I would like a small form-factor machine with very low power usage. This will be used as an always-on Linux server at home, mostly for small development projects, remote tunneling, and some remote desktop activity while I'm at work via VNC. It will also act as a Samba share with a few USB drives attached (which I already have), but those drives will only see occasional use (mostly backup purposes for other machines).
Low Power Usage
Small Form Factor (MicroATX)
DVD-ROM (I'd like to rip the occasional disc, and would like to use disc-based installs for Linux)
HDMI Out - I'll be connecting to my television which has HDMI in. D-Sub will work too, but HDMI is preferred.
Quiet - Fanless, or near-fanless would be great.
So I putzed around NewEgg for a while and came up with the following. I haven't built a system in many years at this point, so I've probably made some poor choices. I did my best, please don't yell at me too much.
I was considering a cheap SSD because of the very low power usage, but I'm worried about the reliability of cheap SSDs. I also worry about having to deal with firmware upgrades - I looked at several cheaper drives and they all had firmware issues, and the companies only seemed to provide firmware upgrade software for Windows and sometimes Macs.
If someone could recommend an inexpensive, reliable SSD that I wouldn't have to mess with I'd be thrilled.
Nope, nothing to do with Family Guy, sorry. : > I had a griffin named Andrea in a D&D game a long time ago - long before Family Guy had ever been seen on television. Weird coincidence about the name there, and it hurt a little to have my beautiful flying mount turned into some derpy cartoon character.
Supply issues abound here last I heard, and even though I'm not looking to do heavy development I'd like to run a full LAMP stack / LDAP service / ZeroMQ / SMPP software - not sure that the very small memory footprint would work too well.
It does everything I want, draws minimal power, and has been a breeze to work with. I dropped in 8 GB of RAM (since it's so cheap), stuck Xubuntu on there, and now I'm quite the happy bird without having to fuss over parts.
Sometimes the simplest solution is really the best - thanks, DjScribbles!