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Hp Microserver N54l

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by zxspectrum, Apr 26, 2015.

  1. zxspectrum

    zxspectrum Gigabyte Poster Premium Member

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    Just bought one of these.

    Im going to put in a 1gb graphics card and upgrade the 4gb to 16 and set up a lab etc.

    Im wondering though, does anyone use these to play games online??? Im thinking of running the likes of command and conquer or Civ 5 which are not the most demanding games etc. Id like to play a few friends over the network obviously. Just wondering if anyone has got this sort of set up and how they go about it ?

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  2. SimonD

    SimonD Terabyte Poster Moderator

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    I don't know, it's an AMD processor and I just don't know how good it's going to be. I mean the first version of the MicroServer was excellent for running as a storage device but I wouldn't have used it as a desktop replacement.

    Now were you talking about the Gen8 and you were swapping out the cpu for a compatible Xeon then I would say yes, go for it but I really would be hesitant about saying that this would be capable of running C&C or Civ 5.
     
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    dmarsh Terabyte Poster

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    I'd be interested to see a Xeon D microserver.
     
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  4. jk2447

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    You've bought it now so sticking 16GB RAM in it is never going to be a bad idea. Likewise as long as you don't spend a fortune on a graphics card, it should be fun to do this and find out. A little SSD in it would make it feel swifter too
     
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  5. zxspectrum

    zxspectrum Gigabyte Poster Premium Member

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    Ill give it a go. It doesnt have to be Civ 5, it can be any of the CIV games to be honest. I know the copy of Civ i have will run smoothly with a 512 graphics card.

    Its mainly for a lab set up to be fair. I only want to start pc gaming is as im getting bored with xbox

    Cheers for the feed back

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  6. SimonD

    SimonD Terabyte Poster Moderator

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    Just bare in mind that these aren't powerful boxes and you should be fine, they won't play Crysis ;)
     
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  7. zxspectrum

    zxspectrum Gigabyte Poster Premium Member

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    Aye i know that, i was only thinking of old games like command and conquer and Civ etc.
    Another quick question, has anyone here got a N54l ?? Just looking around and it says the max memory that i can install is 8 GB??

    Cheers

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  8. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    I don't have one but know it will take 16GB mate. Friend has two of these running 16GB with no issues
     
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  9. SimonD

    SimonD Terabyte Poster Moderator

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    It does work but make sure you look around and get recommended ram rather than just putting any old 16GB in there as I think you need to put ECC Unbuffered in it rather than non-ecc stuff (which is the normal desktop ram.
     
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  10. zxspectrum

    zxspectrum Gigabyte Poster Premium Member

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    Cheers for the heads up on that. Back to the graphics card side of things, the 512 mb one in my desktop slots in nicely, i had to take the bracket off but will be getting smaller bracket so its all secure etc. Now the card worked fine with command and conquer in the old desktop, but the video is rubbish, the game when it loads up is as it was on the desktop, even after the updates and driver being sorted.

    My next question is how should i run this. What i would like to do is be able to log onto it where ever i am if i need files etc, i would also like to have a few OSs on it, server2008 and 12 and win 7 ultimate. Can manage all this through esxi ??? or some other type of hypervisor???

    Think i would also like to have kali linux on a disc as well, just as thats something id like to play around with, possibly a hackintosh as well.

    So any tips on where to start and is the above possible, or am i asking too much ??

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