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  1. Kreij

    Kreij Senior Monkey Moderator Staff Member

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    I'm looking at putting together a server.
    Any thoughts on what I have here are appreciated. :toast:

    Xclio 777 Full Tower Case
    Antec CP-1000W Power Supply
    Asus Z8NA-D6C Dual Socket XEON Motherboard
    Intel XEON E5520 Quad Processors (2)
    Intel BXSTS100A CPU Cooler (2)
    Corsair 4GB DDR3 RAM for Tylersburg Platform (2)
    HighPoint 2680 8-Port RAID Controller
    HighPoint INT-MS-1M4S-8087 to 4 SATA fan-out cable (2)
    Seagate 7200.12 500GB SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (8)
    Artic Silver Ceramique Thermal Compound
    Crucial CT64M225 2.5” 64GB SSD

    Drives will be configured in RAID1 Pairs.

    Current cost is about $2700 before tax/shipping.
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    Server for?
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    Agreed with four - what are you going to be using this new server build for?
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    Kreij Senior Monkey Moderator Staff Member

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    Will be used as a file server.
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    I built one with a single E5520 (and Adaptec 5805 with 8 WD RE3) and could easily push 400MB/s+ through the quad-port gigabit NIC. This box also handled half a dozen VM's. Only reason for the 2P board was future upgrades when phasing out older servers and adding more VM's to it.

    For pure serving, save money and look at the 1P Xeons and boards. IIRC you can find some with an 8-port controller onboard, either LSI or Marvell.

    [​IMG]
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    Kreij Senior Monkey Moderator Staff Member

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    It's for our network at work. The words "overkill" and "over-engineered" have no meaning to me. ;)
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    Fourstaff Moderator Staff Member

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    Have you seen Mussel's server? Also, have you considered 1tb hard drives? They seem to offer better bang for buck the last time I checked. Also, is all that processing power needed? I have the feeling that you are going to build teh ultimate server using other people's (company's) money.
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    I have looked at 1TB HDDs. They are about $100 while the 500GBs are a little over $50. Not so much better bftb. I also do not need that much space. I do, however, want the redundancy, so 2 x 500 in RAID1 is half the price of 2 x 1TB.

    I want to basically consolidate 4 servers into one, which is why I opted for the 2 x CPUs. I also may want to run a low traffic instance of SQL Server on it also. I'm not sure yet.

    You are right, it is the company's money. However, it is a family owned company (actually two companies). Our family. So I do not spend foolishly. To buy a pre-built like this would be well over $6000.
    I also like to over-engineer things so that the network and systems will last for years for their needs.

    Also I should add I am trying to keep this around the $3K mark.
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    if this is for a home file server and you don't care about spending lots of money (because you most definitely are going overkill for a home file server) then i would recommend going with an 80+ gold psu made by either corsair or seasonic.
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    Read post above yours ER :D
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    oh for a network at work. for some reason i thought you indicated a home file server :laugh:

    anyway, if you want long term value then most definitely get an 80+ psu by corsair or seasonic. it will save on the electricity costs and be extremely reliable. what OS are you running on this?
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    Over this side, 1TB HDDs are only about £20 more than 500GBs, hence the suggestion.
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    Kreij Senior Monkey Moderator Staff Member

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    Either Sever 2003 or 2008. Depends on how motivated I get. Currently use all 2003 servers.
    The PSU I listed is 80+ certified. Is it not a good brand?
    I thought Antec made good power supplies?
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    Good, certainly. Very good, I am not too sure.
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    You could look in to a case with redundant power supplies if having a fail safe is important.
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    Thanks for the PSU suggestions. I'll do some more googling on PSU.

    @KTR : That is not as critical. Besides the RAID1, the data will be backed-up and archived. I can replace a PSU in about 5 minutes. Thanks for the suggestion though. :toast:
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    i am running server 2003 as well and it is stable. i dont like the interface and i hate the windows file system but eh...you can't win them all. i will be switching it over in the future to fedora 13 when they are done their beta testing.

    antec is fine but honestly seasonic and corsair are the PSU kings, especially at 80+ certified. i have them both and they are silent and powerful. i have never had any issues and i have not seen my electric bill go up even when folding.
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    Kreij Senior Monkey Moderator Staff Member

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    How are the OCZ's? They have an 80 PLUS GOLD 1000w supply.
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    they are ok. solid brand, but not to the caliber of seasonic or corsair.

    also dont be fooled. an 800 watt seasonic 80+ will give you A LOT more power than a 1000 mid range brand.
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    OCZ is good as well, never had one fail on me.
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    They usually don't for me as well, but I like to be somewhat within scope ;) (and I used to have a boss that threw money at IT)

    I still like my 1P box idea, get two if you were running a domain. A couple $1500 1P boxes? Oh, would be nice:

    [​IMG]

    Cute little server with oh so much power, I'm feeling all tingly...

    At my new job I'm managing a couple Mac OSX servers so I dream about the day when I can replace them with boxes like the above :D
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    Updates!?

    Regardless of which way you go with this, we'll be needing pics :D
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    Kreij Senior Monkey Moderator Staff Member

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    I'll be happy to supply pics. Still waiting for approval.
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    Kreij Senior Monkey Moderator Staff Member

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    I finally got this server build approved.

    Minor modifications to inital config. Here's my final picks.

    Xclio 777 Full Tower Case Antec 1200 Full Tower
    Antec CP-1000W Power Supply Corsair Professional AX850 PSU (80+ Gold)
    Asus Z8NA-D6C Dual Socket XEON Motherboard
    Intel XEON E5520 Quad Core Processor (x2)
    Intel BXSTS100A Active CPU Cooler (x2)
    Corsair 4GB DDR3 RAM for Tylersburg Platform Crucial 6GB (3x2GB) DDR3 (10600) (x2)
    HighPoint 2680 8-Port RAID Controller HighPoint 4320 SAS/SATA 8-Port RAID Controller
    HighPoint INT-MS-1M4S-8087 to 4 SATA fan-out cable (x2)
    Seagate 7200.12 500GB SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive Seagate SV35.5 500GB SATA 3.0GB/s Hard Drive (x8)
    Artic Silver Ceramique Thermal Compound
    Crucial CT64M225 2.5” 64GB SSD Dropped in favor of more RAM.

    This will replace 6 existing low-use servers/workstations.

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