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regarding inexpensive budget, reasonable performance web server setup

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jeremygwa
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hello all,

I'd like your opinion of an appropriate hardware configuration for a webserver running java enabled web services and cgi. I am on a budget, so I will not be buying "Official" server hardware, more-so, "PC" hardware. Some of the hardware I will purchase will be used.

I would like to know which components of a system for this purpose, would be appropriate in concentrating money on.
is it a nic, ram, hard-drive, cpu?

Thanks in advance for your advice.

-Jeremy A.

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jeremygwa
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when you say server harddrives, what do I have to look for in the specs? eg. serial-ata,sata etc??

linuxhippy
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most "better" scsi drivers are server-hardware. However you won't get $/Gb prices as you used to get if for desktop stuff.

For SATA-Stuff you've to browser at manufacturer pages. Wether a drive is SATA doesn't mean anything at all for its lifetime.

sdo
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Unless you're serving a good deal of static content (HTML files, images) or have a large number of cgi scripts, the disk won't typically matter. Much better to configure enough memory so that the system doesn't page (including holding the scripts in memory).

linuxhippy
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The problem is not drive speed, but drive lifetime.
Desktop drives are not built to run 24/7, however most will do fine for a year or another. So if reliability is not problem ... you can also buy cheap drives ;)

linuxhippy
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Use server harddrives, desktop stuff dies under load. seriously.

djjd
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I agree with linuxhippy. Besides disk, configuring a bit more memory instead of a faster processor is a better choice. Any idea on the type of load you expect this system to be under? Is the webpage static or dynamic?