Price Check -- used, small server-like PC

November 12, 2010 at 16:30:29
Specs: Windows XP, 2 x Intel Xeon E5410 / 16 GB Ram
I'm looking to buy small server-like PC for my house. Redundant storage, ease of use/setup, an actual video card (doesn't need to be great), and some real processor power will be necessary.

I found something which looks pretty good for my needs, but I'm not sure how much it is worth. Could I have a price check on a computer with the specs below? How much would you pay for this used computer?

Case: Lian-Li Classic Series PC-A70B / Black / Full Tower Case
-Side panels lined with sound-dampening insulation

Motherboard: ASUS Z7S WS Dual LGA 771 Intel 5400 SSI CEB Dual Intel Xeon Server Motherboard

CPUs: 2 x Intel Xeon E5410 Harpertown 2.33GHz LGA 771 80W Quad-Core Processor BX80574E5410A

Memory: 16GB Kingston DDR2 FB-DIMM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) ECC (4x4GB)


Video Card: XFX nVidia GeForce 8600 GTS

Sound Card: Turtle Beach RIVIERA 5.1 Channels PCI Interface

DVD Drive: Pioneer 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model DVR-115DBK

RAID Controller: (Dedicated) 3ware 9650SE-8LPML KIT PCI Express x4 SATA II (3.0Gb/s) Controller Card
-3ware BBU-MODULE-03 Battery Backup Unit for 3ware 9650SE
-8 500GB Seagate hard drives configured in a raid5 array for a total of 3TB usable space
-This array is being used for dedicated storage

3 x Seagate Barracuda ES.2 ST3250310NS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"
-These drives are configured as in a 750GB raid0 array using the raid controller on the motherboard
-Currently being used for the OS to boot and run off of

Cooling: As seen in the pictures, the following heatsinks/fans are installed to provide adequate ventilation for this monster.
-4x 120mm intake fans in the front of the case; 2 that are pushing air into the case and over the hard drives, and 2 on the other side of the hard drives that are pulling air
-2x 120mm exhaust fans
-2x Noctua NH-U12DX heatsinks for the CPUs
-3x Noctua NF-P12 120mm fans for the CPU heatsinks
-1x Noctua NF-R8 80mm Fan (Blowing air onto memory sticks)
-1x heatsink and 80mm fan added to cool north bridge chip

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November 12, 2010 at 17:52:32
Sounds wacky powerful for a soho system. "small server-like PC "

You should be able to support maybe 50 clients or more I'd think with that.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?

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November 12, 2010 at 21:39:33
"looks pretty good for my needs" This is the thing. As jefro stated this setup seems like it would be great for a moderate small business and you seem to be looking for something to handle a few home pc's? This would be a great deal of overkill for that. If it seems to be smooth looks like it's been kept clean and is within your price range there is nothing wrong with overkill. Open it up. Is it dusty as heck? Are there wires hanging everywhere (not professionally assembled)? Keep in mind this is not a car. There is nothing to say ten minutes after you get it home something won't fail. With electronic equipment it happens there is no true scale as to longevity. If they are asking so much for it that it would break the bank to have to fix it in a few months it maybe worth building your own or having a new one built that way you have the warrenty.


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November 12, 2010 at 22:22:51
The workstation has been well-maintained and was professionally assembled. What would you price the workstation at?

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