Hey y'all! If you followed my server transformation, you would know what it contains.
Intel D945GCLF2 mini-itx motherboard
1GB DDR2 667Mhz
Passive cooling with 120" external fan
Controller card to accompany 2 x 640GB WD and 1.5TB WD HDDs. External power for HDDs.
(more HDDs to be added later on)
Habey mini-itx-PSU 120W
Now, this little thing isn't really lacking in any form. It's just a home file server. If I ever want to do more with it, though, I think it will be lacking quite a bit.
Also, being a temp freak, I've seen my Atom sitting @ 70C. That can be due to the fact of the case being so small and compact. This is a mini-itx case. This is the case: Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER Elite 100 RC-100-KKP3-GP Black Steel / Plastic MITX/MATX Slim Case Computer Case Flex ATX 150W, Active PFC Power Supply
(without that psu)
Now, I'm looking at 1156/1155/AM3 mini-itx boards. These are better than the Atoms ever were. More SATA ports, more RAM slots, larger memory capacity, etc.
I saw the lowest 1155 they had was $125, lowest 1156 was $100, lowest AM3 Phenom was $90. So no really price difference there.
Boards are all over the place. Depends on how many SATA ports and I/O ports. Around $100, I think is the norm.
Now, does anyone know a swell low profile heatsink? I've seen some good ones around, but must have a clearance of 55mm.
Is there any case, of that size, that has a better cooling system, such as more mesh around it?
RAM, elementary. HDDs, I can carry over, can reuse my psu, too.
Would this be a good investment, or just a waste of money? As stated above, this is just a file server, but I may want to do more with it in the future.
Price really doesn't matter at this point, as this is just theoretical. Is it worth it?
Any guidance is accepted.