How to Buy a Server: A Comprehensive Guide

This guide provides detailed information on how to buy both new and used servers.

Koby Pierce
Koby Pierce
09/03/20231 min read


Buying a server is an important decision, whether you're a small business, a large enterprise, or an individual. This guide will help you navigate through the process of purchasing a server, discussing options for both new and used hardware.

Part 1: Buying New Servers

When it comes to buying a new server, it’s important to consider factors such as your specific needs, the server's intended use, and your budget. Here's how to proceed:

  1. Identify Your Needs: Are you looking for a file server, a web server, or perhaps a specialized database server?
  2. Choose a Vendor: Reputable vendors include Dell, HP, and IBM among others.
  3. Server Specifications: Be clear on the specifications - RAM, storage, CPU, etc.
  4. Warranty and Support: Always check the warranty and support options available.

Part 2: Buying Used Servers

Used servers can be a cost-effective solution, especially for small businesses or individual projects. Here's what you need to know:

  1. Reputable Sources: eBay, Craigslist, and specialized IT hardware resellers are some of the places where you can find used servers.
  2. Inspect the Server: If possible, always inspect the server physically or request detailed photographs.
  3. Check Specifications: Make sure the server meets the specifications you need.
  4. Warranty and Returns: Some used servers come with a limited warranty or at least a return policy. Make sure to check this before purchasing.

Part 3: Building Your Own Server

Building your own server offers the advantage of customizability. Here's some advice:

  1. New Components: It's highly recommended to buy new components like the motherboard, RAM, NVMe SSDs, and PSU for reliability and performance.
  2. Used Components: Other parts like the server chassis, cooling fans, and CPUs can be bought without too much risk.
  3. Compatibility: Ensure all the components are compatible with each other.

Custom Built Servers by Us

We offer a service called 'Custom Built Servers.'

How it works:

  1. Reach out to us: Send your requirements and get a quote and time estimate.
  2. Pay for your order: After payment, components are shipped to us.
  3. Server is deployed: We assemble the server and set it up in our datacenter.

Pricing: $100 one-time fee or $0 with a 6-month colocation contract.

Why trust us? We offer quality work, customer satisfaction, transparent communication, and secure operations.

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Whether you're buying new, used, building your own, or opting for our custom-built servers, make an informed decision for the best results.