View Full Version : Buying Nehalem Xserve

Jul 14, 2010, 12:46 PM
Base on what I can afford, I am looking to buy a used Xserve with at least two 2.26GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon "Nehalem" 5500 series processors. I have been looking on Ebay for approximately six months and have not had any luck. I always see the same eight or nine Xserves, by the same sellers, in the same state, trying to sell their older model Xserve with the 2Ghz, 2.8Ghz and 3Ghz intel Xeon 5130 or 5400 series Intel Xeon processors. I know there is not a large market for Xserve because it is a specialize product, which generally caters to the business buyer. However, in relationship to Ebay, I would expect to see more than eight or nine of the same Xserves' with the 5130 or 5400 series Intel Xeon processors, being sold by the same sellers, in the same few states, considering Ebay has approximately 300,000,000+ million members. With that said, I would like to know has anyone had any success buying a used model Xserve with the Intel "Nehalem" 5500 series processor on Ebay or any other auction website?

Sun Baked
Jul 14, 2010, 01:03 PM
Don't know, even clicking on the special deals, it is showing the MA882 as a best deal refurbished.


Don't know about why there is a low stock, people simply may not have ordered as many of this model due to slumping economy and thus there aren't many/any of them for resale.

Les Kern
Jul 14, 2010, 07:28 PM
hardly any aftermarket. they last awhile, tend not to break. you will find plenty of G5's out there, but you will have difficulty finding a newer one for a decent price. Consider getting a tower and purchasing the server license. I have quite a few Xserves and towers, and for some uses one would be hard pressed to see a difference in performance.

Jul 15, 2010, 11:52 AM
Thanks for the information. My next step is to be vigilant in waiting for a bargain to show up on Ebay, for the type of Xserve I am looking to purchase.

Jul 19, 2010, 05:51 AM
Why do you need an Xserve? Maybe consider an used Mac Pro for the same purpose?

Jul 26, 2010, 03:36 PM
Why do you need an Xserve? Maybe consider an used Mac Pro for the same purpose?

I want to expand, based on my budget and available limited space , to what I have already invested a considerable amount of money on. I presently have an Apple Xserve in a rack enclosure setup. Thanks for the suggestion just the same.