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#31 the-kevster

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Posted 11 March 2014 - 22:30

I've been running ESX servers for 6 years at home (sadly).  I've always used HP desktops.  The quality is brilliant as they're built to the same standards as their servers.

 

I've had an EPC40, a couple of DC7700s, and now an 8200 Elite SFF which can take up-to 32GB of RAM.  It'll run for the next 3+ years.  You can pick them up cheap(er) on ebay with a year or so warranty left on them too.




#32 Squuiid

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Posted 14 March 2014 - 22:16

I've been running ESX servers for 6 years at home (sadly).  I've always used HP desktops.  The quality is brilliant as they're built to the same standards as their servers.

 

I've had an EPC40, a couple of DC7700s, and now an 8200 Elite SFF which can take up-to 32GB of RAM.  It'll run for the next 3+ years.  You can pick them up cheap(er) on ebay with a year or so warranty left on them too.

Would you still buy HP now that they require support contracts for firmware updates?
I would definitely not. Firmware updates are to fix hardware BUGS which should not have been there in the 1st place. Charging for fixes like these is a rip-off IMO.

Stick with Dell/Lenovo



#33 +warwagon

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Posted 15 March 2014 - 21:23

 

Thank you for spending my money, I just bought 2 :)



#34 OP atomicrabbit

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Posted 17 March 2014 - 17:10

I've been running ESX servers for 6 years at home (sadly).  I've always used HP desktops.  The quality is brilliant as they're built to the same standards as their servers.

 

I've had an EPC40, a couple of DC7700s, and now an 8200 Elite SFF which can take up-to 32GB of RAM.  It'll run for the next 3+ years.  You can pick them up cheap(er) on ebay with a year or so warranty left on them too.

 

I'm not specifically looking to get an HP because of the info that Squuiid mentioned about support contracts with HP, but I'm curious, what do you have in the 8200? i5/i7? How much RAM? What kind of HDD setup? And how much did you spend on it?  I'm more interested in how much power I'll need to run a few VMs on an ESXi server. The intel NUCs are interesting, but buying multiple could get pricier than buying a single tower with decent specs.