advice on building new server before april
Hope this is in the right section (sorry Mods if not)
I am in a primary school which needs its server upgrading as the last servers MoBo through its legs in the air and died. Im temporarly using a Pentium D 2.8Ghz with 2gb RAM + 2x500Gb SATA2 which is proving to be a bit guttless when it comes to intense situations.
Im looking at a budget of about £600 but that has to include CPU, MoBo, RAM, Hdd and PSU
Ive been looking at CPUs and MoBo's and its a bit of a mine field out there. I was looking at a Intel Xeon X3230 S775 2.66GHz 8MB 1066FSB but then was scared off by the 'EM64T' hardware and software requirements (but i will be running a 32bit version of server2003 so im not sure if that affects anything).
Another CPU ive been looking at is the Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 3.16GHz 6MB Cache S775 1333MHZ, would be brilliant as a fileserver but it will also be the domain controler so maybe only 2cores is stretching it abit.
Does anyone have any advice as to what chip and mobo to go for, any help would be much appreciated
Thank you in advance
P.S did I mention that this has to be ordered and payed for by the 30th of March (10 days!)