I'm planning on getting a new server dedicated to my database (no site files or PHP will be used on the server). The database is very large, around 4 GB. My site is primarily a forum and gets 50,000+ people a day. So I need some advice on what kind of specs I should look for with a new server.
What operating system would be best?
How much RAM?
How much CPU?
Would RAID help?
What about an SSD hard drive?
I'll most likely be getting the server customized through hostgator.