Building a Server - Is it a good idea?
Posted on 2004-10-19
I am using all my remaining points as I need your support and I hope you can help. We are in the process of starting up a Market Research company and we need a server to host a database. Being a startup company – money is very tight. The database is large (approx 10-12GB) and one table has Full Text Indexing (table contains 14 million records)
Performance is key, however as this server sole function is hosting this database we do not need all the fancy trappings of a commerical server. Our requirements are Dual CPU, Fast Memory, Fast I/O [apologies for the use of non descriptive words]. Therefore our ideal server would have the following spec:
Motherboard: Dual Xeon
Processors + Fans: 2Ghz or more each
Memory: 4 GB DDR or RMBS
Form Factor Case: ATX
Hard Disk 1xSCSI & 1xIDE
These are indeed simple requirements, however we are finding it a challenge to find an ideal server (including second hand). We are now considering building one ourselves. This ofcourse has additional risks etc, however it may be the most ideal solution from both a cost saving point of view as well as having a solution that best meets our needs.
The building will be done by myself – although an IT graduate and comfortable doing routine tasks (e.g. Hard disk changes, memory – everything short of playing with the CPU or motherboard) – I have never build a pc.
So – what is my question? I guess I am writing this to get some perspective if ‘building a server’ is a good idea or am I just asking for trouble? Also, are there any key components that I am missing?
P.S Our main source for second hand servers has been ebay.co.uk – however nothing ideal has appeared. Does anyone else know of any other sources?