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[K12OSN] Re: Bang For The Buck

Hi Ken,

I suggest one single "big" system to ease maintenance.

I'd recommend an Intel 865 chipset MB since they have 4 DIMM slots for RAM.
You can initially install 1GB (2 x 512MB) and have the option of adding an
additional 1-2 GB later.

Tom's Hardware guide recently recommended the MSI Neo 2
http://www6.tomshardware.com/motherboard/20030707/i875p-70.html and it costs
about $100 USD.  You'll need a video card and an additional NIC to get
things going.

For RAM, I'd buy from www.crucial.com the slightly more expensive PC3200
since you can use it for an 800MHz CPU (later). ( 2 x 512MB =~ $180)

For a CPU, I'd buy something like a P4 Celeron 2.0 GHz CPU (about $80).

In a year or so, the system can be upgraded to add an addition 1-2GB of RAM
($150-$400 in a year) and a 3+GHz P4 800FSB CPU ( under $200 in a year ).

Hopefully you can re-use the HD/floppy/CD/case/PSU from your VIA system.

One thing to keep in mind is that for more than ~10 users, the IDE drive may
be getting over-worked and cause slow performance.

Hope this helps.

> Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2003 00:22:25 -0700
> To: k12osn redhat com
> From: Ken Johnson <kjohnson optonline net>
> Subject: [K12OSN] Bang For The Buck
> I have a dilemma. At my own expense, I have created a 6 node K12LTSP 
> network for my sister's sixth grade class. This fall we would like to go
> 10 nodes.
> Our server is a 700Mhz Via CPU w/512meg of RAM and an 18Gig Hard Drive. 
> (This is all out of MY pocket!) The rest of our network consists of:
> 3 old Dell Optiplexes (Pentium 166 MHz) that we were able to purchase 
> refurbished from our local computer store for $29 each!
> 2 old HP Pavilion 350's (333MHz AMD K6-2's) donated by friends. 1 donated
ancient Pentium. 
> One monitor is a refurbished 15in. Sony that we got for $60! The other
monitors we got 
> from friends who were upgrading to larger monitors.
> Here is my question: With a REALLY limited budget, what are my best
> for supporting 10 Workstations?
> Should I build another server similar to the first and run the 4 new 
> workstations?
> If so, how do I make them operate together so that any of the students can

> log in from any workstation and their work is saved to the same hard
> (Be specific here  I just started with Linux last summer.)
> Should I build a beefier server to support all 10 workstations, and
> our present server to another workstation? Budget will permit maybe an AMD

> 1900 and a Gig of memory (will that support 10 workstations?)
> The additional workstations will come from friends and parents donations.
> Our primary applications are Open Office and Mozilla.
> How can I get the most bang for my limited buck?

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