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Unread postPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2012 12:56 pm 
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I would like to buy this machine. Is it worth $800 + $278 shipping to my location??

Please check link.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Silicon-Graphic ... 5ae510fa8f

Thanks,
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Unread postPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2012 1:25 pm 
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mrchris wrote:
I would like to buy this machine. Is it worth $800 + $278 shipping to my location??

Please check link.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Silicon-Graphic ... 5ae510fa8f

Thanks,
Chris


Some of my machines came out of dumpsters, etc. In terms of raw horse power, your iPad, phone, PDA, whatever would eat it for lunch, in terms of months of messing about learning very interesting things its priceless. You are not going to do that much useful with this except consume lots of power, learn about computer architecture, spend ages fixing things, cut your hands on sharp edges.

Lower your expectations on the performance of a 250 MHz machine in a 2GHz to 4GHz world, raise your expectations in terms of extremely fun tinkering...

I'd have better uses for $800 but then I've spent a fortune on my toys.

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Unread postPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2012 2:41 pm 
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Thanks for your advice..


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Unread postPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2012 7:10 pm 
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mrchris wrote:
I would like to buy this machine. Is it worth $800 + $278 shipping to my location??

I would say it depends on your location and your expectations. Personally, I think you could do better by lurking here a while until one comes up from a nekochanner. That way you'll get a lot more personal attention. Starting up an O2000 is not trivial and this auction doesn't even say they supply the Irix media. I think you could do better if you have a little patience.


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Unread postPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2012 8:50 pm 
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I don't think I'd go that high for an Origin2000, especially a low-end config (if it's dual CMs, they're not fully populated, and 250MHz is the low-end of the IP31 scale).

You can get an O300 that will meet or exceed the speed of the O2k for the $250 range. $800 is Onyx2 range, possibly even Onyx300. A deskside Onyx2 with quad 400s might suit better for the same price.

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Unread postPosted: Sat Feb 18, 2012 8:49 am 
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OTOH, the auction listing did mention an included Nexsan storage array. Those tend to be surprsingly expensive. The buyer would be paying for that, as much as for the Origin 2000.

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Unread postPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2012 2:54 am 
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I would second the part about patience, and remember that before you know it - you become a SGI addict.
I ordered my fuel in november last year, then bought octane2 locally to fill the void waiting for the former to arrive, soon after i got o200 and o2 because those were cheap (as in a dollar cheap), then again i got an octane. Finally the fuel arrived.
Meanwhile i got an octane2 and o2 from nekochan member moving abroad for free - v12, dual 600 r14k, 400mhz o2 full of ram, spare psu, mainboard, v6 and many more - feels like winning an sgi lottery.
Patience does pay off :-)

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Unread postPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2012 6:47 pm 
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Also note that unless you've worked with racks before they're quite difficult and are also harder to get rid of if you can't use it any longer. For a fully-loaded rack system you may need to check to see if your floors will hold it, and you'll need to have 240V power. A deskside gives you the "fancy tech" feel, yet is much lighter and runs off of 120V. A O300 gives you the SGI experience in a slim 2U box that doesn't have the multiboard reliability issues... and so on.

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Unread postPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 6:58 am 
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SAQ wrote:
Also note that unless you've worked with racks before they're quite difficult and are also harder to get rid of if you can't use it any longer. For a fully-loaded rack system you may need to check to see if your floors will hold it, and you'll need to have 240V power. A deskside gives you the "fancy tech" feel, yet is much lighter and runs off of 120V. A O300 gives you the SGI experience in a slim 2U box that doesn't have the multiboard reliability issues... and so on.


I'll second that, my O300 is extremely reliable, just wish it were quieter.

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Unread postPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 6:30 pm 
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Adrenaline wrote:
... just wish it were quieter.

Jan-Jaap posted some fans info, and I found some that on paper were within spec and even quieter .... one of the best things I ever did to the O2 was put a quiet fan in it. Then I wished I'd done that years earlier, hint hint :P


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Unread postPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2012 1:16 am 
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There: viewtopic.php?f=3&t=16718040

FYI, the series of fans I used has been discontinued. You can now find other fans even closer to the lower speed threshold (more quiet), but the ones I bought have a higher MTBF.

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Unread postPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2012 4:10 am 
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There: viewtopic.php?f=3&t=16718040

FYI, the series of fans I used has been discontinued. You can now find other fans even closer to the lower speed threshold (more quiet), but the ones I bought have a higher MTBF.


Thanks! I'll shop around for an alternative. My wife will thank you when I have my O300 running :)

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Unread postPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2012 6:49 am 
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mrchris wrote:
I would like to buy this machine. Is it worth $800 + $278 shipping to my location??

Please check link.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Silicon-Graphic ... 5ae510fa8f

Thanks,
Chris


I have an O2K rack in Minneapolis that you (or someone) can have if you (or someone) comes to get it.

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