APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: About 2 weeks, current server is dead and school starts september 7th so it will be soon
BUDGET RANGE: As low as you can go for good performance, its for a college activities board with a limited budget so under 400 would be good
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Web server, it hosts PHP, HTML, and a MySQL database, reliability is of the utmost importance, a RAID 5 setup would be appreciated if possible.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: The dead one was an old dell, so nothing is being reused, however we only need the tower, no optical drive, i will rip that from the dead hulk.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg
PARTS PREFERENCES: IGP to keep costs down, if someone can suggest a prebuilt that would work too that will work
OVERCLOCKING: No, stability is paramount SLI OR CROSSFIRE: onboard graphics likely so i doubt it
MONITOR RESOLUTION: Its a server, so it doesnt really matter
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Im not up to date with what i would need for a server, so anyone who can help please do
Are you using the monitor from the old system? This is a basic system that would work, but adding another two hard drives for RAID 5 would put it considerably over budget, unless you don't need the OS.
since I know squat about servers , but assume that multithreading at pretty low power levels is a good idea
then something based on an intel Q8200 + G31 or G41 board
or phenom X4 810
or to save even more and fit the budget an x3 710 for $99
some ddr2 ram for cost reasons
a decent sub 400 watt psu
and the raid array
but I think you will have problems with your budget if you want a RAID 5 array
Its going to be running fedora due to the PHP server requirement, and im just going to use one of the other monitors we have around whenever it needs adjustment. Will the regor be able to handle a fair amount of web traffic? Its a large school and we get large volumes of traffic at times.
You guys dont have to fit the RAID array in the budget, but i would prefer to have a RAID 5 capable south bridge incase there are any out there that arent.
You could take out the OS in my build, add another two WD3200AAKS drives for a RAID 5 setup, and put in a Phenom II X3 710. That would put you just over the $400 budget.
I haven't played with Fedora for a couple years, but from what I've read it seems like the Linux ATI drivers are much better now. It should work fine, but hopefully someone with direct experience will confirm this.
Well keep in mind this server wont have a monitor permanently attached to it, it will only have a display when something goes awry, most of the time it will be remotely accessed anyway, so it doesnt really matter how crappy the IGP driver support is as long as it can show the desktop and run reliably. So if an opteron really isnt going to get much of a benefit over a low end phenom this falls back into desktop part picking land, thats something i can work with!