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    Used Server For Home Use Recommendations

    Hello everyone

    I'm thinking of picking up a rack style server for home use. The server will have Linux installed and operate as a file server, HTPC, run a few applications etc.

    I was looking on Ebay and it seems there is a lot of older servers being sold off.

    What are your thoughts on picking up a previously used server for home use?
    Where would you buy it?
    What are the minimum specs you would want (8GB, 16GB Ram??? Speed of CPU etc.)?
    Do you think $200-$300 is reasonable to find something decent?
    Should I just buy a Barebones tower and use that instead?

    Thoughts would be appreciated!

    AC

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    Quote Originally Posted by ACaton View Post
    Hello everyone

    I'm thinking of picking up a rack style server for home use. The server will have Linux installed and operate as a file server, HTPC, run a few applications etc.

    I was looking on Ebay and it seems there is a lot of older servers being sold off.

    What are your thoughts on picking up a previously used server for home use?
    Where would you buy it?
    What are the minimum specs you would want (8GB, 16GB Ram??? Speed of CPU etc.)?
    Do you think $200-$300 is reasonable to find something decent?
    Should I just buy a Barebones tower and use that instead?

    Thoughts would be appreciated!

    AC
    Rack servers are usually for server rooms, and you may find some of those servers noisy for home environment.

    Check out the hardware requirement of your software before deciding on memory, CPU and storage capacity.

    There are workstations that are very quiet as well. Supermicro has whisper quiet workstations for example.

    Good luck

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    You have to remember that if it is used it likely stayed on 24/7 for the entire span of it's life.

    May want to add up the cost of that server versus buying the parts brand new off a popular and trusted computer part website and building it yourself.

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    Re: Used Server For Home Use Recommendations

    Most of the cost and specialisation that goes into a server is around component redundancy, form factor, hotswap disks, remote management etc

    As others have said, you would get more bang for buck building with new components in a standard case and focusing the cost on the premium areas you might be interested - be it storage, CPU or RAM

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    Yet again, GREAT points from the people here at WHT. I was thinking mostly about size of the box etc., as it will be going down into the basement into the "server room" (basically the room where all 25 of my Cat5e runs will converge, my GPON unit from the ISP, etc. is located.) and I wanted to try and make it a small footprint (add it to the rack I will have down there). But the points of noise, life span (could be close to end), and specialization (really, I will be using 3 different external 2TB drives I bought because they were on sale) have made me think, it's probably better as mentioned to pickup say a Barebones kit with a good CPU and RAM. Video card can be onboard, sound is almost moot etc. I can just build a small shelf or even put a small desk in the room.

    Thanks again everyone!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ACaton View Post
    Yet again, GREAT points from the people here at WHT. I was thinking mostly about size of the box etc., as it will be going down into the basement into the "server room" (basically the room where all 25 of my Cat5e runs will converge, my GPON unit from the ISP, etc. is located.) and I wanted to try and make it a small footprint (add it to the rack I will have down there). But the points of noise, life span (could be close to end), and specialization (really, I will be using 3 different external 2TB drives I bought because they were on sale) have made me think, it's probably better as mentioned to pickup say a Barebones kit with a good CPU and RAM. Video card can be onboard, sound is almost moot etc. I can just build a small shelf or even put a small desk in the room.

    Thanks again everyone!!!
    If you have a server room and a rack cabinet that you are going to have, you can consider a 1U solution without a redundant power supply. 5018D-MTLN4F for example does not make much of a noise once it boots up. And, if you are going to place it in a room, and close the door, even with redundant power supply versions may be tolerable.

    You can remove the external covers and install the drives to the hot swappable bays and make a raid configuration to avoid data loss as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by neqx View Post
    If you have a server room and a rack cabinet that you are going to have, you can consider a 1U solution without a redundant power supply. 5018D-MTLN4F for example does not make much of a noise once it boots up. And, if you are going to place it in a room, and close the door, even with redundant power supply versions may be tolerable.

    You can remove the external covers and install the drives to the hot swappable bays and make a raid configuration to avoid data loss as well.
    Thanks. $500ish is a little high for what I was looking to spend. I was trying to keep it at the $300 level.

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