I just got a grand deal on an Intellistation Z Pro. Twin 3.6gig Xeons, 4 gig RAM, 73 gig U320 SCSI, all for just under $375 with shipping.
There are more available if others want to try for the same deal. The seller is tech-traders on That Auction Place, item #300309367261. Asking price, BIN, was $403, I offered $335. Granted, the things are only on sale for another few hours, so his threshold for accepting offers may change.
The system will replace a custom-built twin-AMD Athlon MP box which I put together back in 2002. It still works well, but I've been looking for something a bit less power-hungry than the Athlons (that's one edge Intel has always had over AMD -- better power management!).
The monster arrived a couple of days ago. What a work of art! Built like the proverbial tank, weighs just about as much, but I can't believe how QUIET this thing is! IBM certainly seems to know what they're doing with the fans.
A bit of an unexpected bonus: The auction ad says Nvidia Quadro FX1000, but the card which came with the machine is actually an FX1400 which, if I recall, either has a bit more memory or better speed under some conditions.
I would be surprised if any of Lenovo's current offerings could hold a candle to this beast for sheer quality of build.
Keep the peace(es).
Bruce Lane, Owner & Head Hardware Heavy,
Blue Feather Technologies
T500 with Windows 7 Pro x64, Webcam, Atheros/IBM a/b/g Wireless card. Thinkstation E31, Intellistations M Pro and Z Pro.
"Quid Malmborg in Plano" (Firesign Theater)
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Intellistation Dual 3.2 Xeon, 380G U320,6 Gig
Intellistation Dual 2.8 Xeon, 340G U320, 4 GIG
Thinkcentre m51 3.2, 120 GIG, 4 Gig ram
THinkcentre S51, 3.0, 80 Gig, 512 Ram
4-xSeries 235 2.66 Dual Xeons
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