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Dell PowerEdge T30 Mini Server: Intel Xeon E3-1225 v5, 8GB DDR4, 1TB HDD (No OS) $299 + Free Shipping

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  • Intel Xeon E3-1225 v5 3.3GHz Quad-Core CPU
  • Intel HD Graphics P530 (onboard)
  • 8GB 2666MT/s DDR4 Memory (ECC)
  • 1TB 7200RPM Hard Drive
  • DVD+/-RW Internal Drive
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Plex server and VM anyone
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Nice sale so I gave TU.

As a prosumer I really can't figure out why I would buy this even at the $300 price point. Can anyone else weigh in? What OS would you run with the understanding it's only got 3 open drive bays?

Not thread crapping, I honestly look forward to hear what people would use it for so I can rationalize it in my ecosystem.
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Plex server and VM anyone
Low RAM, do you think it would be worth it after adding in cost of upgrading?
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Low RAM, do you think it would be worth it after adding in cost of upgrading?
My pain was to find ECC Ram that was compatible and they were expensive.
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Nice sale so I gave TU.

As a prosumer I really can't figure out why I would buy this even at the $300 price point. Can anyone else weigh in? What OS would you run with the understanding it's only got 3 open drive bays?

Not thread crapping, I honestly look forward to hear what people would use it for so I can rationalize it in my ecosystem.
Running Ubuntu with tons of containerization. MSSQL, Kafka, ELK stack, nginx service running angular. Lots of home brew stuff for practicing and keeping my skillsets. Draws barely 25w...
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Low RAM, do you think it would be worth it after adding in cost of upgrading?
I have a Dell T20 which uses ddr3 and I was able to get cheap used 32gb kit from eBay. It's able to handle plex with 4 simultaneous streams. 2 being transcoded and 2 other direct. Have one vm running Ubuntu. And serve as a time machine backup for all the Macs. All within FreeNas OS.
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Running Ubuntu with tons of containerization. MSSQL, Kafka, ELK stack, nginx service running angular. Lots of home brew stuff for practicing and keeping my skillsets. Draws barely 25w...
Nice. All that with a 32nm cpu that's what 5 years old?

Imagine how much better a modern machine would be!
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I would love a cheap low power server to replace my plex server, but my old Optiplex 7020 SFF with an i7 has a higher PCMark than this and draws very little power.
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For memory upgrades, you can mix ECC and Non-ECC memory. Yes you lose the feature of ECC but for Home use Running Non-ECC is fine.

https://www.crucial.com/support/articles-faq-memory/ecc-vs-non-ecc?gclid=Cj0KCQjwybD0BRDyARIsACyS8mv... [crucial.com]
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Nice. All that with a 32nm cpu that's what 5 years old?

Imagine how much better a modern machine would be!
It has a 14nm CPU by the way!
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You can use NON-ECC memory if cost is an issue.

Also this chassis supports 4x 3.5" HD and 2x 2.5" HD so in theory you can have 6 drives (you'll have to get extra SATA/SAS HBA though as I think there are only 4 SATA ports on board).

CPU is pretty old, I wonder how this would be for a desktop/workstation replacement.
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Something to keep in mind with looking at Plex servers is that QuickSync compatibility is a huge performance boost if you plan on doing transcoding. I do not believe Xeon processors support latest QuickSync transcoding. You may be better off with a HP 290 with upgraded ram for a better Plex server for a lower price.

https://forums.serverbuilds.net/t...nvenc/1408
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Nice sale so I gave TU.

As a prosumer I really can't figure out why I would buy this even at the $300 price point. Can anyone else weigh in? What OS would you run with the understanding it's only got 3 open drive bays?

Not thread crapping, I honestly look forward to hear what people would use it for so I can rationalize it in my ecosystem.
Same price for years, been running one with at least 6 vm under proxmox including ubuntu PLEX supporting 4k, HDR with the 8gig with no troubles

Given the time that has passed they should be including 16Gb by now, and if they did I would buy another to support migration of VMs between machines for safe upgrades, backup, etc.
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