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Energy efficient, low-heat closet-server?

With these fairly low requirements, any of the mid-range ARM boards would fit, so you might as well go for a Raspberry Pi by default. (Model 2, the earlier models aren't worth the slightly lower price....
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How many TF2 servers would this VPS be able to run?

A Team Fortress 2 server uses about 500MB of ram for a 24 person server, with SourceMod and a few basic plugins running. The storage space you have is more than sufficient for 3 servers, as long as ...
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What should I use to run a VPN server?

I ended up going with the VPS with 512MB RAM, single CPU core, 1TB bandwidth, and 30GB SSD. This is because: It was the cheapest option (even cheaper than purchasing a paid VPN service!); It has a ...
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System upgrade for a small home-server?

The perfect system here's impossible (and I'd be glad to be proven wrong). The HP microserver gen 8 however would be a fairly decent simple replacement that'll meet many of your needs, though not ...
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Server Hardware Recommendation for ERP Application

I would think entry level servers with RAID, Hot swap and if needed with redundant Powersupply would be sufficient for this. Any of the entry level servers with Dell, HP and IBM should fit the bill. ...
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What's a good budget CPU for use in a home server?

Plex suggests a passmark score of >2000, and suggests a core2duo at 2.4ghz as a minimum for a single 1080P stream. I initially looked at the modern 'atom' architecture celerons but they're a bit too ...
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I have DDR2 ECC RAM but want to find a compatible server

You can use HP Dl585 G5 or DL385 G5. These servers use AMD based processors both of them take PC2_5300 RAM DL385 G5 Specs Memory : Up to 128 GB (with PC2-5300 8GB DIMMs). PC2-6400 800MHz DDR2 Select ...
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Fast Drives for MySQL Database Server

Depends on your servers and your needs. Now, there's a few options with different levels of, well practicality. I'm suggesting samsung drives here since I've had decent experiences with them but your ...
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Home budget GPU server for scientific calculations

The Nvidia Quadro M5000 is a workstation grade GPU. It uses the same chip as the Titan X (a consumer grade card that costs around $1000) so it will perform about the same as the Titan X. The Quadro ...
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PC / server for running big data

What are main differences compared to building a desktop ? There isn't much differences between servers and desktops. For instance, Xeon CPUs are not always better than "simple" standards i7 (for ...
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Fast Drives for MySQL Database Server

13 million rows is 500GB?! You must have HUGE tables--that's 38KB/row! You must mean 13 Billion rows or 500MB? I've been running a database that has grown from 500GB a few years ago to 1.5TB+ now. ...
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Case to support EEB motherboard and dual ATX power-supplies

Here are 2 cases that you may be able to use for a double power supply. The Thermaltake Core X9 is a solid metal case meant for pc's with EATX support. it modulair and you can probably fit a dual ATX ...
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How many players would this VPS be able to take?

You'll find that you are more limited by RAM than CPU - especially with 16 cores. A 100 Mbit line will not be a limiting factor either. So, going by your RAM, you'll have roughly 16-17GB that you can ...
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Mini-ITX case with 10 SATA hot swap bays

TL;DR: Get an R510 instead of a case. If you already own a motherboard or need to buy new, get an RPC-4116 (if you need to buy new or prefer a cleaner solution) or a DAS and an LSI 9200-8e. Finding ...
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Difference between 3.5" and 2.5" SAS for home office server

Its extremely unlikely that a NAS or home server's going to be faster than local storage. You're better off getting fast local storage first if external disks are slowing you down. Your file server ...
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Quiet/fanless computer

The more powerfull (TDP (thermal dissipation power) in watt) the computer, the more you need to cool it down. You can combine one or several of these: You can pick low energy components (CPUs). You ...
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What's a good budget CPU for use in a home server?

Since streaming is a decently multithreaded application, I'm going to go ahead and suggest an AMD equivalent, the Athlon 860K, based off the Steamroller architecture. It is an unlocked CPU, dual-...
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Minimal Atom board as a dedicated server, without multimedia interfaces

You might be interested in the APU boards from PC-Engines. I'm using one for my home-spun router. You get 3 Gig-E interfaces, a dual-core AMD CPU that appears to support virtualization, 2 or 4 GB of ...
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Remote hard reboot

The specific model's going to dependent on the style of plug you have locally. Depending on your specific needs, there's two options. I've not used either of these personally (but I've been looking ...
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Low-Power Home Server

Your requirements sound similar to my home server, except that I went with an internal RAID-6 array -- so that's $400 in hot-swap bays, cases, and controller cards you won't need to spend. At the ...
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Ethernet to HDMI output

After some consideration I am going with Plex layered on top of FreeNAS, and using a Chromecast for the HDMI head end and using the Plex/Chromcast App on my tablet to perform the control.
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upgrade old personal Server hardware

I'll take a crack at this - please keep in mind I pushed for very high spec within the cost restriction, so if you're more interested in bang for your buck over the short term this might not be the ...
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Small and inexpensive drive?

You can find HDD's under $20 on newegg.com : 80 GB - WD800JD - $9.99 on newegg.com WL 160GB - $14.99 on newegg.com
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How can I create a rack with PCs

https://thehomeserverblog.com/home-servers/diy-19-server-rack-for-home-servers-and-or-esxi-vmware-lab/ Material List for D.I.Y. Server Rack 2 Pair of 20U Space Rack Rails — $45 (eBay) 4 2x4s – $10....
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Cheap PC with 8GB of RAM

If you are looking just for a PC without a monitor,speakers, keyboard...(considering you have those). Budget might go bit over the 270$ limit. This would be a perfect PC. You can also buy these parts ...
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Xeon 2011-3 motherboards that support *unbuffered* (non-registered) ECC RAM?

It's not a board from a traditional server-focused manufacturer, but the Asus X99-WS/IPMI appears to meet your requirements: Single LGA 2011v3 socket supporting Xeon E5-16xx CPUs (you may need a BIOS ...
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What is a price efficient parallel number crunching server?

You're not going to do that much better just due to updated models of hardware. For instance, current RAM will probably be 2400 rather than 2133, and current Xeon/Epyc chips will offer more banks (6-...
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Smallest PC that can store 3.5-inch HDDs?

TL;DR: An Inwin IW-MS04, Fractal Design Node 304, or Silverstone DS380. For the purpose of this, I'll be pretty much sticking to 3.5" HDDs–both since that's in the question, and since 3.5" HDDs still ...
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Webcam which can upload to (or be accessed from) a private remote server without involving any proprietary cloud servers or a computer?

A webcam is not what you should look for. Webcams are simple devices, with a digital camera sensor and basic electronics for USB interface. They don't push anything anywhere. Instead, they allow a PC ...
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