Firstly - the server in question isn't for work/school use, it's for home use only.
I'm looking for a reasonably priced server to replace my ageing P4 server (that is slowly giving up the ghost).
I'm not overly fussed about brands but I do have a few specifics - DualCore/QuadCore capable, obviously the faster the better - SATA and SATA-RAID (must be able to support RAID-5).
Aside from that, I don't really need much else in a server - so I guess my question is - is it worth looking at and investing in a 'proper' server (server hardware) or is it worth simply picking up a generic desktop PC with the basic specs and then souping it up?
The end 'server' needs to run Server 2008, which in turn may host some VMs purely for testing, it's not production and it's daily load would vary - it's primary role would be a file server, nothing more.
So what do you guys think? I'm taken with the HP ProLiant server offer but the onboard RAID only supports RAID 0 or 1.
(Why RAID-5 in a home server? I want the redundancy factor and I don't mind paying a little extra to get it)