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New toy & Server 08 as a Desktop OS?

Discussion in 'The Lounge - Off Topic' started by jk2447, Aug 20, 2009.

  1. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    Hi All,

    I was bored last night so I ordered a new HP ML115 server to add to my home lab. Nothing too flash. 8GB mem, comes with a 160GB HD but ordered an additional 500GB WD Black HD to back-up my family photo's etc too. Gonna put this one on my wireless N at first, see how it behaves, and hardwire it if its not good enough (GF won't be happy about that!). Quad core, 2.2GHz. Now here's the interesting bit, I have a LCD TV in my bedroom I hardly use, so in my infinte wisdom :oops: I decided to get a basic sound card and a 1GB ATI 4670 graphics card so I can use it as a bit of a media PC. Thats also why its going to be wireless, as its going in my bedroom (again, GF is gonna be thrilled I'm sure :twisted:).

    Comes tomorrow morning, just thought I'd share. That is all

    Jim
     
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  2. wagnerk
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    Sweet, a new toy :)

    -Ken
     
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  3. danielno8

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    love new toys! have fun :)
     
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  4. Qs

    Qs Semi-Honorary Member Gold Member

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    *jealous* :(

    If I could spend all of my first pay packet at my new job on crap like this then I so would...
     
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  5. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    Its a server to help me pass my exams I kept having to tell myself. At one stage I had some daft cutting edge gaming graphics card in my basket and I thought, James, what the hell are you doing :lol: Server 2003 not Crysis or COD 4!!!

    I haven't downloaded a trial of Server 2008 cos I know what I'm like, I'll sit there all day playing with it and won't do any studying :rolleyes:

    Speaking of 2008. Has anyone heard about the increasing number of people using 2008 as their client OS??? Google it. Its got the Kernel of Vista so not as many compatibility issues as you'd imagine and even out performs Vista as a desktop OS on most things except maybe read/write tests (just).

    Jim
     
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  6. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    Know what your saying mate, now is not the time to be splashing cash. This was just me birthday money like and if I hadn't got this, I'd of only saved it like a bore
     
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  7. craigie

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    Mate, nice rig.

    But the question is what are you diong spending time not studying :twisted:
     
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  8. Qs

    Qs Semi-Honorary Member Gold Member

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    He's becoming a hardware guru! Becoming one with the GBL :p

    *cool meditation whooshy noises* :)

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  9. nugget
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    I was for a while. It did outperform Vista but did have some incompatibilities with some games ie they wouldn't install. Then I also had the problem that I couldn't run my vmware virtual machines and the vms in hyperv at the same time (I also have the same problem between vmware workstation and virtual pc). I ended up going back to XP. :twisted:
     
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  10. Modey

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    Try Windows 7 Nugget, it's great!
     
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  11. Josiahb

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    Wish I could do things like that when I'm bored.... still desperately trying to get money in the bank for a new desktop let alone server fun :(

    Then I have got the big Dell Poweredge in the shed...:p
     
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  12. wagnerk
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    I second that :)

    Of course, you just keep on telling yourself that :twisted:

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  13. jk2447

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    Its hard I gotta tell ya mate, least I'm not installing 2008 (as it has no relevance to the 2003 exams I need to pass), so I'm almost being a good boy . . . :twisted:
     
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  14. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    I couldn't believe how out of touch I was with the Hardware side of things mate. Seriously took me 2 hours to choose a graphics card. Loads of googling, I didn't have a clue! Then I thought, ah no how many pin are the memory chips and what does the motherboard need? 200 or 240! Arrrhhhh :eek:

    Then I even started to look into getting two graphics cards and linking them using ATI's crossfire, but your motherboard has to be compliant and could I heck find what motherboard is in an ML115. Even on HP's website :eek:

    Just hope it all works tomorrow and that I'm right the WD Black is a decent quietish drive . . .
     
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  15. wagnerk
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    Hey mate, seems to me you're having a bit of trouble. As a mate, I'll take the whole thing off your hands and I won't even charge you for it :twisted:

    -ken
     
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  16. Qs

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    Heh. Tell me about it. You need to constantly be working on hardware, otherwise you lose your knowledge as it becomes redundant. Stupid technology! If only everything stayed the same, eh? :p

    Qs
     
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  17. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    Ha ha I'm always having trouble with IT me ha ha I'll meet you half way and let you remote onto it, have a look around my kingdom :lol:
     
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  18. nugget
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    I'll look into it as I'm using it on my very old laptop and it works great (much faster than vista).

    Just not looking forward to the whole reinstall thing.:dry
     
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  19. Qs

    Qs Semi-Honorary Member Gold Member

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    Me too please.

    Want to break... I mean fix it. :p

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  20. wizard

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    I disagree, time to kick start the economy ever which way we can :)
     
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