Home Lab Or ESXi / Hyper-V Server > Dell R710: Dual X5570's (16 Threads), 48 GB Ram, 4 x 146 GB 10K SAS 6Gbps HD - $399
I would say the Dell R710 is the most compatible / supported Server available. i.e. it is supported by just about every OS (including Windows Server OS's 2003 to 2016 and Windows Desktop OS's) out there!
Dell R710 with a 8 x 2.5" drive bay chassis configuration:
Dual Xeon X5570 cpu's (these are Quad Core with Hyper Threading and have a base speed of 2.93 Ghz and Turbo speed of 3.33 Ghz so you get 8 cores / 16 threads total !)
48 GB of Ram (with 6 x 8GB 1333 Mhz ECC Rdimms) with 12 empty dimm slots remaining.... you could expand the memory to to 144 GB by just adding 12 more 8GB sticks
4 x Dell Enterprise Certified 147 GB 10K SAS 6 Gbps Hard Drieves (can be a Raid 10 array or whatever you want)
DVD Rom Drive
iDrac Enterprise card (although not pictured it will be included)
Dual 570 Watt Power Supplies
PERC6i Raid Controller and battery backup
2xPCI-E x8 and 2xPCI-E x4 slots
Onboard Ports 5xUSB (2 Front, 2 Back, 1 Internal), 1xSerial, 2xVGA (1 Front, 1 Back), Four 1 GB Ethernet Ports
All Firmware has been updated to the most recent. It is ready to go!
all for Just $399
I can adjust Hard Drive and Memory to suit your needs (and possibly some other options, just ask).
This Server is very quiet and I run one just a few feet from me without issue (the fans are a little loud for a few seconds at startup but quiet right down quickly).
What is NOT included: Rails, Drive Caddys (well except for the ones accompanying the included hard drive(s) but the remaining drive bays will contain drive blanks), power cord, keyboard, monitor, operating system. These options and others are available but are extra.
I can offer assistance to help you get going on this if you feel intimidated by jumping into the Enterprise Hardware pool... I have worked with these quite a bit and have identified many links and resources etc.
Local pickup in London where i live but I travel to Toronto on a regular basis so pickup is available there as well (next Trip April 23)
Shipping is an option but this is heavy (I did one to BC for $70) so closer would be less
Officially Supported Operating Systems:
http://www.dell.com/support/home/us/en/ ... redge-r710
Drivers, Firmware, etc. can be found here:
http://www.dell.com/support/home/us/en/ ... 10/drivers
Windows Server 2016 Drivers can be found here:
http://www.dell.com/support/home/us/en/ ... egoryId=SM
Dell R710 Guidebook:
Links: https://www.dell.com/downloads/global/p ... debook.pdf