Upgrading Dell Poweredge 2450

I've got a Dell Poweredge 2450 rackmount server with the following spec:

Dual Pentium III 667/133 MHz 256K cache
1 GB pc133 ram
Non reduntant 330W Power Supply
4 x 36GB Drives

I'd like to upgrade it to a dual xeon specification asap.

Is it possible and if so, how and which motherboard could I use?

I've talked to Dell, who said it was'nt possible and it would be better to buy a new server.

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LucFEMEA Server EngineerCommented:
Hi ecentrik,

I think dell is right that it might be cheaper to buy a new server (you don't have to buy new drives as you can use the ones you allready have)
Xeons use another motherboard with another FSB so you'll have to buy new memmory also.... All these togheter is about the same price as a new server (without the drives)

Greetings,

LucF
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Glen A.IT Project ManagerCommented:
Well, it's possible, but only to the extent that you can use the existing 4 x 36GB scsi drives and possibly even the RAM (if you want to ...) in a new server.

You cannot, to the best of my knowledge, upgrade to any dual Xeon board from dell or any other manufacturer with the chassis you have.

You'd be best having a custom server built and adding your drives to it.  It won't be quite as expensive as a new server, anyway.

But the other question is, is 4 x 36GB drives enough?  in a raid 5 array that's only ~100Gb of storage after formatting, etc.  It's quite possible to use more than that in todays environments.  If you need more space than that, you probably need new drives anyway, at which point a whole new server might be a better idea.
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Glen A.IT Project ManagerCommented:
Just an fyi, depening on your budget you can get a decent server fairly inexpensively.

I just configured a Dell PowerEdge RackMount 2650 for under 5 grand as follows:

Dual Xeon 2.8GHz Processors
2 GB DDR RAM (2 x 1GB Modules)
Redundant PSU (2 x 500W)
4 x 73GB SCSI drives, Dell PercIII controller in a Raid 5 config.
Dual onboard NICS
no software, no keyboard/mouse, next bus. day 3 year warranty

Not bad for what all is in it.  
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ecentrikAuthor Commented:
Thanks for all your help guys.

Looks like I'm stuck with 2 dell crapmount servers.

:-)
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LucFEMEA Server EngineerCommented:
I feel a bit left out on this one :-(
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