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So I asked this before I but I only got one response. Tomorrow I am going to the MIT Flea Market (MIT in MA). If you don't know what it is, it is a big flea market for computer stuff hosted buy the college. Everything from ham radios to laptops to server racks.

I have no experience with server stuff and I want to get into it because I am training to be an IT. So, when I go there what should I look for in a server as a first timer. I don't want cruddy old 80's server stuff, I want something modern and respectable, so that I can expand later on.

Any tips?
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I would go with a Dell C1100 on ebay.
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I have the PowerEdge C1100 and it works well. Be warned that 1U servers are loud.

Otherwise, look for anything that's LGA 1366 or better.

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Yeah, I have a pair of C1100s. They are great for the price, and are noisy but definitely quite for a 1U.

If you are dead set on finding something at that flea market, look for stuff that uses DDR3 RAM and SAS or SATA drives (avoid SCSI drives). If you can find something like that for a decent price, it's pretty much going to be something decent. There are some DDR2-era hardware that's good, but it's not worth spending money on in my opinion (come one, C1100 for $350 shipped...why not??).

Good luck, and let us know what you find!
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At the moment, the used C1100's on ebay are the best value boxes around.
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