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    break down on Internal HD's and Video Card Comparisons

    I'm building a new linux server for web development and testing...

    So i need a down and dirty tutorial on what to look for in HD's and Video Cards.

    I need a lot of speed and not so much on storage capacity for HD's

    I need at least dual monitor capability on the video card and as much resources to be taken off the rest of the system as possible

    If you have suggestions of stuff you bought thats kinda helpful but really i just need a review on what features affect what.

    For example... whats the pros and cons of SCSI/SAS/RAID etc.

    I dont think i need the different RAID configurations for backup as of yet but may in the future. Like i said i need a lot of HD transfer speed though, both on network and inside the box between HD's

    What spindle speeds are good. 10K or 15K or the generic 7.2K (I realize they affect seek times but how much)

    Video cards... what are stream processors?

    What is good for memory interface and what does it do?

    Anything else i should know? Linux can be finicky with displays and stuff in my experience so any tips there?

    Thanks for any and all help as always guys...
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    I'd stay away from Nvidea video cards. I'm running a dual-ported geforce4 ti4200 and even in Linux, it takes proprietary drivers. In Windows, I'm easily able to run 2 LCD's, not so in Linux. Try ATI or another brand for video.

    Can't advise you one way or the other on drives. I've run SCSI, IDE and SATA, and on my budget, what I run is usually a matter of convenience and affordability rather than performance.

    What are you running on this thing? VM's?
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    thnx brokencrow..

    ya vm's (I'll have a few, Windows server and other stuff). It'll host some services too (apache, DNS, and some filesharing). I'll be doing a ton of development on it as well so... very multipurpose.

    Thanks for the tip on NVIDIA, thats really good to know. I'll make sure it's ATI.

    I'll keep asking around other forums about HD's


    thnx again
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    I've been doing some VM's on a 3-year-old (maybe 4 now) single core
    Intel P4 and am looking at switching to a dual core processor for VM's
    specifically. VMware Workstation really maxes out my current CPU.
    An onboard SATA raid is probably easiest on the budget and is almost
    standard on motherboards these days. FWIW.
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