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I found a Dell 6650 Poweredge Rackmountable server with 2 Xeon CPUs @ 1.9ghz, 12GB of DDR2 RAM and Im not sure what it has for hard drives but is it a good deal for 400 dollars? Ive been wanting to pick one up for either a home media server or possibly soon a webhosting server. What do you think, he is in the same town as me so if you guys think its a good deal and would work well im gonna go get it.

Opinions please? biggrin.gif

Also, if I use it as a home media server is it possible to use those converting cables to run SATA hard drives instead of SCSI?
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Not too bad, but not worth $400. Hardware wise, maybe, but over time with the power it will draw... maybe not such a good deal.

Those CPU's are netburst (pentium 4 based), so they are pretty inefficient. A quad core AMD/Intel single socket system will perform the same or better, and for significantly less power consumption.
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The ram is really driving the cost up and you dont need anywhere near that for a media server or web server.

http://www.serverworlds.com/ProductDetail.asp?ProductID=19339
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Thanks guys, do you think it would be a good deal if I offered 250? Or should I just wait and find a different one or just build one?
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post #5 of 11
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Originally Posted by ZachOlauson;11740153 
Thanks guys, do you think it would be a good deal if I offered 250? Or should I just wait and find a different one or just build one?

build one...i turned an old core 2 duo into a home server for file storage, i have about 3000 photos on it atm, imagine if it was on my pc how slow it would be lol
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post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by PCSarge;11740209 
build one...i turned an old core 2 duo into a home server for file storage, i have about 3000 photos on it atm, imagine if it was on my pc how slow it would be lol

But how well would that work as a web server? I do web/graphic design.
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Originally Posted by ZachOlauson;11740228 
But how well would that work as a web server? I do web/graphic design.

Web site hosting and such is a piece of cake.

Running a content rich website, and a db on one Core 2 duo mobile 1.8 ghz, 2GB RAM, and a 2.5" 7200RPM laptop hard drive was a piece of cake. Your WAN connection will probably be the biggest bottleneck.
    
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Originally Posted by trueg50;11740276 
Web site hosting and such is a piece of cake.

Running a content rich website, and a db on one Core 2 duo mobile 1.8 ghz, 2GB RAM, and a 2.5" 7200RPM laptop hard drive was a piece of cake. Your WAN connection will probably be the biggest bottleneck.

Ok thanks, I guess Ill pass on this one and possibly build one sometime soon. Thanks guys.
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post #9 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by ZachOlauson;11740300 
Ok thanks, I guess Ill pass on this one and possibly build one sometime soon. Thanks guys.

You could try offering him $250 for it. Bring up that it is old, and that performance and power consumption have improved several fold, but you would like a for home file server use.

Also, are you sure its a 6650? the 6650 appears to be a DDR1 and PC-2100 RAM type server (Yes, DDR1, which means quite old Netburst).

Also, to answer your SCSI->SATA question, not really, though with a server of this size, you should be able to easily slap in a SATA PCI/PCI-E card, though you might have trouble, as all of the hard drives plug into a SCSI backplane. Your best bet here might be to see if you can pickup some SCSI hard drives for cheap (just make sure they use the right hot-swap plug).
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I might have a few 36g scsi 1500rpm drives in a box.

Offering him $250 is not a bad idea.. building it could cost more.

Webservers use almost no resources so you can pretty much use anything.
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