How much does/did your Server cost?

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  1. music_pirate

    music_pirate Member

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    Hey everyone,

    After getting excited over the prospect of a cheap Dell (sc340) Server for sub $500 I was just curious how much your server(s) cost and their specifications ( I read the specs thread but wan't to know prices!)


    Thanks in advance!


    Jason
     
  2. Gecko

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    Well my current server is a Dual 200mhz Pentium Pro that has more SCSI drives in it than I can lift and 512mb ram (shut up about the specs - it does exactly what I need atm) all for $5 from a company getting rid of old gear.

    But yes - the dell prices are looking very good indeed - now to find a few hundred for one...
     
  3. infiltraitor

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    ive got PC's that ive turned into servers that ive paid no money to get up and running.
    my main file server though, in its current state i think ive spent over $5000 on it.
     
  4. stmok

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    Free.

    Just bits scattered here and there, folks dumping their stuff as they
    want to upgrade to more modern systems...

    Not bad for a dual PIII 1Ghz setup. ;)
     
  5. Leopard

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    I'd have grabbed one of the dell's if I had realised in time.

    otherwise it's just PC's that are no longer my main gaming PC.
     
  6. ifrit375

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    I just ordered one of the dell $490 deal.
     
  7. Draffa

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    All the servers i've had have probably cost ~$100 each, not including drives. Second-hand ftw :)
     
  8. tin

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    My home server? Always been freebies except for hard disks.
    When we finally spent money, it was a 60GB maxtor hard disk... Which failed after 2 years or so. We now have 2 mirrored Hitachi 80GB SATA drives.
    Current spec is an old P3 800. Was a PPro200, but it didnt like the 80GB drives and neither did any other spare hardware in between.
    Total spend ever on the home server is about $400.

    Really, I dont understand why anyone wants anything faster than about 400 for a home server (apart from the above reason). Most dont actually do anything other than suck electricity and route a few packets.
     
  9. infiltraitor

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    unfortunately file servers are more expensive... especialy if you want to store more than a couple of GB of data.

    my file server has 2400ziggybytes of storage. cant really get that for $400
     
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    music_pirate

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    hehe thanks for the replies !


    Really shows you don't need to spend much to get what you want :lol:
     
  11. ifrit375

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    What sort of data you got there?
     
  12. Primüs

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    2.4TB aint bad...i hate buying a TB of storage (like 4x250gb's in RAID0) and having to miss out on the 70 or so gig of formatting >_<

    Ima bout to build a file server, gonna pour about $3,000 into it, gonna have 5x300gb SATA2's in RAID5 config :)
     
  13. Sniper

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    My gear is in the 12k area
     
  14. infiltraitor

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    the usual ;)
    home movies, memoirs, my theory on the meaning of life.. etc
    i cant say anymore.. mostly due to the fact that its a public forum.

    if you live in melbourne come to either RespawnLAN or BluewireLAN and you will see me.
     
  15. foxmulder881

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    my file server ios my old pentium II with 128MB ram. all it need to do is spin a few hard drives. so it works fine for me. servers don't have to cost much. just depends on their usage and your preference.
     
  16. Jai

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    In early 2005 I ordered 3 servers for work, they were IBM x235 series and they all comprised of:

    2x Xeon 3.06GHz (I think they have Hyperthreading too - so Win2k sees 4 cpu)
    4.5GB DDR ECC
    SCSI320 RAID
    3x 73GB 15k RPM SCSI320 Hot Swaps
    LTO 200/400GB Tape Drive
    CD Rom
    FDD
    4 hr Turn Around Warranty for 3 years
    No Operating System

    Cost: ~$20k each

    And to think theyre only being used as File Servers for 30 users - it serves group shares and PSTs :) I should fold ideally... considering the CPUs never go over about 10% load :)

    Looking at the price you can certainly build something with alot better spec for the money now days.

    JK
     
  17. jboles

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    Up til a week ago:

    Pentium II 333mhz
    256mb ram
    Samsung 200gb drive


    Then I upgraded to:

    Celeron A [Mendocino] 466 @ 584mhz
    512mb ram
    Samsung 200gb


    Total cost? Probably around $180 all up ($110 of which was the hdd). Doesn't seem like good value compared to one of those SC430s, but it uses a hell of a lot less power :)

    It performs light duties, mainly serving a small website, some fileserving, and hosting a Subversion repository.
     
  18. Porky_123

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    my server is a dual p3 550 setup, has 900 meg or so of ram, a pile of harddrives, and it all runs passive ;) , well exept for the psu, all up excluding hdds its cost me about 100bux, it wa mainly made up form bits i've had lieing around.
    kicks ass for a file server though , never gets past 50% load :)
     
  19. oli

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    I think I probably spent about 1.5K total on the components in my server now. The board and CPUs and RAM are not the expensive parts in my box, it's just a BP6 with dual celerons at 366mhz, and 512MB RAM. The expensive parts in my box are the two 3ware controllers and the 8 hard drives, and the Yeong Yang Cube case too...
     
  20. protecon

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    My BP6 with dual celery 500's was in the $900 mark back in 99 or so (uses non-ecc which cuts costs).

    My latest server was around $1800 + another $900 or so for goodies.
     

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