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July 29, 2008 9:27:33 AM

OK im building a new server to replace the old Dual P3 system we got donated to us 2 years ago. We need a machine that's a lot more stable. We have a small budget on the new system, as in the less we need to spend the better.

The main requirements are $1k max and when i mean that less is better. Raid 5 with 3 drives min hot swappable and rack mountable SATA drives because SAS are out of the budget.

This is the Base setup for my first go around

https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/MySavedWishDetail.as...

We have about 50 students and 30 user end P4 workstations.

I haven't looked in to servers to much so i know there are most likely problems or changes that could be made with this build. Any way to bring the price down while keeping it upgradeable to a dual cpu system would be great but not a must and i like the 45nm Intel cpus for the energy efficiency any changes are wellcome fron th CPU to the Case. Just please support your reasoning.

The main os will be Windows 2003 Server

Thank You

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July 29, 2008 10:51:16 AM

maybe even look used online, ya never know.....

LOL@p3, my mb blew up so I am posting this on my dual p3 server right now (proliant DL360) ...hehe.
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July 29, 2008 11:01:09 AM

While a dual cpu setup might be good...if you don't think you are going to add another cpu why not look into this board and save some money...I doubt there is a huge difference as far as stability, you also have more cpu options and ps options.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or try to shave 30 bucks off the case and get this dual cpu board:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

for the 90 bucks you'd spend on 2 gigs server memory, you could get 2 gig sticks x2, plus the board is new in box.

here is a whole system, you have to give up hot swapp but get a faster cpu and 4 gigs memory:
http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...
just a thought :) 
July 29, 2008 11:03:50 AM

I actually am running 2003 on the server now and I can tell you it runs pretty stable as long as direct x (display acceleration) is off, runs great on regular desktop boards too (ran it on a kt600 chipset).

You could prob have a perfectly stable system on this one and save 2 bills to put towards more storage or a cpu upgrade, depending again on future plans for the empty socket.
July 29, 2008 11:54:13 AM

royalcrown said:
While a dual cpu setup might be good...if you don't think you are going to add another cpu why not look into this board and save some money...I doubt there is a huge difference as far as stability, you also have more cpu options and ps options.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or try to shave 30 bucks off the case and get this dual cpu board:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

for the 90 bucks you'd spend on 2 gigs server memory, you could get 2 gig sticks x2, plus the board is new in box.

here is a whole system, you have to give up hot swapp but get a faster cpu and 4 gigs memory:
http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...
just a thought :) 


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