Servers, at least the decent ones, are built with much higher quality standards and much more testing than PC's.
If your building a server for fun, learning or testing, then I would say build it yourself. If you are building a server to host clients, hang your business on, and hope to sleep at night, I would go with the Dell. It would be worth every penny. If $300 for a case seems too much, you may not be ready for a your own server.
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If you are looking to purchase a 1U server at a very reasonable price with good support, I'd suggest also taking a look at Cavalieri Computing - http://www.cavaliericomputing.com
Bill C. is a great guy and we have purchased a number of servers from him. I have nothing but great things to say about him and his business. He will even preload your desired o/s and ship it straight to your data center, ready to plug in.
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Im not a great fan of Rackmountsetc myself, had some nasty experiences with them, things not coming as they ordered, servers coming with faulty PSUs, no motherboard drivers which he hasnt replaced etc. Bought a few machines from http://colomachine.com/ and had a much better experience.
We use apaqdigital at http://www.apaqdigital.com/ We have many of our own and have referred serveral of our colocation clients to them. They use quality parts and the do a great job setting the servers up.
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First of all, it is always much more respectful to talk to us directly about any problem you have with your hardware purchased from us. Secondly, any hardware issues you may of had, if you had contacted us, we would of resolved them same day. Third, bashing someone on someone else's thread is prohibited by WHT guidlines.
GeorgeBH please contact us directly to solve your problems. We've never heard from you regaurding any problems.
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