Budget Dell Server - P4-2.4Ghz $269!, Mar 7For use as a real server you'll want to add more ECC RAM and 1 to 3 additional hard drives (for RAID 1, 5, or 10), optionally a hardware IDE RAID card (otherwise use software RAID), but otherwise the thing seems ready to go.
Dell has slashed Price on the 600SC, 1600 SC, 2600, 4600, 350, 1650, 2650 servers!
Dell Small Business has a good deal on a basic server. PowerEdge600SC P4-2.4Ghz/533Bus 128MB DDR/40GB 7200 IDE HD, 48x CD, Embedded Gigabit Ethernet, No OS 1yr on-site warranty $499 - $110 discount - 5% off coupon - $100 rebate = $269.55 shipped free.
Select Servers, Choose PowerEdge, Choose PowerEdge SC, Customize It on Middle config, 1.8 Celeron/IDE/No Raid - Continue, Select Free upgrade to P4 2.4/1-Yr Warranty/Keyboard/Mouse - Continue, Continue, Add to cart, Apply coupon: 8D2755970FD4
Includes 4 64-bit/33mhz PCI Slots, Serverworks Grand Champion SL chipset, up to 4GB ECC DDR SDRAM, 3 on board IDE Channels, 2 USB 1.1 ports, ATI Rage XL Video on board.
This machine lacks an AGP slot and on-board sound, other wise it would make a capable desktop.
I don't know where techbargains.com got that detailed description of the server components, as I didn't see that on the Dell site. But if it's accurate $270 sounds like a great deal to me. I ordered one for myself. :)