Every once in a while a man will get an itch to build something. Don’t know why, but it happens then next thing you know he’s out in the garage and his wife gets a new entertainment center or nightstand. In my case right now I’ve got the itch to build a new PC.
You see the warranty on enterprise gear is about three years, so right now all the 2013 top of the line gear is hitting eBay pretty hard. I priced out a dual Xeon board with processors, heat sinks, and IO plate can be had for less than 200 bucks. If you drop another 170 on an e-ATX case and power supply to put it in, you just need another 120 bucks in RAM to have a system with 24 logical processors and 24 gigs of RAM on hand. Load her up with Arch Linux and KVM or VirtualBox (or esxi from vmware) and you can set up your own virtual home lab for pretty cheap….
I don’t need another PC, but it’s been more than a few years since I assembled one. The last one I put together is serving as a media PC for the living room, which is a chore equally handled by a 40 dollar Android stick nowadays.
Then again, gun parts don’t lose their value as fast as PC parts do….