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Question Dell PowerEdge T20-9186 Tower Server

Hi Folks,

I was looking at another small server type to use as a HTPC in the living room and came across this. However I can't find out much info about it.

Can I put a gpu in this? E.g. an AMD R7 240 Low profile (Like I have in my Gen 8 Microserver).

If so, this would make a capable HTPC.

Anyone have any ideas?
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Not sure about this one. We had a few similar Dell tower servers in work place used as desktops and it is extremely loud. These servers are designed for extreme cooling efficiency, not low noise as normal desktop will be. Definitely not a good choice for HTPC.
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Hi Folks,

I was looking at another small server type to use as a HTPC in the living room and came across this. However I can't find out much info about it.

Can I put a gpu in this? E.g. an AMD R7 240 Low profile (Like I have in my Gen 8 Microserver).

If so, this would make a capable HTPC.

Anyone have any ideas?
Short Answer would be No, not at all! This is only a Pentium CPU, granted it is a newer one but I would strongly suggest spending the money on something else. Dell has some great smaller desktops that make great HTPCs. I am currently using one of their Inspiron 3647's as my HTPC, it is an Intel i5 and works just fine with the onboard video. I just put a small SSD in it and use it to access my videos on my network / NAS.

Heck even their current Inspiron 3647 i3 Version is almost double the CPU Horsepower. Also worth mentioning is that the Dell T20 is a "Server" Class machine and requires special memory that is much more expensive than regular memory. Spend the money somewhere else!

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I have to agree with the previous two posts. Servers do not make good HTPC's as they are loud. I had my server in my living room for 48 hours before it drove me nuts and I, subsequently, moved it. Not even worth it.
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