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August 12, 2010 11:23:52 AM

Hello. Regard me as a novice as I put forward my query. I'm working on a numerical computational research project which involves long C/Fortran and RELAP(if you aren't familiar with the later, do ignore it) codes to be run. For this I need to buy a dedicated server (Windows(preferably)/Linux based).
My budget is 2.5 lac INR or under around 5.5k USD. I'm looking for a hi end PC for this purpose, whilst I'm not sure about the configurations I should settle with be it the processor or RAM in general. My requirement is computational aspects from the system, and that it's rather branded than an assembled one.
I hope I've put my query on a clear platform. Can somebody help me out in figuring the configs. based on my needs, budget, and available vendor specs if possible. Couldn't thabnk you enough for the help.
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August 12, 2010 11:40:47 AM

I would look at a dual cpu 1366 xeon board using ecc registered ddr3. The other alternative is one of the new 12 core amd cpus with board, which can run $1500 plus ram. Don't know your vender or your program specs, so I really can't advise which is better for you.
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August 12, 2010 12:35:32 PM

Thanks for the insight. The vendors we have around here to trust are mainly IBM and HP among others. What do you think of the core 2 quad in this budget for a high end PC, which could also be a workstation if the conditions fit in. Hoping for some more help. Thanks.
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August 12, 2010 1:03:02 PM

Core 2 is getting near its EOL its older tech and not advised to build a new Core 2 system.

I would say a single I7 980x or a Xeon X5670 I think with the six core chips you can get away with a single processor config. Make sure that whatever setup you do decide get the higher frequency chip since you will need raw processing power per core more then efficiency.
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August 13, 2010 5:44:27 AM

@SAAIELLO. Thanks a lot. Given I'm new to this field,please correct me if I'm wrong, that you- in my place - would prefer a single processor instead of a multi core one since I'd probably need processing accuracy more than multi tasking, or is it other way round; although its a given that running a long numerical code is about processor speed.

Just one and more generic doubt. For such a purpose I wouldn't go for microcomputers, but something below that. Among different kinds of servers viz. Blade, rack, workstation etc. what do I consider appropriate for a computational server? Pardon my ignorance, and please guide me up. Thanks.
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August 13, 2010 12:38:32 PM

Dual xeon 1366 boards with ecc registered ram are good for accuracy and give you multiple cores. supermicro and Tyan boards are what you should check out. Newegg has a pretty good selection. Servers direct has an even better selection. Pay special attention to the ram recommendations. I bought some server ram recently by mistake and it doesn't work with desktop motherboards. You can set up a server in a large desktop style case or traditional server rack. The board measurements and your space availabilty will determine which is best for you.
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August 31, 2010 5:42:11 AM

Best answer selected by AtanuBhuyan.
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