I have been offered a 1U rackmount server.
It has 2 x Intel Xeon 3.6Ghz CPU's
2Gb RAM (with 8Dimm Slots upgradable to 16GB)
160GB SATA HDD.
Is this a good base machine as far as servers are concerned?
I am wanting to upgrade the memory anyway to somewhere around 8GB.
I'm just a bit unsure if the single core Xeon processors will be lacking a bit?
What will you use it for? It looks to me like a P4 Xeon which aren't very powerful these days. It should be powerful enough as an email/file server but I have my doubts on anything more.
Where will you house it? 1U stuff is notoriously loud because of the 40mm fans running full tilt all the time.
You've also got to remember that these machines do not take the cheap and chearful memory that desktops do, these take Registered ECC ram as a bare minimum which can be expensize, even in the 2nd hand market.