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Deal: £1,500 HP Proliant C7000 Bladecenter

Looking for a powerful cluster of servers to build a super computer? Then check out this relatively affordable HP BLC7000 Bladecenter cluster which consists of 16 BL465C blade servers and retail for £1,500 on eBay via bargain*hardware with free delivery and 1,500 Nectar points.

That massive enclosure comes with a 10U rack mounted chassis that contains a whopping six 2,250W hot-swappable power supply units and ten fans. There's also an onboard admin module, a 16-Port Gigabit Ethernet Pass-through Module, HP Thermal Logic technology and the entire thing weighs a whopping 200Kg.

As for the blade servers, they have two dual-core AMD Opteron 2216 processors clocked at 2.4GHz with 2MB of cache. Also on the spec list are 8GB of PC2-5300P DDR2 ECC RAM spread over eight slots, a HP Smart Array E200i controller, two empty 2.5in hard drive bays and two embedded NC373i multifunction Gigabit server adapters with iSCSI boot, TCP/IP offload engine. Arguably you will need to know your way around such a powerful server solution.

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