Second: What cpu/chipset should I be looking for? While I plan to put the box to folding, all I really care about is having a board that maximizes the throughput of the hard drive. I'd prefer Intel, but an willing to deal with AMD again. Should I try and dig up a p3 and board? or should I get a 1.8A, some pc2100, and try and overclock it? Any p4 chipsets I should avoid like the plague? (I like my canterwood-wannabe.)
Looking over the hardware you do have, I noticed you have a 10/100 mbit network card. Since this is a network file server (I'm assuming), you're not even going to come close to maximizing the throughput of the hard drive.
You'd have to upgrade your network to fiber optics or gigabit ethernet or something of the likes to even come remotely close. Otherwise, the real-world throughput of a 100 mbit per second network connection is somewhere around ~9 megabytes a second due to network overhead and other "traffic". For reference, most modern hard drives can sustain transfer rates around 40-50 megabytes a second, with some SCSI drives hitting well into the 70 megabyte per second range--enough to even saturate a gigabit ethernet.
So, my reccomendation to you is to focus on getting any stable board that supports either sata or ATA100 and up. Either one is going to have enough "speed" to satisfy your requirements with little trouble.
Third: Speaking of hard drives, I'm really tempted to replace the Cuda V (which I'm moving out of my current box for the server) with one of those new Raptors, but I ph33r the noise they might make. I have SATA support already, 74 gig is about the size I need, and something speedy would be nice. If I step away from the dark path of evil (WD) should I go samsung? I'd prefer to go SATA at this point, especially if it's a non-bridged drive.
Again, you're going to get speed that on the vast majority of networks you won't be able to use. If you upgraded to a gigabit network, it may be worth it, but otherwise you'd just be paying money to get a fast, noisy drive that you'll probably never make use of. I'd highly reccomend you stick with less performance oriented drives, since you're not going to see a huge benefit (probably zilch) by going with a raptor. Save your $$$, upgrade to gigabit network.
It's akin to buying a ferrari to go to the supermarket and buy groceries.
Currently, my network runs at 100 mbit (soon to be 1000
), and I have a Seagate IV on an intel 440bx motherboard running at ata33. The bottleneck is the network, by a long, long shot.
Any advice on server running, etc. would be appreciative. Especially in the realms of silence.
1. Buy a very low power processor and video card.
2. Get a good power supply (seasonic is my advised unit)
3. Get a good UPS.
4. Keep in mind the various bottlenecks you're going to encounter--most likely it's going to be the actual network, not the computer. My "server" is a P2-400, and it's more than capable of flooding my network. Things will change when I go to gigabit, but for the time being I have to work within those limitations.
5. No sound card, keyboard, mouse, monitor, or any of that crap. Go headless if at all possible.