Linux Server - Cheap but Capable. Suggestions?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by kolax, Jun 28, 2012.

  1. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    Mainly for a hobby, I'm looking to buy a cheap Linux box that is capable enough of being a server for database hosting, apache etc. I have a Raspberry Pi but reached the limitations of performance from it!

    Power consumption is another concern to be wary of.

    Any suggestions?
  2. Synchromesh macrumors 6502a


    Jul 15, 2009
    You can use a netbook of some sort with an external hard disk. Cheap and easy. A nettop might work. Or assemble a small ITX-based machine. Even an older laptop should do just fine, you can find them for very little money locally usually.

    I actually use a newish Thinkpad for stuff like that but it's a bit of an overkill with 16GB RAM and an SSD.
  3. velocityg4 macrumors 68040


    Dec 19, 2004
    You can try building one using an AMD Fusion C-60 board. At 9 Watts TDP it definitely meets your low energy usage requirements. Couple that with a laptop hard drive or small SSD and an 80+ Bronze or better PSU and you'll have a nice low power computer.

    I don't know your requirements but this is faster than a Raspberry Pi.

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