[BLUG] How cheap can you build a box? - redux
Jonathan North Washington
jonwashi at indiana.edu
Tue Nov 9 23:22:40 EST 2010
On 9 November 2010 11:31, Thomas Smith <tgs at resc.net> wrote:
>> >From Mark Warner
>>>You can buy pallets of old P-IIIs for next to nothing on eBay.
>> Wow. This was a great tip. The most questionable part of that
>> statement, actually, is the P-III part. I found P-IVs much easier,
>> and they were still amazingly cheap. Apparently the search term to
>> use is "LOT" as in "LOT OF 10 pentium 4 2.8 GHZ P4, 512 DDR, CDROM"
>> (starting bid $870, 0 bids so far, ends tomorrow evening). Or "Lot of
>> 34 Dell Optiplex GX260 PC Computer P4 40GB" (Buy it now
>> $1,359.96.. that's $40 each!! shipping will probably make it a bit more,
>> but still). Mostly I'm averse to used hardware because we want the
>> machines to be reliable, nearly identical, and require little labor to
>> set up. Buying lots of nearly identical hardware like this should
>> address those concerns. And the prices are amazing.
> One more place to look for these is IU Salvage. From time to time
> (every couple months) they have an auction, which typically includes
> palettes of desktops and monitors. Their prices for individual
> computers aren't very good, but it might be a different story for a
> lot of 10. You could save on shipping :-)
There're actually a couple dozen pallets of servers (including really
cool SGI machines) and non-servers (some Dells, Apples, and the
like--and not super-old-generation stuff either) at the IU surplus
store *right now*, which they're accepting closed bids on until
*Thursday*. If you want to have a look at what they have and maybe
place some bids, I'd suggest heading over there tomorrow (Wednesday).
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