I'm upgrading some Linux servers and wanted to check in with anyone who has done a recent build with a motherboard and CPU featuring integrated graphics.
To put this in perspective, the systems that I am upgrading have been running ASUS TUSI-M motherboards with Celeron 1.1 GHz or higher processors for a long long time... very reliable and with the integrated graphics, cheap and relatively low power consumption.
If you've built a system recently for a similar purpose -- just needing video for console, basically -- I'd love to hear what you used. AMD or Intel...
I would also be interested in opinions if that motherboard plus cpu plus four hard drives would have enough power if I was running Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W or similar... my experience with the old config would make me think I'd probably be fine, but again, anyone with real world experience please step up!
Finally, if you've got a favorite case, I'd be interested in suggestions on that too.
My situation is probably a bit typical in that the last few systems I've built have been gaming systems, so the requirements are totally different... systems aren't on 24/7 so the power supply can be less efficient and needs to be bigger anyway, because of discrete graphics, different case requirements (like front audio ports, front USB ports), totally different motherboard and CPU requirements. The integrated graphics world is a totally different deal.
Any specific suggestions for a CPU and/or motherboard?
So 380 W on a high quality single rail PS should be sufficient even with four hard drives?
Yeah, cases can be a lot of personal choice, definitely. I'm probably more in the minimalist, classic, and quiet camp. In the past I've been pretty happy with Antec. Lian Li are nice but spendy. I'd really like to find a good budget simple and relatively quiet case... the choices are kind of overwhelming and I'd rather not spend $100 as these are going to be out of sight...
How about this as a starting point? I'm lazy so only used NewEgg for pricing... the Seagate drives seem to have a love hate type thing going on in the reviews... the case doesn't have front USB 3.0 but I hate the blue fans on the Illusion and don't really want to spend the $$ on something fancier just to get a feature I may never care about...
I think the CPU, motherboard, memory and power supply are pretty rock solid, though.