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  1. #1
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    Game Server Hosting Machine

    Hello, I need help choosing the proper parts for a server hosting machine. My budget is under 1000$. I already have a 3U Case. How can I choose a proper Motherboard/CPU? Should I buy a Xeon Quad Or use a Intel Core2Quad or 2 Intel Xeon 3800DP. Please help me choose the proper CPU/Motherboard that can support DDR3 Ram. Thank You for your time.

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    Are you sure you want to use the 3U case, as it will add some to the colocation cost?
    Your budget will allow you to get a 1U Dell R210 with X3450 CPU, 4Gb RAM and 250Gb SATA HDD - a machine perfect for game server hosting. You will also get 3 years of warranty, with replacement on-site which will help you as you are going colo.
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    Should I purchase a server with 2 Sockets? So i can upgrade to dual quad core later on? Or one quad is enough?

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    That's up to you and your budget. You could take a look at the R410, which is a 1U chassis with dual sockets.

    Hosting a dual cpu system will cost you more though, more power and more bandwidth. Compare that to getting a second single CPU-system and an additional 1U housing.

    Pros with dual CPU - slightly cheaper hosting (rackspace cost) and license costs
    Cons with dual CPU - all your apples in one basket, disk I/O may need to be taken into consideration

    About your question if one quad is enough - enough for what?
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    If your looking for something to hold a number of servers and have maximum performance, then of course you'll want the better hardware. A quad core is decent enough, however, I wouldn't settle with a dual core.

    Dual Quad Core is the way to go if you have the budget.
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