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HP Proliant N54L Microserver - £129.99 @ Ebuyer

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2y, 4m agoFound 2 years, 4 months ago
Just the standard Proliant post.

Please add the word "Microserver" to the title.
- pgregg

This deal is still on, but I don't know how to un-expire it
-Peely
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1 Like #1
voting cold as this is still not on or below cashback levels. the retailers steeply increased the price of these units to balance out the customer feeling they were getting a deal by paying more but claiming the cashback while increasing the profit they received due to artificially inflating the price. Now they have clearly realised or have been todl there is no further cashback coming, so are bringing down the price of these units to what you would realistically want to pay because they clearly are not shifting this old stock. I personally would wait until the retailers get the message, and lower the prices further.
#2
These used to come with a HDD. No mention on the product page?
#3
Beware.
This and similar offers at Amazon: no hard disc supplied.
#4
Beware.
This and similar offers at Amazon: no hard disc supplied.
1 Like #5
If all you want from this is 4 drive bays for NAS, you might find it better to get the netgear 4 bay readynas (also does iSCSI).

http://www.ebuyer.com/487087-netgear-readynas-104-no-disk-rn10400-100eus £119.99 inc VAT and free delivery.


Edited By: Si__ on Jul 10, 2014 10:26
1 Like #6
The one I bought with cash back offer (worked out £98) came with a 250gb HDD. if this doesn't, it's a non-deal I'm afraid
2 Likes #7
Si__
If all you want from this is 4 drive bays for NAS, you might find it better to get the netgear 4 bay readynas (also does iSCSI).

http://www.ebuyer.com/487087-netgear-readynas-104-no-disk-rn10400-100eus £119.99 inc VAT and free delivery.

i sort of agree and disagree. you could stick the likes of linux based os's with nas capabilities (including linux) onto this box on either a hdd or even a usb pen drive (it has a usb port not header inside on the board). This makes this box more flexible in what it can do for not much more money than the netgear solution, but it is obviously a little more complicated than the netgear solution.
2 Likes #8
This one comes with 4GB ram, previous cashback deals had 2GB ram. Cashback hasn't been available for a *long* time, so all in, this is a decent deal. Hot.

Edited By: pgregg on Jul 10, 2014 11:14
3 Likes #9
If you've bought one of these boxes previously, then there's a good chance that you binned both the 2gb ram and the 250gb HDD and bough 2x 4gb ram and bigger disks.
4gb is far more useful.
£129 is a good price.
#10
..nothing in this spec to say it comes with a hard drive either...possibly means you get less for more $$!!! a few have been caught out judging by the ebuyer reviews!!http://i58.tinypic.com/efkpp4.png


Edited By: jj584143 on Jul 10, 2014 11:38: d
2 Likes #11
Agree with other posts - I'd rather have the RAM than the HDD.
4 Likes #12
Si__
If all you want from this is 4 drive bays for NAS, you might find it better to get the netgear 4 bay readynas (also does iSCSI).

http://www.ebuyer.com/487087-netgear-readynas-104-no-disk-rn10400-100eus £119.99 inc VAT and free delivery.


You'd be cutting your own throat if you took a NAS over this at the price point.

Infinitely more flexible and future proof, you end up doing way more even if you didn't plan to at the start.

Think treasure trove for the inner geek in us all :{
3 Likes #13
Pointless saying you could get it cheaper a year ago - I don't have a TARDIS. Good deal for now. And yes, I'd rather have 4GB RAM than a useless 250GB HDD.
#14
Hot from me, a 250GB hard disk isn't going to last at all. 4GB memory is of more use imo. Another stick of 4 takes it to max.

Surely you will be wanting to drop at least a TB drive in it you can pick up a small cheap hard drive for OS if needed.
1 Like #15
All you lot saying this is not hot are noobs.

No one uses the 250GB drive in these...We all use SSD for boot flash the bios and have all 4 hot swappable drive bays for data storage.With the SSD using the mobo sata header located in the DVD drive bay

Hot now shipping with 4GB ram
2 Likes #17
bouncy99
voting cold as this is still not on or below cashback levels. the retailers steeply increased the price of these units to balance out the customer feeling they were getting a deal by paying more but claiming the cashback while increasing the profit they received due to artificially inflating the price. Now they have clearly realised or have been todl there is no further cashback coming, so are bringing down the price of these units to what you would realistically want to pay because they clearly are not shifting this old stock. I personally would wait until the retailers get the message, and lower the prices further.
Please tell me where I can buy a Server, not a NAS box for less that £130? Yes the previous deals with Cashback were good but were probably never meant to last so long.
As for the retailers inflating the prices.
1) the specs are different, 4GB Ram is a boost.
2) HP set the wholesale cost. I think you'll find the wholesale cost during Cashback was higher than it was now. Due to the Cashback disappearing this probably is the more realistic price.

These ultra flexible and cheap machines will go the way of the dodo. Buy now while you can.
3 Likes #18
gagsmedia
All you lot saying this is not hot are noobs.

No one uses the 250GB drive in these...We all use SSD for boot flash the bios and have all 4 hot swappable drive bays for data storage.With the SSD using the mobo sata header located in the DVD drive bay

Hot now shipping with 4GB ram

Do we all? Speak for yourself, mine is used as the boot drive because I don't require wasting money on an SSD for a machine that is on 24/7 and I don't yet require the drive space that it uses up.
#19
Astec123
gagsmedia
All you lot saying this is not hot are noobs.

No one uses the 250GB drive in these...We all use SSD for boot flash the bios and have all 4 hot swappable drive bays for data storage.With the SSD using the mobo sata header located in the DVD drive bay

Hot now shipping with 4GB ram

Do we all? Speak for yourself, mine is used as the boot drive because I don't require wasting money on an SSD for a machine that is on 24/7 and I don't yet require the drive space that it uses up.
i have to say i too have an ssd as a boot drive, but only due to it being retired from my gaming rig due to faster ones, lol
#20
Astec123
gagsmedia
All you lot saying this is not hot are noobs.

No one uses the 250GB drive in these...We all use SSD for boot flash the bios and have all 4 hot swappable drive bays for data storage.With the SSD using the mobo sata header located in the DVD drive bay

Hot now shipping with 4GB ram

Do we all? Speak for yourself, mine is used as the boot drive because I don't require wasting money on an SSD for a machine that is on 24/7 and I don't yet require the drive space that it uses up.

Eh? SSD's are more robust use less power and generate less heat...Perfect for 24/7 use.

People sell the 250gb drives on for 15 quid brand new and buy 64 GB boot drives for £30 You do the math :p

Shipping with 4GB ram means the server is useable and means you dont have to remove the mobo to upgrade the ram....Fitting an SSD is easier
4 Likes #21
gagsmedia
All you lot saying this is not hot are noobs.

No one uses the 250GB drive in these...We all use SSD for boot flash the bios and have all 4 hot swappable drive bays for data storage.With the SSD using the mobo sata header located in the DVD drive bay

Hot now shipping with 4GB ram


I run NAS4FREE from a USB thumb drive in the internal USB port. 5 hard drives installed, never increased the ram ether

Edited By: Geemac on Jul 10, 2014 17:32
#22
anybody tried this with Steam streaming?
1 Like #23
Most NAS software runs from USB (you can use the internal port) which frees up all the SATA bays to be used as part of your pool.
#24
just a quick question. what is are people running on these? what are they being used for ?

I ask because I would like to learn more about networks etc. would one of these be a gd starting point. TIA
1 Like #25
Cheaper via authorised reseller MoreComputers at £124.82 delivered. And you stand less chance of being hit with pro-rata value reduction warranty claims via More! Qty 12 in stock at time of post.
http://www.morecomputers.com/extra.aspx?pn=744900-421
£190 delivered if you want the earlier 2GB RAM / 250GB HD version
http://www.morecomputers.com/extra.aspx?pn=704941-421
1 Like #26
goderic
just a quick question. what is are people running on these? what are they being used for ?

I ask because I would like to learn more about networks etc. would one of these be a gd starting point. TIA

These are extremely flexible devices. Perfect for things that need to be left on 24x7 and requiring little cpu power.
Typical usage ranges from standard Network storage to full blown HTPC running plex/xmbc. I use it for both and also for torrenting.


Edited By: kaminchand on Jul 10, 2014 19:57
1 Like #27
Bought mine during the Insight deal with the £100 cashback offer a while ago and its one of the best purchases I've made.

My friend talked me into buying one and it came with the 2gb and 250gb hdd. Then my friend gave me his spare 2gb ram from his hp microserver.

I bought a 60gb ssd to run win7 and put in a 1tb wd green, along 2 more 250gb hdd's. Put in a Radeon 5450 low-profile gfx card. Its on 24/7 running sabnzbd, plex to stream to the nowtv box in my girls room and chromecast to the main tv.

Hardly notice that it is on as it doesn't make too much noise. Haven't had any blue screens sofar and its been running solid.

Edited By: rimz790 on Jul 10, 2014 20:03
#28
whats do you guys think the chances of cashback ever coming back on ?
#29
Geemac
gagsmedia
All you lot saying this is not hot are noobs.

No one uses the 250GB drive in these...We all use SSD for boot flash the bios and have all 4 hot swappable drive bays for data storage.With the SSD using the mobo sata header located in the DVD drive bay

Hot now shipping with 4GB ram


I run NAS4FREE from a USB thumb drive in the internal USB port. 5 hard drives installed, never increased the ram ether
How many data ports are there in this machine, did you have to add more?
Thanks
2 Likes #30
I would like to point out that a 2GB stick of HP 10600e DDR3 memory is about £50 or more and a 250GB HDD is around £15 so take the difference off this price and you are left with £94.99.

Add the fact that if you bought one of the cash back deals you could only have put another 2GB memory in without replacing the 2GB stick that it came with make this a better deal IMO than any of the cash back deals.

I mean who kept 2gb of memory or the 250gb hdd in them anyway. Most I know put 8GB and 5 new hard drives, with this deal you only need one 4gb memory stick and the hard drives whereas with the cash back deal you needed 2 4GB stick and the hard drive. If putting 5 large drives and 8GB memory in is your intention then this deal will leave you about £60 better off.

Hot from me.
#31
kebabhadi
Geemac
gagsmedia
All you lot saying this is not hot are noobs.

No one uses the 250GB drive in these...We all use SSD for boot flash the bios and have all 4 hot swappable drive bays for data storage.With the SSD using the mobo sata header located in the DVD drive bay

Hot now shipping with 4GB ram


I run NAS4FREE from a USB thumb drive in the internal USB port. 5 hard drives installed, never increased the ram ether
How many data ports are there in this machine, did you have to add more?
Thanks
sorry, Sata ports
#32
kebabhadi
kebabhadi
Geemac
gagsmedia
All you lot saying this is not hot are noobs.

No one uses the 250GB drive in these...We all use SSD for boot flash the bios and have all 4 hot swappable drive bays for data storage.With the SSD using the mobo sata header located in the DVD drive bay

Hot now shipping with 4GB ram

I run NAS4FREE from a USB thumb drive in the internal USB port. 5 hard drives installed, never increased the ram ether
How many data ports are there in this machine, did you have to add more?
Thanks
sorry, Sata ports

Four drive bays and one sata port on the motherboard (intended to be used for DVD drive)
#33
obligatory plex question!

will this n54l variant be able to comfortably transcode 1080p streams?

cheers
#34
josephmccowie
kebabhadi
kebabhadi
Geemac
gagsmedia
All you lot saying this is not hot are noobs.

No one uses the 250GB drive in these...We all use SSD for boot flash the bios and have all 4 hot swappable drive bays for data storage.With the SSD using the mobo sata header located in the DVD drive bay

Hot now shipping with 4GB ram

I run NAS4FREE from a USB thumb drive in the internal USB port. 5 hard drives installed, never increased the ram ether
How many data ports are there in this machine, did you have to add more?
Thanks
sorry, Sata ports

Four drive bays and one sata port on the motherboard (intended to be used for DVD drive)
please excuse my ignorance, does each of the four bays have a Sata port, making a total of 5.
#35
Anyone care to list the apps they have on there HP server? :)

Mine has Windows 8 and Uto**ent.... Also runs my logitech squeezebox software 24/7
1 Like #36
Currently typing this from my couch on my n54l been running since day i bought it. i've got plex, xbmc, sickbeard, couchpotato, utorrent, emulators for xbmc snes, n64, megadrive, sega saturn so on so on. plex serves to 4 mates and does 3d 1080p no probs. great machine and a lot of play with it. try out linux run windows hell run wmware sessions with a few diffo things. great purchase and better then any nas box i would say! get it before ya can't.
1 Like #37
gagsmedia


People sell the 250gb drives on for 15 quid brand new and buy 64 GB boot drives for £30 You do the math :p


maths
HotUKdeals, so we need to be using proper English and not the American variety :D
#38
Does this have Bluetooth?
#39
Better value than the previous Ebuyer offer I think, even without the HD, the single stick of 4GB EEC ram is worth at least £30, adding another stick would be sensible though costly, maybe £40 for EEC?
Alternatively you could sell the 4GB and probably buy 8 non-EEC!
EEC runs slightly slower and really isn't necessary anyway & 8GB would be useful if you are running a 64bit operating system.

But really, I think Ebuyer ought to be offering this at about the £100 mark. The 250 GB drive is useless anyway and just occupies a drive postion which could be filled with a decent capacity drive.

Edited By: jasee on Jul 10, 2014 21:18
#40
Worth noting this comes with a single 4gb stick so adding another 4gb is easy.

As for the HHD debate I have a SSD in the top as a boot drive then 4x 4TB drives below.

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