I agree, if price/performance ratio is your most important metric, then a Dual Athlon server is the way to go. At our shop, we are 100% Intel/HP rackmounts, and we pay through the nose for that extra bit of security knowing that if something goes wrong with a server, HP will have the replacement part here in 4 hours. We could probably build two or three AMD server's with the amount we pay for 1 HP 1U Dual P3 1.26 Ghz system... If I had the time or inclination (and willingness to out argue the Intel bigots...heh) we would be 100% hand built Athlon based though. Check out this Anandtech article where they state that the Dual Athlon might be the "perfect server". http://www.anandtech.com/showdoc.html?i=1514 jon ----- Original Message ----- From: "Daniel J. Cody" <djc at members.evolt.org> To: <thelist at lists.evolt.org> Sent: Wednesday, January 02, 2002 5:56 PM Subject: Re: [thelist] Hardware list or reviews of web servers? > Hey Chris - > > The most cost effective solution these days for webservers is dual > athlon servers. for about half the cost of a dual p4, a dual athlon will > provide about 15-25% better performance. You could build your own > machine with components for around 1500 or you could buy it from a > reseller like www.pengiuncomputing.com who i've had real good luck with > over the years. > > If you can provide more details on what kind of traffic you're getting, > I can provide more details on what you should be looking for, but that > should get you thinking :) > > .djc. > > Chris George wrote: > > > Hi all! > > > > I hope everyone had a great holiday season. > > > > To usher in the new year, it has come to our attention that our Web Site has > > finally outgrew our Web server. > > > > So now we need to make some decisions. Right now it¹s running on a dual > > P2-300 with a Gig of ram, Raid 4 (I think) HD¹s, Redhat/Apache and we > > connect to a SQL database on the same line. > > > > Does anyone have any recommendations on where we can go for decent server > > reviews (of out of the box servers), or best configurations if we want to > > roll our own? Or even what they prefer hand rolled or whatever. What > > we¹re really looking for here is the most cost effective solution but by > > that I mean the most bang for the buck we have the infrastructure to not > > bother paying for extra luxuries/niceties/conveniences. > > > > Any help would be greatly appreciated!