We’ve loved Brien Posey’s series on server hardware. Now that it’s wrapped up (all 9 parts!) it’s worth a look at the whole.
In many ways server hardware really isn’t all that different from desktop PC hardware. Both use the same basic components such as memory, CPUs, and power supplies. In spite of these similarities however, server hardware can seem completely foreign to those who have previously only dealt with desktop hardware. The individual components tend to be more advanced than the components that are found in desktop computers. Servers may also make use of redundant and / or how swappable components. Occasionally PCs might have redundant or even hot swappable components, but such features are much more common on servers.