I’ve been consolidating computer equipment in preparation for a move and I’ve put together a decent server machine that should work well as a NAS (straight media server, file server, or does-everything server).
Here’s a picture:
The specs are:
- 2.8GHz Celeron CPU
- 512MB 533Mhz DDR2 RAM
- 200GB IDE HDD
- 250GB IDE HDD
- 80GB SATA HDD
- 120GB SATA HDD
- 2x NICs (onboard and PCI card)
- 52x CDRW optical drive
- Inbuilt audio, video, and RAID on the mainboard
I’ve installed FreeNAS on it, which allows it to: appear as a network file share, act as a backup server, stream media to the Playstation 3 and Xbox360, and run a bittorrent client (so that you don’t have to leave your main computer running while downloading large files).
Of course you don’t have to use it as a NAS. It runs “normal” operating systems just fine, and would probably be good as a general purpose PC – or even as a low-end gaming PC with the addition of a video card (the mainboard has a PCI-Express slot) and more RAM.
If anyone is interested, I’m selling it for AU$120. The 15″ Samsung LCD monitor next to it is also available for AU$30 (with the computer, or $40 by itself). Pick-up only.