For sale: IBM System x3550 1U rack mount server

My mate was cleaning out his room of requirement and found a rack mount server he wasn’t using. Not wanting to see it go to waste he’s given it to me. I’m currently looking to convert it into about $500, so I can get started on a few projects I’ve got planned.
Check it out on gumtree or message me for more information.


  • IBM System x3550
  • Model Type: 7978
  • Model #: BJM
  • mfg date: 2009-03-30
  • 2 x Quad Core Xeon X5450 @ 3.0Ghz
  • 32Gb ddr2, fully buffered (This is the max amount of ram installable)
  • 2 x 70gb 15,000 rpm 3.5" sas drives

You know that server equipment is typically considered end of life after 3-5 years in a commercial setting, right? What u have is 10 years old. I’m not sure it’s gonna be worth much to anyone these days. It’ll use more power in a year just leaving it switched on than it’s worth. I saw similar on eBay for $150-$200, but I wouldn’t buy it myself even at that price, sorry.

Huh, TIL. With that being the case, is there anything that can be done with it or should I just drop it off at an e-waste recycler?