HP N54L Microserver  £199.98  ( £99.98 after £100 cashback) @ Ebuyer
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HP N54L Microserver £199.98 ( £99.98 after £100 cashback) @ Ebuyer

£199.98Ebuyer Deals
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Found 11th Feb 2014
Slightly more expensive than previous deals but ebuyer is the cheapest available at the moment.

Claim form:
serversplus.com/pdf…pdf

Free delivery option available at checkout.

Price changed to £198.80 (£98.80 after HP cashback) £1.19 cheaper

Also 2% quidco that is another £3.31 cashback
- jimcat

They accept also PAYPAL, which means a lot of other payment options such as AMEX (extra possible cash-back through AMEX).
- jimcat

69 Comments

Is ebuyer one of the approved sellers? Can someone post a list of them?

kl3095

Is ebuyer one of the approved sellers? Can someone post a list of them?


I thought they were. I bought my server through them last year and got my cashback.

Check their page they usual advertise it on ebuyer!

They are definitely approved and its fully advertised on their own website, so they'd be in all sorts of trouble if you couldn't claim.

As Ebuyer are offering next day delivery.. do we trust they have enough stock?
(basically what are the changes of getting it tomorrow if ordered today??) - Hmmm....

Ebuyer free delivery is "within 5 working days"

For delivery tomorrow it's £10.24

+2% Cashback Via Quidco

jimmybo

Ebuyer free delivery is "within 5 working days"For delivery tomorrow it's … Ebuyer free delivery is "within 5 working days"For delivery tomorrow it's £10.24


They have a promo on and have had it for a while now.
You select the free option, 5 day, and its auto upgraded to next day.
Atleast they have done with the orders I've placed recently even thought they have been via paypal (supposed to be excluded)

sureshot

I thought they were. I bought my server through them last year and got my … I thought they were. I bought my server through them last year and got my cashback.


Can also confirm

jimmybo

Ebuyer free delivery is "within 5 working days"For delivery tomorrow it's … Ebuyer free delivery is "within 5 working days"For delivery tomorrow it's £10.24



Ebuyer are sending out free next day offers to customers on their mailing list. Not sure what the criteria is (could be everyone on the list, those who haven't bought anything for while, etc.). But when people log into their account (or have their browser auto-sign in), they see the £0 next days. That's a good few people assume that applies to everyone, but it does not...

jimmybo

when people log into their account (or have their browser auto-sign in), … when people log into their account (or have their browser auto-sign in), they see the £0 next days...



That's true.. Just switched from IE to Chrome (that autosigns me in) and hey presto Free Next Day.. - cheers that just did it for me canceled order with ServersDirect and reordered with Ebuyer - now being processed by the warehouse.
Edited by: "EdinSimon" 11th Feb 2014

Brilliant Price.. Paid £129 for this last month and I've just installed a 2TB drive with Plex.. running well

This server is always on here

djsb29

Brilliant Price.. Paid £129 for this last month and I've just installed a … Brilliant Price.. Paid £129 for this last month and I've just installed a 2TB drive with Plex.. running well



Did you add anything else? RAM, GFX card?

Just curious as I'm tempted by this over a Synology NAS.

Sorry BluCola. I'm voting cold on any micro server deals until they are £10 cheaper then their predecessor.
£100 is my current level

I want a device that I can hook up to my TV and use to browse the internet & watch iPlayer (with subtitles).

I don't need a media centre (as I already have a Humax Foxsat).

Will this machine do the job? Would I need to add a gfx card?

Also, is it loud?

Thanks for any responses.

I'm voting HOT because eBuyer accept PayPal and I have a balance on there waiting to be used. I don't mind the £2 extra.

Anyone got any links to good priced compatible RAM? I'm after 8GB or 16GB...

hmmm, tempted, not sure if i require this or not

djsb29

Brilliant Price.. Paid £129 for this last month and I've just installed a … Brilliant Price.. Paid £129 for this last month and I've just installed a 2TB drive with Plex.. running well



how's the transcoding on the fly? my N63L chokes up very quickly if the file is bigger than 1.5GB.

Can these be set up to go into a low-power but still awake state? If so, what wattage would that be? Or they always on at full power?

Having commented on how brilliant these boxes are, a word of caution.
HP, in their 'wisdom', as of the 19th February, only allow access to software and BIOS updates if your server is in warranty (I'm not sure if this includes drivers).
So by default you have a year of 'free' updates unless you purchase the extended warranty.

Look at any of the IT press/magazine (PCPRO) sites and you can see people are less than happy.

An Eric Pickles moment if you ask me.

Satan

I want a device that I can hook up to my TV and use to browse the … I want a device that I can hook up to my TV and use to browse the internet & watch iPlayer (with subtitles).I don't need a media centre (as I already have a Humax Foxsat).Will this machine do the job? Would I need to add a gfx card?Also, is it loud?Thanks for any responses.


For browsing the web and iPlayer your better off getting a cheap android stick like the MK802.

A friend struggled with his transcoding big files with this system. He ran it with 8 gig ram and 4 x 2 to his on whs. It's good, very good but the cpu chokes as people say with heavy duties and big file transcoding.

eeek!

Having commented on how brilliant these boxes are, a word of caution.HP, … Having commented on how brilliant these boxes are, a word of caution.HP, in their 'wisdom', as of the 19th February, only allow access to software and BIOS updates if your server is in warranty (I'm not sure if this includes drivers).So by default you have a year of 'free' updates unless you purchase the extended warranty. Look at any of the IT press/magazine (PCPRO) sites and you can see people are less than happy.An Eric Pickles moment if you ask me.

yeh i read that somewhere

imran

how's the transcoding on the fly? my N63L chokes up very quickly if the … how's the transcoding on the fly? my N63L chokes up very quickly if the file is bigger than 1.5GB.



Ive only tried it internally but runs perfect to me!

BazingaBen

Did you add anything else? RAM, GFX card?Just curious as I'm tempted by … Did you add anything else? RAM, GFX card?Just curious as I'm tempted by this over a Synology NAS.


The Synology is an overpriced plastic HDD housing. Would you rather spend £350 on a 4 bay, or £100 on this? You can install WHS, Win 7/8, Freenas, the list is endless. I replaced the 2GB with 2x 4GB and it's running perfectly with an SSD as the boot drive and 4 HDDs for data using software RAID (admittedly this data is backed up to a cheap Netgear NAS).

God Dam i paid £246 a week ago from serverplus and got a 3yr warranty care package. But I got approved £166 Cash back from hp within 1-2days of being bothered and invoice arriving.

Houstieboy

The Synology is an overpriced plastic HDD housing. Would you rather spend … The Synology is an overpriced plastic HDD housing. Would you rather spend £350 on a 4 bay, or £100 on this? You can install WHS, Win 7/8, Freenas, the list is endless. I replaced the 2GB with 2x 4GB and it's running perfectly with an SSD as the boot drive and 4 HDDs for data using software RAID (admittedly this data is backed up to a cheap Netgear NAS).



Cheers for your reply mate, I do agree which is why I'm going with this and maybe Xpenology installed. Will upgrade the HDD and RAM ans install Plex for my media stuff.

Does anyone have that link to the RAM people were buying handy?

Is it still recommended to get the WD RED and pay the extra for durability?

Thanks!

BazingaBen

Cheers for your reply mate, I do agree which is why I'm going with this … Cheers for your reply mate, I do agree which is why I'm going with this and maybe Xpenology installed. Will upgrade the HDD and RAM ans install Plex for my media stuff.Does anyone have that link to the RAM people were buying handy?Is it still recommended to get the WD RED and pay the extra for durability?Thanks!


No problemo. WD Reds all the way for me, 3 yr warranty too. Link to RAM is below, however you might want to shop around:

crucial.com/uk/…304

Sorry what are then specs of this thing? Does it come with a hdd? Cheers

sotomonkey

Sorry what are then specs of this thing? Does it come with a hdd? Cheers


Specs are all on the link mate.

Houstieboy

No problemo. WD Reds all the way for me, 3 yr warranty too. Link to RAM … No problemo. WD Reds all the way for me, 3 yr warranty too. Link to RAM is below, however you might want to shop around:http://www.crucial.com/uk/store/mpartspecs.aspx?mtbpoid=EFB2D6B2A5CA7304



Mucho gracias!

BazingaBen

Cheers for your reply mate, I do agree which is why I'm going with this … Cheers for your reply mate, I do agree which is why I'm going with this and maybe Xpenology installed. Will upgrade the HDD and RAM ans install Plex for my media stuff.Does anyone have that link to the RAM people were buying handy?Is it still recommended to get the WD RED and pay the extra for durability?Thanks!



This is exactly what I've done and I've also set up SABnzbd with sickbeard and couchpotato to automate all my Usenet downloads too.

Very happy so far.

Check here for a list of reported compatible RAM n40l.wikia.com/wik…ory (I've got 16GB in mine)

You should check out the custom BIOS too (should be on the wikia page somewhere) to enable hot swapping (I think) and full speed for ODD and e-SATA ports.
Edited by: "sk82jack" 11th Feb 2014

Had mine for about a year and love it. Now running with 4GB ram and 2x3tb HDD (one as backup).
Ordered upgrades from CCL.
Memory was Crucial 2GB Memory Module PC3-8500 1066MHz DDR3 Unbuffered ECC CL7 240-pin DIMM £20.40
2nd HDD was Toshiba DT01ACA300 3TB £75.85

sk82jack

This is exactly what I've done and I've also set up SABnzbd with … This is exactly what I've done and I've also set up SABnzbd with sickbeard and couchpotato to automate all my Usenet downloads too.Very happy so far.Check here for a list of reported compatible RAM http://n40l.wikia.com/wiki/MemoryYou should check out the custom BIOS too (should be on the wikia page somewhere) to enable hot swapping (I think) and full speed for ODD and e-SATA ports.



Just been reading about exactly this

It's why I'm going with Xpenology so as to automate the manual downloads I currently do for TV series etc. I currently dl to Android then push to DLNA client from my phone.

Eventual setup (I hope) will be this server automating backups of my photographs from my laptop plus automated downloads using the programs you mention and a raspberry pi running rasplex connected into my router and TV.

I think all this is doable

Expenses will certainly add up to much more than the cost of this server. Extra HDD and RAM alone looking at £150+ then later the cost of Raspberry Pi and Usenet membership but should be a decent setup when finished and highly preferable to the WD Live I almost bought last year to just backup my photographs, that was going to be £150 and it didn't do anything much other than backups.

Currently holding out for a sub £90 deal on this... what do you reckon are the chances...? Hmm.

Already have the N36L, but wanting three of these for an OpenStack demo platform.

I guess considering I got the N36L at £87.59 after cash back in 2011 it may be a big ask!
Edited by: "jazlabs" 11th Feb 2014

jazlabs

Currently holding out for a sub £90 deal on this... what do you reckon … Currently holding out for a sub £90 deal on this... what do you reckon are the chances...? Hmm.Already have the N36L, but wanting three of these for an OpenStack demo platform.I guess considering I got the N36L at £87.59 after cash back in 2011 it may be a big ask!



What's your time worth?

All the hassle of checking in the future to save around £9.98?

I'd rather just order personally.

BazingaBen

Just been reading about exactly this :)It's why I'm going with Xpenology … Just been reading about exactly this :)It's why I'm going with Xpenology so as to automate the manual downloads I currently do for TV series etc. I currently dl to Android then push to DLNA client from my phone.Eventual setup (I hope) will be this server automating backups of my photographs from my laptop plus automated downloads using the programs you mention and a raspberry pi running rasplex connected into my router and TV.I think all this is doable :)Expenses will certainly add up to much more than the cost of this server. Extra HDD and RAM alone looking at £150+ then later the cost of Raspberry Pi and Usenet membership but should be a decent setup when finished and highly preferable to the WD Live I almost bought last year to just backup my photographs, that was going to be £150 and it didn't do anything much other than backups.



Yeah I've ended up spending a bit more on it but if you can hold out for deals then it's not too bad - second hand stuff is even cheaper if you have a trusted source.

I've also changed out the fans as listed in this post forums.overclockers.co.uk/sho…457 but for the 120mm fan I chose the Scythe Glide Stream 800RPM which comes with a molex to 3/4pin adapter bundled with it so you don't need to buy the one suggested.

I haven't actually noticed a difference yet (it's been 1 day) as I've still got an old loud 7200RPM HDD in there. I'm also not sure if the drive is hibernating properly or not. Gonna try and sort that out tonight but I think when I get my WD Green drives it will be pretty quiet.

BazingaBen

What's your time worth?All the hassle of checking in the future to save … What's your time worth?All the hassle of checking in the future to save around £9.98?I'd rather just order personally.



Good point, but I glance at HotUKDeals every morning and evening on my commute (train)... So really it wouldn't be any extra time, assuming someone else finds the sub-£90 deal for me

P.S. It would actually be £30+ savings, as I want to buy 3.
Edited by: "jazlabs" 11th Feb 2014
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