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Dell Poweredge T20, 4GB RAM, Pentium G3220, no HDD - eBuyer £139.98 (£69.98 after poss cashback)

£139.98 @ Ebuyer
Good entry level server at a very good price after £70 cashback. No OS and no HDD, but 4GB ECC RAM. Pentium G3220 CPU, PCiE slots, Front and Rear USB 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet, on-board sound and Display…
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Good entry level server at a very good price after £70 cashback. No OS and no HDD, but 4GB ECC RAM. Pentium G3220 CPU, PCiE slots, Front and Rear USB 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet, on-board sound and Displayport for video.

Has 4 x SATA ports internally and can take 4 x 3.5" SATA HDDs, or 3 x 3.5" & 2 x 2.5"

Cashback offer until 30th April 2016 only!
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1 Like #1
Bloomin' annoying as I bought one for £169 a month or so ago. Having said that I put my cashback claim in on Wednesday and it's been accepted with a promise I'll get paid in the next 28 days (as I recall.) I'm happy enough with server now I've got it though. (Obviously voted hot.)

Edited By: StockportGerbil on Apr 29, 2016 17:01
#2
Could a knowledgeable person save everyone a few minutes trawling t&c by indicating if the item needs to be delivered by 30 April to qualify for cashback, or just purchased & paid for by 30th April. Thanks.
#3
From the Dell Cashback site : "The Promotional Period is described as the period when the Qualifying Purchase was made. The invoice date must be within this specific period of time and clearly show a Qualifying Product specified below indicating either order code or model number" - so as long as the order goes through by EOB on 30th April you should be OK. BTW, The Dell Part # is T20-3685 the cashback list is here.
#4
Terms and conditions:

The claim form can be found on this promotional website and must be completed no sooner than 30 days and no later than 60 days from the date of purchase. For the avoidance of doubt, the purchase date counts as day one.

The promotion ends tomorrow.
#5
So does this work or not as I might get one?
#6
Can you install win 10 on this and run as a normal pc?
#7
muttyhc
Can you install win 10 on this and run as a normal pc?

I did and I am typing this reply on it right now.


Edited By: Gooner77 on Apr 29, 2016 18:35: ed
#8
Hot, if you're quick

Mini tower
Intel Pentium G3220 / 3 GHz Dual-Core
4 x USB 3.0 ( 2 front, 2 rear ) ¦ 6 x USB 2.0 ( 2 front, 4 rear )
3 (free) x DIMM 240-pin
1 (free) x PCIe 2.0 x1 ¦ 1 (total) / 1 (free) x PCIe 2.0 x16 ( x4 mode ) ¦ 1 (total) / 1 (free) x PCIe 3.0 x16 ¦ 1 (total) / 1 (free) x PCI
Power Supply 290 Watt
Don't think there's a DVD drive
#9
**** me, I paid 152£

£124.97 on Flubit just now :(, That be £27 cheaper than what I paid, grrrr.

Darn, 54£ after cashback makes me really want to buy another, for no reason.

Edited By: rvcshart on Apr 29, 2016 18:04: n
#10
so if I order by tomorrow I should get cashback?
#11
I got the Xeon version yesterday with 32 gig of Ram from ServersPlus
http://www.serversplus.com/servers/tower_servers/dell_tower_servers/20-3708-32g

I could have built a Skylake i5 rig for more although the Xeon proc is better than the Skylake i5 . I also wanted something I can leave on all the time snipping data off the net and as a server I hope its up for the task.

I have to say it is a very nice quiet machine, the build quality is amazing, loving the case:-) Everything comes apart without a screwdriver.

Only thing I'm not sure about is air flow, there is only one fan exhausting air at the back. I think I will try and add another one sucking air in on the front panel.

I installed Lubuntu and Samba, plugged it into my switch and now I can see its drive on my other Linux box and my windows laptops can see it too.

Next I will add some more HDD and use the inbuilt Intel Raid controller to keep my photos etc.

I am also going to use the Xeon 4 cores to run computational tasks in parallel to see whether its worth investing in a dual 12 core Xeon rig next.
#12
cjed
From the Dell Cashback site : "The Promotional Period is described as the period when the Qualifying Purchase was made. The invoice date must be within this specific period of time and clearly show a Qualifying Product specified below indicating either order code or model number" - so as long as the order goes through by EOB on 30th April you should be OK. BTW, The Dell Part # is T20-3685 the cashback list is here.
This is inconsistent. The "Promotional Period" applicable to that part number is stated as "01/05/2016 – 31/07/2016" = no mention of April 2016.
#13
Very tempted but too many uncertainties regarding cashback for me to pull the trigger.
#14
AndyRoyd
cjed
From the Dell Cashback site : "The Promotional Period is described as the period when the Qualifying Purchase was made. The invoice date must be within this specific period of time and clearly show a Qualifying Product specified below indicating either order code or model number" - so as long as the order goes through by EOB on 30th April you should be OK. BTW, The Dell Part # is T20-3685 the cashback list is here.
This is inconsistent. The "Promotional Period" applicable to that part number is stated as "01/05/2016 – 31/07/2016" = no mention of April 2016.


I bought this in march & got cashback.
#15
Gooner77
muttyhc
Can you install win 10 on this and run as a normal pc?
I did am am typing this reply on it right now.

Runs Windows 10 great
#16
AndyRoyd
cjed
From the Dell Cashback site : "The Promotional Period is described as the period when the Qualifying Purchase was made. The invoice date must be within this specific period of time and clearly show a Qualifying Product specified below indicating either order code or model number" - so as long as the order goes through by EOB on 30th April you should be OK. BTW, The Dell Part # is T20-3685 the cashback list is here.
This is inconsistent. The "Promotional Period" applicable to that part number is stated as "01/05/2016 – 31/07/2016" = no mention of April 2016.

Showing as 01/02/2016 – 30/04/2016 for me.

Scrub that, there is indeed two part numbers listed another one states 01/05/2016 – 31/07/2016



Edited By: freakstyler on Apr 29, 2016 18:37
#17
how quiet does this run? looking at using as a htpc, unless it is very noisy.
#18
Looking at the cashback website, the server comes up twice, £70 cashback both times, one ends tomorrow, another begins on the 1st. Both have identical model numbers, 20-3685
#19
muttyhc
Looking at the cashback website, the server comes up twice, £70 cashback both times, one ends tomorrow, another begins on the 1st. Both have identical model numbers, 20-3685

Problem is on ebuyer its a T20-3685 and not a 20-3685 as listed on Dell's site.
#20
I would agree, but there isn't a T20 on dell website at all, so would mean no cashback, but people have had cashback here on this model already?
#21
muttyhc
I would agree, but there isn't a T20 on dell website at all, so would mean no cashback, but people have had cashback here on this model already?

Some state they have but I'm still on the fence with this, at under £70 its a steal but not worth the risk for me possibly being refused cashback.
#22
muttyhc
how quiet does this run? looking at using as a htpc, unless it is very noisy.


Extremely quiet if it's like the Xeon counterpart. I can't hear it when sat above it whilst throttling the CPU.
#23
freakstyler
muttyhc
Looking at the cashback website, the server comes up twice, £70 cashback both times, one ends tomorrow, another begins on the 1st. Both have identical model numbers, 20-3685
Problem is on ebuyer its a T20-3685 and not a 20-3685 as listed on Dell's site.

"PowerEdge T20 20-3685 203-70946 PET2001 £70.00 01/05/2016 – 31/07/2016"

Looks clear enough to me

Edited By: jasee on Apr 29, 2016 19:04
#24
jasee
freakstyler
muttyhc
Looking at the cashback website, the server comes up twice, £70 cashback both times, one ends tomorrow, another begins on the 1st. Both have identical model numbers, 20-3685
Problem is on ebuyer its a T20-3685 and not a 20-3685 as listed on Dell's site.
"PowerEdge T20 20-3685 203-70946 PET2001 £70.00 01/05/2016 – 31/07/2016"


The part number on Ebuyer is different to whats listed at Dell.

Ebuyer has it listed as a T20-3685 and not a 20-3685
#25
freakstyler
jasee
freakstyler
muttyhc
Looking at the cashback website, the server comes up twice, £70 cashback both times, one ends tomorrow, another begins on the 1st. Both have identical model numbers, 20-3685
Problem is on ebuyer its a T20-3685 and not a 20-3685 as listed on Dell's site.
"PowerEdge T20 20-3685 203-70946 PET2001 £70.00 01/05/2016 – 31/07/2016"
The part number on Ebuyer is different to whats listed at Dell.
Ebuyer has it listed as a T20-3685 and not a 20-3685

google T20-3685 then google 20-3685, they are the same item but the T included seems to be UK
1 Like #26
I ditched a microserver for one of these, no complaints yet other than I liked the removable drive bays in the microserver.
#27
The Ebuyer website says:

£139.98 inc. vat
£69.98 after cashback

So if Dell say this doesn't qualify for the cashback, you would have a legitimate claim against eBuyer IMHO.
#28
Link to CPU specs: http://ark.intel.com/products/77773/Intel-Pentium-Processor-G3220-3M-Cache-3_00-GHz

"TDP: 53 W" seems quite power hungry? Anybody know where the RAID specs are for this machine?
#29
cjed
Has 4 x SATA ports internally and can take 4 x 3.5" SATA HDDs, or 3 x 3.5" & 2 x 2.5"

No point installing 5 drives when there are only 4 SATA channels?
#30
BTW I presume it is de rigueur for servers not to have wi-fi built in?
1 Like #31
Yaradabbadoo
I got the Xeon version yesterday with 32 gig of Ram from ServersPlus http://www.serversplus.com/servers/tower_servers/dell_tower_servers/20-3708-32g
I could have built a Skylake i5 rig for more although the Xeon proc is better than the Skylake i5 . I also wanted something I can leave on all the time snipping data off the net and as a server I hope its up for the task.
I have to say it is a very nice quiet machine, the build quality is amazing, loving the case:-) Everything comes apart without a screwdriver.
Only thing I'm not sure about is air flow, there is only one fan exhausting air at the back. I think I will try and add another one sucking air in on the front panel.
I installed Lubuntu and Samba, plugged it into my switch and now I can see its drive on my other Linux box and my windows laptops can see it too.
Next I will add some more HDD and use the inbuilt Intel Raid controller to keep my photos etc.
I am also going to use the Xeon 4 cores to run computational tasks in parallel to see whether its worth investing in a dual 12 core Xeon rig next.

Ive had the Xenon version from Server+ running for over a year with no issues i stuck 16gb of 1866mhz ram in and a sata 3 card to give more storage and its been fine, mine runs Windows 10 Pro as i needed to run Sickbeard and Sabnzb and didn't want the stress setting it up on a server OS. Im also running a Plex server on it and thats shared with a few family and friends over the net and on a weekend 2-3 people could be streaming 1080p movies and it never skips a beat but thats because its a Xenon CPU which is a server processor and is pretty powerful and is meant to be on 24/7 where as this is just a desktop CPU and not a very fast one either this is really a Desktop rather than a Server but its cheap this wouldnt suit me but at the price its a cheap desktop replacement.
#32
And some benchmarks for the CPU: http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Pentium+G3220+%40+3.00GHz&id=2020

(Not the most powerful, but good bang for your buck).

Edited By: 3guesses on Apr 30, 2016 00:37
#33
Maybe daft to ask - apologies - but this seems like a steal at £70 after cashback. How simple is it to add cheap ssd, monitor, W10, keyboard & mouse? Maybe a decent setup for £200 but I can't imagine how you do the basics eg. get w10 onto this machine. Don't need the full step by step now but could anyone suggest whether it's relatively cheap and simple? Thank you hukders!
#34
adriandocherty
Maybe daft to ask - apologies - but this seems like a steal at £70 after cashback. How simple is it to add cheap ssd, monitor, W10, keyboard & mouse? Maybe a decent setup for £200 but I can't imagine how you do the basics eg. get w10 onto this machine. Don't need the full step by step now but could anyone suggest whether it's relatively cheap and simple? Thank you hukders!

I have no actual experience of this machine, but I imagine it would be pretty straightforward. The most tricky bit would be creating a bootable Win10 USB stick (need to use another machine), but even that shouldn't be too difficult if you follow the instructions on the M$ website.

And talking of keyboard and mouse, just noticed it has 2 PS/2 sockets 8-)



Edited By: 3guesses on Apr 30, 2016 00:52
#35
3guesses
cjed
Has 4 x SATA ports internally and can take 4 x 3.5" SATA HDDs, or 3 x 3.5" & 2 x 2.5"
No point installing 5 drives when there are only 4 SATA channels?
You can add more SATA ports via PCie cards if required.
#36
cjed
3guesses
cjed
Has 4 x SATA ports internally and can take 4 x 3.5" SATA HDDs, or 3 x 3.5" & 2 x 2.5"
No point installing 5 drives when there are only 4 SATA channels?
You can add more SATA ports via PCie cards if required.

Fair enough, but adding a PCIe card just to be able to use one more hard drive?
#37
3guesses
cjed
3guesses
cjed
Has 4 x SATA ports internally and can take 4 x 3.5" SATA HDDs, or 3 x 3.5" & 2 x 2.5"
No point installing 5 drives when there are only 4 SATA channels?
You can add more SATA ports via PCie cards if required.
Fair enough, but adding a PCIe card just to be able to use one more hard drive?

Think about future upgrades plus, it doesn't have to be an extra hard drive
#38
Got my Xeon version of this a week ago - seems really nice and a worthy upgrade from my N36L Microserver. When I've got the money I'm at least going to put an SSD and two 6TB drives in it. Even considering installing a dual DVB-S2 (freesat) tuner and using it as a PVR too! Seems like I may as well use it for kodi in my lounge rather than my Rpi1 - it's certainly quiet enough.
#39
3guesses
cjed
3guesses
cjed
Has 4 x SATA ports internally and can take 4 x 3.5" SATA HDDs, or 3 x 3.5" & 2 x 2.5"
No point installing 5 drives when there are only 4 SATA channels?
You can add more SATA ports via PCie cards if required.
Fair enough, but adding a PCIe card just to be able to use one more hard drive?
And a SATA DVD-ROM ? Actually, I have a T20 from an earlier offer, and there is a USB 2.0 header on the motherboard which I use to run a Slimline DVD-ROM (thus allowing 4 HDDs and DVD-ROm without fitting an extra card). You could also use the internal USB header to boot from a USB Pen Drive (if using the box as a NAS type appliance).
1 Like #40
adriandocherty
Maybe daft to ask - apologies - but this seems like a steal at £70 after cashback. How simple is it to add cheap ssd, monitor, W10, keyboard & mouse? Maybe a decent setup for £200 but I can't imagine how you do the basics eg. get w10 onto this machine. Don't need the full step by step now but could anyone suggest whether it's relatively cheap and simple? Thank you hukders!

Mine has a cheap ssd in and when I was setting it up as a server it had a monitor, keyboard and mouse on and I installed windows server 2012 which I think has the same drivers as windows 10. For a desktop system I'd probably get a graphics card as well even if it's a cheap one so the memory isn't being used for graphics as well as windows and apps.

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