I suppose I’ve already taken for granted some aspects of my own ecosystem plan as I am writing this entry. For I have already built a new server to replace my old one. It’s not the dream-machine Nehalem behemoth I would have liked to have built, but this one is much more cost effective, can be built today (instead of some far-off future), and has the advantage of stability (because the parts I used have been vetted by extensive reviews on NewEgg).
So, without further ado, here’s the new server I built:
- Intel Core 2 Quad Q9400 at 2.66 GHz
- Thermaltake Typhoon CPU cooler
- Asus P5Q Intel P45 motherboard
- 4 GB (2x2GB) of DDR2 800MHz RAM
- nVidia GeForce 8600GT (with Silent Pipe design)
- 650W Antec EarthWatts power supply
- Antec Three-Hundred Case
- 250 GB hard drive (system)
- 6×500 GB hard drives (in RAID 5 array for 2.3 TB of redundant storage)
- Windows Server 2008 (full-feature promo version)
As anyone worth their IT salt should know, you can’t forget to ask what role the server plays. Is it a web server? A file server? An ADDS (Active Directory Directory Services) server? Or something else? In my case, this computer will be primarily a file server: hence the large amount of redundant storage space. So does the current design of my server justify its role? Well, not really. The 1.8GHz single-core socket 939 AMD Opteron processor with a gig of RAM and a software RAID 5 of 4×500 GB hard drives did the job of a file server (albeit not fantastically). So was my upgrade justified?
Well, to answer that question we have to consider the last item in the server’s spec list: Windows Server 2008. That program, or rather operating system (the enterprise edition I have) is easily worth $1,500 by itself. I don’t know about you, but I’d want to make sure that the computer on which I installed my $1,500 piece of non-transferrable software was going to last. And that’s why I opted for the components that I did.
I thought about incorporating a justification for each of the components in this one post, but as I began to write about the very first item, I realized that I had put so much thought into the choices I had made that to sum it up in a glib paragraph each would lose much of the reasoning. So I’ll continue outlining each component’s justification in future posts (all part of the “Server” series). There’s just so much involved in describing each component’s purpose that I’d much rather take the time to clearly focus on one part at a time. So I’ll begin my next post with the processor for my server . . .