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Recommended specs for my server


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#1 Karzahni

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Posted 12 February 2016 - 06:30 AM

I'm looking at upgrading my gear, but am not sure what specs I would need to operate comfortably. Here's what I currently have:

 

Desktop:

MSI 970 Gaming Motherboard

AMD FX-8350 Eight-core Black Edition 4.0 GHz

2x4 GB DDR3 RAM OC 2133 MHz

EVGA GeForce GTX 950

128 GB SSD

750 GB HDD

EVGA 750W 80+ Bronze PSU

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64

 

Used for:

Running VMs to mess around with

Gaming including Minecraft, PCSX2, Saints Row IV

 

Server:

Dell OptiPlex 780

Intel Core 2 Duo E7500 2.93 GHz

2x2 GB DDR3 RAM

2x500 GB HDDs RAID0

Dell 305W PSU

CentOS 6.7 basic server with GNOME, runlevel 3

 

Used for:

Minecraft 40 mod Forge server

Samba for backup and NAS

Cloud storage (only me and maybe my mother would be accessing it)

Potential web server

Remote access would be nice

(I don't normally run the GUI)

 

Now I would like to do one of the following:

1. Upgrade everything

2. Replace the server with a custom one

3. Replace both systems with one unit and run a virtual server

 

Option 1 would involve upping the RAM in both systems and replacing the CPU in the server to a converted Xeon

 

Option 2 is where I don't have much idea what specs I need

 

Option 3 would probably see a Xeon E3 teamed with a gaming Z97 board (therefore a good CPU to accommodate server use plus a motherboard with great sound and ethernet, for gaming)

 

So basically, what specs would I be wanting to run those applications on the server? If I were to go with a combined system, what specs would I need to run everything? I am prepared to throw some money at this.

 

Thanks


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Posted 12 February 2016 - 04:36 PM

Desktop Upgrades I'd recommend

 

RAM 2x8gb Gskill Sniper 2400mhz

GPU  390/X Sapphire Nitro see here

SSD 500GB samsung Evo



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Posted 12 February 2016 - 11:03 PM

Desktop Upgrades I'd recommend

 

RAM 2x8gb Gskill Sniper 2400mhz

GPU  390/X Sapphire Nitro see here

SSD 500GB samsung Evo

 

I know what I'd want for upgrading the desktop, I'm more interested in what specs would be recommended for my server, or for a combined system.

 

If I wanted to upgrade graphics I'd buy another 950 or two (that was my plan when I bought it).

 

Thanks anyway


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Posted 13 February 2016 - 02:35 AM

Just for an update, I think I'll choose to connect the desktop to the TV and use it just for gaming. I'll replace the server with a new one, and connect it to my current setup. That way I can use the server as my every day PC, and the current desktop as solely a gaming PC.

 

I was looking at either a Xeon E3-1240 v5, or a Xeon E3-1246 v3. The v5 would cost more to buy a mobo and RAM, but it'd be DDR4 which is a plus.

 

I don't know whether a server mobo is worth it. Desktop ones are far cheaper. My ideas:

for the v3:

Asus P9D-V (server) or MSI Z97S SLI Krait (desktop)

for the v5:

SuperMicro MBD-X11SAE-M-O Micro ATX (server) or MSI Z170-A Pro (desktop)


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