So I've been toying with the idea of directly importing server hardware for a while. Quite frankly NZ prices for both big names (Dell, HP etc.) and Whitebox (Tyan, Supermicro etc.) are far higher than those paid in the USA.
I ordered the following 2 servers:
- Intel Xeon x3440 (4 physical cores with hyperhtreading)
- 4GB ECC DDR1333 RAM
- 64GB SSDSupermicro X8SIL-F Motherboard
- Supermicro 512-200B chassis
Total: $~1350NZD including freight, GST and customs
- 2x Intel Xeon E5506 (4 physical cores each)
- 2x 4GB ECC DDR1333 RAM
- 64GB SSD
- Supermicro X8DTL-F Motherboard
- Supermicro 512F-520B chassis
Total $~2130NZD including freight, GST and customs
Both of the chassis are really small and don't require rack mounting rails. I had a problem with the 512F-520B in that it was an old revision and the motherboard standoffs were in the wrong places. In fact, a number were under the heatsink retention bracket and couldn't be removed so the board is somewhat warped with a bulge where these push out.
I ordered these on 2010-02-25 and it was a few days for the bank draf to go (they don't take credit card or paypal), a couple of days for them to put the order together. 3 days to ship to NZ and then 5 days to clear through customs. Got them today and have done the assembly. Both POST fine and will install the OS tomorrow before taking them to the datacenter on Friday.
For those interested they are being used by a new gaming community called Ultimate Gamers (www.ultimategamers.co.nz) for a bunch of public and some private game servers. They are planning to run a bunch of games including CS:S, TF2, Bad Company 2, Call of Duty and maybe Crysis 2 when it comes out. So keep a look out!