I'm looking to buy small server-like PC for my house. Redundant storage, ease of use/setup, an actual video card (doesn't need to be great), and some real processor power will be necessary.
I found something which looks pretty good for my needs, but I'm not sure how much it is worth. Could I have a price check on a computer with the specs below? How much would you pay for this used computer?
DVD Drive: Pioneer 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model DVR-115DBK
RAID Controller: (Dedicated) 3ware 9650SE-8LPML KIT PCI Express x4 SATA II (3.0Gb/s) Controller Card
-3ware BBU-MODULE-03 Battery Backup Unit for 3ware 9650SE
-8 500GB Seagate hard drives configured in a raid5 array for a total of 3TB usable space
-This array is being used for dedicated storage
3 x Seagate Barracuda ES.2 ST3250310NS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"
-These drives are configured as in a 750GB raid0 array using the raid controller on the motherboard
-Currently being used for the OS to boot and run off of
Cooling: As seen in the pictures, the following heatsinks/fans are installed to provide adequate ventilation for this monster.
-4x 120mm intake fans in the front of the case; 2 that are pushing air into the case and over the hard drives, and 2 on the other side of the hard drives that are pulling air
-2x 120mm exhaust fans
-2x Noctua NH-U12DX heatsinks for the CPUs
-3x Noctua NF-P12 120mm fans for the CPU heatsinks
-1x Noctua NF-R8 80mm Fan (Blowing air onto memory sticks)
-1x heatsink and 80mm fan added to cool north bridge chip
"There are two 12cm fans at the rear of the chassis, one is fitted with the HDD cage to help cooling down the HDDs, and exhaust the hot air out of the chassis, another one is right next to the CPU area, equipped with a fan guard to protect user's hand."
I would also want to know if that machine was powered
by a UPS 100% of the time, or not.
I suggest that you begin by adding up the cost of all those
parts as if you purchased them brand new, then start from there.
p.s. There is something to be said for a dual-socket server that
is fully integrated and operational.
Even with lower prices, you could NOT build the same computer today
for $1,500. NO WAY!!
Xeons are always more expensive, as a rule, because they are
designed for 24/7 operation.
p.s. Moving the main power cable should be a cinch:
just lash it to the auxiliary cable to the right
so as to make room for a cooling shroud directly over
the FB-DIMM slots:
also, keep in mind that optimal cooling should achieve
a balance between input CFM and output CFM.
Finally, lots of case manufacturers are implementing
the "stack effect" at least by adding one or two fan mounts
in the top panel: as a matter of fact, I was going to purchase
an A-70, and I pre-ordered Lian Li's Aluminum Top Cover,
Model T-70, which came with 2 x 120 mm fan grills in a
replacement top panel.
Google "Lian Li" +"Aluminum Top Cover"
e.g. see photos of a similar accessory here: