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ECC worth the cost in this server build?

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December 6, 2012 12:40:51 PM

I'm about to throw together a server for my cousin's small business because they are a bit short on cash and can't afford an IT admin ATM. It will be storing contacts and payroll information alongside a little miscellaneous data, AutoCAD files, and some encrypted business documents. Storage will be four three terabyte HDDs in raid 5. It won't be connected to too many computers: a receptionist's computer, three or four office computers, and a couple of workstations through a switch. The data that will be stored on this server will be kept for at least half a decade and really doesn't need to be lost. Would it be worth it to go opteron/xeon and thus ECC to help protect my data, or should I go with a regular desktop build and save a few bucks?
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December 6, 2012 1:11:46 PM

Get x4 ECC instead of the cheaper x8 ECC.

Find out if the motherboard supports IBM ChipKill(tm) or a similar 'SuperECC' technology and get back to me.