yo! i recently got myself a HP Proliant DL380e Gen8 with two Intel Xeon E5-2430's, 64GB (4x16GB) DDR3 RAM and no storage for a cheap 100€.
i'd like to put proxmox on this and already got a drive for it, problem is: anything other than the hpe optimized esxi image does not detect the drive. i'm not sure why but i'm thinking it has to do with the raid controller (hp B320i). Another problem is that the fan speed is stuck at 35% minimum because of the raid controller.
this makes the server wayy too loud for use as my homeserver, though this will only serve for vms. i'll still use my dell optiplex for all my media etc. i will either strap a fan onto the raid controller heatsink or order a LSI card instead. i would love to play with this server if only things wouldn't go wrong :(
26.11.2021 edit: i installed a modded version of ilo (thanks to this) and spinned down the fans back to a good speed. temps are fine and its very quiet. this thing is a beast for me! i also fixed the hdd issue by disabling raid in the bios.
So over one month ago I was looking up random PCs on Ebay-Kleinanzeigen. Later I then found a great deal near me! A Dell Optiplex 7010 with the following specs: i5-3470, 16GB RAM and a 240GB SSD. All for the price of 70€. So then I bought it of course, few days later picked it up. Once home I decided to try out unRAID, since I've seen a youtuber I watch use it, so I said "hey, why the fuck not?". Grabbed a USB, installed unRAID on it and off we go! Formatted the SSD with BTRFS. And hell yeah! I quickly noticed that unRAID is awesome! Simple to use, many features and stable as fuck. Later then I decided that I'd need more storage. So I picked up a 2TB HDD which will allow me to store content too, not only containers and VMs! Trial ended soon, bought a key. Now this rig has been working nicely for the past month. Looking to upgrade the Optiplex to an i7-3770 and 32GB DDR3 tho, I'd like to find good deals for it first tho.