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Old 11-15-2003, 03:48 PM
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Building a tower server


I'm looking to build a reliable mid-tower server to use for a webserver. I'm looking to use an AMD Athlon 2600+, and want the motherboard to be able to handle 2GB of ram (the maximum I'd put in it). What would you recommend as a motherboard, as well as a good case and fans - I don't build computers, so I'm a newbie at this.

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Old 11-15-2003, 03:58 PM
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My advice: Don't build a tower server. Get yourself a nice 1U or 2U case and build your server into that.

The cost savings for colocating a 1U or 2U server are enormous. Mid-tower servers are a pain in the @ss to colocate.

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Old 11-15-2003, 08:39 PM
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The place I'm looking at charges the same for mid-tower colo as they do for 1-4U - I've determined that it would be more cost-efficient for me to use a mid-tower, as it offers more expandability, as well as better cooling, and the cases are generally cheaper. The same configuration (2nd server, same config) may also be used by me personally to store files that I use for video editing. The raw video files are huge (In the GB range), and I have a new 200GB drive here waiting to be used got that purpose .

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Old 11-15-2003, 09:16 PM
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IMO, http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproduc...ion=13-131-436

Is one of the best boards out there for AMD...

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Old 11-15-2003, 09:47 PM
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Well, you have one thing right -- mid-tower cases are cheaper. However, I'd definitely argue the other factors.

We bought a 2U case a couple days ago. It has 6x3.5" drive bays, 2x5.25" drive bays, and 4 fans. We put a dual 1GHz setup in there with no problems. We have a couple 200GB disks here as well... besides power issues (you'll want a 400w power supply to run dual 200GB), a 1U or 2U case will suit you just fine.

Most (and I mean most, as in every company that colocates in racks or cabinets as opposed to having their own datacenter with shelves), will charge you extra for colocation. The only colocation company that I know that charges you the same for 1U and 4U is ServerMatrix, but they have their own datacenter, so they probably just put you on a shelf. If you decide to change colocation providers later, you will incur a hefty difference between 1U/2U and a midtower server.

You can shrug off my advice if you want, but I'd recommend planning ahead. Build your system out into a 1U or 2U case. A 1U will be fine if you only need one or two drives; if you want more expandability, go with the 2U. You'll pay about $100 more upfront, but IMHO you'll better equip yourself for the future.

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Old 11-15-2003, 10:23 PM
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I'm probably going to build the server for my home network use before I think of deploying one as a live web server. I don't have a rack to mount servers in at home, so I'd at least like a mid-tower for home. What would be a good and sturdy case that allows for good cooling?

Erica - Where do you buy your rackmount cases? I've seen a ton of places selling them, but am not sure which ones are good quality in terms of cooling and case durability.

-Josh
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Old 11-17-2003, 05:06 AM
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We buy them here and there... we recently bought a couple from Rackmounts Etc., and they seem to be doing fine. Supermicro cases also come highly recommended from what I can tell, though we don't have any in our rack.

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Old 11-17-2003, 09:54 PM
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