Ash_Williams wrote:Its what I had around the house, plus its for the amount of HDD's that the thing has in it =P
Our media pc (my old rig)
q6950 dual core
onboard video (took out 8800gt to save power)
2* 1 TB
1 * 2 TB
1* 160gb (OS DRIVE)
The hard drives take a while to spin up when accessing them after a period of non use. This is with power options set to not let drives sleep.
I thought 450w would be more than enough for this set up but no matter how much i play with HDD power options and removing the 8800 no change was made.
Maybe i need more than 450 or maybe my drives are faulty. They do make a noticeable single click when they spin back up but have done this from new in this system.
its becoming more of a concern as the drives fill up and I need to look at getting another 2TB.
As for your system build, I am of the opinion that almost any older pc set up will do. Especially if you are putting Linux on it. only a few years back i was using an AMD duron 800MHZ 2gb ram with a GF440MX 64mb running Ubuntu.
At the end of the day a media pc only needs to be good enough to play videos/music and store it all. When u start adding more services to it then hardware becomes more of an Issue imo.