As I am waiting for the heat-sinks to arrive for the G8 server, I did some googling & Facebook Group posting & a little bit of ebay surfing.. remember this is for a home lab I don’t need brand new and to pay a fortune for drives.
After a bit of ebaying I came to the conclusion that 3tb drives were about 100$ each, not bad I guess.. One last time I posted in the Home Lab’s group asking for anyone if they know or were selling any 3.5″ drives. Score, a friend of mine that i bought drives from messaged me and said I am, I have 6 3tb 3.5″ 7200RPM drives for sale. Wicked, he also got me the Caddys for them cheap, those things are like $20 each on ebay and $75 each brand new from HP.. So a small bundle of money that I had from selling my T610 went towards buying drives & heat-sinks for my G8…
Another Waiting game.. 🙁 Canada Post was slow at this time of season ( Christmas )
I have decided to ditch the small rack I had and go with a single Tower server. I had no issues at all with my last setup, other than it was a little power hungry & made some decent heat in my man-cave.
My goal was to improve on the power consumption & smaller foot print. I was doing some ebay surfing at a close by page ( within Canada ) and found this HP ML350p. $200 score ? not to sure about that. The server had no issues worked fine BUT came with no heat-sinks.
First Mission was to find heat-sinks for this beast, was that easy ? NOPE Ebay selling them each was about $75-110 US that’s about 150$ with shipping PER heat-sink Canadian. RIP OFF!! Did a little more searching and found a guy selling some, decided to message him and ask him if he is willing to ship to Canada and if he was firm on his offer. His reply was make me an offer. I countered with 100$ shipped & he accepted.
The machine came with 64 gigs DDR3 16 x 4gig hp sticks, totally upgrading that. Dual 6core Xeon E5-2620’s.. Yeah i might upgrade those later if i need to, but for now they are fine.. So now the fun was waiting for the heat-sinks to arrive.. over Christmas about 1.5 weeks later..