Originally Posted by lothario
I need to setup 4 basic Linux servers.
I want to avoid refurbished PCs.
1. Why do you want to avoid refurbished PCs? If they are in your price range, then they are in your price range; what does "refurbished" have to do with anything?
2. How much hardware can you share? For example, you want 4 20-gig hard drives? How about 4 six-gig (old) hard drives for each computer's operating system and then they share a 40-gig drive for their "low volume" fax stuff (which doesn't need to be saved after it is sent), etc.? Can they share a monitor?
Once you figure out what you can share, check the internet and local suppliers for parts. Sounds like you should be able to put 4 basic boxes together real fast, especially if they're all the same, and with the money you save with your own screwdriver, you can build a fifth to play backup to them all.