Need help choosing between 2 servers

Having trouble choosing between these two:

The MRB is cheaper, but only has one drive bay.
The TB is a bit more expensive, but has 2 drive bays.

I'm building a server with and i7, 2x1TB drives, raid 1, 8GB RAM (might upgrade to 16)

This is where I get confused, the MRB supports 6 SATA PORTS and 1 SWAP. Does this mean that it supports 6 hard drives and one of them is hot-swap? Because I really don't need swap drives, don't really know what benefits they have besides quick access.

For my second question. I have found sources online where it sates that the MRB supports Raid 0,1,5, and 10. According to supermicro is only supports Raid 0. If that's the case then I will go for the TB instead.

Thanks to whoever can help me choose!
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    Welcome Newcomer! :)

    First {i7 and Server} are two words not often used together.

    Hot-swap - BIOS {enable} AHCI of all non-RAID drives, and ALL RAID drives are only RAID(XHD) or hot-swappable.

    Next, even though supported RAID 5 off a MOBO is a really bad idea, it will be dog slow. So I'd recommend a RAID Controller; whereas RAID 1, 0, & 10 require no stripping calculations.
    RAM - Servers don't require very much RAM for data only, but if you're running an app I won't run too many.

    What's your Budget & Purpose of this server?
  2. Take a look at this Build -

    Strip-off the expensive GPUs and you're are $2000, and less with a lower Xeon. It's a fully spec'd & Certified WS/Server.
  3. My budget is low...hence the i7 server.

    So let me get this straight...Only hot-swap drive support RAID?

    You confused me with the Raid Controller. I thought Raid 1,0,5,and 10 need a Raid controller. I'm a bit confused.

    I can get both chassis for under $500, the MRB I can get for about $350
    So if the MRB can do what I want it to do, then I will get it. The server is for low end VPSs
  4. ^ {Build} I should have looked at the link, right off. You want a 1U. I read your post which didn't make sense so I stopped there.

    Any drive configured as RAID is automatically hot-swap. And any drive configured AHCI is also hot-swap. And YES 100% with those servers you indeed need a RAID Controller which may cost as much as the 1U ~ $200+.

    The sys {MRB} - will NOT support i7. Supermicro is a good company, an I cannot stress enough to go the Xeon route. "NOTE: Intel Xeon® 3500 Series and Core™ i7 are Not Supported"

    RAID 5 - Mission Critical data
    RAID 10 - Web/Data
    In either case have either NAS or similar backup.
  5. I think the MRB does support the i7, just needs a bios update. The problem now is that I don't have a spare cpu that I could use for the update. I guess I will go with the TB.
    The motherboard + chassis is $500
    2 x SATA 1.5TB HDD is $160
    12GB DDR3 NON-ECC is $130
    1 x i7 930 is $280
    Total is $1070

    A raid controller costs $200?!!! is there a specific one that's reliable, but cost-effective?

    Well that's my system. I wanted to go with a dual xeon x3430 but they cost too much, and the chassis aren't cheap either...Do you think there's a cheaper option? for around 1k with same specs. It doesn't have to be an i7, either a u1 or 2u. Thanks for your help! really appreciate it. I've been doing a lot of research and the i7s seem to be the cheaper route. The 5016T-TB is the cheapest chassis that I found for an i7 w/ atleast 12GB support and RAID support.
  6. Earlier - Premier Monday, I was in a hurry.

    As I mentioned the Xeon overall is the best bet, and unless you're running Critical Data RAID 10 is perfectly fine, any array requiring stripe calculations should be done with a dedicated controller.

    1U box -

    ^Intel Xeon E5504 Nehalem 2.0GHz $246

    The MOBO supports on-board RAID 10
  7. Sorry for the late reply but I had to do some more research.
    Here's what I have so far:
    1u box = ~$140

    motherboard = ~$270

    12GB RAM = $190x2=$380

    i7 930 = $285

    2x 1.5TB HDD = $85x2=$170

    I still need help picking a RAID card, heat sink, thermal paste?, cables, power supply, and other peripherals.

    For the RAID controller I was reading wikipedia and RAID 1 seems to be my choice since I want my data to be mirrored incase a HDD fails. Don't know how RAID 10 is, but if the price isn't much I think I can do RAID 10. The total for the server is about ~$1,250 w/o the RAID controller. That's above my budget.
  8. Before I spend a lot of time - please answer the following:

    1. What is the purpose of this server {very specific}?
    2. What OS will it be running?
    3. Do you have NAS on the rack?
    4. What Apps will be running?
    5. How many WS/PC is it serving?
    6. I the data mission-critical?
  9. First let me help you save some money.... cpu's RAM even faster.

    Correct me if I'm wrong but sound like you are building a HTPC?
  10. @Goro - its a 1U Server. One that I'm trying to get him on the "best path" Xeon. Suggestion, if you're going to be recommending DDR: 1. Certified {per MOBO} or 2. Tested {per RAM Mfg}. In a server it is foolish not to use fully spec'd/Certified DDR. Otherwise, misguided RAM choices screw-up your rig and those folks post back in bewilderment (90%+) trying to figure out what happen?!
  11. Yea, I saw that U1 but I'm still noT sure what it is that this server is going to do?
    If he could go Xeon and registered RAM that would be nice but I was just giving him options on the things he found.

    Plus on the RAID I would not recommend RAID 5........ imho useless

    RAID 10 is such a better option write/read speed higher better redundancy
  12. ^ RAID 5 requires, as I mentioned. a purchase of a Dedicated RAID Controller {otherwise the stripe calcs make it really s-l-o-w} Web Servers RAID 10, File Servers RAID 5; read what I've asked + said. The OP "should" use ECC vs a "PC" like non-ECC.
  13. Yes, you correct on the Controller and I did not see a need to repeat it again. Not using RAID 5 is just my opinion from experience. And I as well suggested ECC and I only said that I'm not sure what he wants to use it I'm not really sure what you are trying to say my friend.

    either way here is an interesting article if you are interested.

    good luck
  14. The server is for a VPS node.

    The problem with RAID 10 is the cost, I have to upgrade the chassis which adds about $50 more, then I have to buy 2 additional drives witch adds $200, so the cost of RAID 10 comes out to be about $500 extra including the controller.

    @goro, tnx for the link, but the CPUs are in-store only. The ram is a good price, but I've never heard of that brand before. If I'm going to go with non-ecc ram, I might as well go for the good kind ;)

    @jaquith, the reason I went for the i7 is because of the the price. If there's a better option for CPU + Chassis + Mobo for under $700 let me know. I find the performance for the i7 930 really well worth the $285
  15. Okay one step away from vague; Like an Easter egg hunt at midnight. The Intel Xeon E5504 Nehalem 2.0GHz $246 is cheaper! 4.8GT/sec vs 4.8GT/s. +$14 i7-950.

    Yeah, what you posted seems great! :wahoo:
  16. I go by this:
    Since the server will do a lot of multitasking the i7 seems ideal. I might go for the i7 950 though.

    Anyways, I decided to use RAID :(
    it's going to cost me and arm and a leg, but hopefully it's worth it. Any RAID controller in particular I should look for? I'm doing 4 x 1TB instead of 2 x 1TB. Yes, I know that I will only have 1TB of storage even though I have 4TB is my system, I'm not that stupid :)
    I'm looking at the SASUC8I by intel, is this card compatible with my mobo? is there any cheaper ones? maybe get one off ebay? truth be told I have never used RAID before.

    Thanks for helping me! really appreciate it. Now get some sleep!
  17. ^You are misinformed, and should do more research about Xeon; begin with Virtualization. This is a bizarre thread that will do nothing but confuse people - like saying the sky is porker-dots.
  18. @berkguy so I'm guessing you decided to go R1+0?

    I have to agree with jaquit, Xeon are work horses and in the long run it will pay of better.

    Yea you can use that controller, I was going to suggest LSI or 3ware but for that price range not to much available.
  19. Yeah I will be doing RAID 10.

    Guys I have nothing against Xeons, it's just that what I have seen is that the i7s seems to have the best performance for the price. If I can get a xeon that can match the i7 930, for the same price I would go for it.

    I'm not misinform, in fact I actually did quite a bit of research. At many companies are switching to the i7 because of the performance/price ratio. Yeah, xeons support ECC, but bit errors are rare these days. I was also reading around and the reason xeons will always be more expensive than i7, is because they support ECC RAM not because they outperform the i7. I'm not trying to bash the xeons or anything, but the price the i7s seems like a good alternative.
    You can check out they are one of the biggest dedicated server company and they sell i7s.
  20. Go for it. :)
  21. VPS node | Virtualization - Do some Goog'ing.

    I own an enterprise REO/IDX enterprise data company; entire room filled with all sorts of servers for all different uses. All of which are certified builds, and not a one with an "I7" CPU.

    I did link to an equivalent Xeon and the same $.

    If you don't want to believe me:
    "A VPS node needs to support multiple VPS containers hosting thousands of domains. Each VPS needs enough power to run its services and that requires alot of power. That is why we build our nodes with Dual Quad Core Xeon Processors. That is EIGHT cores of CPU and with our super low container-to-node ratio each VPS always has CPU juice to draw from."
  22. I think the reason you don't see many i7s on servers is because they're new. The only reason why I chose the i7 is because I'm seeing a lot of companies using them as servers. The performance/cost ratio is hard to resist. Though I will probably upgrade to the i7 950 since the recent price cuts has made it very appealing.

    I see where your coming from though. Enterprise companies use server-grade hardware, but I don't have the money they do and the i7s have been proven reliable.
  23. Just a quick question, what kind of work load do you think you are going to have on a daily bases?
  24. Not exactly sure, as this is going to be my first server and going to use it to get my feet wet. Once I know the amount of cpu load I will make proper adjustments on my next server. But I'm confident that the i7 950 will work just fine for a small vps node.
  25. Quick question myself. Will I need a riser card for the SASUC8I controller?
  26. ^ On a 1U yes you'll need a raiser. If you're building to play then play on your PC, and unless you have a rack a 1U is crazy to get.
  27. Best answer selected by berkguy.
  28. Is this the right card? It doesn't seem like it would fit...
  29. If you chose the then here are the supported risers:
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