Looking at dedicated upgrade suggestions.
Based on these two configurations what difference in performance would we likely see.
This is for a med-large VB forum pulling 500GB month bandwidth currently. Hopefully more soon LOL
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Using 500gb bandwidth a month currently
Intel Core i7 860
Any suggestions recommendations are greatly appreciated
I personally configure servers with RAID for peace of mind. I'd go with option #2. If your forum is busy you don't necessarily need to throw more processing power at it. A memory web accelerator can take the load off quite substantially.
Second option is better.
It keeps space for growth.
I would still prefer more RAM!
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Doubling the RAM is a good idea, and you should go with it, and see if you need more after this upgrade. Setting up 3 SATA drives in RAID-5 or 4 in RAID-10 will offer a large speed increase over your current setup, and will probably leave you without I/O troubles for a while.
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