HP N54L Microserver £89.06 (£195.58 -100 HP -6.52 quidco) + delivery (also collect in store options) @ PC World Bussines
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HP N54L Microserver £89.06 (£195.58 -100 HP -6.52 quidco) + delivery (also collect in store options) @ PC World Bussines

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Found 15th Feb 2014
Another HP ProLiant MicroServer N54L deal (AMD Turion II Neo N54L 2.2GHz, 2GB RAM, 250GB HDD, 2 Core, 7th Generation) I thought it might be worth posting.

*** OFFER EXTENDED FOR MARCH***
serversplus.com/pdf…pdf

*** PRICE CHANGED SEE EDIT ***

Original price (price you pay) is £195.58

HP offers cash-back of £100 until 28 Feb - FORM: h41225.www4.hp.com/UK_…pdf

Also PC World Business has 4% cash-back on quidco that is another £6.52 off (cash-back worked out on net amount - excluding vat and etc) - quidco.com/pc-…ss/

So final price of £89.06 given all goes well

This makes it 'virtually the cheapest deal around if it wasn't for the shipment cheapest is £5.99 atm, but code box suggests a code could be entered to shave the shipment. I haven't found any just yet, but maybe some of you is eager than me.

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

--- Other N54L suppliers are:

£97.94 - serversplus.com - (£197.94 -100 HP) - NO PayPal - hotukdeals.com/tag/dea…853

£95.49 - ebuyer.com - (£198.80 -100HP -3.31 quidco) - ACCEPT PAYPAL (&AMEX through paypal) - hotukdeals.com/tag/dea…958

====== EDIT 26/2
Price changed now to £162.99 ex VAT (£195.58 inc VAT)

Also I have confirmed it is possible to order these in any PC World shop and collect in store. Although this will mean losing the quidco cashback.

HP cashback extended to 31/03/2014, terms: serversplus.com/pdf…pdf
- hotdealseeker

TCB offers 4.2% cashback on ex VAT, delivery.
- hotdealseeker

129 Comments

Can actually squeeze 5 hdd and 1 ssd in it!

Felt no need to change fans, as I don't watch silent movies!

Awesome bit of kit for the cash, even at full retail price!
Edited by: "DrHotUK" 15th Feb 2014

Just built mine on a ssd with whs2011, all working ok. Now to learn more about it.

Something is telling me I need one of these?!?!?!?

About time we got a refresher thread
Thanks for the links jimcat

I was wondering if SSD is really necessary seeing as this is a server and will always be on. For me, SSD is most useful when the machine is frequently booted as time from cold to useable is v fast; also when many applications are being used and or copying files, but the main bulk storage will be on HDD(s) and they are the drives that will be having the most activity so the SSD won't make THAT much of a difference in the machine over, say, using the included 250GB as the boot drive. Anyone gonna change my mind?
Edited by: "JoeSpur" 16th Feb 2014

JoeSpur

About time we got a refresher thread :)Thanks for the links jimcatI was … About time we got a refresher thread :)Thanks for the links jimcatI was wondering if SSD is really necessary seeing as this is a server and will always be on. For me, SSD is most useful when the machine is frequently booted as time from cold to useable is v fast; also when many applications are being used and or copying files, but the main bulk storage will be on HDD(s) and they are the drives that will be having the most activity so the SSD won't make THAT much of a difference in the machine over, say, using the included 250GB as the boot drive. Anyone gonna change my mind?



Am new to this. But my understanding is that using the ssd as boot frees up an extra drive.

Try serversplus. Same price but theres a voucher code knocking around for free postage so works out even cheaper. Great bit of kit. Running ws2012e. Was a breeze to set up

Has anyine built a htpc out of one if these? If so did you use xbmc ? And how well does it handle 1080p?

JoeSpur

About time we got a refresher thread :)Thanks for the links jimcatI was … About time we got a refresher thread :)Thanks for the links jimcatI was wondering if SSD is really necessary seeing as this is a server and will always be on. For me, SSD is most useful when the machine is frequently booted as time from cold to useable is v fast; also when many applications are being used and or copying files, but the main bulk storage will be on HDD(s) and they are the drives that will be having the most activity so the SSD won't make THAT much of a difference in the machine over, say, using the included 250GB as the boot drive. Anyone gonna change my mind?



You're exactly right I think, if you are using it is a media server, then the other disks will be accessed a lot so the ssd won't help much, but if the program uses hardware caches then if possible these should be located on the ssd, in particular the page file.
I multiboot quite often so it would shorten things if I had a ssd of course.
The link to making the server silent had me worried for a while, these are very quiet imo, until I read that basically the owner's fan bearing had worn out after 5 years so of course it was noisy!
Voted hot good to see that these a coming back down to under £100 with cashback

What's the power consumption like with a couple of mechanical hard drives running? I have Zyxel NSA210 which is a little slow but otherwise performs well. I'm looking for a reason not to upgrade!

How do you get one if your not a company.

What's the best graphics card to put in this? I was looking for a Sapphire HD 7750 low profile but they are discontinued.

Will a non low profile but single slot fit?

Thinking of getting one, but worried about HP's decision to pull firmware updates. Do these servers still get them? Are they even needed?

rich_jtg

Thinking of getting one, but worried about HP's decision to pull firmware … Thinking of getting one, but worried about HP's decision to pull firmware updates. Do these servers still get them? Are they even needed?



I'm sure you will be able to obtain latest firmwares though other sources, forums etc...

B0GiE

What's the best graphics card to put in this? I was looking for a … What's the best graphics card to put in this? I was looking for a Sapphire HD 7750 low profile but they are discontinued.Will a non low profile but single slot fit?



Must be low profile, single slot and not too deep.

I am actually debating on a R7 240 for my latest Microserver. It is not as powerful as a 7750, but is only 30 watts power consumption and far more powerful than the recommended GT520/GT610 and 5450/6450. Unfortunately unlike the 5450/6450, I can only find a fan cooled R7 240 that will fit whereas the 6450 you can get a silent model that fits. So if noise level is the utmost priority then 6450 would be my recommendation.
Edited by: "nige182" 16th Feb 2014

stephenr

Has anyine built a htpc out of one if these? If so did you use xbmc ? And … Has anyine built a htpc out of one if these? If so did you use xbmc ? And how well does it handle 1080p?



Yes. Mine is running Win 8.1 and XBMC. You'll need an external graphics card but mine copes fine with 1080p. Plenty of info around on card recommendations. You don't need to spend a fortune on one either.

I'm increasingly watching 1080p movies off my old dns323 nas. unable to watch the end of movie as it freeze frames. going to run external Ethernet cable down front of house and buy one of these adding ram. for plex.

You could always boot from a flash drive to save on more disk space - I'm fairly certain these have an internal USB port you can use.

johnnyd57uk

How do you get one if your not a company.



You don't need to be a company.

stephenr

Has anyine built a htpc out of one if these? If so did you use xbmc ? And … Has anyine built a htpc out of one if these? If so did you use xbmc ? And how well does it handle 1080p?

Siddy

Just built mine on a ssd with whs2011, all working ok. Now to learn more … Just built mine on a ssd with whs2011, all working ok. Now to learn more about it.



Where did you get your copy of WHS2011?

jamgin

You don't need to be a company.


I think he's referring to PCWorld Business cashback.

I got one of these on a previous deal... anyone know if WHS 2011 is still available for a sensible price anywhere, or am I better off with Win8?

What would people recommend if I wanted optical audio out as well as HDMI?

JoeSpur

About time we got a refresher thread :)Thanks for the links jimcatI was … About time we got a refresher thread :)Thanks for the links jimcatI was wondering if SSD is really necessary seeing as this is a server and will always be on. For me, SSD is most useful when the machine is frequently booted as time from cold to useable is v fast; also when many applications are being used and or copying files, but the main bulk storage will be on HDD(s) and they are the drives that will be having the most activity so the SSD won't make THAT much of a difference in the machine over, say, using the included 250GB as the boot drive. Anyone gonna change my mind?



I have the N36L there's no need for an SSD if you're using this as a server. many people think an SSD is about boot times, marginally yes, the server should be staying on. An SSD is about OS response, queue depth (very useful for database applications) and general use. If you're using this for media storage and not directly accessing the server as in navigating the OS frequently then you don't need an SSD. You'll be wasting money. You can boot OS from a cheap USB stick even and use the 250GB for storage. Anyway my opinion is that an SSD is wasted in a home server.

Where did you get your copy of WHS2011?[/quote]

CCL last year was going to dual boot a pc as a server but never did.

SSD use - I read other mails on this subject re saving power and got it from Crucial for a good price. But if this isn't much of a saving how do I copy it onto the 250gig drive which I used as the server backup drive. Couldn't get it to back up onto usb pen and it wanted to format my external drive I use as a backup drive for laptops.

I've got one of these waiting to be set up. Is the 250gb hdd it comes with a 2.5inch laptop style drive?

nikc0069

I've got one of these waiting to be set up. Is the 250gb hdd it comes … I've got one of these waiting to be set up. Is the 250gb hdd it comes with a 2.5inch laptop style drive?



Sorry no it is a standard 3.5 inch desktop drive.

Siddy

SSD use - I read other mails on this subject re saving power and got it … SSD use - I read other mails on this subject re saving power and got it from Crucial for a good price. But if this isn't much of a saving how do I copy it onto the 250gig drive which I used as the server backup drive. Couldn't get it to back up onto usb pen and it wanted to format my external drive I use as a backup drive for laptops.



For the reason of power saving I can see the point in swapping the 250GB out for a small boot drive and using the 250GB in a caddy for a backup of the boot drive. I guess a laptop HDD would give the same effect of power saving though for a much lower price per GB.
Edited by: "nige182" 16th Feb 2014

Damn I was hoping to use that as a boot drive in the drive bay. Where did they even get a full size 250gb anymore?! Ah well I have one lying around.....

nikc0069

Damn I was hoping to use that as a boot drive in the drive bay. Where did … Damn I was hoping to use that as a boot drive in the drive bay. Where did they even get a full size 250gb anymore?! Ah well I have one lying around.....



You can put it in the DVD drive bay as a boot drive as the DVD drive bay in the N54L is a full size bay.

In regards to where they got them from... eBay? Refurbished from manufacturers? My honest guess is that they went to the HDD manufacturers and said, "We want an SATA hard drive for a very cheap entry level server. We want it as cheap as possible but large enough for any OS, and we need bulk" and the response they got was "We have a few hundred thousand 120GB hard drives taking up space you can have for 5p each, or a few million 250GB drives for 7p each, they are taking up way too much space at the moment and we can't shift them quick enough".
Edited by: "nige182" 16th Feb 2014

More of a rhetorical question but I think you are probably right. If it's a full size bay then excellent win 8.1 on there, research suggests it will pick up my storage pool from my current win8 server no problems, and then Robert is your fathers brother. Full size ram?

Just watch installing Win 8.1 - you may need a bios upgrade as the old bios caused problems. Mainly when I originally updated from Win 8 to Win 8.1 the internal NIC isn't recognised and bang goes the Interweb. Had to start from scratch - not a happy bunny! Anyway, the revised bios has now sorted that problem out so you can install Win 8.1, but you might need the new bios installed first!

Does the linked modded bios have the NIC issue fixed? I happened across one shared by a guy named Tobi on homeservershow that fixed it.

I think the linked one is the original bios with just the added AHCI ports (could be wrong though). There is an official fix available here or a modded version available which sounds like it could be the same one you found - I've done some quick instructions here. The bios was found from this link here.

Probably also worth mentioning the Official HP Microserver Owners thread - a bit of light bed time reading at 125 pages at the mo 8).
Edited by: "redbutcher" 16th Feb 2014

So final price of £93.31 given all goes wellThis makes it 'virtually the … So final price of £93.31 given all goes wellThis makes it 'virtually the cheapest deal around if it wasn't for the shipment cheapest is £5.99 atm, but code box suggests a code could be entered to shave the shipment. I haven't found any just yet, but maybe some of you is eager than me.



So not the cheapest deal around when you add delivery! Also, a free shipping code (if you found one) could potentially invalidate the Quidco cashback.

I think the price should be updated to include the delivery charge, since I got all excited for a bit. Thanks anyway

I installed FreeNAS. Bought it in December. Going great.

I want mine setup to store IP camera video and share a printer and also run xbmc. Is this all possible to set up on one server ?if so how please?

Original Poster

JoeSpur

I think he's referring to PCWorld Business cashback.



you dont need to be a company for either, its just the name of the shop... same difference as tesco extra or tesco express...

Received mine from Server+ on Thursday emailed the redemption and it was confirmed Friday, i started messing with mine last night i took it apart and put in 2x Crucial balistix 4gb sticks and a AMD 6450 from Amazon that they have on at £26 which comes with a LP bracket which i believe is posted on HUKD's. The machine is very small and very hard to take apart its fiddly you have to unplug loads of stuff from the motherboard before it slides out and its extremely tight i wouldn't expect to get much bigger GPUs in their than the 6450. Im now debating what OS to install as i already have 2 decent fast NAS drives which i will take off line and use this, im leaning towards Freenas at the minute you cant seem to be able to get a copy of WHS now. Any suggestions would be great.

not sure why my last post was taken down, or the reason behind the hostility from other posters... and there was me thinking that this was a friendly kinda place!
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