I would like to set up a server that support 70-80 school client in diskless environment. I went through the benchmarking and considering xeon 1230v3 or an i7, with gigabyte z87x-ud3h mobo since I need 8 SATA port. My question is
1) i7 seem to have better price/performance ratio than the xeon. Is it a must to use xeon as server or i7 is good as well?
2) Any significant advantage using xeon vs i7 as server?
3) is it necessary to use ECC Ram in server environment? What will be the downside if non ECC memory is used (gigabyte board doesnt support ecc ram)