Online retailer Misco is selling the HP Proliant DL380 G5 2U rack-mounted server, which has been refurbished by PowerCore and comes with a full 12-months warranty. At £588 excluding delivery costs, it is an affordable and yet very capable device that comes with some interesting features.
There's two Intel Xeon E5450 quad-core processors clocked at 3GHz. There are no hard disk drives but you can fit up to eight 2.5in hot-pluggable units (either SAS or SATA). Other features include 4GB of RAM (occupying two out of 18 DIMM slots), four PCI-Express slots (including one low profile), two embedded NC373i multifunction gigabit network adapters with TCP/IP offload engine, support for RAID 0/1/5, two power supply units and slimline bay.
A cheaper version of the server, where the two E-series Xeon CPUs are swapped for a pair of Intel Xeon X5160 (with four cores each and clocked at 3GHz). Note that there are cheaper models on eBay but they almost always come with one month worth of warranty with no possibility of extending it.
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