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       I want to install server 2003 with sharepoint & Mail server software ,
         So i want to purchase a hardware server pc for our office .Here is only 30 user,s ,everybody please help me.
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It sounds like you really would be perfect for Microsoft Small Business Server (SBS) 2003 (or if you wait 6 weeks, you can get Server 2008).

SBS comes with Sharepoint, Exchange for Email, and of course, Server 2003.  It is designed for small networks from 1-75 users... You would need 25 additional Client Access Licenses (CALs) and the server hardware should LIKELY be:
*Dual Core CPU with ability to upgrade LATER to a quad core
*4 GB RAM
*AT LEAST 2x500GB hard drives in a RAID 1 Mirror (maybe more depending on your disk usage requirements).

After that, the specs aren't all that important.  A business your size running SBS on the hardware described should be just fine.

(If you go with SBS 2008 in 6 weeks, then I would AT LEAST double the RAM - maybe triple it 8-12 GB and probably start off with the quad core CPU.  Disk would be the same.  Also note: Due to pricing changes, SBS 2008 will be CHEAPER than SBS 2003 overall because the CALs are cheaper.  Once you have more than 20 users, you start saving money by using 2008 instead of 2003.

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Any idea about cash memory & FSB.
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Any specific board & Processor model
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Those things, for the size of your network, are not terribly important.  Whatever comes with a modern server.

As for the specific board and processor - you would be very unwise to try to BUILD this server yourself.  Servers run the business.  You need them to be as easy as possible to get help with.  You build it yourself and what happens when you have a problem with one component?  Who do you call?  Lets say it's the hard drive controller - you call the controller maker... but they blame the hard manufacturer... the hard drive manufacturer blames the controller manufacturer... and where are you?  sitting frustrated with a down server and two vendors who blame each other.

Instead, you buy a Dell, HP, or IBM.  You call them - they can't blame the other guy - they send you both replacement components and your server is working again.
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Actually  i have already install SBS on local desktop, So is it comfortable for this.
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