from posts here about branded hardware including you, i see that i do
We have three SuperMicro blade servers. One's worked like a champ, and
the other two died. The vendor we used tanked, so no warranty support.
I got two IBM X3400 boxes to replace the SuperMicros; the drives were
OK, so I got empty enclosures plus some rails, stuffed the drives in, and
installed FreeBSD-7.1. My only problem so far has been a BIOS issue, but
IBM site-support has been great.
i just buy parts and make computer from them, not only it's cheap, but
it have similar reliability as expensive branded ones.
Usually DIY computers fail within a week or not at all, similar to branded
My advice for anyone who needs new computer, but don't need
super-ultra-high-end new core i7 or whatever.
Buy second hand branded hardware from ebay (allegro in poland). It's
usually hardware that was used in offices and replaced by more "modern"
ones. It's already tested!!!
You could get high-end PIII with 512MB RAM for $30 at most, the only thing
you may need to add is larger drives, but 20GB isn't uncommon. P4 with 1GB
RAM and 40GB drive is for 60-70$ here.
All this branded second-hand hardware have nice and small desktop cases,
are usually quite silent and just works out of the box.
For good software like FreeBSD, PIII/1000 is already lightning-fast.
And from what i read on that list, 90% of your servers run quite simple
task that even Pentium 100 will do.
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