I have an update on this thread, and more questions, lol. First of all, I got a new quote from xByte:
- Dell PowerEdge R730 Server 3.5" chassis with up to 8 drive bays (1)
- Intel E5-2620v3 2.4GHz/15M/1866MHz 6-Core 85W (1)
- Dell PE R730 Heat Sink (1)
- Dell 8GB DDR4 (2)
- PERC H730 Mini Mono Controller 1GB NV Cache (RAID 0/1/5/6/10/50/60) (1)
- 6TB 7.2K 3.5" 12Gbps NL SAS Hard Drive (Dell Enterprise) (8)
- Broadcom 5720 QP 1Gb Network Daughter Card (1)
- 4 PCIe Slots, 3 x8 and 1 x16 (1)
- iDRAC8 Enterprise (1)
- Dell 2U Sliding Ready Rails (1)
- Dell 750W Power Supply (2)
- Windows Server 2016 Standard 2-Core OLP (8)
- 5 Year Dell NBD Onsite Warranty (1)
Total with tax and shipping: $6360
My boss had me ask the xByte rep about the hard drive brand/model, and this is what the rep said:
"We have several to choose from, but the one we have most of are cobranded Dell/Toshiba hard drives. The Toshiba model # is MG04SCA60EE."
My boss then had me contact CDW to ask for a quote from them. Here's what I told the CDW rep:
"We're looking to buy a Dell PowerEdge server to act as a storage server. We were initially thinking of an R730, but would be open to an older server if that's more fitting for our needs (520 or 720). We'd essentially like to price out a server with the following bare minimum specs:
- A 8-12 bay (3.5") chassis
- A single Xeon 6-core CPU with heatsink
- 12GB or 16GB of RAM
- One PERC H710P RAID controller with 1GB NV Cache (or equivalent)
- At least eight 6TB 7.2K 3.5" 12Gbps NL SAS drives
- One Broadcom 5720 QP 1Gb NIC (or equivalent)
- iDRAC7 Enterprise
- Dell "sliding ready rails"
- 2x 750W PSUs
- Windows Server 2016
- 3-5 Year Warranty
Is that something you guys could put together for us? Our budget is around $6K"
Here's what he replied back with:
"I have the pricing back and am over 10K with this config. I know you said the budget was 6k.
Where can we cut back? The 8 6tb drives are almost 6k alone."
I told him we got a quote from another vendor and said that the CDW quote was considerably higher.
The CDW rep said:
"Is it apple to apples or did xbyte use third party memory and drives? We are dell's largest partner so it should not be a large difference if truly apples to apples."
I'm not sure what to think of all this right now.... :-/