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    Recommend a server

    Running vBulletin, at peak times we get roughly 200 members and 400 guests browsing the forum.

    Our budget would be about 90 and would like it if cPanel was included in that price.

    What kind of server should we be after?

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    Do you need a managed solution or unmanaged?
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    According to Google, that's about $150/month USD. In the US you should be able to get a nice dual core or maaaaybe a low end quad core in that price range. You're also right around the price range where it's worth asking providers if they have anything off their main server line that might be a good fit for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GarrettReardon View Post
    Do you need a managed solution or unmanaged?
    I'm guessing that a managed server, fitting my needs, would probably cost more than 90.

    If there are, great, but I've a feeling unmanaged may be the only way for me to go here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zomgmike View Post
    According to Google, that's about $150/month USD. In the US you should be able to get a nice dual core or maaaaybe a low end quad core in that price range. You're also right around the price range where it's worth asking providers if they have anything off their main server line that might be a good fit for you.

    What are you running everything on right now?
    Is a higher end Dual Core about equal to a lower end Quad Core? What would you recommend I go for?

    I'm on a VPS at the moment, 512mb guaranteed RAM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Damo06 View Post
    Is a higher end Dual Core about equal to a lower end Quad Core? What would you recommend I go for?

    I'm on a VPS at the moment, 512mb guaranteed RAM.
    Out of curiosity, what is your bottleneck so far (disk IO, memory, or CPU)? You could sign up for a VPS with dedicated CPU and more dedicated memory as that would save you a bit of money. Plus, you're being hosted on a more power server than you'd get with your budget.

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    Are you looking for something in the US? If so, take a look at Wholesale Internet. They have a decent network and amazing prices.

    http://www.wholesaleinternet.com/dedicated.php

    They don't seem to offer cPanel licensing through them but they do offer an incredible price on DirectAdmin, which is a great control panel. If you specifically need cPanel then you can always purchase it separately from cPanelDirect (www.cpaneldirect.net)
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    Quote Originally Posted by UNIXy View Post
    Out of curiosity, what is your bottleneck so far (disk IO, memory, or CPU)? You could sign up for a VPS with dedicated CPU and more dedicated memory as that would save you a bit of money. Plus, you're being hosted on a more power server than you'd get with your budget.

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    20GB disk space, only using half of that, so that's not the main issue.

    We keep running out of memory at 512mb, so that is probably the most important factor here. I was told that 4GB is what I'd want to be aiming for, but is that not an awful lot of RAM for 600 concurrent members?

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    I would recommend ServerBeach (Mainly because I use them). Right now they have a Opteron 1218 that has 2 gigs of ram and comes with two 500 gig hard drives. It also has 3300 GIGs of bandwidth, cPanel is and extra $25. For managed services, I would recommend PSM (Platinum Server Management).

    Price Brakedown

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    Quote Originally Posted by Damo06 View Post
    20GB disk space, only using half of that, so that's not the main issue.

    We keep running out of memory at 512mb, so that is probably the most important factor here. I was told that 4GB is what I'd want to be aiming for, but is that not an awful lot of RAM for 600 concurrent members?
    4 gigs is a good goal to set since your community will keep growing over time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Damo06 View Post
    20GB disk space, only using half of that, so that's not the main issue.

    We keep running out of memory at 512mb, so that is probably the most important factor here. I was told that 4GB is what I'd want to be aiming for, but is that not an awful lot of RAM for 600 concurrent members?
    That's a bit drastic to move from 512MB to 4GB. Try 2GB first and perhaps 2-3GHz slice. Save some money in the process. By the way, when I mentioned IO, I meant disk performance not storage capacity. For example, a hard drive can only handle a certain number of requests per second before it saturates and starts queuing requests. I don't believe this is an issue in your case. More memory can definitely lower your dependency on disk IO.

    Let me know if you have any question.

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    Thanks for the replies people, appreciated greatly!

    Right, I've had a look at wholesaleinternet.net, what do you think about this? Good price?

    Intel Core 2 Quad 2.66Ghz
    2GB RAM
    500GB SATA Hard Drive
    10Mbit Unmetered or 1500GB Bandwidth on 100Mbit Port
    5 IP addresses on a private VLAN
    Linux/BSD OS
    One Free OS reload
    $99

    Plus $36 for cPanel, bringing the total to: $135

    I coould add an extra 2GB RAM for $10.

    Could that deal be bettered do you think? Would it handle my needs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Damo06 View Post
    Thanks for the replies people, appreciated greatly!

    Right, I've had a look at wholesaleinternet.net, what do you think about this? Good price?

    Intel Core 2 Quad 2.66Ghz
    2GB RAM
    500GB SATA Hard Drive
    10Mbit Unmetered or 1500GB Bandwidth on 100Mbit Port
    5 IP addresses on a private VLAN
    Linux/BSD OS
    One Free OS reload
    $99
    I highly recommend getting a second hard drive to do RAID-1 (mirroring / redundancy) so if one hard drive fails your server doesn't crash and experience down time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UNIXy View Post
    I highly recommend getting a second hard drive to do RAID-1 (mirroring / redundancy) so if one hard drive fails your server doesn't crash and experience down time.

    Regards
    So an extra $10.

    Is that a good price, $155?

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    Would I even need the Quad Core, do you think this would suffice for my needs?

    Intel Core 2 Duo 2.5Ghz
    4GB RAM
    500GB SATA Hard Drive
    10Mbit Unmetered or 1500GB Bandwidth on 100Mbit Port
    5 IP addresses on a private VLAN
    Linux/BSD OS
    RAID-1
    One Free OS reload
    $89

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    Quote Originally Posted by Damo06 View Post
    Would I even need the Quad Core, do you think this would suffice for my needs?

    Intel Core 2 Duo 2.5Ghz
    4GB RAM
    500GB SATA Hard Drive
    10Mbit Unmetered or 1500GB Bandwidth on 100Mbit Port
    5 IP addresses on a private VLAN
    Linux/BSD OS
    RAID-1
    One Free OS reload
    $89

    You do not need a Quad Core.

    The above server is fine but you need to make sure to optimize it properly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Damo06 View Post
    Would I even need the Quad Core, do you think this would suffice for my needs?

    Intel Core 2 Duo 2.5Ghz
    4GB RAM
    500GB SATA Hard Drive
    10Mbit Unmetered or 1500GB Bandwidth on 100Mbit Port
    5 IP addresses on a private VLAN
    Linux/BSD OS
    RAID-1
    One Free OS reload
    $89
    You did not add the second 500GB drive -- If you choose RAID-1 then you need two identical sized drives.
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    A Core2duo would be good for your without any problems. Did you take a look at the offer section?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SC-Daniel View Post
    Are you looking for something in the US? If so, take a look at Wholesale Internet. They have a decent network and amazing prices.

    I just purchased one of Wholesale Internet's servers (entry level) for a new project. So far I have been very impressed with the customer service I have recieved during the setup processes, and the price was amazing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Damo06 View Post
    Would I even need the Quad Core, do you think this would suffice for my needs?

    Intel Core 2 Duo 2.5Ghz
    4GB RAM
    500GB SATA Hard Drive
    10Mbit Unmetered or 1500GB Bandwidth on 100Mbit Port
    5 IP addresses on a private VLAN
    Linux/BSD OS
    RAID-1
    One Free OS reload
    $89
    If it's just $10 more, go for the quad core, it is night and day.

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