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About how much to build a basic, decent server?



2:38 pm on May 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I want to try to keep this real simple, I'm just looking for a general idea of how much it would cost to build a decent modern server. It's OK if some of the parts aren't the most expensive choice:

-designed for Unix/Apache as a web-server
-hard drive (80g is plenty for now)
-cpu speed around 3.0

or, even easier, if your up to date on this, who sells the best quality (somewhat cheap), basic, passable, brand new web-servers? Price range?

Thank you.

Matt Probert

5:04 pm on May 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I'd say Sun. They do the budget Raq range which are used by millions (billions?) of web sites.



10:03 pm on May 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Administrator jatar_k is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

a friend of mine has bought a couple on ebay that have been great for low cost

could cost you anywhere from 1K to 50K, it really depends on the spec for the app it is going to be running


5:36 pm on May 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member jtara is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 5+ Year Member

Not enough information.

Is this a test/development server (on which you will develop and test a website for deployment on a shared/rented server elsewhere), or a production server? If it's a production server, do you have some unique requirement to own and maintain the hardware yourself? It's probably better not to, and you might want to reconsider.

Where will it be located? In your office? At a remote co-location site?

What are your reliability requirements? Do you have a maximum down-time reqirement? Again, this has a lot more to do more with logistics (who maintains the hardware, where is it, etc.?) than the brand of the hardware.


7:44 pm on May 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

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"How much it would cost to build a decent modern server?"

It depends what you want to use it for.

If your looking for a entry level web / database server. Dell's 1850 aren't bad.


12:02 am on May 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Dell PowerEdge SC430 Server
Dual Core IntelŪ PentiumŪ D Processor 820 at 2.8GHz/2X1MB Cache, 800MHz FSB
1G DDR2, 533MHz, 2X512MB Single Ranked DIMMs
2 -  80GB Drives connected to Onboard SATA Controller

Runs on but not included
Windows ServerŪ 2003 R2,
Red Hat Enterprise Linux ES 4
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 EM64T

Are you ready for this! $499 US


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