Small Business Server PC suggestions
Hello all. I have been asked to come up with some ideas for my boss on a server computer. This is my first real "IT" opportunity in a business. I really want to make sure that I not only build it capable but also expandable, as his business is growing every year. Here is a back drop...
This is for a printing business. The building holds the following computers:
4 computers running Win XP - used to run printing program that prints on clothing.
2 computers running Win 7 - used to run printing program that prints onto plastic.
2 computers running Win 7 - used for shipping/receiving
1 computer running Win 7 - used for clocking in/out, and varies other tasks.
1 laptop running Win 7 - used by the owner for general management tasks.
All computers currently have dropbox installed on them. All artwork for printing is uploaded to dropbox and then every computer syncs, putting all the artwork on every computer. When dropbox is syncing, the computers that run the printing software slow dramatically and cause production to slow.
The plan is to add a computer as a SERVER. Have all artwork sync to dropbox on the server only and the other computers can grab from the server. The boss wants everything hardwired and not run over a WiFi network. So this is what I was thinking:
Internet - Router - Server - 24 to 32 port switch - out to business computers
So question #1 is... I'm I thinking correctly here? Is this the best configuration for the business need?
QUESTION #2: What suggestions can you give for hardware for the server computer and switch? We have a 1 TB HDD that we will be using for the server. Currently there is only about 200 GB of space taken for all the programs and the artwork, so this HDD should be plenty for awhile. But what will I want to put into this computer? For example:
Case , with how many fans
Motherboard, CPU, amount of memory
Give me as many suggestions as possible. I will want to give my boss some pricing and options on hardware, network configurations, etc. sometime at the beginning of this week.
*PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THAT THE BUDGET IS AS SMALL AS THE BUSINESS*
Thanks in advance,