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I'm trying to get a quick and dirty approximation of cost given a generic set of parameters for a server (for instance, I know the CPU clock speed and number of cores, but I don't have a particular part in mind).

I'm wondering if anyone knows of attempts to examine the cost of computer components (CPU, RAM, HDDs) according to certain parameters (e.g. cost of CPU = freq * # of cores * scaling constant)? Alternatively, an approach that plots cost vs performance relative to other components on the market could work.

edit: I'm aware of http://www.cpubenchmark.net/high_end_cpus.html. But that site doesn't explicitly show how varying CPU clock speed affects price. It could be regressed from the data, perhaps. (But the data isn't available in download form, which makes data entry tedious...)


This was marked as off topic because it would become obsolete quickly. If this question is still obsolete after this edit, I'm ok with the question being left unanswered/permanently marked off topic and I leave moderators to make an executive decision as to next steps.

I saw a model for power consumption here: http://www.fim.uni-passau.de/fileadmin/files/lehrstuhl/meer/publications/pdf/Basmadjian2011b.pdf. I want something for similar cost. I'm ok if it is obsolete, so perhaps I could ask for if anyone knows of a historical approach to estimating costs or any trend analysis? If we're worried about it becoming obsolete, a comparative answer would be pertinent for awhile: what % of a server blade cost is CPU, DIMM, HDD assuming each component is considered a middle performer for its relative market?

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The parameters for this change quickly over time, and not deterministically. A typhoon or tsunami can raise the price of RAM for a year. If you did this analysis, it would only be valid right now and would be nearly useless in a month, because the market changes (don't forget that pricing can change because of what a competitor is doing, or might do) and the technology advances as well. –  mfinni Dec 10 '13 at 3:20
Besides the academic discussion about the feasibility of this, what real-world problem are you trying to solve, as a systems administrator? If you're not doing that, you're on the wrong site. Please read the "help" link at the top of the page. –  mfinni Dec 10 '13 at 3:22
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