I've never built a machine from scratch and am preparing to do so. I have a few small clients that are serviced off a very old PC setup as a webserver; I'd like to move them over to a faster machine which will double as my HTPC -- tivo, DVDs, etc.
I don't need bleeding edge, but I think I can accomplish this with a solid dualcore proc like the opteron 165. I'm really not interested in anything that would destabilize it, so while oc'ing is not out of the question, it's not a real concern. Maybe oc the opteron to 2.2 tops. Leaving it at 1.8 would probably be just fine.
What suggestions can you give me on everything: board, memory, HDTV tuner + regular tuner, video card, etc.
I have not set a budget but would like to keep it low while getting at least fairly decent components.
If that's all it would be doing, then that's fine.
For the webserver, I currently run my site on a P3 933 with 128mb ram. If all it's going to be is a light-medium use, you shouldn't need much more than that. In fact, you're not going to notice any difference I used to have my server on my X2 and it's just as fast on the P3 now as it was on the X2. I picked my server up for CAD$60.
That way, the server is separate from the HTPC, and there's less chance of a lockup when dealing with complex software.
That's an interesting combo for a single machine. Why don't you dev on the new machine you want, and just copy it all to the web server? I've got a pentium 333 with 256 and it runs 4 sites, 2 forums, a seperate java web server with a few small apps, and it never has problems. Oh and a chat server.
I run my site from home off of my home connection. It pretty much maxes out at 80kb/s up. Check it out, the link is in my sig. It runs off of a P3 933 and a simple 80gb IDE drive(overkill) but it could just as easily be run off of something much less powerful.
i mean for you webserver do you limit the connect for everyone say a max of 10 kb/s each or is it open?
Just i dont know which way i would go about it for mine cos of low speed connection. I heared that if you dont cap it and someone with a fast connection downloads they can own the priority over everyone elses speed, havent tested it yet thoug