Need advice on server spec, switching hosts & want to save $

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  • sross
    Senior Member
    • Mar 2004
    • 660

    Need advice on server spec, switching hosts & want to save $


    Currently paying out the wazoo at rackspace for a dedicated opteron 246 box. Here is my current spec:

    Dual AMD Opteron 246
    4gb ram
    73gb scsi x2 raid1
    25gb managed backup 2 week retention
    1,000gb bandwidth
    cisco pix 501 firewall

    Now.. My forum details are nearly 28,000 registered (20 new regs a day), 5-700posts per day, forum discussion and galleries but mostly discussions. My cpu load seems to be around 0.50-1.00-1.50 peak. Site always seems speedy.

    I am looking at liquidweb & wiredtree and am undecided. I've been out of the server hardware game for a while and am unsure what a decent spec would be for my size forum. Is a AMD Phenom QUAD Core 9500 comparable to my current dual opteron 246? Maybe even better? The liquidweb "webmaster series" spec I am looking at is:

    » Fast Dual Core X2 Processor » 24/7/365 Phone and Helpdesk Support » 24/7/365 Pro-Active Service Monitoring » 100% Network Uptime Guarantee » 30 Minute Hardware Replacement SLA » 3200GB Premium Multi-Homed Bandwidth
    (1600in + 1600out)
    Price: $319/mon
    AMD Phenom QUAD Core 9500
    4gb ram
    dual 74gb raptor raid1
    Grateful for any advice! Thanks

  • royo
    Senior Member
    • Jan 2005
    • 417
    • 3.7.x

    It should be ok I suppose. I'm guessing you're an AMD fan, since the Phenom sits pretty low on the cache side. Are you really trying to save cash and get an upgrade? Getting a firewall will cost too, and you might also need some backup space.


    • sross
      Senior Member
      • Mar 2004
      • 660

      I had heard a while back vb likes AMD but if Intel is kickin some butt these days I'd have no issues going with that..


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