Need a serial port card for Dell Poweredge sc430 ... at a reasonable price.

We currently pay $100 for a card that gives us a parallel port and serial port, which meets our needs... but when we only need a serial port or two, paying $100 just seems pretty steep.  

We're looking for cards that only have serial ports (preferably 2, but 1 will be acceptable) that will work on a Dell sc430 server running windows 2000.   I would need who sells it as well as at what price.  

Thanks for your help
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CallandorCommented:
As far as I know, a Dell Poweredge SC430 has ordinary PCI and PCI-X slots.  Why not try an ordinary PCI serial port card?  http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16815124017
swiftnyAuthor Commented:
I'm sorry, i left out a huge detail, we use the PCI slots for other stuff (modems & NIC), we must use the PCI-Express slots.  

The sc430 has no PCI-X from what I see.

 I/O  
5 total I/O slots
3 PCI Express slots (one with x8 connector, one with x4 connector, one with x1 connector), all 2.5GHz.
2 32-bit/33MHz PCI slots 5V.
Slots can support full length or half length cards.

Newegg has one PCI-Express card that has a single port for about $70.  Call me a cheap bastard, but still seems steep for only 1 additional port.  Do I have any other reasonable choices for cards?

Sorry again to omit the important detail.



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jamietonerCommented:
Well, from what i can find the pci express serial cards aren't cheap, have you though of using  usb to serial adapter like this one? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16812156009
I did find this one on ebay http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=120028808933&ssPageName=MERC_VI_ReBay_Pr4_PcY_BIN_Stores_IT&refitem=9731484587&itemcount=4&refwidgetloc=active_view_item&usedrule1=CategoryProximity&refwidgettype=cross_promot_widget
If the usb adapter won't work for you and you dont want to buy one off ebay, another option would be to replace the pci nic with a pci-e nic(http://www.axiontech.com/prdt.php?src=FG&item=74193) then use the pci serial card, this would be cheaper than a pci-e serial card.

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swiftnyAuthor Commented:
Using the PCI-E NIC sounds like a good idea and will save us the most cash.  Thank you
jamietonerCommented:
Your welcome
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