Hi Netbuilders,

I have come to the conclusion that I have to upgrade my current dedicated server. Now, the question is what is the better solution:

Variant 1:

  • HP DL165 G7 with AMD Opteron 6164 HE Chipset
  • 2 x Opteron 6164 HE, 24 Cores (2x12)
  • 16 GB DDR3-RAM ECC

Price: 199$ a month

Variant 2:

  • HP DL120 G7 with Intel Xeon E3-1270 Chipset
  • Xeon E3-1270, Quadcore

Price: 99$ a month. Please note that if I am going with Variant 2 then I would rent two servers!

The disk configuration for both variants:

  • 2x 1,000 GB SATA II-HDDs, 7,200rpm
  • RAID 1

It is not clear for me which hardware to choose (data transfer included in the package is assumed to be sufficient, and the amount of diskspace is not so important/enough in any variant).

I do not want to run out of concurrent webserver connections, and in the past the Apache Configuration was tricky (prefork, initial processes, number of child processes etc). So this is why I am not jumping on Variant 1, because despite the powerful hardware I might encounter Apache (or SQL) concurrent connection issues. This might be easier to handle with 2 smaller servers as in Variant 2. On the other hand I don't know whether the prefork, initial processes, number of child processes etc stuff still matters so much in Apache version 5.

I much appreciate your opinion. Thanks H.