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[K12OSN] Re: Small School, Small Budget

For what it's worth, here is what I see as my "best" budget server;
Prices form xxera.com except for RAM from pricewatch.com
This is all based on what I think would work, not practical experience.

Motherboard - $189 
Tyan S2099GNNR 
Trinity i845E (Model: S2099GNNR) - i845E chipset w/Gfx/RAID/LAN,  Single
Pentium-4 478-pin Sockets (including "Northwood" series), 4 x PC-2100
DDR-266 DIMMs (Max. 2GB), 5 x PCI-32 33MHz + AGP Pro50. Dim: 12.0" x 9.6"
- This MB supports ECC ram and has 2 NICS (one 10/100 and one 10/100/1000)

CPU - $219 
Pentium-4 2.4 GHz/512K 533MHz FSB
Intel Boxed Pentium-4 Performance Desktop Processors - 533MHz FSB 512K
mPGA-478. 2.4 GHz/512K

RAM - $700
Samsung 1024MB (1GB) ECC PC2100 266MHz DDR DIMM - Gold Leads
ECC is a "good thing" on a server

HD - $300
2 x 100GB (using RAID 0 supplied on motherboard for better performance)
Western  Digital "Special Edition" Caviar 100GB EIDE HD (WD12000JB) - 8.9ms,
100MB/s (ATA-5), 8MB buffer, 7200RPM, Oem Bulk pack with 3-year warranty.

Case - $55
Chenming ATX-601AR ( Chieftec CT-2700 ).

Power supply - $39
SPI "FSP300-60BT" 300W "ATX 2.03 - 5v standby 2.0A & Remote On/Off Control"
power supply with ball-bearing fan & power cord. FCC/UL/CSA/TUV approved.
Dimension: 150mm(W) x 86mm(H) x 140mm(L).

Fans, cables, assembly, CD-ROM, floppy - $100

Total = slightly under $1600

To make the system even less expensive, you can save
  $160 by using a P4-Celeron 1.7GHz (note: only 128K cache instead of 512K)
  $150 by using only one hard drive and not using RAID-0

One thing nice about this is you can "throw away" the $59 P4-Celeron to put
in a bigger CPU.  Also, adding another HD and using RAID-0 only adds to the

Hope this helps.

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