In a comment on my previous post about ECC RAM someone commented that Dell sells PowerEdge desktop machines with ECC RAM. I visited the Dell web site and found that a low-end PowerEdge tower server (which still has a Pentium-D dual-core 64bit CPU) costs as little as $800AU. I also noticed that Dell Precision workstations that have ECC RAM – but that start at $2400. I wonder how much noise a low-end PowerEdge machine would produce.
HP Workstations with model codes starting with xw also have ECC RAM and are advertised at $584US as the starting price (about the same as a low-end PowerEdge).
I checked out NEC and Lenovo and according to their web sites they don’t make a desktop or desk-side machine that takes ECC RAM (someone please correct me if I’m wrong).
So now I’m looking for cheap HP Workstations and Dell PowerEdge and Precision machines at auction.