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    I was reading this article a while ago about getting old xeon processors from data centres and the motherboards that run them...

    This extraordinary motherboard is being used by server CPU scavengers | TechRadar

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    The reddit homelab wiki is a good place to start for which generations of older hardware to consider and what to avoid. I need to spend more time digging into the info to see whether brands such as DELL are a reasonably safe alternative to HP.

    Current thinking is set up a mini rack in the garage using homeplugs to get network access from the house then remote desktop in from my 4k PC setup. Apart from the tinkering potential of setting up all sorts of VMs and services I can also use it for local automated backup and sync with Azure storage and data that I'm using for a plan B properly hosted web app.

    To stay on thread topic I'll also try VSCode in a Linux VM to see if it does enough of what I need (e.g. git integration, azure function development and debugging, ...) to move away from Visual Studio and Windows 10.
    Maybe tomorrow, I'll want to settle down. Until tomorrow, I'll just keep moving on.

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    Not yet pulled the trigger on an old server but have my eye on a DELL R710 dual xeon 6 core/12 thread with 32gb ram for around £150 before deciding on the hard drives, from that bargain hardware site I linked to earlier.

    What puts me off is I can probably get similar performance from a newish multicore mini-pc for a few hundred quid more, that will take up much less space, be quieter, and more power efficient.

    Then I saw the following where it appears M$ are going to offer virtual dev machines via GitHub Codespaces and Azure, where you can either code in the browser or via a local lightweight installation of VSCode or Visual Studio, for 'access anywhere by any device'. No more lumping a beast of a laptop around or trying to sync multiple dev environments between office(s) and home(s).

    Death of the Dev Machine?

    The above also links to the following which has some interesting comments on various PC/Mac setups and how long they took to compile a certain large VS solution, for reference:

    Building the Ultimate Developer PC 3.0 - The Parts List for my new computer, IronHeart

    So still not sure what way forward is best for non-exteme situations like the OP has, and will continue plugging away on my ancient Thinkpad for now. Frustratingly all the online comparisons of the latest Intel and AMD cpus tend to focus on bloody games, so not sure if the takeaway for productivity uses is the more cores the better but beyond 6/8/12 it's diminishing returns that doesn't outway the cost of the kit. i.e. a £200 6/8 core cpu is more cost effective than a £3k 64 core Threadripper, unless charging by the minute.
    Maybe tomorrow, I'll want to settle down. Until tomorrow, I'll just keep moving on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hobosapien View Post
    DELL R710 dual xeon 6 core/12 thread with 32gb ram for around £150 before deciding on the hard drives, from that bargain hardware site I linked to earlier.

    What puts me off is I can probably get similar performance from a newish multicore mini-pc for a few hundred quid more, that will take up much less space, be quieter, and more power efficient.

    Further research shows the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X, available for under £400, with the same statistic of 12 cores and 24 threads (at a 105w TDP) wipes the floor with those old dual core Xeons from 2010. Ain't progress great.

    The Ryzens even have an 'eco mode' that drops the TDP to 65w. The eco mode on the old Xeons is the power off switch.
    Maybe tomorrow, I'll want to settle down. Until tomorrow, I'll just keep moving on.

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    Connect four.

    Sorry, old habits.
    Maybe tomorrow, I'll want to settle down. Until tomorrow, I'll just keep moving on.

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