Server options


Our company is seeking to buy a new server to replace our 5 year old server.

Windows Server 2003 Standard SP2
Intel Xeon 3.00 GHz
2 GB Ram
33.87 GB RAID 1
409.86 GB RAID 5

The roles of the server are:
File server
Print server
Domain Controller
DNS Server
DHCP Server
WINS Server

I have found a couple of options browsing some online stores and I would appriciate any comments or suggestions to them. We are looking for something that will do the same with a jump in storage and performace.

Option A.) Dell Server PowerEdge T710 (fom Dell Website with the following modifications)

Dual Intel® Xeon E5530, 2.4Ghz, 8M Cache, Turbo, HT, 1066MHz Max Mem
12GB Memory (12x1GB), 1333MHz Single Ranked UDIMMs for 2 Processors, Optimized
Windows Server®2008SP2,STD x64, Incl Hyper-V™,5 CALs,w/2008R2 Lic
PERC 6/i SAS RAID Controller
RAID 1/RAID 5 for PERC 6/i or H700 Cntrl (Non-Mixed Drives)
(6) 1TB 7.2K RPM SATA 3.5" Hot Plug Hard Drive
1100 Watt Non-Redundant Power Supply
iDRAC6 Express
DVD-ROM, SATA, Internal
Two Dual Port Embedded Broadcom$#174; NetXtreme II 5709 Gigabit Ethernet NIC
Power Saving BIOS Setting
3Yr Basic HW Warranty Repair with SATA Ext: 5x10 HW-Only, 5x10 NBD Onsite

Option B.) CybertronPC Imperium Tower Server (from CompUSA Website plus Windows OS)

Windows Server Standard 2008 SP2 with Hyper-V
Dual Intel Xeon E5520 2.26GHz Quad Core processors
24GB of ECC PC10600 RAM
6x 1TB 7200RPM SATA-II RAID Edition hard drives
Dual Intel 82576 Gigabit Ethernet
1 PCIe x16 slot and 2 PCIe x8 slots
1 Serial port and 7 USB ports
ATI ES1000 32MB video with a standard VGA connection
PS/2 mouse and keyboard connections
800 Watt redundant power supply

Option C.) CybertronPC Imperium Tower Server (from CompUSA Website plus Windows OS)

4U rack-mounted
DVD+-RW optical drive
3TB SATA II hard drive
12GB of DDR3 1333 (PC3-10600) memory expandable to 24GB
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Standard operating system

Any comments, suggestions or recommendations are welcome.
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  1. I'd opt for the Dell, personally....comes with tech support/warranty/good service, although redundant PSUs are nice!!!!

    SHould be a significant jump, with much faster cpus with nice amount of memory, GB ethernet (assuming your network supports it), and faster drives/RAIDS with improved fault tolerance...
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