I knew I should have bought that motherboard…

My webserver seems to be having a hard time keeping up with demand. It was only a couple of weeks ago that I could have had my preferred low-end motherboard for about $33, but I was able to come up with about 10 reasons not to buy it at that time and tackle the project. I can get an Asus Socket 775 board and a 2-core Intel CPU to put on it locally for around $90-$100 total, which will give me a four-fold increase in available CPU power and RAM, not to mention a newer and better-known chipset to work with. But I had several things come up this weekend that kept me from making that trip. Studying, of course, but also a family matter.

My server managed a not-exactly-heroic uptime of 3 days on this last reboot. If I can swap the board for something better this week, I’ll try. And if it dies again before I’m able to do that, I’ll have to see if I can remember to put some more memory in it. I just found a half-gig PC3200 DIMM that will fit, assuming I have a slot available.

One thought on “I knew I should have bought that motherboard…

  • January 26, 2012 at 5:46 pm
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    I bought a bare bones quad-core machine with 8 gigs of RAM off of TigerDirect a while back for a couple hundred bucks (already had hard drives and a case). I run VMWare Server (free) on it, with a virtual domain controller and a virtual web server. Overall I’ve been happy with the results, although I’ll be the first to admit there were a few bugs to work out before I was truly satisfied with the performance.

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