Server build config, what would you do?

Eric Zimmerman heli at
Wed Apr 9 15:43:37 UTC 2008

Wojciech Puchar wrote:
>> would like at least a Core2Duo CPU, but would consider Xeon (single or 
>> dual CPU boards are fine).
>> The server will be for file storage and general services like email, 
>> apache, etc.  Not a ton of volume for either
> so why at least core2duo. for your case 50$ used computer (possibly with 
> larger disk) is enough.
>> I plan to use a 3-Ware or Areca controller (4 port). Does one of those 
>> work better than the other? I have had pretty good luck with some 
>> 3-Ware cards so
> no special controller works best.

I'd like a C2D to allow for future growth and the fact that it will be 
serving files for several people on my home network not to mention the 
other services on it.

Why do you think no special controller works best? If that was the case, 
why would they even make hardware based RAID cards, or RAID cards at 
all? I have a solid backup plan in place, but why risk downtime when 
solutions are available?

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