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Server Build

By TheCase
Apr 14, 2008
  1. Hi,

    I am building a server wich will be used for web hosting and a game server, but the game server wont be used like you'd imagine a game server to be used as it will be testing a mod out ... wont attract lots of people 24/7 like a game server would.

    Case and PSU: http://www.ebuyer.com:80/product/135101
    RAM: http://www.ebuyer.com:80/product/98710 (Hope to overlock to something like 4-4-4-12 timings)
    Fan: http://www.ebuyer.com:80/product/63281/
    Hard Drive: http://www.ebuyer.com:80/product/130826
    CD-ROM: http://www.ebuyer.com:80/product/131755
    Heatsinker: http://www.ebuyer.com:80/product/136623 (Will this be ok as I have a midi case and micro motherboard, is it too big)
    Motherboard:http://www.ebuyer.com:80/product/140712/
    Processor: People told me to go for http://www.ebuyer.com:80/product/127248 and I can overclock it to 3ghz. I think though http://www.ebuyer.com:80/product/133386 this is better as more cache and I could overclock it to 3.8ghz maybe.

    Whats a better CPU and any other changes anyone recommends, or can you see something that wont work?

    Thanks
     
  2. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    Yes, I would agree your Intel Core 2 Duo E4500 2.2GHz Socket 775 800FSB 2MB L2 Cache OEM Processor is a better choice. We like the Gigabyte GA-73VM-S2 GeForce 7050 Socket 775 Onboard VGA 6 channel audio mATX Motherboard, but you will find a great number of people on this forum who prefer the ASUS. The Seagate with its huge cache and five year warranty is an intelligent choice; but I would want a bit more power supply than what you have chosen.
     
  3. TheCase

    TheCase TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 76

    Because it is OEM what does this mean, will it still come in a box and no heatsink?

    Will I notice alot of difference with the cache, I guess the more the better as it is a server. Is this PSU better?

    http://www.ebuyer.com:80/product/116522

    Also can you confirm that I will be able to plug in my old IDE hard drive while I save up for that 500GB one? It does support IDE both motherboard and PSU, I think :)

    Thanks
     
  4. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    Are you talking about Windows, Windows VISTA, Windows XP or some other component.
    The OEM versions are for the building of original systems... OEM usually means Original Equipment Manufacturer.
    The OEM versions are stripped down to basics, with the assumption that the builder or manufacturer will want to add components or setups of their own. For most persons, they are a good buy. However, they do not include all options.
    There are many functions, such as repair modes, and special install modes,that are not included with an OEM version... but then instead of $132, you might have to spend $399 to get all of those seldom used extras... The assumption is that the buyer can buy those if he or she needs them, but there is no reason for the builder to pay for them.
    A disadvantage of OEM versions is there some perceived limitations on the license, since it is tied permanently to the first computer on which it is installed... and supposedly cannot be moved to another. Microsoft reports that the license dies when the motherboard dies. I don't think this is exacly true, as people move their installs often.
    Retail Windows or Office versions supposed don't have this
    restriction, but it is just as difficult to move one install to another machine for most users. But an OEM version can be upgraded... Some versions cannot.
    Support is another issue. Microsoft says they will "Support" the OEM, but they do not say what "support" means. They certainly do not provide the same support they do to the "Full Versioin" . Microsoft does not provide Technical Suport for Windows or Office, which they do for the full versions.
    Basically, the OEM version has a licensing agreement that says must
    support the technical aspects of the version. Other than that an OEM is
    supported through hotfixes and service packs. The real or full technical support is expected to be provided by the builder or manufacturer.
     
  5. TheCase

    TheCase TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 76

    I was talking about the processor being OEM.

    http://www.ebuyer.com:80/product/116522, is this better?

    Also can you confirm that I will be able to plug in my old IDE hard drive while I save up for that 500GB one? It does support IDE both motherboard and PSU, I think :)

    Thanks
     
  6. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    You can plug it in, but if it was previously installed in another computer, Windows on that drive will not work in another machine without a lot of special tricks. Windows will detect that the hardware has changed and decide, by default, that piracy is taking place. You will need the product ID that was installed, and a call to Microsoft to get it straight.
    If you are not attempting to migrate the existing install, it will work fine.
     
  7. TheCase

    TheCase TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 76

  8. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    Well, I think so, and the price difference is certainly worth it.
     
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