Dell onsite warranty is excellent, next day you'll get replace parts. The only worry is the extra bits you add. So if your order extra ram\hdd, get an extra stick\hdd.
For the cost tho, you could generally get more servers. So if 1 fails you're not to bothered about waiting till the next morning for the new parts.
What's your LEA?
With Dell you just need to know how to deal with them, my calls normally go along the path of, Tag no, Tag No, item, it's dead, i've replaced it with another one and it now works. Long wait whilst they type, normally repeat "and the replacement worked?" followed by a call ref and a eta on the replacement part.
Key part is to say you've tested it with a replacement part. Only problems occur close to the end of the warranty. Then it's just of question of call your Dell Sales rep.
it wasn't actually me who was dealing with this one and I have had fairly good responce when getting laptops delt with (the engineer once dropped the laptop when working on it and tried to get away without replacing the casing but got that sorted also
AyatollahPies (20th March 2009)
Thank you all for your help and advice, please keep your opinions and advice coming as its all helping.
The one thats thrown a spanner in the works is the barebone Dell server idea.
Ive just been on the site and priced up-
Dual Core AMD Opteron™ 1216, 2.4GHz, 2X1MB Cache
3Yr Basic Warranty - Next Business Day
2GB Memory, DDR2, 800MHz ECC (2x1GB Dual Ranked DIMMs)
SAS 6iR Internal RAID Controller Card
2x500GB, SATA, 3.5-inch, 7.2K RPM Hard Drive (Cabled)
48X DVD/CDRW Combo Drive with SATA Cable
£578 ext VAT
and I will buy and extra HDD for the server OS
the other route would still be build my own but in less than 10 days to research and order and pay dosn't give me much time (or put another way, i dont feel confident i would make the best decisions based on the time)
The CPU's would be 1 of these three:
Intel Xeon X3230 S755 2.66GHz 8Mb cache 1066FSB
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 3.16GHz 6Mb Cache 1333FSB
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9400 S775 2.66GHz 6MB cache 1333FSB
With an Intel MoBo (as suggested from advice given in this thread) but which one?
Kingston RAM 4GB
2x1TB HDD (Software RAID 1) and a small 80Gb Hdd for OS
I would preferre to build my own server for the satifaction of working on it but is that the best decision or am i just being selfish, what would the most professional opinion be? my hearts saying build your own but my heads definutly saying customize a barebone server.
When it comes to the EBuyer option of the server im not sure I could do this because the Admin needs the invoice before the end of the month, or is this: HP ProLiant ML115 Tower Server - Misco.co.uk
the same deal on Misco.co.uk?
Thank you all for your time
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