The Quest Begins
I trolled the homelab subreddit for a while, discussed options with friends and colleagues, and did a ton of research. I wanted something quiet, reasonably powerful, and expandable. While cost was a factor, it didn’t drive my decisions.
Many folks advocated purchasing older servers from eBay, where the Dell PowerEdge R710 is among the most popular options. It’s true there are really good deals out there for fairly powerful servers at very reasonable prices, but I chose a different route.
Unfortunately, commercial servers are generally pretty loud. I have to keep the server in my home office so I need something that won’t be distractingly loud. I also intend to migrate eight 3.5-inch drives and those older servers won’t accommodate that need.