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Home Lab Server Manufacturers Recommendation/Horror Story

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Last Modified: 2020-03-08
For my home lab I'm curious as to the strengths and weaknesses of different Server Manufacturers that I'm contemplating buying off-lease.  HPE/HP for updates requires a service plan.. and paying $1500+ for the minimum service plan for a $500 server seems a bit excessive.
HP ProLiant DL380 G8
IBM/Lenovo X3650 M4
DELL PowerEdge R720

IBM/Dell's seem to be using LSI Raid controllers that I can use the Megaraid software on. Advanced ILO/IMM/IDRAC is something I'm looking at adding

I realize that this will be almost completely subjective but I'm looking for peers to share with their experiences so I can build out this lab making intelligent decisions. I've heard some bad news re: HP Proliants

I've had no issues with HP DL380G6 and IBM x3650M2 (had to upgrade the raid card to a 5015 for >2TB Support
Awaiting any and all recommendations/horror stories.
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