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April 9, 2008 10:39:21 PM

I need to build a server for work that will run W2K, Exchange 2k3, SQL Server, and pretty much any other server side software. It will support approx. 250 people and I have a $3000 limit. So far this is what I was thinking. Any comments would be appriciated.

Intel Xeon 3070
4 GB Kingston RAM
GeForce 8400GS
Case / PSU
400GB HDD x2

Thats about $ I have room to grow.

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April 9, 2008 11:19:59 PM

Why do you even need a GPU for a server? It's a waste of money.

Spend the money on RAM. 4G is not enough for 250 people, especially if you're running SQL Sevrer.

Also you probably want to have a quad core CPU - it depends on how many concurrent users you need to support.

Get 3 HDD for a RAID 5. Or even better, get 4 HDD for a RAID 10. Your DB sill run that much faster.
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April 9, 2008 11:28:22 PM

^ Agreed. Get a low powered 3450/8400GS or even a new VIA, no need for a 9600 in a server. Get a better PSU. I recommend Corsair or PP&C. For your needs a Corsair 450/550VX should be more than enough.