I really like your suggestion for the system. However, I saw 2 negative things I wanted to ask you about. When the computer is shut down (not restarted) local ethernet is disabled and you must flip a switch to get it going. No big deal for me except when I'm out of town my wife will never think of it. Next, hot insertion is ok but hot removal of a device causes the system to lock up sometimes. This happens to me usually with USB Yes, I know your're supposed to turn off a device before removing but naughty me doesn't always do that.
I like the cost, enabling 2 cores (whatever that means) but wanted to know what you thought about the 2 issues I mentioned. I'm a 68 year old IT guy and will just rip DVDs, streaming and other generic tasks. Thought I'd up to a WD drive with 6 GB/s and a little more RAM. Maybe a smaller case as your suggestion is a little too industrial and my desk isn't that large. Thanks again for the suggestion and hope to hear from you.