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October 1, 2009 6:40:40 PM

Looking for any comments on a new small business server I'll be building for my office. Speciffically if there's a better motherboard / CPU / RAM combo that's around the same price.

We currently have a SBS 2003 handling Exchange, File Server, and Sharepoint duties for a sub 5 person office.

Would like to upgrade to SBS 2008 virtualized using VMware, and be able to have at least one virtualized test machine.

The server is in our main room (no server closet), so we wouldn't want it to be too loud.

We also want to come in under $1000 total.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This Month

BUDGET RANGE: sub $1000

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Virtualized Small Business Server 2008 running Exchange and file server for very small business (less than 5 users), Virtualized test machine(s).

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS(s), Case

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: Asus MB. Intel Xeon quad core CPUs.

OVERCLOCKING: No
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1024x768, 1280x1024

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Will be in general area, so we don't want the decibels too high.

Motherboard:
ASUS P5BV-C LGA 775 Intel 3200 ATX Intel Xeon Server Motherboard - Retail
Model #: P5BV-C
Item #:N82E16813131242

CPU:
Intel Xeon Yorkfield 2.66GHz LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Server Processor Model BX80580X3330 - Retail
Model #:BX80580X3330
Item #:N82E16819117174

Hard Drives (RAID 5):
3 x Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
Model #:WD6401AALS
Item #:N82E16822136319

RAM:
4 x Kingston 2GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) ECC Intel Certified Server Memory Model KVR800D2E5/2GI - Retail
Model #:KVR800D2E5/2GI
Item #:N82E16820134881

DVD Burner:
LG DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH22NS50 - OEM
Model #:GH22NS50
Item #:N82E16827136167

CPU Cooler:
MASSCOOL 8WA741 92mm Ball CPU Cooler - Retail
Model #:8WA741
Item #:N82E16835150082

Power Supply:
iStarUSA TC-2U/50-80 500W Single 2U 38dB Quiet 80plus Bronze Green Server Power Supply - Retail
Model #:TC-2U/50-80
Item #:N82E16817147084

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October 1, 2009 10:06:53 PM

I've already decided to change a few items:

Motherboard and CPU combo deal:
ASUS P7F-X LGA 1156 Intel 3420 ATX Intel Xeon 3400 series / Core i7-800 series / Core i5-700 series Server Motherboard - Retail
Intel Xeon X3430 Lynnfield 2.4GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Server Processor Model BX80605X3430 - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

RAM:
Kingston 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 ECC Unbuffered Server Memory Model KVR1333D3E9SK2/4GI - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Any Suggestions?
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October 2, 2009 5:38:18 AM

mbaryol1 said:
I've already decided to change a few items:

Motherboard and CPU combo deal:
ASUS P7F-X LGA 1156 Intel 3420 ATX Intel Xeon 3400 series / Core i7-800 series / Core i5-700 series Server Motherboard - Retail
Intel Xeon X3430 Lynnfield 2.4GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Server Processor Model BX80605X3430 - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

RAM:
Kingston 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 ECC Unbuffered Server Memory Model KVR1333D3E9SK2/4GI - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Any Suggestions?

I was just about to say the same thing... check if i7/i5 xeon are more worthwhile than the old 775 socket
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