Advice on max bid for Dell R310's - local surplus auction

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I was unable to edit (spamlike contents) so wanted to add the following:

The plan is to use one as a pfsense box and, if I were to get both, the second as a FreeNAS option. Maybe this is dumb? This is my first attempt to dive into the homelab category. Any opinions on this also appreciated!

Thanks again.
 

kirbyrj

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Hard to say as they are only LGA771 based systems and there are no specs on what else is in them (dual CPU, amount of RAM, etc). The $39-41 they went for is probably all they are worth.
 

vxspiritxv

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I can vouch for ebay r710 ($150 shipped er so) as a great bang for buck. As a NAS, for descent performance have to upgrade to h700, which costs another $150 with cables. Be sure to do your own research. I paid a bit extra to make sure I got dual higher wattage psu, enterprise idrac and case that takes 8 2.5 drives as I slated cheap non raid ssds to be used in my box (game server).
 

mwarps

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I would step up to an R410 at the minimum, and go for 56xx series CPUs. Westmere is pretty much as early as you can go without wasting your time/electricity.

R510 and R710 make quite capable NAS boxes. R410 or R610 will be pretty heavy overkill for a pfsense box.
 

cjcox

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The boxes will be hundreds of dollars of pain to put back into use. These should be freebies.
 
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