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Old 08-15-2008, 07:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So I'm building a new server for where I work. I was thinking a couple different things for each part, so advice would be great.

Case:

1. COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases
Price:$50

2. Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Newegg.com - Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases
Price:$70 after rebate

Which one is better if price didn't matter, and would the extra $20 be worth it for the Antec 900?

Mobo:

1. SUPERMICRO MBD-X7DAL-E-O Dual LGA 771 Intel 5000X ATX Server Motherboard
Newegg.com - SUPERMICRO MBD-X7DAL-E-O Dual LGA 771 Intel 5000X ATX Server Motherboard - Server Motherboards

Specs are Dual socket Intel Xeon 771 (quad core), 1333Mhz FSB, DDR2 667, and it is ATX.
Price:$400

Anything different? This is one of the only ATX dual cpu 771's I could find.

CPU's:

1. Intel Xeon E5405 Harpertown 2.0GHz LGA 771 80W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80574E5405A
Newegg.com - Intel Xeon E5405 Harpertown 2.0GHz 12MB L2 Cache LGA 771 80W Quad-Core Processor - Processors - Servers
Price: Two of these = $455

2. Intel Xeon E5410 Harpertown 2.33GHz 12MB L2 Cache LGA 771 80W Quad-Core Processor
Newegg.com - Intel Xeon E5410 Harpertown 2.33GHz 12MB L2 Cache LGA 771 80W Quad-Core Processor - Processors - Servers
Price: Two of these = $540

Is the extra clock speed worth it for almost $100 more? I will be running dual quads, so..yeah and I know 2.0ghz is a low clock and all but it'll probably work fine considering theres gonna be 2 quads in there..but what's the best here?

PSU:

I read the PSU sticky on here and both PSU's are the value, bang for your buck PSU's.

1. Rosewill RP500-2 ATX12V v2.01 500W Power Supply - Retail
Newegg.com - Rosewill RP500-2 ATX12V v2.01 500W Power Supply 115/230 V CSA, UL, TUV, FCC - Power Supplies
Price:$60

2. CORSAIR CMPSU-520HX 520W ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, CUL, CE, CB, FCC Class B, TUV, CCC, C-tick
Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-520HX 520W ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, CUL, CE, CB, FCC Class B, TUV, CCC, C-tick - Power Supplies
Price:$95 after rebate

Is this enough power for dual quad core cpu's? I'm only gonna have one hard drive, cd drive, and only a 8600gt.

And is the extra $35 worth it for the Corsair PSU?

Storage:

1. Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives
Price:$85

And we're not doing RAID, and the mobo does support SATA 3.0Gb/s.

Memory:

1. Kingston 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model KVR667D2N5K2/4G
Newegg.com - Kingston 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory
Price:$74

2. Kingston 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 FB-DIMM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) ECC Fully Buffered Dual Channel Kit Server Memory Model KVR667D2D4F5K2/4G
Newegg.com - Kingston 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 FB-DIMM ECC Fully Buffered DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Dual Channel Kit Server Memory - Server Memory
Price:$175

Is the whole ECC Fully Buffered whatever a gimmick or is it worth the extra $100 for reliability? And which one would perform better?
-And I don't know if we're running x64 or not, so we're keeping it at 4gb for now..

GPU:

1. GIGABYTE GV-NX86T256H GeForce 8600 GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GV-NX86T256H GeForce 8600 GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
$40 after rebate
--Graphics don't really matter here since it's for a server, and this is the best passive I could find for this price.

And were running a $27 sata dvd burner.

Anything I left out or should change completely? We're gonna be getting this pretty soon so advice is appreciated.

BTW: I tried to find a dual socket 775 quad mobo, but I couldnt find anything in 775 except for single quad and dual dual-core. If you've got a better suggestion than socket 771, lemme know.

Thanks a ton.
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What's the server for?
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Default Re: Any advice on my build?

It's for small business at an office.

Around $1500 is the max price, and we're only going with 4gb ram because x64 server is pretty expensive. We have a copy of Server 2003 32 bit we're probly gonna use because windows server 2008 x64 or whatever is pretty expensive, even for small businness or standard edition.

Should I start a new thread like $1500 max price, whats the best server setup?

Not seemin to get a lot of responses this way.

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Default Re: Any advice on my build?

I'm not an expert on servers, but unless your doing a huge amount of work on it or getting a lot of webpage hits, then you won't need a xeon.

Web servers run of p4's (i am assuming that it's not a web server though) so you could probably just go with a dual/quad and 4gig ram, if you need a graphics card (which i don't really understand why, is there graphical work being done on it?) you could just go with something like a 3450 or 8400gs.

Small business shouldn't need too much, even if it's expanding.
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