cross-posted from: https://lemmy.cloudhub.social/post/28451
> I'm looking for a good first server for a homelab.
> I do already have an old Dell poweredge 1950 I got for £30 but it's:
> - Loud
> - Draws 350W
> - Costs too much to run
> - Only has 2 HDD slots
> - DRAC card needs Internet explorer
> I'm not too bothered by the noise because I can just move it, but the electricity cost is quite ridiculous for something less powerful than my PC in every way.
> I live in the UK so electricity prices are a huge factor for this.
> My Ideal specs are:
> - ~16 cores (total)
> - >= 128GB RAM
> - ~100W idle power draw
> - >= 4 3.5" HDD bays
> - Preferably HBA mode on RAID card
> - £100-200
> - 2U
> Is this completely unreasonable? I have found servers that match this all except the 3.5" bays and 2U.
> Initially I found a Dell server with 128GB of RAM and two 12 core CPUs for about £200 but I realised it only has 2.5" bays.
> There is a nice R720 on ebay I am watching but it will probably skyrocket near the end of the bid. Also, it probably draws a lot of power.
> Any suggestions? do I just need to raise my price?
Here is my attempt to archive r/homelab before it went dark.
Google says there about 92,400 results for site:reddit.com/r/homelab, I have 2098, that's only about 2% of it. Maybe there is something of use to you in that 2%.
Please don't webscrape, if you want all the data you can get the raw BDFR archive at [https://archive.douwes.co.uk/reddit/homelab.tar](https://archive.douwes.co.uk/reddit/homelab.tar) or the live web version at [https://archive.douwes.co.uk/reddit/homelab-web.tar](https://archive.douwes.co.uk/reddit/homelab-web.tar)
I don't know if renting a dedicated server goes against the point of selfhosting but whatever.
Everyone seems to recommend hetzner on reddit because they are cheaper, but OVH seems to be much cheaper that hetzner for low end servers, especially the Kimsufi and So You Start ranges.
This is the server I was looking at with OVH:
CPU : Intel Xeon D1520 - 4c/8t - 2.2 GHz/2.6 GHz
Memory : 32 GB DDR4 ECC
Storage : 4 x 2 TB HDD SATA Soft RAID
Public bandwidth : 250 Mbps
Price: £26.66 per month.
hetzner seems to start a lot higher with specs, but I don't need 64GB of ram and a 1Gb/s internet connection, The instance I am posting this from is the lowest spec kimsufi possible with an intel atom and 4GB of RAM and that is running lemmy and mastodon fine.
Is there something else bad about OVH that I am missing? (other than the flammable servers)