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Reference System Costs (.ods, .xls)
Item descriptionQtyPrice §A Price †B Price ‡
Supermicro MBD-X7SPA-H-O Mini ITX Server Motherboard DDR2 667 0/1$179.91 $179.91
Supermicro MBD-X7SPA-HF-O Mini ITX Server Motherboard DDR2 667 0$207.49  
Supermicro MBD-X7SPA-H-D525-O Mini ITX Server Motherboard DDR3 800 0$194.30  
Supermicro MBD-X7SPA-HF-D525-O Mini ITX Server Motherboard DDR3 800 1/0$221.89$221.89 
Supermicro MBD-X9SBAA-F Mini ITX Server Motherboard DDR3 1033 0$241.79  
ITX-102 1U Mini-ITX 9.84" Deep Rack Mount Chassis 1$58.00$58.00$58.00
PCI-Express 16X riser card w/ Ribbon Cable R1PCIE16x 1$28.00$28.00$28.00
1UIOX7SPA-H 1U Back I/O shield 1$10.00$10.00$10.00
Enhance 80+ 250W ENP-7025B 0/1$55.00 $55.00
ACE-4520T-RS 200W 48V DC Input 1U ATX Power Supply 0$134.40  
FSP200-61DL (48V) 200W Flex ATX DC-DC power supply 1/0$90.00$90.00 
Barebones Hardware $407.89$330.91
Kinston ValueRAM 2GB PC3-6400 DDR3 SODIMM 2/0$19.99$39.98 
Kinston ValueRAM 2GB PC2-5300 DDR2 SODIMM 0/2$22.99 $45.98
Patriot Element USB 3.0 16GB Flash Drive 0/1$19.99 $19.99
SATA cable 0$4.99  
Kingston SSDNow V200 Solid State Drive, 64GB 0$80.00  
SDSSDRC-032G-G26 2.5" 32GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) 1/0$45.99$45.99 
CP400E Quad E1/T1 card 1/0$475.00$475.00 
Subtotal Hardware $968.86$396.88
Software 1$800.00$800.00$800.00
Subtotal Software $1,768.86$1,196.88
Volume Discount 35%-$585.88-$585.88-$418.91
Total $1,149.76$777.97
§ Price subject to change; follow links for current prices.
A Price includes the highest performance motherboard, IPMI 2.0, quad E1/T1 card, and 48VDC power.
B Price includes the lowest performance motherboard, no IPMI, no E1/T1, AC power.
Cable Costs
Item descriptionQtyPrice §Ext. Price
Belkin Easy Transfer (F5U279) † 1$11.99$11.99
USB to USB null modem cable ‡ 1$22.99$22.99
Total $34.98
§ Prices vary widely depending on the supplier: search on the item description.
I picked up the Belkin Easy Transfer Cable for Windows 7 from the grab bin at my local Staples for about $4.00. The Windows 8 ones (electrically identical) were about $32.00. Any one that uses the FTDI networking chip will do.
Others are available in all manner of combination from USB to DB9 to Null Modem and can be combined with DB9 M/F or F/F null modems or null modem cables. The best one is a USB to USB null modem cable such as the one listed. They must use the FTDI chip to be recognized and initialized by the GRUB 2.00 boot loader. The chassis above has front USB ports and rear DB9 serial ports, so the easiest way to connect to them when rack mounted is using the front USB. Most notebooks that you would use to attach to them do not have serial ports, so USB at both ends (like the one listed) is best.
 
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