An IBM System x3755 4U rackmounted server with eight AMD Opteron cores and 64GB of RAM is currently on sale at Bargain Hardware, a reputable eBay reseller for less than £300. The offer includes free delivery and 300 Nectar points.
The same seller was flogging a similar server with twice the amount of memory for nearly three times the price last week. Note that this refurbished server doesn’t come with operating system (you’re more than likely to use Linux on it) or warranty (other than the fact that it will work).
The x3755 comes with four AMD Opteron processors, the 8218 which were launched nearly seven years ago, each with two cores clocked at 2.6GHz, 2MB L2 cache and a TDP of 95W. There’s also 64GB of memory (DDR2 667MHz ECC), an IBM ServeRAID8K hard disk controller with 256MB BBWC and support for RAID 0, 1, 1E, 10, 5 and 6.
Other features include four SATA/SAS bays, an ATI RN50 16MB video adaptor, an optical drive, a Broadcom BCM5708 Dual Port Gigabit Ethernet Controller, two 1.5KW hot-pluggable PSUs plus an array of IBM only technologies like Predictive Failure Analysis, a “CPU Pass Thru” card and the Xcelerated Memory Technology.