[K12OSN] Saving money on memory
dahopkins at comcast.net
Thu Jun 2 23:19:31 UTC 2005
Not necessarily advocating them, but check out asacomputers.com. You
can get very close to your $2200.00 limit with dual cpus (in either
xeons or opterons), 4GB memory, dual nics for some of the
configurations. However, I don't know how you would get hardware RAID
and still keep the price below $2200.00, but ... who knows. I know that
some on the list have custom built systems as well for around this price.
Bill Bardon wrote:
>I am in the process of spec'ing a K12LTSP server. Currently looking at
>the Dell PowerEdge SC1420. Getting enough RAM in this thing is
>expensive! If I get it from Dell, 4GB of ECC memory will cost me almost
>$1500, more than the server itself! I've tried other penguin-friendly
>vendors and they are at least as much, or more.
>I assume I can't substitute non-ECC memory and order it from somewhere
>else. I've seen 1GB non-ECC DIMMs at memory4less.com for $140, giving
>me a total of just $560 for RAM. I don't think using non-ECC will work,
>Maybe I should articulate my goal: a dual-processor tower server that
>can run K12LTSP handily for 30 clients. (This will be the first install
>of K12LTSP in this district, so it needs to perform well.) Will be
>using IceWm, but also expect heavy OpenOffice and Firefox usage. The
>servers I find on eBay are usually rack-mount units, or sub-1GHz
>machines, so don't fill the bill.
>So it boils down to this - can I use cheap memory in a Dell or similar
>server? If not, where do you get a server as above for less than $2200?
>Any input is welcome!
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