I would like to buy an old server. I want to have something to play around with. I would like to run linux and a few vms. Something like an old Dell Poweredge server might be good. I would like to spend 200$ or less. Energy consumption and noise don't really matter. I live in Switzerland, so it should be available here or in Germany/UK. Do you guys have any suggestions for a good system?
That's very kind! As you can imagine, if the case is so expensive, what will the components cost... The setup you have would be nearly perfect for me (expect the glass fiber stuff, don't need that (yet ;))). Can you tell me where you got this system?
The CPUs were $40-45 each, the case included the PSU, the RAM was about $50. Mobo was about $80 I think. I needed a new IO panel for mine and a new drive backplane because the mobo and drives weren't SCSI. That added about $50 Ended up needing a new PSU because mine went bad and I got 3 of them for about $30. eBay. All parts. Put it together myself.
Sure. I'm looking at the shipping though and it looks like it would be pretty expensive. Not sure what your import would be like either so it might not be worth it. I'll look at some more shipping options.