Couple of weeks ago I got hooked to eBay.co.uk since I was able to find some great hard-to-resist deals on computer components. It started with simple task – replacement board for dead 7U Xeon server in our office that we used as database server. Not exactly the same board, this one was from SuperMicro, but it had everything I needed – only after I paid I noticed it also has couple of 1.8GHz Xeon CPU’s. Price? Amazing GBP40 including shipment to Czech republic.
My Pentium M based desktop computer is slowly starting to show it’s age and I decided to give it a boost with more memory. All computers stores here in Prague ask ridiculous prices for 1GB DDR333 memory modules – got online, spent couple of minutes on eBay and voila! 2GB DDR333 with warranty and including shipment to Prague still cheaper than 1GB purchased here.
The greatest deal however was purchase of two used Dell PowerEdge 3250 servers. Dual Itanium 1.4GHz, 1GB DDR RAM, 2x 16GB U320 SCSI 15krpm hot swap hard drives, 2U rack mountable chassis. Since each server weights about 80 pounds it was not possible to send it abroad, I had to drive to get it. Basic price in 2003 when server was announced (with 1CPU and diskless) was $6229 – including the fees and gasoline, it cost me 15% of the original price.
Try it as well – it’s fun, it’s addicting, and it’s worth it!