Linux Server - Cheap but Capable. Suggestions?

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

  1. kolax macrumors G3

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    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

    Synchromesh

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    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

    velocityg4

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    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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