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All,

Am a Project Manager by day and want to brush up on my technical skills. I am getting Server 2012, SQL, Sharepoint, Exchange to start off with.

I have a desktop machine with 24GB of ram with an i7-920. I did order an FX 8320 but realised that the power consumption would be overkill for a server.

So, do I go and buy a dedicated server to run a single whitebox with everything on (Xeon, Opteron) or run everything off my desktop Windows 8 machine? Alternative is to buy a lower powered box (self built or N54L) to run the low powered aspects such as file server, etc with the desktop running Sharepoint 2013 on a VM (I am aware that the dev environment for that is more demanding).

Thanks,

Dan
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Perhaps you will want to look into renting a dedicated server or VPS. You won't own the hardware but you will be able to do what you want to do for a small monthly price. If you have any questions on this feel free to ask. I tend to prefer this route mainly for connectivity (datacenter connections are far better than residential).
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Hi Tehmaggot,

Would rather own the boxes than rent. If I do go with a dedicated server it would be backing up lots of data and I'd rather not have it in the cloud.

Thanks
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You can check e-bay for used/refurbed Dell servers, you will get a decent server with decent amount of ram for $250-600.
Another option could be a C1100 server with high amount of ram and use a Dell 2950 loaded with drives for storage.

You can build your own box to but the total price would be about the same

Personally i would not like to run a full windows VM environment on my desktop for several reasons, the main one is that i would like to keep the VM`s up and still be able to photoshop/playing games and have the resources available to me
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