If you really care about watt usage, it's probably better to roll your own. These days, if I had to rebuild my ESXi environment from scratch, I'd probably build around Supermicro's X10SDV series of motherboard. The Intel "D" series Xeons are mighty powerful for what they are, and what you get for the price is pretty killer. Motherboard, processor, and two ten-gig links in mATX for under a grand.What secondhand servers would be the best for small home and medium game server ( all on esxi ).
There are alot of older poweredges and proliants for sale around me and really cheap but not sure if building my own ( probably alot more pricey ) would be better in watt usage wise.
If you really care about watt usage, it's probably better to roll your own. These days, if I had to rebuild my ESXi environment from scratch, I'd probably build around Supermicro's X10SDV series of motherboard. The Intel "D" series Xeons are mighty powerful for what they are, and what you get for the price is pretty killer. Motherboard, processor, and two ten-gig links in mATX for under a grand.
That being said, the E3 series of chips aren't bad at sipping power. They're what I run right now, and I vaguely recall seeing that you can buy used E3 servers for just a couple hundred bucks - plug it in and go.
Yea, tho some poweredges & proliants are really cheap like 130$ but yea cpus are all old 07-2010 ect
There's also a Xeon E3-1225 v3 version that includes a 1TB HDD for $279 with code 279T20
One thing you have to be aware of, is that the x850 versions of Dell Poweredge Servers (1850,2850), do not support VT for virtualization. So you're going to run into a problem if you want to run ESXi. Im not sure where the HP's fall as I only had experience with the Dell servers. The only exception to this is the 6850 does have VT support, but I can't remember if it was all versions or certain ones.
The price of x950 series servers have come down quite a bit in price and you can easily find dual quad core units. When I set up my small labs I had a bunch of 1850s and one 2850. It was obnoxiously loud so I would take that into serious consideration. You say you want to use this as a game server as well so unless you're co-locating it in the basement it will be loud.
Take what TeeJayHoward said but maybe not as extreme and build your own from spare/secondhand parts. You can build a pretty quite and powerful machine for the same amount as a decent used rack mount server. As cool as you think it be to have some enterprise grade gear for yourself, trust someone who thought the same thing and got rid of them.
So i've searched for loads of stuff, and this older supermicro socket 771 cpu E5420 like 32gb of ddr2 and some drives with an outstanding case.
Would this be something to consider buying or is it already to old, btw it has been running in a datacenter for its lifetime so it's maintained pretty good.
+ its like 100 euros as its a old friend of mine.
As rma said, the 771 stuff is VERY power hungry compared to anything newer. Power draw always translates to heat at some point, so they run quite warm as well. I'd look for something in the Xeon 5500/5600 series or newer, less power and heat, and more performance. They can be had for just as cheap also. Where are you? We can throw some ebay links out that are local to you.
How has that unit been for you? I am looking to swap out an SG500 52-p for one of these guys.
Flawless. Relatively quiet, low power consumption, nice interface (shame you do need the controller running on another device though). As an alternative you could go for the Edgeswitch, which has the builtin interface.
I'm using Unifi APs too, so need the controller for those anyway.
My condo, this is a cabinet located in my entrance closet, the house was originally wired for VOIP but I re-wired all the CAT5 Keystones to 568A and crimped the ends so I can connect to my router.
installed some new firewalls over the break, pair of XTM515s in a cluster are now my primary routers, left the Core X550s as a secondary cluster that replaced a pfSense box I had in the rack
What sort of config do you have on the XTM515s? Do they work as a pair or as a failover cluster?