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So a friend of mine asked me to build him a server for a voice call center, the specs are below:
AMD Phenom II x6 1075T
AsRock 790gx
2x2 excelram DDR3 1600 (cant remember the timing,cant look them up atm)
2x 500gb samsung f3 For RAID
Gigabyte luxo m1000
Corsair 430w psu
No HSF , since i wont oc it , and im on a limited budget of 500$. Do you think everything looks fine? Do you think it'll handle it?
Also he wants to run Linux, so the main question is do i need to run it in RAID software of hardware mode? Also how hard is it to set use either one ,pros/cons please.
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...as far as what I've seen usually servers have two main bottlenecks: RAM and HDDs. On one hand if the server is likely to do many parallel tasks it is likely to work better with high amounts or RAM & a lower end CPU, while if the server is made for a few heavier tasks it would more CPU limited.

Linux+Raid - dunno much. As far as I've read some distros support motherboard RAID, like Ubuntu Server. You'll need to see if it's the case for what you're using. Software RAID is also a good option on RAID1, but there could be caveats (like the second software-generated mirror, although it has all data to not be bootable).

As I've said, if the server is likely to see many small independent tasks I would go with a 1055 x6 and 8GB of RAM (or even Athlon II & 16GB). For a webserver/network media server I'd always pick the lower end CPU and more RAM. An SSD as OS drive could also work wonders if the budget allows (if the x6 isn't mandatory).
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post #3 of 18
Which particular ASRock board is this? I recommend staying far away from low end ASRock boards if using with a 125W x6. If this is supposed to be a near-100% load all the time server, I won't be surprised if it fails really early. Get something else definitely if you can find one, or downgrade to a 95W processor of sorts.
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I'm interested in this as well. I just recently built a server for a (VERY) small family business, and was wondering if the x6 1055t I put it in is overkill. I'm wondering if I should have just put a 955 in it...Not to thread hijack (this might be useful for the OP), but what might perform better in a server environment: x4 or x6?
    
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/offtopic: the X6 will always be better, but sometimes they're just not needed. Test have shown that for example webserver workloads are heavily bottlenecked by the disk subsystem (HDD IOPS), streaming by RAM... You could check if the X6 was called for by looking at a log of CPU usage on a certain period.
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post #6 of 18
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Its the 790gx pro model, look it up on the site. I dont know if it will be under load all the time(doubt it ) since it's my first project like this. And he also wanted to host an email server on this machine.
He requested to install Linux Debian, any tips and tricks related to this OS? Is it any good for servers? (im no that familiar with linux)
Also i decided to go with a x6 because it was withing my budget , and i know he wont be upgrading it any time soon.
Edited by Akisame - 3/25/11 at 7:32am
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post #7 of 18
if its a voice call center personally i'd go with more hard drive space so calls can be recorded (where i work im in process of testing and sorting out the file storage for our call centre so we can start recording all calls)

What is the server going to be doing exactly?
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Originally Posted by Norse View Post
What is the server going to be doing exactly?

Exactly.


Everyone needs to realize that servers are designed for specific task(s). If you do not define the requirements or usage, then no one will be able to give you good advice on components.

Also, this thread should be moved to "Servers".
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How big is the center? What is the software? Are the calls via VOIP, or some kind of other configuration?
    
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Originally Posted by trueg50 View Post
How big is the center? What is the software? Are the calls via VOIP, or some kind of other configuration?
You missed 'what exactly will this server be doing anyway?' off the question list.

As Duckie mentioned, without LOTS more detail nobody can give any recommendations. 'Ideal' server hardware ranges from a lowly Athlon II X2 all the way up to 48-core Opteron beasts - and without more detail it's impossible to say which is appropriate here.
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