DELL PowerEdge T20 Tower Server - Intel Xeon E3-1225 v3 3.2GHz (Free del) £239.94 @ Serversplus
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DELL PowerEdge T20 Tower Server - Intel Xeon E3-1225 v3 3.2GHz (Free del) £239.94 @ Serversplus

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Found 30th Mar 2017
Another server deal, as these are end of life with Dell this is probably the last few deals around on these servers. A lot of CPU for not a lot of cash.

Intel Xeon E3-1225 v3 3.2GHz (3.6GHz boost) Quad-Core,
4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3 ECC UDIMM
1TB 7200rpm LFF SATA
Gigabit LAN
290W PSU
1 Year Warranty

Free next day delivery as well with code: DELLFREEUK
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I think I'll bite. Best price with no cashback offer i've seen
Have some heat that man.
no HT on this CPU
Edited by: "razvi" 30th Mar 2017
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razvi

no HT on this CPU



Correct.

Full processor spec here - ark.intel.com/pro…GHz
Geekbench looks good single:3293 multi:10334
Good price but not the best Home server out there, lack of front drive bays and DRAC are disappointing as is the single NIC

I bought one to replace an ageing HP ML110G7 and ended up using it for a different purpose as the old ML110 is a far better server. Now discontinued but plenty of near new on ebay....
This looks like a great deal.

Has anyone here bought a tower server and upgraded it for their home PC?

MA3STRO

This looks like a great deal.Has anyone here bought a tower server and … This looks like a great deal.Has anyone here bought a tower server and upgraded it for their home PC?



Many times... good for basic home use aswell as gaming when paired with a capable gpu
MA3STRO

This looks like a great deal.Has anyone here bought a tower server and … This looks like a great deal.Has anyone here bought a tower server and upgraded it for their home PC?



Only if you're deaf or have the ability to site it somewhere where the noise it makes won't bother you. Servers are designed to be in Data Centres and the noise they make is not taken into account there.
TrevorPH

Only if you're deaf or have the ability to site it somewhere where the … Only if you're deaf or have the ability to site it somewhere where the noise it makes won't bother you. Servers are designed to be in Data Centres and the noise they make is not taken into account there.




the Pentium version of these is actually fairly quiet at full load
TrevorPH

Only if you're deaf or have the ability to site it somewhere where the … Only if you're deaf or have the ability to site it somewhere where the noise it makes won't bother you. Servers are designed to be in Data Centres and the noise they make is not taken into account there.



​This is designed to sit next to a desk and is quiet
The HP ML110 G7 mentioned in post #7 is NOT quiet once temperatures rise (even in an English summer!).

I've tweaked the fans on my HP so it's ok now but the T20 is quiet as delivered, both Pentium and Xeon versions. If anything the side panels tend to vibrate a bit which are annoying.
TrevorPH

Only if you're deaf or have the ability to site it somewhere where the … Only if you're deaf or have the ability to site it somewhere where the noise it makes won't bother you. Servers are designed to be in Data Centres and the noise they make is not taken into account there.


Most of the current generation of "entry-level" tower servers (like the T20, Lenovo TS140/150, HPE ML10 Gen 9, HP Microserver Gen8) are intended for siting in offices and hence have pretty low noise levels. I have a couple of TS140s (one as a desktop and one as a server) and they're very quiet. They also tend to be pretty efficient power wise as well.
MA3STRO

This looks like a great deal.Has anyone here bought a tower server and … This looks like a great deal.Has anyone here bought a tower server and upgraded it for their home PC?


I got a dell t7500 from ebay for £160. e5620 cpu which has around 5000 cpu benchmark, equivalent to an i5. has 4 cores, 8 threads. pair it with an rx470 and it plays every game 1080p ultra for total cost of £310 (£150 for graphics card). the t7500 has a massive psu so can use 2x graphics cards in the future. check out the t5500 and t3500 for smaller versions
TrevorPH

Only if you're deaf or have the ability to site it somewhere where the … Only if you're deaf or have the ability to site it somewhere where the noise it makes won't bother you. Servers are designed to be in Data Centres and the noise they make is not taken into account there.



If you find a tower server like this loud, wait until you hear 1U server which is actually meant for a Data Centre (this isn't). Lots of 40mm fans spinning at up to 10,000 RPM will make a lot of noise. Enterprise HDDs are lout too.
TrevorPH

Only if you're deaf or have the ability to site it somewhere where the … Only if you're deaf or have the ability to site it somewhere where the noise it makes won't bother you. Servers are designed to be in Data Centres and the noise they make is not taken into account there.



I look after data centres full of servers for a living.......These are entry level servers designed for Small Office environments...I have one of these Del T20's and another workgroup level server similar (a HP one) under my desk at home. Both are quieter than the Dell desktop PC sitting next to them....

Edited by: "Uridium" 30th Mar 2017
Uridium

I look after data centres full of servers for a living.......These are … I look after data centres full of servers for a living.......These are entry level servers designed for Small Office environments...I have one of these Del T20's and another workgroup level server similar (a HP one) under my desk at home. Both are quieter than the Dell desktop PC sitting next to them....



my dell t7500 is really quiet. as you say, towers are designed for offices?

jameshothothot

I got a dell t7500 from ebay for £160. e5620 cpu which has around 5000 … I got a dell t7500 from ebay for £160. e5620 cpu which has around 5000 cpu benchmark, equivalent to an i5. has 4 cores, 8 threads. pair it with an rx470 and it plays every game 1080p ultra for total cost of £310 (£150 for graphics card). the t7500 has a massive psu so can use 2x graphics cards in the future. check out the t5500 and t3500 for smaller versions



That's good to hear.

I do a lot of video work so I'm keen on getting one with a lot of cores (and threads).

I might check some out on eBay as well. Some bargains to be had.
Cheers - tempted to add an extra 4GB RAM
dealstuff

Cheers - tempted to add an extra 4GB RAM



I've got 32gb in mine. Runs 2 virtual machines very quickly and quietly. Could run many more
And Dell T20 does not require ECC RAM - I've got a mix if ECC/non-ECC in my Pentium version and 16Gb non-ECC in the Xeon
I have one with 16gb ram. Lovely little home media server running plex. Not really explored its potential yet.
I don't know why 'they' make it so hard to see the inside of this server. It's one of the most important views IMO
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Although the case is deeper than your average desktop midi tower, the positioning of the MicroATX motherboard relative to the bottom drive cage means you won't be able to take advantage of the extra depth. PCI-E cards have 265mm of space before they grind against the cage.
The E93839 motherboard has two PCI-E x16 slots, one of which is full speed and other of which runs at x4, as well as PCI-E x1 slot and a PCI slot. PSU is a basic 290W model, so bear that in mind before planning any power-hungry upgrades.
Edited by: "jasee" 31st Mar 2017
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TrevorPH

Only if you're deaf or have the ability to site it somewhere where the … Only if you're deaf or have the ability to site it somewhere where the noise it makes won't bother you. Servers are designed to be in Data Centres and the noise they make is not taken into account there.



These are actually pretty silent I have a couple in my office as development machines
7000+ PassMark CPU points is amazing for almost £200. I've got a TS140 and it really flies with 5-6 VMs running. Just slap a RAM upgrade and SSD in and you'll be sorted.

Heat!
OrribleHarry

These are actually pretty silent I have a couple in my office as … These are actually pretty silent I have a couple in my office as development machines



​This is pretty quiet, I use one as my home desktop. Much quieter than the old one it replaced. Put a 750ti in it, extra 16GB, SSD boot drive and 3TB of extra storage. Very happy with it.
The.Lone.Ranger

​This is pretty quiet, I use one as my home desktop. Much quieter than t … ​This is pretty quiet, I use one as my home desktop. Much quieter than the old one it replaced. Put a 750ti in it, extra 16GB, SSD boot drive and 3TB of extra storage. Very happy with it.


Just my plan too
What OS are you using?
4GB of memory for this is about £44 on Crucial, about £82 for 8GB.

A buyer might want to factor those costs when considering buying this. It might be better to look for something with some more memory already in it for a slightly higher price.
Gravelrash

Correct.Full processor spec here - … Correct.Full processor spec here - https://ark.intel.com/products/75461/Intel-Xeon-Processor-E3-1225-v3-8M-Cache-3_20-GHz



It supports VT-d, which makes it great for vSphere. I pass PCI-e SATA and USB3 adapters straight through to a Xpenology NAS VM. This meant I could move my 4 disk array from a physical Xpenology server directly to DSM hosted on a VM.
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Berhwale

It supports VT-d, which makes it great for vSphere. I pass PCI-e SATA … It supports VT-d, which makes it great for vSphere. I pass PCI-e SATA and USB3 adapters straight through to a Xpenology NAS VM. This meant I could move my 4 disk array from a physical Xpenology server directly to DSM hosted on a VM.



Good idea but how are you backing up?
Can this take standard DDR 3 Ram ? or is DDR3-SDRAM different ?
komi

Can this take standard DDR 3 Ram ? or is DDR3-SDRAM different ?



​Yes. It's the same
Would this run windows 10 for example?

I really like the idea of getting a cheapy home server and using it as a base - component costs alone make this a good idea. I'm very new to building my own PCs however. Has anyone got a good component "stack" of GPU, SSD, PSU etc that would be compatible with this?
Got mine on a deal a while back for around £180 (after cashback), runs brilliantly with Windows 10. Is very quiet with 4 drives and a GTX 1050 Ti, also upgraded to 32gb Ram.
OrribleHarry

Good idea but how are you backing up?



I have a couple of 4TB external drives connected to the USB3 adapter passed-through to DSM. I run a nightly backup of 'important' stuff to these drives, really important stuff is also sync'd to cloud storage using the native capabilities of the Synology OS.
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I have a couple of 4TB external drives connected to the USB3 adapter … I have a couple of 4TB external drives connected to the USB3 adapter passed-through to DSM. I run a nightly backup of 'important' stuff to these drives, really important stuff is also sync'd to cloud storage using the native capabilities of the Synology OS.



You should never have primary and secondary copies in the same location let alone on same machine. A theft, fire or virus could take out everything in one fell swoop.
jimhuf

​This is designed to sit next to a desk and is quiet



Can confirm. I use it for gaming too. Have a 1060 with a modified mobo cable for power. Runs silent when playing The Witcher 3 on high settings at 1080p
turbomonkey911

Got mine on a deal a while back for around £180 (after cashback), runs … Got mine on a deal a while back for around £180 (after cashback), runs brilliantly with Windows 10. Is very quiet with 4 drives and a GTX 1050 Ti, also upgraded to 32gb Ram.



Who did you buy it from?
tawse57

Who did you buy it from?


Servers Direct, foggy brain though it was over a year ago !!!
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