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kpachopoulos 06-23-2005 05:04 PM

server use of Dell OptiPlex GX150
I am thinking of buying 2 used Dell OptiPlex GX150 mini desktop PC, in order to experiment a little bit- hoping to build a cluster maybe. There are some things i would like to know:

-How good Linux support do they have? Googling around, i saw many people experimenting on them and also the hardware looks it has pretty good support, but if anyone has previous experience it would be useful.
-Is their 150W PSU enough? The power will only be used by a HD, not any optical drives etc.
-Do you think there will be a heating problem? I intend to use them later maybe as servers and connect them to the internet and my router for our wireless city network; they will have to work a little hard maybe.

If anyone has nothing better to do:
Post any thoughts.

Thanks a lot.

trickykid 06-23-2005 05:27 PM

Shouldn't have any problems. But what kind of servers are these going to be? If this is for a production type environment or for commercial business, your better off getting a server class machine instead of used desktops.. especially one's that will have a load on them..

kpachopoulos 06-23-2005 05:40 PM

No it's not for production cause. High internet costs has pushed individuals in Greece to join/create wireless -meropolitan scale- networks in many greek cities. I intend to use it for this reason- i hope.

benjithegreat98 06-26-2005 09:14 AM

I've installed it on a GX150 with no problems at all. It didn't have a modem in it so I don't know about modem support for that model. Where I'm working we actually have a production web server on a gx150 mini. We are a county-owned hospital and in 4 days we will officially be owned by a corporation so I am sure that is to change. The server only gets used by a limited number of people so we haven't had any trouble with it being under powered.

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