So we’re looking at getting a new server for the house. Part of the reason why I haven’t mentioned much about this server before is because there’s much to say about it, other than that it doesn’t work (dud hard drive). And it’s quite old and probably needs replacing.
Being a server, we’d need something like this:
- Big hard disk, so that it can be used as a central file server. 80GB minimum
- Reasonable about of memory – 256MB minimum
- Reasonable processor – we’ll say around 2Ghz
- Networking built-in
- Some kind of graphics but nothing too fancy. Built-in graphics would be fine
- Sound card isn’t necessary but probably inevitable
- Some kind of CD rewriter would be very useful. Probably don’t need to be able to play DVDs
- Monitor, keyboard, mouse etc. aren’t needed, we just need the box
- Needs USB for the ADSL modem but doesn’t need a built-in modem
With this in mind, I searched eBay and found something roughly like what we wanted. And I got within 5 minutes of the auction closing with a good bid price (around £150) when the auction was closed prematurely because the item was “no longer available”. Blarg.
I reckon it was because the seller wasn’t too happy with the price the item was to sell for, especially as it was a company who made custom PCs. But anyway, if any of you know a UK company that can sell us a system like I described for £200 or less than please let me know.