U servers generally use?
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1. You can, but server mobos are designed for cable management and a lower profile among the other obvious features, you may have trouble fitting a HS with a desktop board.

2. From my experience, no. However if optimized for a server environment (maybe had a fan pointed at it, maybe, but not advisable)

3. Yes. A server is just another computer. Nothing really special...However there is a reason servers run ECC, but for a game server, meh.

4. 1U Power supplies. They are small, and run incredibly hot. They are usually redundant, so if one fails the other can take the load.
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1) should be able to.
2) i wouldn't recommend it. IMO unless its stable for 6-9 months+ its not server stable.
3) wouldn't see the point unless its mission critical data.. (to use ecc that is) besides its expensive compared to ddr2 last check..
4) MXjunk127 didn't mention 1U power supplies are also probably expensive.


also, i would say don't overclock at all. get the best stock speeds you can ram/cpu as well. mutli disks is great. 10k rpm for OS and any databases. a 7200 or two in raid1 for files. like game maps and images/backups

as well.. Centos is your friend so is a linux guru to secure and setup the system initially.. but Centos might be difficult with certain games unfortunately.. in that case, get extra ram. and use vmware or something. (my VDS "virtual dedicated server" runs Xen, but the paid version) might be worth looking at the free version.
    
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3) Intel server CPUs (Xeons) require ECC RAM. Not sure about AMD CPUs. Of course you can solve this by just using a desktop quad core, but yeah...

In any case I would not buy a server. Rent a dedicated server. You might get bored of it a month later, and buying one is very, very expensive.

If you rent, you can just get rid of it whenever you want. If you buy, you'll have to try and sell it later.


...and if after that, you STILL want to buy a server (which, again, I think you'll probably regret), you should buy a prebuilt. Unlike desktops, building a server is not worth the hassle. It might even cost more, because the parts that fit together are very expensive.
Edited by Coma - 2/21/09 at 8:57am
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3) Intel server CPUs (Xeons) require ECC RAM. Not sure about AMD CPUs. Of course you can solve this by just using a desktop quad core, but yeah...

In any case I would not buy a server. Rent a dedicated server. You might get bored of it a month later, and buying one is very, very expensive.

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...and if after that, you STILL want to buy a server (which, again, I think you'll probably regret), you should buy a prebuilt. Unlike desktops, building a server is not worth the hassle. It might even cost more, because the parts that fit together are very expensive.
This is for a server farm i'm starting I actually decided to go with 2U since it's easier to build and has better cooling xD

With volumedrive, i'm getting 100mbps line with 3300GB of transfer a month for $60
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Xeons DO NOT require ECC!

I have a few and I dont run ECC!

You need to run Xeons, the thermal spec on them is a godsend!

2U's are my choice too, but just know they require a different power supply too...Let me know what heatsink you go with and if you like it...

What kind of farm? Your putting it in a datacenter so a farm sounds expensive. You paying by the U?
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Xeons DO NOT require ECC!

I have a few and I dont run ECC!

You need to run Xeons, the thermal spec on them is a godsend!

2U's are my choice too, but just know they require a different power supply too...Let me know what heatsink you go with and if you like it...

What kind of farm? Your putting it in a datacenter so a farm sounds expensive. You paying by the U?
For now, I will be paying by the U because I need all the bandwidth i can get - however, 1U and 2U costs the same so i figured i'd go with 2U.
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