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Windows 7: New Desktop needed -- Domestic desktop or small Server ??

27 Jun 2011   #1

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
New Desktop needed -- Domestic desktop or small Server ??

Hi all
Strange request this one -- I need a new Desktop / Workstation -- needs to be a fixed workstation.

I've got plenty of spare disk drives and memory modules and I don't need to buy a monitor.

From what I've seen so far it seems I can get a MUCH better deal on buying a Low end Robust mini tower SERVER such as the LENOVO THINKSERVER S100V (basic model around 300 GBP / 460 USD) rather than a workstation such as say DELL INSPIRON.

The workstation will get ROBUST use and needs to be on for long periods.

A Mini tower Server seems to be the better option -- I can "Up the memory" and increase the disk space and run Windows 7 without a problem on it. Seems Servers at the lower end of the market are actually CHEAPER than Desktops.

(Not talking about "Racks" or "Blades" btw -- these are more specialized nd expensive of course.

I don't need extreme gaming so "Roll your own" isn't applicable here.

Any comments - Disadvantages of running a PHYSICAL server as a workstation (note that a WORKSTATION OS would be installed on it BTW).


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27 Jun 2011   #2

Windows 8 Pro 64-bit

Building your own rig doesn't only apply to gaming. But if you're adamant about buying a prebuilt... I don't see why there would be any problem, other than the extras (graphics, sound card) not being exactly up to par.
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27 Jun 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Servers are often much nosier, and often can consume larger amounts of electricity. Hard drives for servers (if SCSI, or SAS) are often much more expensive.
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27 Jun 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

The memory for the server is going to be more expensive as well, most likely, because it would require ECC.
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 New Desktop needed -- Domestic desktop or small Server ??

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