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    Where can I buy a bunch of really old hardware?

    I want to buy about 5 p2 or p3 systems that can hold up to 256mb of memory, and also have a gigabit ethernet installed on an available pci slot. I'd like to pay under $600 total for all systems, they're just going to be used on a project that's had a lot of it's code optimized to use very little system resources, they just need a low end cpu, a little memory (current operations using under 50mb of memory), about 200gb space, and a good internet connection.

    Also, it'd be cool if the motherboard was compatible with a miniature 1u server chassis that doesn't normally require rails. Don't get me wrong, i'm cool with rails, but I'd like to keep operation costs as cheap as possible.

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    Maybe stating the obvious here, but for this kind of stuff I usually trawl eBay.
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    Have you thought about getting in touch with local schools, they seem to hord this kind of crap as its expensive to dispose of!
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    eBay, Craigslist, some computer stores sometimes junk them completely (I ended up with a P3 and a P4 for free just for showing up at the right time... hard drives were shot, but they were decent on graphics and each had 512MB RAM)... also check out parts stores (warehouse-sized ones); if they're the right kind of store, they'll carry everything under the sun (there's one down here in Toronto named A1... huge place, you're bound to find *anything* in it). Schools might also be a good idea, as aXeR mentioned.

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    Another good place to speak to is companies that specialise in PC recycling. One of my clients owns such a company and is always telling me that the big corporate banks etc often throw out brand new and unused parts :O
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    schools, pc recycling farms, craigslist

    Also, for ethernet, the cards are dirt cheap so if you can't find one with ethernet, shelling out the $5-10 bucks shouldn't be too much a hassle.


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    eBay has it all for me

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    in the US: anandtech.com forums (lucky you, US has everything (even cheap prices)

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    Ebay! Search for Dell Optiplex 150 and then add the Gig-a-Nics. They make great dev boxes and are very cheap. I bought 10 of them for 450USD about a year ago. As a bonus, the cases are great for stacking.

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    You could try pricewatch.com. It seems they have a ton of old and new computer parts for cheap prices . I still have a Pentium 3 processor sitting around in my house. It runs like a charm and I'm still not willing to get rid of it .
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    i never thought od pc recycling centers, probably make a killing there with everything for cheap as long as its not that used
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    try using ebay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ub3r View Post
    I want to buy about 5 p2 or p3 systems that can hold up to 256mb of memory, and also have a gigabit ethernet installed on an available pci slot. I'd like to pay under $600 total for all systems, they're just going to be used on a project that's had a lot of it's code optimized to use very little system resources, they just need a low end cpu, a little memory (current operations using under 50mb of memory), about 200gb space, and a good internet connection.

    Also, it'd be cool if the motherboard was compatible with a miniature 1u server chassis that doesn't normally require rails. Don't get me wrong, i'm cool with rails, but I'd like to keep operation costs as cheap as possible.
    ebay comes to mind in the 1st place or have mine .



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    Quote Originally Posted by ub3r View Post
    I want to buy about 5 p2 or p3 systems that can hold up to 256mb of memory, and also have a gigabit ethernet installed on an available pci slot.
    I'd try Craigslist before I tried eBay, as you can save on shipping. (And old PCs are heavy!) I was browsing through my local "free" category yesterday, actually, and there are a lot of machines just being given away.

    The question is whether the machines need to be identically configured or not.

    about 200gb space
    You'll almost certainly have to go out and buy those, along with your NICs.

    Also, it'd be cool if the motherboard was compatible with a miniature 1u server chassis that doesn't normally require rails.
    I think it would be much easier to come by desktops as opposed to 1U rackmounts. Are you interested in re-casing these? That might add a lot to the cost.

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