If you have a new account but are having problems posting or verifying your account, please email us on for help. Thanks :)
Hello all! Please ensure that you are posting a new thread or question in the appropriate forum. The Feedback forum is overwhelmed with questions that are having to be moved elsewhere. If you need help to verify your account contact

Setting up Home Lab - Mini PC vs Refurbed Server hardware?

  • 05-02-2024 9:56pm
    Registered Users Posts: 115 ✭✭

    I am thinking about setting up a Home IT Lab. I am bit confused with the hardware required. Like a base OS with various VM's for various purpose like pfsense, couple of Linux distros like Kali Linux etc.

    Should I go for a Mini PC with components like AMD Ryzen 9 + 64 Gb RAM + 2 TB etc? AliExpress have lots of these.

    Or should I get refurbed server hardware with Intel Xeon processor range and other components? If Ys, which is the best place in Ireland or EU to get this (without import duty etc for the likes of UK)?

    Prefer to get the whole server with components with or without an OS.