Been thinking about what hardware should go in a server.
I could buy all new hardware, this is the most expensive option, but I don’t have a budget nor do I know what parts are worth my money.
I could buy a used Socket 478 CPU with a clock speed higher than the 2.4Ghz I have in an old ATX board. This would probably be the most reasonable investment, but I’m not sure how large of a performance gain it will yield. Preferably I would upgrade to one with HT and the highest clock speed available.
The least expensive option I have, is to keep the Power Mac G5 1.6 that I’m using right now or move back to the 2.4Ghz P4 board I was running before. I may have to fall back to the latter, as OS X 10.4 doesn’t support Java 1.6, which is required for the bukkit plugins my friends are demanding.
With an open mind, I’ve been looking through value/$ benchmarks which use Passmark and price. The AMD A6 APU is making an appearance at the top in many of them, and I don’t know much about them.