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Message 972 - Posted: 19 Sep 2013, 13:17:04 UTC

Hi,
I'd like to kit out our new Dell PowerEdge2950 (thanks to Tom Leggat!) with new HDs and RAM.
Crucial tell me 8GB RAM will set me back $320.
http://www.crucial.com/store/listparts.aspx?model=PowerEdge%202950
Anyone know of a good (& cheap) source for RAM and HDs?
We have ~€1,500 in the bank from your donations (- charges, http://www.gofundme.com/FightMalariaAtHome).
thanks,
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Message 973 - Posted: 20 Sep 2013, 11:43:59 UTC
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Since you are in Ireland and prices for shipping PLUS VAT would be horrendous I am not sure the US prices won't help you, and unfortunately that is what I know about. But here is an example:
http://www.bing.com/shopping/16gb-4x4gb-ddr2-667mhz-nemixram-certified-memory-for-dell-poweredge-2950-2950iii-a2337014-pc2-5300-fbdimm-ecc-240pin-1-8v/specs/1CAE531BD75D64A05020?q=Dell+PowerEdge2950+memory&lpf=0&lpq=Dell%2bPowerEdge2950%2bmemory&FORM=CMSMSP

EBAY might help too:
http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=dell+poweredge+2950+memory

Here is another US store, Newegg.com:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&Description=dell+poweredge+2950+memory&N=-1&isNodeId=1

Amazon.com has some too:
http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&page=1&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Adell%20poweredge%202950%20memory

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Message 974 - Posted: 20 Sep 2013, 12:28:19 UTC - in response to Message 972.

Hi,
I'd like to kit out our new Dell PowerEdge2950 (thanks to Tom Leggat!) with new HDs and RAM.
Crucial tell me 8GB RAM will set me back $320.
http://www.crucial.com/store/listparts.aspx?model=PowerEdge%202950
Anyone know of a good (& cheap) source for RAM and HDs?
We have ~€1,500 in the bank from your donations (- charges, http://www.gofundme.com/FightMalariaAtHome).
thanks,
Ant



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Message 977 - Posted: 21 Sep 2013, 13:14:46 UTC - in response to Message 974.

As Mikey recommended the US site Newegg is very good. I use it for their customer reviews before I purchase from local sites as I too am outside of the US.

And Ebay and Amazon both have .co.uk versions of their sites. Unless there is a better domestic IT site with a good track record, these will probably be your best bet.

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Message 978 - Posted: 21 Sep 2013, 13:31:13 UTC - in response to Message 977.

I know the difference between standard HDs and SSD. And I know the WCG Clean Energy Project used tons of standard HDs are their data storage. But for a BOINC server would the "industrial" or "Enterprise" flavor of hard drives be necessary? Would something like 2 SSD in a RAID config with 2 3TB standard HDs as a backup be sufficient? 4 SSDs in a RAID with backup to HD? Thoughts?

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Message 979 - Posted: 22 Sep 2013, 15:25:12 UTC - in response to Message 978.

I know the difference between standard HDs and SSD. And I know the WCG Clean Energy Project used tons of standard HDs are their data storage. But for a BOINC server would the "industrial" or "Enterprise" flavor of hard drives be necessary? Would something like 2 SSD in a RAID config with 2 3TB standard HDs as a backup be sufficient? 4 SSDs in a RAID with backup to HD? Thoughts?


MAYBE! The problem is that when ssd drives fail they do so catastrophically, not just one or two bad sectors going bad, the controller goes and NOTHING is recoverable!! If you need fast drive access then yes an ssd drive can make things much faster, but if you don't ALSO have a VERY good backup policy in place, AND ARE USING IT, then NO ssd drives are not a good idea!!

I recently replaced a bad regular sata hard drive in a 3 year old laptop with a like sized, 250gb, ssd drive and it now screams like when it was brand new! It is like the laptop was bought yesterday, not 3 years ago and it is running MS Vista, the guy wanted it back so that is what he got. BUT I had to vehemently insist that he had a GOOD backup program in place so that he doesn't lose EVERYTHING if it fails!! I have worked on the SAME laptop twice now, both times with the Spinrite program, with the first time taking 7 days to fix it, after which it came back with no problems and booted right up just fine. This last time it took 3 weeks of running Spinrite, but Windows refused to boot when it was done. I took the opportunity to move him to an ssd drive to speed up the machine, I was NOT putting that same old harddrive back in again!! For under $200 bucks US, in parts, he has his old machine back and he is happy!!

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Message 981 - Posted: 24 Sep 2013, 19:21:40 UTC

Thanks for the info.
I'm in favour of SSD speed, but will also ensure good backups in place! Both internal and external HDs.
Thanks,
Ant

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