I just built the following server and I'm in love with it.  I don't know if
it would be underpowered for you though.  Here are the specs (I purchased
all the hardware from NewEgg with the exception of the chassis which I got
from servers direct)

***3ware 9550SX-8LP 64-bit/133MHz PCI-X SATA II Raid Controller Card -
*1 *TYAN S3950G2NR Socket AM2 ServerWorks
*2 *Kingston 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) ECC
*1 *AMD Opteron 1212
1 *Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST380815AS
*4 *Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording

2U Chassis :  *Chenbro RM21508T2-BH LINK:

PS : SPI FSP650-802UR  Link:
Riser Cage, Rails, and CD Drive part numbers: Chenbro 84-321510-022
Chenbro 84H321210-050  Lite-on SSC-2485K

It is a dual-core Opteron with 2 GB ram.  The 3ware card supports 8 SATA
drives.  I have the 4 320GB seagates in RAID 10 and the 80GB seagate as the
internal OS disk.  Total cost $2104.53 (USD).  Like I said, you may need a
more power than me, but I love the configuration, the chassis, and the 3ware
card.  The SATA disks in RAID 10 get close to the same disk speed as 10K
SCSI (I know that is a bold claim).  In my tests they are getting up to
116Mb/s Read and 100Mb/s write.  Anyway, depending on your application, I
would recommend checking it out (especially the case if you want multiple
SATA drives).


On 4/5/07, pete wright <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

On 4/5/07, Don O'Neil <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> I'm getting ready to obsolete one of my old dual P2-800 servers and
> to get some suggestions from you all... I'm going to be building a new
> server to replace it and need more power, but not a TON more power...
> Something along the lines of dual 2.5 GHz processors with 4 GB RAM
should be
> more than enough.
> Any one have some suggestions for lower priced dual processor
> and CPU combos? Athlon, Xeon, P4, whatever, doesn't really matter. I'd
> to hear from some of you who are actually using certain combos in
> and your experiences (good or bad) with them and FreeBSD 6.2.

I've had good luck with multi core processors esp. the Intel 5130's.
They are a x86_64 capable CPU that will give you a SMP system in one
socket.  This should make the machine draw less power, require less
cooling, and hopefully the motherboard will be less expensive than a
multi-socket board.  Not sure where you are located - but I saw an add
for a Southern Californian Fry's that had the an "Intel Core2Duo"
motherboard/cpu combo for pretty cheap (~$190US).  I assume you can
find similar deals on the 'net as well.

Hope this helps!


Pete Wright
NYC's *BSD User Group
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