No, my shopping isn’t done yet! I’ve kinda decided to not have mass local storage on my new box after all, and instead run another networked box instead. Ebuyer currently has a HP ProLiant Gen8 microserver at £115 after cashback. Comes with 4GB ECC ram, no HD, no OS. I have an earlier one as my backup box and like the build, so got this one thinking it’ll be same but newer and better. Well, it might be, but this time around it is a true server, full of management stuff I don’t understand and it takes forever to boot before it even starts loading the OS. Plus getting any info out of HP without a support account is like talking to a pet rock. The old one ran WHS2011 but this time around I think I’ll give FreeNAS or similar another attempt.
So far I’ve done a non-activated install of Win10 just to test it out. There’s a support DVD I’m downloading after finding the link indirectly but HP’s servers are really slow so it wont be done before morning. Processor is a dual core Ivy Bridge Celeron at 2.3GHz. Seems to be ok but lacking AVX instructions so that will hamper any thoughts of crunching with it. Ram I’m not sure about. 4GB is enough to get along with, but it is single channel. As it is HP stuff, the server can validate and report on errors from it, which it apparently wont do if you use 3rd party ECC ram. And non-ECC is apparently not an option.