Single or Dual Quad Core Xeon
Posted on 2008-06-19
Hi All, we are "spec'ing" up a new server for a new smallish client and would just like some advice on 2 configurations we have narrowed it down to.
Firstly the intended OS: MS Server 2003 Std (32 Bit) running as domian controller, terminal server, application server, dhcp, dns (pretty much running everything) for 20-25 concurrent users.
Apps: MS Office, couple very small parts databases, MYOB and some other in house management software.
Supermicro MBX7SBE Single Xeon m/b
Intel Xeon X3350 2.66GHZ 1333MHZ 12MB Quad Active
4GB DDR2 800 ECC 240pin RAM
Supermicro X7DVL-E Dual Xeon m/b
Intel Xeon E5405 2.0GHz 1333MHZ 12MB Quad Active
4GB DDR2 667 Full Buffered ECC
Both configs will have RAIDed hard drives and all the other "normal" bits and pieces.
Even though Config 2 looks like a much faster and better solution on the face of it, the cost increase is quite significant. So our question is will Config 1 be able to handle our intended setup, given that it is only a 32 bit OS, and still have some in reserve or do we have to convince our client to spend the extra dollars to go to Config 2 (with slow CPU's and RAM).
Any advice will be appreciated.