This is the first post of my Commodity XenServer series, where I will be describing my experience in putting together a Commodity XenServer.
First off, let’s take a look at the specs and a photo:
-An old, mid-tower Antec Case
I was able to find the majority of the components on sale / rebates / discounted, etc. For instance, the CPU was a NewEgg Open Box for $83, instead of the retail price of $160+. This allowed me to get a pretty decent setup for my budget.
Here is a photo before the build
The Build, Stress Testing, & Overlocking
Overall, the physical build went fine. At first I wasn’t sure if the AC CPU Cooler was going to fit with the memory slots so close, but I was able to finagle it together.
I started off by running memtest86+ overnight, to make sure the memory was good–Although the testing went fine, I noticed the RAM was running at 800Mhz instead of the advertised 1066Mhz, but I left it alone for now.
I then installed Vista, so I could do some benchmarking and stability testing.
I wanted to do a bit of overclocking, (why else would you have a Black Edition Phenom, which features an unlocked multiplier?)
This is where I ran into the memory clock issue, which I will devote a future post to.
Suffice to say, the final result was a CPU overclock of 8%, to 2800 Mhz / Core, for a total of 11,200 Mhz. I know I could have OC’ed it more, but since it will be serving in a server role, I didn’t think the extra CPU vs. Power was worth it.
With the build and OC done, I went on to the XenServer Install, forthcoming.