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I just found one of those Proliant ML570 G2 for sale, very cheap as it's in a computer recycleing places, It has 2x Dual Intel Xeon 2.8GHz with 3GB of RAM and it accepts SCSI SCA Hardrives, but there's none-equipped.

Reason for getting is, I can leave it somewhere, like my attic as an example., wire it up by ethernet, and use it as a file storage server, What do you think?
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Without knowing your housing setup, I would say no to it being put in the attic. They get incredibly hot during the summer, the insulation up there is what protects your living area from the ridiculous temperatures.

Basement would be better, but then you have to deal with flooding on rare occasions. So in the end up to you, but a word of caution to putting it in the attic.
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depends how cheap, althugh its not bad it'll be no where near as a efficient as even a basic dual core.

Nice find though
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Getting it for around £25, not bad for a dual Xeon server with 3GB of RAM, However, I will need to find my own SCSI SCA hardrives though, shoulden't be that hard to find any on eBay I guees, fill it up, then throw all my Media on there, and yeah, Attic maybe over the top, so.... maybe my Basement then.
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Getting it for around £25, not bad for a dual Xeon server with 3GB of RAM, However, I will need to find my own SCSI SCA hardrives though, shoulden't be that hard to find any on eBay I guees, fill it up, then throw all my Media on there, and yeah, Attic maybe over the top, so.... maybe my Basement then.
not a bad price then. instead ofgetting a load of the drives, get one for booting off then just get a PCI sata card and just have a few sata drives ghetto style in the case
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not a bad price then. instead ofgetting a load of the drives, get one for booting off then just get a PCI sata card and just have a few sata drives ghetto style in the case
Hmmm, Thanks for that idea, I would of never thought of that myself, most of these SCSI hardrives are like 34-78GB big, and I could put a few 2TB SATA hardrives that that as a conversion.

1 more thing, Will this server suck up my electricty bill? I might just remove one of the CPU's as I won't be needing any crunching power.

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the power draw and noise won't be worth it. Spend a hundred quid on a low end Sempron 140 system instead - it'll pay for itself inside a year with the lower power consumption.
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the power draw and noise won't be worth it. Spend a hundred quid on a low end Sempron 140 system instead - it'll pay for itself inside a year with the lower power consumption.
The server will be isolated completely, and one of the CPU's removed, I will also be looking at changeing some of the fans to some quieter ones, Hopefully the motherboard has some sort of Speedstep technolegy to underclock the CPU when not in use, or if the BIOS has some undervolting options.
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Just found out that it uses 2x of these Intel Xeon Processor MP 2.8GHz
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if you replace the fans it won't boot - they have hardware monitoring built in, and if you don't use enough of the original ones it won't post (it'll survive 1, maybe 2 failures and you can hotswap them, but not use any different ones).

There will be no options in the BIOS for anything either. The power supplies will be horribly inefficient and the mobo/chipsets are much more power hungry then modern versions. The CPUs will be slower than a dual-core Atom but use 4 times the power.
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