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Intel-Based Downloading Workstation Build

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May 6, 2009 11:06:39 AM

Basically something built to download files on its, within network access for easy file transfers... are there any Atom desktop motherboards out there?

Purchase Date: Within the month hopefully
System Usage: Dedicated PC (linked to main computer via switcher) for downloading stuff
Parts Not Required: GPU, Sound Card, etc.
Preferred Websites:,
Parts Preferences: Ethernet Card(?)
Overclocking: No
SLI or CrossFire: No
Monitor Resolution: N/A
Additional Comments: Alternative OSes perhaps? 512MB of RAM?
May 6, 2009 1:15:24 PM

These are nettops. Can run XP/Linux. Light apps. The cpu raw power may be lacking for you.

MSI Wind PC Intel 945GC Black Barebone - Retail

MSI Wind Nettop 100 Intel 945GC Black Mini / Booksize Barebone System - Retail

MSI Wind Nettop CS120 Intel Atom 230 (1.6GHz) 1GB DDR2 160GB Intel GMA 950 Windows XP Home - Retail

If you need RAID or want a NAS that can run custom software like free NAS, etc. you want to consider building a mini-itx pc for under $200.



The one that I'd use to build a 1080p-capable HTPC/NAS would be D945GCLF2D with a dual-core Atom cpu. Can run old games.

Then you can pick out RAM (2GB; cheap) & 2 HDDs (1TB; RAID 0) and maybe an optical drive for installing software or burning disks. Some mini-ITX cases can house a dvd drive + 2 HDDs (one may be vertically positioned).

PSUs don't need to be big. 100W-200W is ok for nettops.

OS can be XP or Linux or NAS. The first are useful if you need Internet once in a while. NAS will only do NAS, no other apps allowed.
May 8, 2009 3:52:33 AM

Great pre-built options, but come to think of it, CPU power like you said may be a bit too weak.

I think I can do without an optical drive. Is DAEMON tools already good for creating virtual drives, or is there a better alternative?

Anyways, here's a more detailed build based on your suggestions:

Mobo & CPU: Intel BOXD945GCLF2 Atom 330 Intel 945GC Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU Combo - $80

Case: HEC 8K 8K01BBA12 Black 0.7mm Thickness SECC (Japanese Steel Metal Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case 120W Flex Power Supply Power Supply - $50

RAM: Kingston 2GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Desktop Memory - $26

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive - $100

Total: $256

You wanted me to use RAID 0 because it allows really faster data transfer speeds, am I right?
May 8, 2009 11:33:26 AM

DT Lite is free, but for mounting images only. If you want to create iso's, use the free imgburn:

Yup, you can use a single drive. Or RAID 1 for safety (1 live; 1 backup).

Great list, pull the trigger.