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how much ram do I need for a dedicated server?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by pk698, Sep 2, 2012.

  1. pk698

    pk698 Active Member

    just like the title says. planning to go with a dedicated hosting soon.

    is 2gb of ram enough? or do I need 4gb?
  2. ManagerJosh

    ManagerJosh Well-Known Member

    The question would be: What are you running?
  3. rootsxrocks

    rootsxrocks Active Member

    I am running two xenforo and a vb 4.2 plus a wp and some other random sandbox installed on one gig one core and its doing just fine, I suppose it depends on how many users you have , but you should be able to upgrade the memory when its needed.
  4. duderuud

    duderuud Active Member

    I need about 32GB...

    It all depends on how much users your site has...
  5. =MGN=RedEagle

    =MGN=RedEagle Well-Known Member

    I prefer to go no lower than one GB. Otherwise, there is some new script you want to try and it does not work. However, if you have thousands of visitors a day you may consider 3GB.
  6. Slavik

    Slavik XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    I hate 3gb of ram.

    Don't ask my why.

    I just... can't stand the idea of 3gb of ram.

    You go from 2 to 4.... thats it... 3 does not compute :D
  7. Mr. Goodie2Shoes

    Mr. Goodie2Shoes Well-Known Member


    my VPS has 1GB RAM... burstable upto 1.5GB. we get a total of 5k+ hits a day (combining all our sites)... so yeah 1 - 2GB will be enough at first... :)
  8. =MGN=RedEagle

    =MGN=RedEagle Well-Known Member

    Your right. Sometimes virtual or cloud dedicated carry them but it's not common. Three is kind of the perfect middle though if you can't decide on 2 or 4 :ROFLMAO:. I really never go down to those levels, however, I was running a dev server with four a few months ago and it was sooo slow.

    To be honest, I am not sure why people buy 1-4 GB dedicated machines when a good shared hosting provider gives you a lot more for much less.
  9. Adam Howard

    Adam Howard Well-Known Member

    2 GB of ram is the minimum standard.
  10. =MGN=RedEagle

    =MGN=RedEagle Well-Known Member

    Agreed. I would not go lower than two. I tried a few with less back in the day and I had a lot of issues.
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  11. pk698

    pk698 Active Member

    know of any reliable dedicated servers? lunarpages and hostgator is kinda spendy.
  12. Roo

    Roo New Member

    I use Hetzner - a dedicated server with a Xeon E1245 quad core cpu, 16gb of ecc ram, 2 x 3tb enterprise-class hard drives (in raid 1) and 10tb of bandwidth costs 69 euros a month. They have other servers as cheap as 49 euros: http://www.hetzner.de/en/hosting/produktmatrix/rootserver-produktmatrix-ex/ If you want a control panel, cPanel is an extra 30 euros a month, or Plesk costs about 8 euros per month. They're amazingly good value, but note that the servers are unmanaged - beyond replacement of faulty hardware, you're pretty much on your own! I've only been with them a couple of months, so I'm not in a position to judge their reliability or support, but I'm very happy with the server itself.

  13. =MGN=RedEagle

    =MGN=RedEagle Well-Known Member

    Sure you need one? You maybe better on HostGator shared.
  14. ManagerJosh

    ManagerJosh Well-Known Member

    What about 6? :p
  15. =MGN=RedEagle

    =MGN=RedEagle Well-Known Member

    Asking the kind of questions you are, I assume you will need support with your hosting. Am I right? If that is the case, I would avoid really cheap servers as they will come with bad support. Some places to try:

    https://www.stormondemand.com/ - Best support in the industry
    https://www.hivelocity.net/ - Good deals, good support
    http://www.servint.net/v_dedicatedservers.php - The ability to scale without a reboot
    http://www.dotblock.com/ - Good prices when it comes to RAM
  16. Slavik

    Slavik XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    1, 2, 4, 8, 12, 16, 24, 32, 48, 64, 96, 128 etc
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  17. ManagerJosh

    ManagerJosh Well-Known Member

    Steadfast? http://steadfast.net
  18. Andy.N

    Andy.N Well-Known Member

    if you can pay, rackspace.com
  19. Adam Howard

    Adam Howard Well-Known Member

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  20. Jason

    Jason Well-Known Member

    It does sound odd, since memory is closely tied to CPU. So it makes sense to keep their size a power of two -- as multiple modules can be packed requiring minimum logic in order to switch between them (i.e., only a few bits from the end need checked (binary representation is 1000...0000 regardless of size)).

    As an aside, keep in mind that the system will typically reserve around 200MB - 1GB for itself (4GB max for 32-bit).

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