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Sub-$150 Server - Dell R710, 2900 ?

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Hello,

I am looking to setup a personal server for under $150. I have been looking at the Dell PowerEdge R710 and 2900. What sort of specifications should I be aware of when looking at these? This will be my first server setup and will be used for hosting some custom programs, website, storage, etc. 99% sure I will run Linux on the unit. What are some first-time-buyer mistakes for personal servers?

Thanks,
Eric

EDIT: in particular, looking at something like this (altho I would add some HDDs): http://www.ebay.com/itm/Dell-PowerEdge-R710-Server-2x-2-66GHz-Quad-Core-Xeon-X5550-32gb-PC3-8500-/311660582627?hash=item48906b16e3:g:bGIAAOSwsTxXj6TB
    
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Biggest thing to keep in mind with using a server at home is that they can be very loud. If you're planning on keeping this in your office or in your bedroom, you may want to reconsider. I have several Dell C1100's that sit in my basement, and they don't really bother me, but if I had to sit next to them all day long I would not be terribly pleased.
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Dell R710 is the better of the two. The 2900 isn't bad but really doesn't have the bang for the buck. It depends on your use case, but, from a Systems Engineer who works in servers daily, you will be more pleased with the R710.
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