Server upgrade

I doubt many folks are still reading it, as I know my handful of old friends who read regularly are all on Facebook now and seeing my updates there. Nevertheless, my file/web server has been down for a week or two and is only back up. It’s pretty much been totally replaced, hardware-wise.

Specs (aka Geek porn) after the break. Photo (at Aveek’s request) to be provided in a forthcoming update.

    New Hardware:

  • Case: Thermaltake Element T (it was on sale)
  • Power Supply: Antec Earthwatts 650W (it was on sale)
  • Processor: Core 2 Quad Q9550 (2.83ghz; couldn’t afford a i7 920+mobo+ram, this was good enough and let me reuse RAM from the gaming desktop
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte EP45-UD3R (prior good experience with it in the gaming desktop)
  • Cooler: “Dark Knight” 120mm
  • RAM: 8gb (4x 2gb Corsair DDR2-800, pulled from gaming desktop, which now has only 6gb)
  • Hard drives: 1x Intel X25M 80gb (/, /boot, /var/spool/news on the motherboard JMicron controller),
    3x 1.5tb Seagate, 3x 1.5tb WD, in a RAID 5 (/home – this was the big impetus for the upgrade, on the ICH10R)
  • Video card: PCI 32mb Geforce 2MX (hey, it’s power-efficient; if I could still find one of my 1gb Tridents, I’d use that)

The original old hardware for sfchat.gotdns.org was a SparcStation 20 with dual 60mhz SuperSparcs. It lasted a couple of weeks before I realized it was too slow to do SSH. I briefly tried some ~120ghz HyperSparcs in there, but they were not appreciably faster.

Old Hardware:
Case: Some beige 2000-2001 vintage Antec mid-tower.
Before that, an AMD socket 754 Shuttle XPC (black, Nvidia chipset).
Before that, an Intel socket 478 Shuttle XPC (silver with blue face, SIS chipset.)
Before that, some off-brand XPC-type machine with an i845 chipset I think.

Power Supply: the Antec 450W from the Sonata II my gaming desktop is in.
Before that, some 350W Antec that came with the case above.
Before that, various included XPC power supplies.

Processor: a Pentium-D 940 (3.2ghz, Pentium 4-base dual core for those not keeping track at home)
Before that, an AMD Athlon 64 3400+ (2.4ghz, 512k L2)
Before that, an AMD Athlon 64 3000+ (2.0ghz, 512k L2)
Before that, a Pentium 4 2.4ghz (Northwood-B, 533FSB, no hyperthreading.)
Before that, P4-based Celeron 2ghz (400FSB, Northwood).

Motherboard: Abit IL8 (boo, 3.5gb limit, but otherwise a rather nice end-of-P4-era board)
Before that, some MSI Via-chipset Socket-754 board, a very early one. I don’t remember the model number. It was actually older than the AMD XPC, and was originally my desktop. But it was a better board than the Nvidia chipset in the XPC.
Before that, XPC-included boards.

Cooler: Scythe Shuriken
Before that, Intel stock cooler from P-D 930.
Before that, some replacement Socket 754 cooler, before that the AMD stock cooler from the 3000+.
Before that, two Shuttle integrated heat pipe coolers.
Before that, the Celeron stock cooler.

RAM: Formerly 4gb of 1x DDR2-533 Patriot. Two of these are in the gaming desktop now.
Before that, 1.5gb of PC3200 in two sticks in all the AMDs.
Before that, 1gb of PC2100 (2x 512) in P4-2.4 XPC.
Before that, 512mb of PC2100 (1 stick) in the Celeron (only one slot! doh!)

Hard drives: 2x 1.5tb Seagate (RAID1, everything but /boot and /var/spool/news) and a 120gb IDE Deskstar (I think old enough to still be IBM rather than Hitachi! for /boot and /var/spool/news)
Before that, same Deskstar for /boot and /var/spool/news and 2x 500gb Seagates (RAID1) for / and /home to which I later added 2x 750gb Seagates for /home/media
Before that one 200gb Deskstar (not sure if IBM or Hitachi) PATA + 1 250GB Hitachi Deskstar SATA, configured as a 200gb RAID1 + a spare /home/backup partition.
Before that, one 200gb Deskstar (same as above) non-RAID
Before that, one 120gb Deskstar (same as first mentioned)
Before that, one 80gb drive (no longer rememberr)

Video card: Geforce 7600GS (it was a spare, and made less fan noise than the prior one)
Before that, Geforce 6200 (too noisy fan, only in use a month or two
Before that, don’t remember. These are servers, after all, not gaming systems.

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