If you’re looking to snag a nice barebones server on the cheap, check out today’s deal from Dell. The PowerEdge T130 will take a bit of DIY effort to get it up and running, but since this model costs less than 230 bucks, that’s definitely a worthwhile compromised.
So, what’s on the inside? This config features a dual-core 2.8GHz Intel Celeron Processor G3900 CPU, 4GB of RAM, 500GB 7200RPM hard drive, and a DVD drive. It doesn’t come with an operating system, so you’re going to need to buy and install one separately. However, it does offer one year warranty, so you’re covered if something doesn’t work as intended.
Keep in mind, you can have a total of four 3.5-inch drives. And since a 2TB drive goes for about 70 bucks on Amazon, that additional cost is fairly reasonable. Whether you just need a cheap secondary web server for testing, or you’re working on your own local media streaming solution, this affordable rig is a great place to start.
For an OEM copy of Windows 10 Pro (64-bit), you’ll only have to pay about a $115 to $140 on sites like Amazon or Newegg. And if you don’t want to bother investing in a copy of Windows, head over to DistroWatch, and pick out a version of Linux or BSD that fits your needs. Personally, I’m a big fan of Mint, but there are countless distros out there to pick from. Don’t hesitate to try out a few to see what works best for you.
Normally, this configuration lists for $650, but Dell is selling it online directly for just $429. Apply coupon code “SERVER200” in your cart, and you’ll instantly save an additional $200. Take advantage of Dell’s free shipping, and your savings will be even greater.
Even if you don’t want to do any tinkering yourself, Dell has your back. You can also custom-order your machine with extra RAM, hard drives, and an operating system, but you’ll end up paying significantly more. It’s up to you, so feel free to configure your server however you see fit.