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So I have an LLC and I need to build a server for the company. I really don't know how big and bad of a machine I need.

Basically, I am creating a web site that my company and some outside local partners can use to distribute information. Max would get 1000 hits a day. Wouldn't involve to much media, just contact information. Would an AMD E350 build be enough? Or do I need something with a little more power?

I only need about 2TB of space, but I need all the information secure, so was thinking of building an array. Is there a decent on board controller yet? Those $500+ are a real turn off. I can't see it improving the performance that much.

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So I have an LLC and I need to build a server for the company. I really don't know how big and bad of a machine I need.

Basically, I am creating a web site that my company and some outside local partners can use to distribute information. Max would get 1000 hits a day. Wouldn't involve to much media, just contact information. Would an AMD E350 build be enough? Or do I need something with a little more power?

I only need about 2TB of space, but I need all the information secure, so was thinking of building an array. Is there a decent on board controller yet? Those $500+ are a real turn off. I can't see it improving the performance that much.

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What's your budget? Is all the info gonna be on an actual website or just an FTP server? And I don't think you need RAID for something like this, just a backup somewhere (preferably off-site). RAID 1 only protects from drive failures, but with a backup you can simply access the files on the backup drive.
     
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What about the rest of the network? You need DC's, DHCP servers, file servers?

Web stuff is incredibly easy and can be handled via just about any modern Dell Poweredge system, just try and get one with 3 hard drives so you can have some redundancy.
    
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I really don't want to spend anything over $1k. The cheaper the better. And it will be an actual web site. There won't be an actual network, it will all be web based.
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I really don't want to spend anything over $1k. The cheaper the better. And it will be an actual web site. There won't be an actual network, it will all be web based.
Requirements are still pretty low then. I should have asked this before, but where will the data be stored? Is it just a web front end and all the data stored in a SQL DB? or is there a seperate server for it?

You should go here and check out either the T310 or T 410. Give it 3 or more drives so you can use RAID 5 to provide some redundancy. You should have plenty of money left over to either get an external hard drive for the backups, or a T110 with several hard drives, and use that as your file/backup server.
    
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I want the data to be stored on the same unit. All one complete package.

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Xbyte.com has good prices on pre-built servers from decommissioned data centers. And they give you a warranty. They were great when I ordered my percent 6/I for my home server.

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I want the data to be stored on the same unit. All one complete package.

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T 310 running everything, with a T110 as backup/fileserver would be your best bet then.

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Xbyte.com has good prices on pre-built servers from decommissioned data centers. And they give you a warranty. They were great when I ordered my percent 6/I for my home server.

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While that is great for home users, used items like that shouldn't be purchased by business's. Will they get you replacement parts next-day? Will they have the exact same model part to give you? They won't be able to promise that like Dell or HP can, so it is best avoided for business environments.
    
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I fail to see anything special about those Dell machines. I could build something way faster for the same price. I am much more tech savvy than the average business owner.
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I fail to see anything special about those Dell machines. I could build something way faster for the same price. I am much more tech savvy than the average business owner.
Can you get any replacement part for that server the next day? Can you be 100% sure that in 5 years you can get a brand new and identical part for the server? Can you be 100% sure, without a shadow of a doubt that all of your parts will work? Do you have any idea how many weeks the business would be down while Asus/MSI/Gigabite handles your RMA?

No business except Google builds servers (Google uses custom PCB's and everything). It just doesn't make sense, and is not a very good idea.
    
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