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Dual Nehalem Server

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October 24, 2009 10:10:47 PM

Greetings

Upgrading my old webserver to a new one ..

So far I have put together the following build:

CPU
(2) Intel Xeon E5520 Nehalem 2.26GHz LGA 1366 80W Quad-Core Server Processor Model BX80602E5520 - Retail
Motherboard
(1) SUPERMICRO MBD-X8DTL-6-O Dual LGA 1366 Intel 5500 ATX Dual Intel Xeon 5500 sequence (Nehalem-EP processor) Server Motherboard - Retail
Ram
(2) Kingston 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) ECC Registered Server Memory Model KVR1066D3S4R7SK3/6GI - Retail
Harddrives
(4)HITACHI Ultrastar 15K450 HUS154530VLS300 (0B23318) 300GB 15000 RPM SAS 3Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Power Supply
Antec TruePower Quattro TPQ-1000 1000W Continuous Power ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified ... - Retail
Case
Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
Other
LOGISYS AD202 12V Molex to 8pin P8 Adapter - Retail (For the DUAL CPU's)

Wishlist link from newegg - http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...
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Budget: $2.5k to $3.5k

Open for all suggestions / changes / adds
I havent been following up all hardware so I'm a tad rusty picking different components...

Also I maybe not putting the right components together?
Does the RAM go well with the MB? Can I get better / faster RAM then what I picked out?
Does the PSU and the adapter cover the Dual CPU needs of the motherboard?
Do I need to change the Stock CPU / Fansink?

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October 24, 2009 10:16:14 PM

looks good but u can change the hard drives for ssds, they tend to do better in servers but have alot less space
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October 24, 2009 10:30:17 PM

Thats a hell of a web server!

You wont need that much power, a good 750 should be plenty for that setup, this 1200 comes with a modular 750 watt PSU preinstalled
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You are doing a raid setup with those drives yes? If so consider something like raid 5 for a combination of data protection and speed, but you may want to get a raid controller card as they perform significantly better when repairing a degraded array than the onboard controllers, hard drive on the web server at work crashed over the summer, we will never do a setup that doesnt use either raid 1 or raid 5 again.

Other than that it looks pretty good.
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October 24, 2009 10:48:23 PM

hunter315 said:
Thats a hell of a web server!

You wont need that much power, a good 750 should be plenty for that setup, this 1200 comes with a modular 750 watt PSU preinstalled
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You are doing a raid setup with those drives yes? If so consider something like raid 5 for a combination of data protection and speed, but you may want to get a raid controller card as they perform significantly better when repairing a degraded array than the onboard controllers, hard drive on the web server at work crashed over the summer, we will never do a setup that doesnt use either raid 1 or raid 5 again.

Other than that it looks pretty good.


I was told to do RAID 10 - Should I go with Raid 5 instead?

Also I have no issues switching around the drives to SSD - are they better then the 15k SAS ones?

Can someone recommend good SSD Drives ?

As for a hardware Raid Controller - can you recommend one of these too ?
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October 25, 2009 1:21:56 AM

need more intel .. come on hardware experts .. i know ur out there :) 
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October 25, 2009 3:43:03 AM

You should be alright to un RAID 5 with only 300 gig HDD's anything larger and I would run a different setup of raid. With RAID 5 you will loose the space of one drive this is for the backup purpose. You can loose one drive in a RAID 5 array and not loose any information any more and a data loss occurs. Personally I think RAID 5 would be better. RAID 10 would be for bigger drives. This is just my opinion. I would definatly look into a hardware RAID contoller but they are expensive for SAS 600+ for the cheapest. You can get away with the software raid built onto the motherboard hardware raid is just better. Personally I don't think SSD drives would offer you that much greater performance since this is a web server.
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October 26, 2009 7:54:19 PM

Ok .. been checking out the manual for the motherboard .. and it notes it as a EXT ATX

Now that case I want to get is listed as supporting Standard ATX

The Dimentions of the motherboard are 12" L x 10" W

do you guys think Im going to have issues getting this fitted in that case?
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