The hardware that the Funtoo Project has used for its last two server deployments are documented below:
# HP Proliant DL 160 Generation 6 (G6), with 48GB RAM and two 6-core [http://ark.intel.com/products/47922/Intel-Xeon-Processor-X5650-12M-Cache-2_66-GHz-6_40-GTs-Intel-QPI Intel Xeon x5650] (2.66 GHz Westmere ) processors (25 CPU threads total. ) Cost: Approx '''$750 USD used (off-lease) on eBay''' ## Alternatives: DL 360 G7 -- search eBay for the best off-lease options. # Crucial MX200 1TB Solid State Disk. Cost: Approx '''$330''' . ## Alternate disk configuration: Use a 256GB SSD system disk for the boot, root ,swap and a second 1TB disk that is dedicated to OpenVZ containers. # 1 tube of high-quality thermal grease
The above hardware allows you to build a 1U, 12-core, 24-thread, 48GB compute platform with 1TB of SSD storage for right around $1100. Once receiving the off-lease server, it's recommended that you remove the CPU heat sinks, clean them and the CPU contact surface with alcohol cleaning pads, and re-apply high-quality thermal grease. Based on my experience, the OEM thermal grease on off-lease servers is often in need of re-application and this will help keep core temperatures well within a safe range.
=== Hardware Deployment and Initial Setup ===