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June 12, 2014updated 22 Sep 2016 11:33am

5 budget servers under £500

Want an SMB server that won’t break your budget?

By Joe Curtis

IT budgets are tight, but SMBs’ budgets are tighter still. With that in mind, it’s crucial to be able to source servers strong enough to support your business without breaking the bank.

With servers from Fujitsu, Dell, SuperMicro, Lenovo and HP, this list we’ve compiled should help you find what you’re looking for.

Fujitsu PRIMERGY TX100 S3 Xeon E3-1220 Tower


This server is aimed at small companies looking for a server featuring Intel Xeon support. It has 32GB of RAM. It’s quiet, too, with a decent air flow system.

– up to 32GB of RAM
– 3.1GHz Quad Core Processor
– Four internal bays
– 1600 MHz memory speed


SuperMicro SYS-5038A-IL


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SuperMicro’s piece of kit comes at £267 for the most basic, no-frills version. The X10SAE motherboard also has 16 USB ports (six 3.0 and 10 2.0 ports), as well as SATA and Firewire ports.

You can also adjust memory for each virtual machine you import to it (up to 16 of them), meaning you can run a variety of different programmes each making different demands of the server, making it perfect for a firm carrying out a pretty eclectic range of jobs.

– 32 GB RAM
– Intel Xeon E3-1200 v3 and 4th Gen Core processor
– Four internal bays
– 1600 MHz memory speed

Dell PowerEdge T20

£219 – £467

The T20 is a cheap alternative to its pricey PowerEdge VRTX, and it comes in three different versions. For £219 you’ll get it with a 3GHz Pentium G3220 CPU and 4GB of memory, while the £259 upgrade includes a 500GB hard disk. The third one features a 1TB hard disk and a quad-core 3.2GHz E3-1225 v3 Xeon (you can upgrade all three of these options).

Stats (top model):
– 32GB RAM
– Intel Xeon quad-core 3.2GHz E3-1225 v3 processor
– 3000 MHz memory speed


HP ProLiant MicroServer G7 N54L

£200 (circa)

This ProLiant model is aimed at firms with fewer than 10 clients. It’s for startups or small teams conscious of keeping costs down – the micro server is just that – micro – and so pretty inexpensive to run.

– AMD Turion™ II Model Neo N54L processor running at 2.2 GHz
– Supports Windows and Red Hat Linux
– Seven USB 2.0 ports

Lenovo ThinkServer RS140


The ThinkServer has a single Intel processor, it also boasts Intel’s remote management option with the tech firm’s Advanced Management Technology. It will stream video, games and other graphic-intensive applications – targeting videogame developers. The standard 8GB RAM can be expanded by filling four memory slots to get 32GB.

– 8GB RAM (up to 32GB)
– Intel® Xeon® E3-1200 v3 Series processor (also supports i3 and Pentium series)
– Up to 8TB of internal storage

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