Im no reseller/seller myself but i do know the avarage price of pretty much all hardware from the diffrent hosts after loooooong searching for my budget/spec requirements
Anyways, can we get full specs on the chips/HDD/bandwitch/network/ram(ddr2 i assume as you mentioned its older chips) as theres ALOT of diffrent chips and overall quality, also are your firm concentrating on support or just to get the cheapest servers out there, managed/unmanaged?
Please provide some info, you gave us nothing, a older chip could be everything from a e8500 to a pentium 4 cpu.
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Hardware is just a portion of the cost of a dedicated server, so it's really up to you, your business model, and your target market on how much you'd like to sell them for. I'm not sure how appropriate shared network storage is for typical server use, as the increased latency compared to local storage is going to be significant, but those boxes might be appropriate for some type of VPS or Cloud setup, where RAM is typically the bottleneck, CPU doesn't matter much, and storage is often on SAN anyway.
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Would be great if there's a couple of offer that is given out.For some applications or database usually the ram is the bottleneck and yeah i always search for a server that is cheap,yet the ram is a lot doesn't really care much about the CPU power though at least dual core is happy
I assume you've already made your money back on the servers, so just look at your cost to run them (keep in mind the power use is higher on these than newer servers), and price according to what margins you're looking to make. If they don't sell, bump down the price a little bit. If they still don't sell at the minimum price you're willing to rent the box for, well, time to get rid of the hardware.