Cheap Server Cluster

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this week (the closer the better)) BUDGET RANGE: 300-400 After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: nexus 1000v, file sharing(but not a big deal)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Just want best bang for the buck, COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:United States





ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: My dad wants a cheap server cluster of 2 servers. He wants to spend as little money as possible. This is mostly for nexus 1000v. He was looking at cheap servers on and i told him we should look on tom's hardware to see how much it would cost to build basicly i just want to know is it worth it to build, or buy a old technology from

P.S. I know next to nothing about servers. I don't know what i am doing at all. So i need as much help as possible.
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  1. I'm not sure what your dad is trying to accomplish. I guess if he wants to play with the nexus 1000v software, that's fine, but it's not really all that useful in a home network. I assume he'll be setting this up at home?

    What OS is going to be run? You can use regular desktop hardware for a server, drivers can be a hassle sometimes. That's probably where you need to do a little more research.
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    Ouch, 300-400 isnt going to get you a vmware lab but here goes:

    Any MB that supports virtualization will suffice. The i7 series is great for VMware labs. Hyperthreading allows for many additionals VM's. I would recommend he build one good i7 rig, and then run a NAS emulator as well as VMware workstation to facilitate multiple ESX servers. 8GB RAM is a start, 16GB is optimal.
  3. @goatswordi know it is very little money, its just because he was looking at the cheap old servers at I can probably get more from him. @calinkula he is setting up at home. He wants to learn more about it because thats what there doing at his work.He is a contractor. Not sure about os.
  4. You won't find anything for that little money for 2 servers. The best you can do is a couple of early generation dual core PCs or P4s. And this is not counting any software you need to buy. Plus you need the networking for it, unless you already have a switch and cables.
  5. i think he has the witch and cables. he has so much in his office there is no way he couldn't. I talked to him and he said he was just doing a free 60 day trial to figure out how it works. So this is what i suggested to him. Tell me if it will work.

    remember he wanted cheap

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    Antec Sonata Elite Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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    he doesn't need vid card because he wants it cheap. Basicly his old computer is outdated and what he thinks he need is a server, but i think he needs a new computer.
  6. ^ he's gonna have fun without a mobo there.
  7. there is a mobo. Comboed with 955 Gigabyte GA-MA785Gm-US2H AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
  8. Ah, ok.
  9. but what do you think of the build? will it work for a 60 day trial of nexus 1000v? also will integrated graphics be okay? if not thinking of this

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  10. ^ Of server apps, Intergrated is A-OK.
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