I am looking for some recommendations for a used server to buy. Basically, I bought 5 3TB WD reds a while back and used them in a backup “server” running consumer hardware. The crappy old AMD stuff died, and I want to go up to the used server market.
I basically need a server that can handle 5 min. 3.5inch drives (could use expansion card for more SATA ports) + 1 SSD for caching.
Also need room for SPF+ expansion card to go to my desktop.
I want to be able to run one or two light VMs at a time, host a backup for some machines, and a 1 user Plex server from this server. (Using FreeNAS unless you have a better recommendation.)
I am very experienced with machine building and can upgrade the machine myself. I have a bunch of DDR3 ECC I got for free from a local school to use in the server, and could upgrade to a better CPU if that is the good option for the price.
Please let me know what recommendations you have, as I do not know much about the used server market. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!