I hope that last message (The P.S) was a signature, because its utter and complete crap
. I have built and purchased servers, less of the building but so far with the purchases of Dell 2900's I've had 3 separate issues on their different servers, one resulting in them sending a new motherboard, another was just ram (easy when you've got 24gigs in a system
, and the other was a PERC controller that went south after a few months. So to claim that Pros buy is one of the most laughable things I've seen posted in some time. You take your chance no matter what you do, one just cost a hell of a lot less if you don't need a dual CPU setup.
That comment was directed at you. I harbor no illusions regarding the reliability of OEM hardware.
Venn Diagram contrasting the disadvantages of OEM vs custom built solutions:
hardware failure (capacitor plague can happen to anyone)
hardware design flaws (680i memory controller, Sandy Bridge SATA issues--although OEMs are not immune, the possibility of recourse is greater)
warranty support (BFG, typical Taiwanese RMA turnaround time)
unreliable hardware lifecycle (680i vanishing from the market)
hardware incompatibility (finicky memory, RAID drive support)
lack of documentation (the number of people who run the same platform as you is likely an order of magnitude smaller at best)
The mark of an effective troubleshooter is not knowing everything that can possibly go wrong, but rather the ability to discard causes, which results in faster resolution. Going with OEM allows many of the above concerns to be mitigated or ruled out completely. Example: If a server I am supporting from 200 miles away has a problem with its RAID array, is my time better spent with 1) Dell Gold Tech support, who will dispatch a tech and replacement hardware to a remote site, overnight if necessary, or 2) two replacement drives and two weeks later, finding out that the shipping firmware of the Samsung F4EG drive includes a nasty data corruption bug? When your two socket Opteron board fails, do you drive down to Best Buy? Do they stock Fibre Channel adapters right below the Monster Cables? Keeping spare parts on hand adds up, and if you don't, then you haven't been doing this long enough to get burned yet.
#182 TT: 13/DNVT, Precedence: Flash Override. Switch: Node Center. MSE forever.