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Re: [K12OSN] Which option do you recommend for increased servercapability?



On Mon, Dec 8, 2008 at 5:41 AM, Rob Owens <rob owens biochemfluidics com> wrote:
> moon wrote:
>> I've been buying Dell Powerconnect 3024 switches off ebay for ~$50 a piece.
>> These switches are managed, 24-port 10/100 with 2-port Gig copper or fiber
>> uplink ports and are equivalent to Cisco or Nortel top shelf wiring closet
>> L2 switches.
>>
>> I would also highly recommend spending a few extra bucks up front and get a
>> low end server solution (use savings from the lower cost switch to offset).
>>
>> Here is a quick quote I built on ebay:
>>
>> Qty.  Product Description                                     Total Price
>>
>> 1     CHENBRO SR10568-AL Pedestal Server Case          $89.99
>> 1     OCZ StealthXStream OCZ500SXS 500W Pwr Supply     $54.99
>> 1     ASUS P5BV-C LGA 775 Intel 3200 ATX Server MB    $144.99
>> 1     Intel Xeon E3110 Wolfdale 3.0GHz Dual-Core Proc $174.99
>> 1     G.SKILL 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 800 SDRAM    $109.99
>> 1     LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE           $19.99
>>                                        Subtotal:      $594.94
>>
>> Less S&H of course...
>>
>
> You could go even cheaper if you buy a high-end desktop machine to use
> as a server.  That's what I generally do, and I've had very good luck
> with them.
>
> >From newegg.com:
>
> case w/ power supply $45
> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811156074
>
> motherboard $70
> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138117
>

I recommend going with Intel just because they have better hard drive
controllers that support AHCI. For the clients it doesn't matter since
they won't have HD's.

> ram (2x 2GB) $55
> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231226
>
> processor (AM2+ quad core 2.3GHZ) $120
> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103244
>
> hard drive (500GB SATA) $65 each (buy two for software RAID 1)
> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148288
>
> Total is $420 with 2 hard drives (not including shipping).
>
> Use an old CD-ROM drive or spend $20 on a new one.
>
> I wasn't extremely careful when picking these parts, so make sure
> everything matches up.  For instance, make sure the case has SATA power
> cables, and make sure the motherboard supports quad-core processors.
>
> With your existing setup, I think your number one shortcoming is RAM,
> then network speed (or maybe vice-versa).  Next is the single-core
> processor.
>
> -Rob
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