Found 16th Mar 2010
Anybody know if this deal by Mike T would make a good server, or is it overkill for a server?
hotukdeals.com/ite…t-2?

Ideally I'm just using it as a media store for my DVD's so I can use it as a central hub which would be accessed by XBMC around the house, any network guru's or people with experience have any ideas?

Currently I've got an old P4 2.6ghz IDE system, but would like to make the change to SATA based hard drives, looking to run about 2TB of storage.

Ideas anyone please?

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A NAS drive is an option I imagine.

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Build an Atom based system if you just want a simple cheap server.

Original Poster

Yes, I've considered a NAS, but the flexibility of having a server outweighs the NAS I think. Currently running Ubuntu server with SMB shares as I have both Windows and Mac machines.

But thanks for the suggestion, I'm open to pro's/con's of either.

Original Poster

I'd considered the atom based idea, but considered this: ]http//ww…t-2

Which looks not too pricey/cheap server material?

Have a look at the ReadyNAS series, although they are NASs, you can SSH into the box and access the Linux terminal and install various programs and addons.

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Build an Atom based system if you just want a simple cheap server.




Can you give some suggestions for that?

Whats up Doc;8123525

Yes, I've considered a NAS, but the flexibility of having a server … Yes, I've considered a NAS, but the flexibility of having a server outweighs the NAS I think. Currently running Ubuntu server with SMB shares as I have both Windows and Mac machines.But thanks for the suggestion, I'm open to pro's/con's of either.



I run dual boot windows 7 and ubuntu karmic koala with samba shares on a netbook for similar reasons as it also allows me to use its flexibility as a stand alone as well as media server. I also have a Linksys slug for file sharing.

Also, the netbook option is lower power use and portability. I can see an old P4 using more power than is really needed along with the drives etc. over time, that can cost more money than is needed but depends on what your overall use is I guess.

A NAS with spin down capability could save a few quid over time as opposed to your current setup but tbh, anything more recent would be a saving.

Original Poster

Just googled the ReadyNAS looks interesting, just wondering about the fact the 2 bay versions are around £140 ish but a PC based server solution would give me much more upgradeability options for little more money?

The idea that the readyNAS only uses one tenth the power usage compared to a PC is very attractive, something I'll have to consider indeed.

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Whats up Doc;8123713

Just googled the ReadyNAS looks interesting, just wondering about the … Just googled the ReadyNAS looks interesting, just wondering about the fcact the 2 bay versions are around £140 ish but a PC based server solution would give me much more upgradeability options for little more money?



Exactly. These all in one neat little packages are great if you want limited storage but nothing beats a tower for disk expandability.

All you need for an Atom is system is an old or cheap case, the Atom mobo, cheap remaining components and you're away.

Original Poster

Just had a quick google and read about the atom based mobo, seems like it's about £60 for a starter mobo plus the cost of adding ram etc, I'd probably get upto £100 I think all in.

Not a bad option considering it's power usage would be much lower than my current setup, my question is whether it will be powerful enough as a server or am I just not understanding it.

Original Poster

Thanks to all that replied, seems I've got to do a bit more research .

Much appreciated.
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