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Comment: Re:so, I'm in the more than 8 yrs ago camp (Score 1) 391

by pllewis (#47606255) Attached to: How long ago did you last assemble a computer?
I quite agree in most cases and am aware of the risks. In this case, cost and energy consumption were the overriding factors. The computer cpu/ram and mobo itself cost $170. Can't even touch 8GB ECC ram for that little, let alone a board and cpu. Good backups help reduce my risk of data loss and with most of my important data in owncloud and gitlab, I have multiple replications to pull from if it does occur.

Comment: Re:so, I'm in the more than 8 yrs ago camp (Score 4, Informative) 391

by pllewis (#47576559) Attached to: How long ago did you last assemble a computer?
My low power rig for home server functions:

$30 - IO Crest SATA III 4 Port PCI-e 2.0 x1 Card with Low ProfileBracket (SI-PEX40064) - motherboard only has 2 onboard sata ports
$50 - AMD Athlon 5350 APU, 2.05Ghz, AD5350JAHMBOX
$85 - HyperX 8GB Kit (2x4GB) 1600MHz DDR3 PC3-12800
$35 - GIGABYTE GA-AM1M-S2H AM1 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
$60 - Antec EarthWatts EA-380D Green 380 Watt 80 PLUS BRONZE Power Supply
$125 - 120G SSD Samsung 840
$250 - 2x 3T WD Red
$80 - Silverstone Tek SG02B-F-USB3.0 ABS/SECC Steel MicroATX Desktop Computer Case

Ubuntu 14.04 server. ZFS for storage.

Its not the fastest rig, but quad core, plenty of RAM for a minecraft server, owncloud, gitlab, and plex. Still working on mythtv setup, but might scrap that soon.

With the all 3 drives spun up and server idle, it pulls 39W. With 2 3T drives spun down, its only 19W. I'm very happy with this as my home server.

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