So through my university I got a free copy of Server 2008 R2, and last weekend decided to play around with a building a server out of a old computer (P4 3.06). The server is just going to be a file a media server that will back up the computers in the house, along with streaming to the families iphones using air video. I did not set up very much but noticed when converting/streaming to my phone the processor was stuck at 100%, so i was gonna drop in a dual or quad core that I have laying around.
Just picked up a cheap am2+/am3 MB and was wondering which processor I should put in, Athlon X2 64 4400+ or the Phenom X4 9600. Just want something that will handle the load and be as efficient as possible (running 24/7).
First server build so any suggestions are welcome. Thanks.
I would pick up something in the Athlon II/Phenom II line myself. I run an athlon II x2 240 in my server but I don't have the need to convert video on the fly like you do. Perhaps an x3 or x4 would suit you better.
Go with linux even though I got the Server 2008 for free?
I'm sorry that I forgot to make my real point in my previous response on this thread. Linux requires a lot less hardware to run on than Windows Server and would run fine on the hardware that you already have.