I'm looking to build an IIS web server which will have users uploading & downloading files via an asp.net website. I will be having anywhere from 10-50 people uploading & downloading at a time. I'm unsure of what the specs for such a server should be. The key thing is storage and reliability(raid config) and being able to upgrade the storage without having to take down the server.
Any advice on what specs or equipment would be greatly appreciated!
^ I'm guessing there is a reason OP wanted Win Server..... else, yeah Linux is MUCH cheaper and imo, better over all esp. when it comes to configuration (you can do massive amounts of customization on Linux).
1.) Budget: ~$1000 (+/- 300)
2.) OS Install
3.) ISP not an issue, business class. Fiber
One day, I'll dabble in Linux. I'm much more familiar with windows and IIS. Small business we started recently has been doubling in growth the past couple months. When I have time to learn a new OS, I'll look into is ScrewySqrl.
I'd say you could go for a relatively inexpensive AMD 6-core or I7 quad core system as your server probly a dedicated gigabit ethernet card, rather than relying on the onbaord card.
Without going too deep into your server setup: is this a casual (flash) gaming site? a site where work is getting done via virtual machines? or are you just handling purchase orders? or is it a site with forums/news and lots of text and advertising?
if its the first two, a dual-processor solution (Magny-Cours or Xeon for 8 or 12 total cores) might be in order, if the latter, a single multi-core cpu might be in order.
here's a build that comes in at $1090.91. $1123.61 shipped.
Its NOT really a 'server' build, except the chassis, which has 4 hot-swap slots for the hard drives. I have 4 2 TB hard drives, which you can do as RAID 10 for 4 TB with redundancy, or as RAID 5 for 2 TB. I also included a 60 GB SSD as a boot drive. The CPU is a 1055t with 6 real cores and the motherboard is an 880G with a built-in 4250 video, enough for what you are doing easily, as it just needs to connect to a console screen.
The motherboard has 6 SATA ports, enough for your 4 data HDDs in RAID 5 or RAID 10, the 60 GB SSD, and the DVD burner. You'll end up using the on-board gigabit Ethernet with this build, but see after my parts list for optional expansions. I'm using a standard 80+ Bronze PSU as well, but again, see below.
now, this had some compromises to get to the $1000 price point.
You might consider an 80+ Gold or a Server-class redundant power supply for $100-120 more. a Sea Sonic 400W and 650W Gold-quality PSU were both $139.99. A Dynatech redundant 300W PSU was $189.99. I don't know much about them however.
Good build ss, but I would HIGHLY recommend ECC RAM and a true workstation board. I also wouldn't use that Daynapower,etc. I'd get a XFX 650 or a Corsair 550 (both SeaSonic built). The real issue here would be the HDDs, I HIGHLY recommend you get a quality RAID card and do RAID 10 or RAID5.