> >I've been looking for a home server box, something that's
> got a serial
> >console, plenty of memory, dual disks (for RAID 1) and a resonable
> >processor. Something that I can stuff in a corner where it
> won't make
> >much noise and just serve up stuff
I tend to use stuff left over from upgrades and shove it into an old case
with a quiet power supply.
If you're building from new and you have no requirement for heavy floating
point work, you can't go wrong with one of the Epia board/CPU combos for
energy efficiency, plus a couple of large, quiet IDE or SATA drives. Storage
Review (www.storagereview.com) is a great resource for finding out about
drives' performance/noise/power consumption.
Out of curiosity - why the requirement for a serial console? If you can get
away with standard PC components (i.e. VGA out) I'd imagine you'd save a
fair amount over industrial/embedded hardware. You don't have to use the VGA
out once you've got an OS on the thing - either use SSH or, if you want a
GUI, run X over VNC.
C.M. Bagnall, Director, Minotaur I.T. Limited
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