Current I have a home server and a separate NAS that I'm looking to combine into one, plus give my server a little more power for what its used for so I'm looking for some hardware suggestions. The NAS is from Snology and is used only for storage.
[CPU] Intel Core 2 Quad @ 2.4GHz
[MB] Some Asus Motherboard
[RAM] DDR2 4GB of Kingston Ram
[HDD] 2x 500GB 7200RPM HDD Raided for redundancy
[PSU] CoolerMaster 500W
- Network Media Streaming to a HTPC
-- 720p and 1080p Content
- Web Development
- File Server
-- Desktop Backups
- VPN End Point
The big hit on performance is the NZB downloading as SABnzbd (Downloader) will auto repair and extract archives once they have completed downloading so this takes up a lot of CPU and RAM (if I'm processing more then 2-3 HD content my RAM usage can reach 80-90% just for SABnzbd), as well as WordPress depending on site load can use a good amount of resources as well.
So I'm looking for Intel hardware that will do the above without a sweat but I'm not looking to spend anymore then around $600, no video card is required as it will be a headless Ubuntu System; integrated GFXs is a plus but not required. And I don't require hard drives as I will recycle them from my current server and NAS. I do require a PSU as my current server will be going to my Mothers as her desktop.
I never even thought about looking at Xeons! Thats a good idea and I like that build! Well except for the asrock board but that can be switched for a Asus. Thank you every much I think the Xeon hit the mark
For servers that will be running 24/7 both sides offer really good idle power and moderate use power consumption. AMD does use a lot more power at load though.
Witht he E3 1230V2 at that price, it can match the FX8350 in multithreaded applications but costs $30 more. It probably will be better in terms of power draw and in single threaded situations. I vote the E3 1230V2 simply because its a Xeon and lower power draw.