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Hi guys,

 

I bought a HP MicroServer Gen8 a while ago which I thoroughly enjoy, however here in Australia it's practically impossible to get one of the lower powered Xeons to run in it.  It would cost me around $500 AUD due to poor exchange rate plus relying on a mail forwarder.  I currently use the MicroServer as an all-in-one solution -- NAS, firewall, test VMs, etc.

 

I would like to dedicate it purely as a NAS, and look at another server for homelab purposes without worrying about messing up my RAID array.  So, the next option was a Dell PowerEdge T20 with the Xeon.  It seems like this machine is reasonably cheap for here ($590) with good options for future upgradeability.  I can put a Xeon in it which is relatively easy to find, up to 32 GB RAM across 4 slots, etc.  I can't see why I would pay $500+ for the Xeon to put in the MicroServer when I can get the PowerEdge T20 for $589 as a whole machine which the potential to upgrade in the future.

 

Now, it seems they have been pulled from the Dell Australia site.  There are a few retailers around who still have stock.  I'm unsure what my other options would be.  I could do a whitebox build, but it seems hard to find SuperMicro boards locally and they're quite expensive.  If I were to compile a list of components I needed for a whitebox build, it would end up being quite expensive ($1k plus, I'd imagine).  The only other option I can see is a Lenovo ThinkServer, but they start at around $1,100 which is probably a bit too pricey.  I'm unsure on whether there's likely to be a MicroServer Gen9, so I'm not sure what to do.

 

One part of me is happy to wait as my current server meets my current needs as an all-in-one, however it seems like lower powered servers are a bit of a niche market, and I'm worried if I wait and miss out, it will be quite a while before something else comes along.  Would you save and wait for something newer to come out, or are lower powered smaller form servers a bit of a rarity and you're better off jumping in when you get the chance?

 

Any thoughts would he much appreciated.  I realise there's no iDRAC with the T20, so I would need to upgrade to a Xeon to get Intel AMT for any OOB management stuff.  Would you jump on the chance for a T20 now while they're still available and upgrade slowly as you can afford to do so, or wait around for something else which may or may not come?

 

Cheers

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Look up HP's ML10 V2 think of it as a midtower microserver with better cooling so easier to upgrade to better xeons as well as ships with a xeon. same raid and ilo as the microserver so gives you similar hardware and settings

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Always better value to build your own.  SuperMicro MB with a Xeon makes for a top server.

 

Have you looked here for a good value board in Australia.  I use them and find them very helpful.

 

http://www.alfa.com.au/

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Normally I would agree, but HP is blowing out ML10 Xeons for $220. Not sure I could build a similar system for that price.

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We are well and truly price gouged here.. Cheapest I've been able to find the HP ML10 with E3-1220v2 is around $900 AUD.  For the ML10v2, I'd be looking at around $1,200+

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Managed to find a site selling the T20 with G3220 for $532 AUD.  It's pretty tempting, to be honest.. Much better upgrade options - 32GB RAM, more PCIe slots, newer Xeon processors which seem pretty easy to come by -- although I'm not sure exactly which processors are supported or reported to have worked.

 

Would any of the E3-12xx v3 Haswell CPUs work that are up to 84w (this is what the E3-1225v3 runs)?  I haven't been able to find much information on people upgrading the CPU apart from the Xeon E3-1225 v3 which comes with the server..

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