Is it okay to use processors like core i3 or i5 and intel desktop board to run an always-on home web server?
Or should I buy intel server boards and xeon processors? (they seem to be more expensive compared to desktop components, but also more memory support, two sockets etc.. so 1 more reason for me to be confused :S)
What might be the issues with using components made for desktop, in a server? By this I mean the issues that I will ONLY get using Desktop hardware, but NOT on proper server hardware. Things like power failure, net speed (or earthquakes :P) etc will affect both.
I am talking about the effects of running 24x7 vs a few hours a day, the difference btw Movies/Games/Office and one constantly on web server, etc.. will I get problems with Desktop hardware?
Also, this is going to be dedicated to web service. It wont be used for my personal use like watching movies in the middle etc.. Once up and running, it will only be a web server. It wont be used for personal reasons by anyone.
Basically what I want to know is, when running a single resource consuming app 24x7 from a home, all else being equal, will intel server board/proc components outlive/outlast intel desktop board/proc components?