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post #1 of 11
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recently i acquired an old server from year 2000 when it came out it was worth $6,000 now nothing.

here are its specs:

pentium iii 500mhz

maxtor iv 10,000 rpm scsi drives 36gb x3 total 108gb

2gb ddr ram

so for the cpu it brings a dual slot motherboard so i can add a second cpu. [and yes there slots not sockets.]

i can upgrade to two 667mhz pentium iii processors for $40 on ebay new

the part im not sure about is paying $45 x3 for 3 300gb 10,000 rpm scsi drives. i saw that for $150 i could get a 3tb
drive. so is it worth to keep using scsi?

i havent been able to test the system with the current config because when i first got it was locked and i had to provide the password. so i formatted the drives and now im trying to instal an operating system but it wont boot from a cd or usb so if you could help it would be greatly appreciated.
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post #2 of 11
Invite a friend over to help you heave that beast into the trash can.
    
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post #3 of 11
Use the chassis for scrap in a mod and take the boards out and with a old oven flip it upside down some stands above baking pans to drop all the ICs off of it for Geek Keychains.
 
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post #4 of 11
No way it's DDR. P3 is going to be PC-133 probably ECC.

It would be a good learning machine. Load up W2K3 and fiddle!
    
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post #5 of 11
Definitely not worth buying stuff for. Have any plans for it?

edit- Come to think of it, I decom'd quite a few of these not long after I started my career. Heavy machines but very sturdy.
Edited by harner - 7/22/12 at 5:42pm
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post #6 of 11
perfect for tinkering. If you arn't wanting to do much with it, I'd attempt to part it out, then toss the rest.
post #7 of 11
It would make a great file server - and they are always fun to toy with if you have the room - i'd say upgrade to the dual PIII's and see if there is any bios overclocking, PIII's were known to o/c quite well! Run something like FreeNAS on it thumb.gif
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Quote:
Originally Posted by appleg33k85 View Post

It would make a great file server - and they are always fun to toy with if you have the room - i'd say upgrade to the dual PIII's and see if there is any bios overclocking, PIII's were known to o/c quite well! Run something like FreeNAS on it thumb.gif


Not with only IDE ports....
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Well you didn't post an image (and the corporate proxy would most likely block it even if you did) but I am trying to talk my work into letting me have a decommissioned server that sounds a lot like this one. Just found out about it so I don't know much about the specs other than the PIII sticker on the outside. It's a dell, black, really large and has a SCSI card sticking out of one of the expansion panels. I'm guessing it has SCSI HDDs inside as well. Don't know if it's the same as you're describing but it certainly sounds like it...

I was thinking of trying to re-do the inside of it so it will fit a modern mobo/PSU and perhaps fit a bunch off HDDs. Maybe add a window. Water cooling. Possibly some casters... It would be a terrific sight gag to take this to my next LAN party... I wouldn't even use the existing board. I might try to power it on just to see if it works or to see how large the puff of dust is that spits out back smile.gif
 
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post #10 of 11
If you have a little extra money, I'd say the upgrade is worth it just out of technological appreciation and the fun of tinkering. You could install an old OS and play old games on it or put it to some lightweight server task. Maybe you could even overclock it. 2P rigs are cool outright in my opinion, regardless of age.
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