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How to ask to build a Server

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December 1, 2009 8:04:44 PM

If you are looking to build your own server then you should probably post here than the building section, you can get faster, more experienced replies here
use the following template to format your questions, this way people can give you faster answers

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: (e.g.: this week (the closer the better))

BUDGET RANGE: (e.g.: 600-800) Before / After Rebates and if it is flexible

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: HPC, Number crunching, gaming, storage, rendering, etc.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: (e.g.: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS) **Include Power Supply Make & Model If Re-using**

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: (e.g.: newegg.com, ncix.com -- to show us selection & pricing) COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: (e.g.: Grand Fenwick)

PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type (e.g.: I would like to use an AMD CPU & Biostar mobo with a 24" LCD and full tower case)

OVERCLOCKING: Yes / No / Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes / No / Maybe (mainly for gaming)

MONITOR RESOLUTION: (e.g.: 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1440x900, 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200) (For rendering)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: (e.g.: I would like a quiet PC, runs cool etc.)

Form Factor: Tower, Rack, Mainframe etc.

As you can see it is a slightly modified version of the builds section

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December 1, 2009 8:09:09 PM

Maybe add a section for form factor, as that has a fairly major impact on potential builds (such as tower, rack)?
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December 1, 2009 8:24:49 PM

can the mods make this a sticky?
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December 1, 2009 8:28:46 PM

i don't get what's the difference between a server and a computer is, well i do but aren't servers just for hosting servers or websites or w/e? and not for personal use?
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December 1, 2009 8:38:06 PM

Servers have to be a lot more stable and faster than normal computers

the internet is a collection of servers. If it was a collection of computers it would so slow that looking up a book would be tons faster.

and companies need storage servers and for rendering models, the human genome project would have taken 100+ years on any normal computer

and think about gaming, what if every computer had to host these maps, then you would get FPSs in the negatives

servers are more hardcore, faster and rugged than Desktops and laptops.
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December 1, 2009 8:53:40 PM

Okay, but they're basically the same parts but used for different things?
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December 1, 2009 8:58:58 PM

not exactly same parts, fundamentally yes but extremely more complex depending on what you are doing
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December 1, 2009 9:15:10 PM

Yeah, the parts have the same base but are expected to run 24/7 for a long time. To achieve this they do things like picking higher binned parts to using ECC buffered ram, etc, depending on app. The first thing you will notice in the server market is that the parts cost more.
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December 1, 2009 9:17:09 PM

the emphases would be put on stability and reliability over performance. plus, you would probably not reccomend a 5870 in a server...
so xeon/opteron, high end RAID controllers & NICs, ECC ram, etc.
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December 1, 2009 9:23:07 PM

Not really...

Its the same parts, just more of them, and configured to be much more fault tolerant/redundant.
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December 11, 2009 12:16:15 AM

B-Unit said:
Not really...

Its the same parts, just more of them, and configured to be much more fault tolerant/redundant.


+1 :) .

Reliability is a major consideration for a server.

Can he be depended on for showing up on time, donning his apron and flipping those burgers cleanly & without dropping them on the germ-infested floor? And for not adding ingredients to the "special sauce" bottles in the storeroom? :D .

Oops, sorry - I guess I got Upendra's day job mixed up with this section of THG :whistle: 

/jk
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December 11, 2009 12:20:10 AM

funny.....

i don't work so suck it
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December 11, 2009 12:23:37 AM

can one of the mods make this a sticky?
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December 11, 2009 3:18:28 PM

You may want to take off the OCing option. AFAIK you can't OC on 2P server boards. Anyways you DON'T want to OC a mission critical server.

Imo, this should be combined with the "How To Ask For New Build Advice" thread.
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December 11, 2009 9:33:17 PM

yeah but i mean OCing gaming servers

and sure i will change the title
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December 12, 2009 1:12:22 PM

Upendra09 said:
funny.....

i don't work so suck it



Pretty obvious, at least not not in IT.
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December 13, 2009 12:47:59 AM

yeah since i am 18 and don't have much experience with servers or in depth computers
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December 13, 2009 1:22:24 AM

damn those 4 years flew by.
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December 13, 2009 2:03:36 AM

Yeah, servers/workstations can be really complex to design. When I was planning for a major upgrade at work, it was really hard to match all the criteria, and even harder to watch as contracts/companies blew off many of them. Worked out in the end, I guess.
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December 13, 2009 2:43:54 AM

sorry meant under 18
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