View Full Version : OT - Need some (multiple) computer advice.

11-06-2004, 06:22 PM
I've always been a computer person. Other than the laptop I just bought, I've never had a name-brand computer, preferring to build my own. I have also, over the course of time, accumulated several "strays" that people were throwing out. I've stripped 'em for parts, rebuilt them to try different things, etc. Those generally end up getting given away. I have one of our extra bedrooms loaded with old junk that other people have gotten rid of.

Now, though, I'm tired of all this crap in my house. I have my desktop PC how I want it, and my laptop how I want it, and enough parts for one other PC (just in case). What I want right now, though, is a low-power, low-heat, low-noise, low-cost, low-footprint box that can act as a print / file server.

Any ideas? Anybody else have one of these already? How'd you do it?

11-06-2004, 11:53 PM
I just bought a Shuttle barebones small form factor and love it. It's a little noiser than I'd like, but it's one of the older models and I think some of the newer ones are quieter.

11-06-2004, 11:58 PM
Yeah, my main desktop PC is a shuttle. I love it.

For a file/print server, though, I was thinking something cheaper.

11-08-2004, 01:38 PM
consider using an old laptop - there's small form factor and low power (and relatively low cost) for you.

i actually have an old 486 thinkpad that i plan to use for just that purpose - the screen is puny and the battery is shot, but i won't need those for a server.

you could probably get an old laptop quite cheap, and if not, well maybe it's time to retire your current laptop and treat yourself to a new one ;)

11-08-2004, 02:25 PM

I haven't used these, but they look pretty cool. I was thinking about using this one in a project: