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Which would make the best server cpu?

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a b à CPUs
December 17, 2009 2:19:59 PM

Which would make the best cpu for a server, serving as Server 2008 R2 domain controller and hyper-v for 3 virtuals with these roles:
1. Windows Distribution services (Server 2008)
2. web server (Linux)
3. MySQL (Linux)

The choices are:
1. dual core with 1MB L2 cache and 6MB L3 cache
2. quad core with 1MB L2 cache and no L3 cache

This is a personal machine with only one user for experimental code development and a learning experience. Currently, I have an Athlon X2 6400+ as the cpu and am looking at upgrades. I have 6GB of DDR2-800 memory. I likely will move to an AM2+ board and reuse the existing memory.

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a b à CPUs
December 17, 2009 2:22:58 PM

Quad all the way!
a b à CPUs
December 17, 2009 6:19:13 PM

If you want to run three virtual machines then a quad will probably give you smoother performance in the VMs.
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a b à CPUs
December 17, 2009 6:55:58 PM

Two things that kill VM's...not enough logical/physical processing cores and not enough memory...

quad core all the way!
a b à CPUs
December 17, 2009 7:36:03 PM

I figured on 1GB for the WDS server, 1GB for the web server, and 2GB for the SQL server. This would leave 2GB - VM overhead for the main domain controller. Does that sound like a good plan?
a b à CPUs
December 17, 2009 8:16:00 PM

dgingeri said:
I figured on 1GB for the WDS server, 1GB for the web server, and 2GB for the SQL server. This would leave 2GB - VM overhead for the main domain controller. Does that sound like a good plan?
Seems good...use those memory allocations to start and monitor usage under various loads in each VM to ultimately determine the ideal RAM sizes.
a b à CPUs
December 17, 2009 8:30:53 PM

Hmmm... only 6GB? Is there any chance of getting 8GB or more? Imo, for VMs you can never have enough RAM ;) .
a c 158 à CPUs
December 18, 2009 1:22:29 AM

None, buy a Xeon, or Opteron, with at least 16GB RAM and RAID system.
a b à CPUs
December 18, 2009 12:58:23 PM

I would if I could, but I have a budget of about $200 over the next 3 months. That's not going to get me a Xeon or Opteron or 16GB of memory.
a b à CPUs
December 18, 2009 3:44:35 PM

saint19 said:
None, buy a Xeon, or Opteron, with at least 16GB RAM and RAID system.

Imo, a Xeon/Opty should only be considered if planing to go 2P only. Else a normal i7 works well.
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