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NB since my original post, this server has increased on price from £200.09 to £202.20 delivered. Still stupidly cheap though! Now back to the original post...
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The cheapest way to get this server so far. Ridiculous price for this server. I have confirmed that buy-hp are the correct type of HP Partner for the cashback to work.

The price above includes the £6.50 next day delivery.

You need to have an invoice dated before 31 August for the cashback to work. I've been told by buy-hp that they have stock.

Cashback form here:

http://h41225.www4.hp.com/UK_focus/PA0074%20-%20HP%20Microserver%20%C2%A3100%20Cashback%20August%2012%20V2_0.pdf?jumpid=re_r10104_uk/en/ent/tsg/promoindex-ot-xx-pu-golden_offers_smb/chev-hp_prolian_16162/

Go on then! Fill yer boots!

*****ORDER DATES & CASHBACK*****

I've just checked on the live chat thingy on the hp.buy.com site and have been told that the important bit is the invoice date - so as long as you get your order in for Friday (31st), you'll get the right invoice date to make the claim to HP for your cashback.

You can email the cashback form and your invoice instead of sending it by snail. The email address for this is [email protected]


*****USEFUL INFO*****

To make things easier, here is the owners' thread!

http://www.hotukdeals.com/misc/official-hp-microserver-owners-thread-1160929

Thanks to AddictWeb for this...

As always, plenty of well documented guides around if you don't know what this is capable of.

Purchase, Upgrade and Setup Guide
http://www.tekforums.net/guides-projects/hp-proliant-microserver-purchase-upgrade-setup-guide/

Automated Media Server & XBMC Setup
http://www.tekforums.net/guides-projects/(wip)-automated-media-server-xbmc-setup-(long-image-heavy)/

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thecresta 32 Likes
YOU DON'T NEED ONE OF THESE!

Sorry. Talking to myself....
AddictWeb 8 Likes
Fantastic price, lowest ever. Makes this an even more ridiculous bargain than usual.

As always, plenty of well documented guides around if you don't know what this is capable of.

Purchase, Upgrade & Setup Guide

Automated Media Server & XBMC Setup
martyj999 7 Likes
This cashback deal's gone on longer than a dfs sale. Heat added + 8)
a3lawy 5 Likes
Graphics card wise, I would recommend from personal experience: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0036DD4CO/
Best combo of price, performance, low heat and low noise.

RAM, a single 4GB stick is more than sufficient with no 1080p HD lag whatsoever, cheap enough to grab 2 if you prefer though I don't see it being necessary:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Corsair-CMX4GX3M1A1333C9-XMS3-Desktop-Memory/dp/B003ZDJ42O/

Optional bay to mount 5th drive: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B000KS8S9W/
Will need some cables too: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B000ITL1PG/
Alternatively you can choose any optical drive you want (DVD/BluRay etc.) If you choose a half height one, you'll need a bracket too. Just FYI, there's a spare SATA port on the motherboard itself internally as well as an eSata one on the rear outside.

You may wish to opt for a dedicated PCI audio card however half-height ones are rare and retail £80-100. I would suggest you stick to audio over HDMI connected to TV unless you really want an optical out to connect to surround sound system, in which case this little number is brilliant: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0036VO4X4

In the future, if you'd like a TV tuner to watch/record freeview TV, you can stick this in the PCI-e slot: http://shop.blackgold.tv/BGT3620 (or an alternative from Hauppage like: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hauppauge-WinTV-HVR-2200-Analogue-Hardware-Encoders/dp/B0029VTP2C/)

Enjoy!

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croz123 1 Like #1
amazing price
jonleeuk11#2
only raid 0 or 1. specs on site say maximum capacity of drive 250mb, i hope thats out of date
jmarko#3
There's a 250gb drive that comes with the server. And four spare bays which you can load up too.
AddictWeb 8 Likes #4
Fantastic price, lowest ever. Makes this an even more ridiculous bargain than usual.

As always, plenty of well documented guides around if you don't know what this is capable of.

Purchase, Upgrade & Setup Guide

Automated Media Server & XBMC Setup
jmarko#5
AddictWeb
Fantastic price, lowest ever. Makes this an even more ridiculous bargain than usual.

As always, plenty of well documented guides around if you don't know what this is capable of.

Purchase, Upgrade & Setup Guide

Automated Media Server & XBMC Setup

Brilliant! Thanks for those! Helps the server newbies like me! :)
ct89#6
Heat! Out of curiosity could you use one of these as a day to day pc/media center?
Calzone 1 Like #7
ct89
Heat! Out of curiosity could you use one of these as a day to day pc/media center?
Yes. It won't play Crysis though :p
croz123 1 Like #8
ct89
Heat! Out of curiosity could you use one of these as a day to day pc/media center?
Yep I am considering buying one for my bedroom do not know what to do lol
jmarko#9
croz123
ct89
Heat! Out of curiosity could you use one of these as a day to day pc/media center?
Yep I am considering buying one for my bedroom do not know what to do lol

Nor do I but it's £100.09! Knowing my luck, if I'd waited, there would have been some kind of server-based war and prices would shoot up again! :)
J1135#10
Loaded mine full of HDD's, Added a 6450 Gfx card and an Asus Xonar DG PCIe, RAM is dirt cheap for these too, dont NEED to use ECC.

Makes a cracking little low power machine.
croz123#11
jmarko
croz123
ct89
Heat! Out of curiosity could you use one of these as a day to day pc/media center?
Yep I am considering buying one for my bedroom do not know what to do lol

Nor do I but it's £100.09! Knowing my luck, if I'd waited, there would have been some kind of server-based war and prices would shoot up again! :)
but I have a pc in the room a crap one hardly use it haha knowing me I will buy and never touch the thing :P but its so cheap sigh. Dont know what to do I really shouldn't buy it. Actually I wont i have a raspberry PI with raspbmc all codecs running so itll do me lol.
jonleeuk11 1 Like #12
jmarko
There's a 250gb drive that comes with the server. And four spare bays which you can load up too.

ah cool, thanks for the heads up
djfluff#13
J1135
Loaded mine full of HDD's, Added a 6450 Gfx card and an Asus Xonar DG PCIe, RAM is dirt cheap for these too, dont NEED to use ECC.

Makes a cracking little low power machine.
If you get a low profile graphics card that supports audio over HDMI, you don't need a separate sound card.
There are a total of 5 bays, if you include the CD\DVD bay. You can put a SSD where the DVD drive goes, which would leave you space for 4 big HDD's for storage.

Edited By: djfluff on Aug 28, 2012 16:40
J1135#14
Needed the analogue outputs, Soundcard was cheaper than a new amp ;)
thecresta 32 Likes #15
YOU DON'T NEED ONE OF THESE!

Sorry. Talking to myself....
croz123#16
I DONT NEED THIS AT ALL. haha just lost my job and my new one does not begin till November so sadly I will have to hold of :(
jmarko#17
croz123
jmarko
croz123
ct89
Heat! Out of curiosity could you use one of these as a day to day pc/media center?
Yep I am considering buying one for my bedroom do not know what to do lol

Nor do I but it's £100.09! Knowing my luck, if I'd waited, there would have been some kind of server-based war and prices would shoot up again! :)
but I have a pc in the room a crap one hardly use it haha knowing me I will buy and never touch the thing :P but its so cheap sigh. Dont know what to do I really shouldn't buy it. Actually I wont i have a raspberry PI with raspbmc all codecs running so itll do me lol.

But the Pi doesn't have a massive amount of storage. Could you set the Pi up to stream media from the server? Can the Pi do XMBC or something similar?

...b*gger! Now I need a pi! :(
AddictWeb#18
jmarko
[quote=croz123] [quote=jmarko]
But the Pi doesn't have a massive amount of storage. Could you set the Pi up to stream media from the server? Can the Pi do XMBC or something similar?

...b*gger! Now I need a pi! :(

I have one of these running XBMC with my storage in it, I also have a Pi running Raspbmc (XBMC) which streams from this. Its much smoother on the HP but still works fine on the Pi.
croz123#19
jmarko
croz123
jmarko
croz123
ct89
Heat! Out of curiosity could you use one of these as a day to day pc/media center?
Yep I am considering buying one for my bedroom do not know what to do lol

Nor do I but it's £100.09! Knowing my luck, if I'd waited, there would have been some kind of server-based war and prices would shoot up again! :)
but I have a pc in the room a crap one hardly use it haha knowing me I will buy and never touch the thing :P but its so cheap sigh. Dont know what to do I really shouldn't buy it. Actually I wont i have a raspberry PI with raspbmc all codecs running so itll do me lol.

But the Pi doesn't have a massive amount of storage. Could you set the Pi up to stream media from the server? Can the Pi do XMBC or something similar?

...b*gger! Now I need a pi! :(
yea my pi has xbmc with a hardware decoder and it picks up my movies from my iomega home server works perfect it even has CEC !! (my tv remote is used to navigate through it)

Edit: And with the new update it is 100 percent perfect no lag at all even in menus flawless.

Edited By: croz123 on Aug 28, 2012 16:47
Youngy#20
djfluff
If you get a low profile graphics card that supports audio over HDMI, you don't need a separate sound card.


Any recommendations on specific model?

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