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Web Sever Build Help. Mobo and Cpu selection?

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January 4, 2010 8:11:14 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Late Spring

BUDGET RANGE: $500- $2000

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: File server, Web Sever

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, ncix.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: any that work best together

OVERCLOCKING: No

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Sever needs to be fast and reliable. I need help picking out the motherboard and cpu that would best for a web server. Though not a lot of people will be on this website, I cant allow for downtime, unless scheduled. no downtime is most important factor, next to speed. Raid 1 will be optional. Am i better off purchasing a small sever from dell? or build my own?

Form Factor: Tower
January 4, 2010 9:45:25 PM

Build your own... here are the parts you'll need, directly from newegg.com:

Product Unit Price Price
1 x Foxconn G41S-K LGA 775 Intel G41 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $ 41.99 $ 41.99
1 x Intel Core2 Quad Q9400 2.66GHz LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80580Q9400 $189.99 $189.99
1 x OCZ Vertex Series OCZSSD2-1VTX30GXXX 2.5" MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $164.99 $164.99
3 x Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal HD $ 99.99 $300.00
1 x OCZ Reaper HPC 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Memory Model OCZ2RPR10664GK $ 75.00
1 x 3D Fuzion 3DFR6200LEE GeForce 6200LE TC 256MB(128MB on Board) 64-bit DDR PCI Express x16 Video Card $ 15.00
1 x COOLMAX CTI-500B 500W ATX12V Power Supply $ 25.00
1 x COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case $140.00
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TOTAL $951.57

What you get is a killer web/file server with a Quad Core 2.66 GHz Intel CPU, 4GB DDR-2 RAM, a 30 GB boot SDD, 2 TB of storage in a RAID5 configuration. I/O is impressive, you have an on-board 1GB ethernet NIC, RAID card. Couple that with a 64-bit Linux build with Apache HTTP server, and you're talking about one fast, reliable, and under $1K server.

Enjoy and Good Luck!
January 5, 2010 4:16:40 AM

Your better off hosting your site from an isp that will mirror it in 2 locations so it will never be down.
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January 5, 2010 11:08:23 AM

+1 with daship
January 7, 2010 8:49:17 PM



just a few more question. do i really need a quad core. it isnt exactly a website im running. but a Event Management System program. i want 5 computer to be connected to the sever for the EMS program. the program runs the website... if that make sense (not that good with computer).

how long will this build last?
is the sd just for the OS? im planning to get windows 2008 sever R2.

January 9, 2010 3:44:07 PM

Doesn't look like you need a quad core. Go with a pentium dual core and get an additional hard drive instead. Also a cheaper PSU and any old casing will do since your not doing any gaming.
January 10, 2010 10:01:27 PM

no you dont want a cheaper psu. it is a critical, failure-prone piece! if you have the budget get a corsair psu.
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