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Last Updated: 27 July 2008


In this category of servers the main priority is low cost, with reliability as a close second consideration. Price has always been the number one concern of most Malaysian buyers.


While performance is important, we do not consider it a vital part of building a budget server; it is merely something that is considered when price and reliability have been established. This is not to say that performance is ignored because an efficient server will mean better productivity for the users depending on the server. Platform stability is also a priority and in this respect, many of our clients have always settled for servers based on the Intel® IA-32 architecture. Although AMD's OpteronTM is a strong contender, the lack of a 64-bit version of Windows Server 2003 is somewhat hampering its acceptance in small business environments.


The server we recommend below would be suitable for up to 20-25 users as a general rule of thumb. However, every company have their own requirements and depending on needs, the number of users connected to the server may be more or less than the above specified numbers.


System Platform


Mainboard: Intel® Entry Server Board SE7210TP1-E   CPU: Intel® Pentium® 4 3.2E GHz processor
Approximate Retail Price: RM 1,845


The Intel® Entry Server Board SE7210TP1-E delivers essential features and enhanced I/O bandwidth for entry-level server applications. This is an up to date mainboard that leverages on the desktop Intel® Pentium® 4 processor's 800 MHz processor side bus and Hyper-Threading Technology. You can start off with serial ATA-150 RAID hard drives initially and add a SCSI adaptor and hard discs later, as your business grows and demand more throughput. Dual Intel® PRO 1000 and Intel® PRO 100 ethernet chips provide the network bandwidth for your growing business. This is the ideal server platform for a small startup business. The Intel® Pentium® 4 processor is the latest generation of Intel processors designed to deliver advanced performance for emerging web and PC technologies. Based on Intel® NetBurst™ Microarchitecture, the Pentium® 4 processor provides superior performance for users who demand the latest technology. For an entry level server, we recommend the 3.2E GHz 0.09 micron "Prescott" core CPU with 1 MB L2 cache. This will ensure that the server runs efficiently at all the times.


Graphics & Memory


Onboard Graphics: ATI RAGE™ XL SVGA PCI video controller with 8 MB RAM

Memory: 2 X 256 MB (total 512 MB) Kingston 400MHz DDR PC3200 ECC DIMM 3-3-3
Approximate Retail Price:
RM 625


On a server mainboard, video graphics requirements are quite basic because they are only needed to power a monitor when the server is under maintenance or configuration by technical personnel. The ATI RAGE™ XL is designed to deliver quality 2D/3D/video acceleration. It addresses fundamental graphics display requirements of a server mainboard. The Kingston Error Checking and Correcting (ECC) memory module is rated at CAS 3 and is on par with other PC3200 modules from the likes of Apacer, etc. 512 MB of memory should be more than enough for entry level server applications unless you run other applications that require significant main memory capacity. Using PC3200 memory also ensures easy CPU upgrade in future.

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