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Im currently setting up my old desktop as my new home server and had a few questions that im sure the ocn community would be able to answer for me.

First ill list specs just in case they might be needed as well as what the server will be used for followed by the questions I have.

abit fataility an9 32x mobo
amd athlon x2 @ 2.4
8 Gb ddr2 800
7950gt gpu (just for monitor support, no onboard)
generic 400W psu


I plan on using the server to do a few things including

Hosting a small personal website.
A css/l4d gameserver on occasion ( testing maps with friends )
A small ventrilo server
Ftp for sharing files with friends when working on joined projects.
Also media storage of mp3s, video, and application file backups.

My questions.

What os would you reccomend?

(I am stuck between ubuntu, or some version of windows. Not alot of linux experience yet but I want to learn it better.)

If I were to go with linux, what file system do i format the boot drive with as well as the other storage drives?

( I plan on storing files that would mostly be used in windows and am unsure about what to do.)

I see a lot of people running windows server but I have never used any version and am unsure of its cost, ease of use, and if it would be overkill for my application.

Thats all for now and thanks for any replys and assistance in advance.
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post #2 of 9
Ubuntu sounds nice.
Also keep in mind that the free Ventrilo license only supports 8 clients.

If you have a bunch of hard drives to make this a file server you can also use mdadm for software RAID.
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Thanks for the reply

Im aware of the 8 client max on the vent server, Its more than enough for the 3-4 people max that would ever really be on at once.

And when it comes to formatting all other drives than the one the os is on what would be the best format to use?
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ext3 probably has the most utilities.
If you need something speedy for smaller files you might want to consider reiserFS.
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post #5 of 9
If it is for home use. It would be more enjoyable (tolerable) if you dropped the high powered graphics card and got some cheap pci graphics card. It'll use less power, spit out less heat and not sound like a jet engine all the time.
post #6 of 9
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This is the lowest end gpu I have, Its rather quiet and low heat really. I think the main heat source in my rig is that blazing hot athlon.



Other than that i have a 8800 GTS OC im not using, the 7950 to me at least seems the best choice without spending more money.
Edited by Tw34k - 1/26/11 at 10:53am
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post #7 of 9
unless you intend to fold on your GPU(s), sell them and buy a cheap crapy (and old) PCI graphics card from eBay for a dollar or two. There's no point in putting a gaming card in a server - you're just wasting money and adding heat & noise to the system for no benefit.

And those cards will likely draw as much power at idle as your Athlon can at full load.
post #8 of 9
the athlon x2 6000 that i just replaced with my sig never ran "hot"

I used a zalman cnps 9500 am2 cpu cooler - so nothing very magical.

I would make sure the heatsink is seated properly before leaving this on 24x7 as well.
post #9 of 9
Just take the video card out after you're done loading your OS. You can remote admin from there on.
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