My current computer (ted) that runs axkit.org and pretty much my entire network is slowly dying. It's started making horrible noises. So I have two options:
- Fix the noises (this probably means just a new PSU as it's the fan making the noise)
- Get a new computer.
On the latter option I have been looking around at what I can get. I can go for basically three types of machines:
- A 1U machine (because one day I may wish to rackmount it)
- A cheapo build-it-yourself box from somewhere like Scan
- A pre-built desktop
So the other day I went and looked around PC World (yes, don't say it, I know) for their cheapest options. I found that the cheapest PC they sell is the eMac. Strange, but true.
So now I'm left with a dilemma - can I run my network (email, DHCP, DNS, Web, NAT, firewall, etc) from an eMac? I think probably yes, but it might prove more difficult than getting a cheapo build it myself box and sticking linux on it.
Two interesting side-points: I don't have a monitor in the house any more (last one broke so I threw it out) so the eMac solves that problem nicely. And secondly you don't seem to be able to buy a PC for less than £500 (I don't *need* a P4-2.5Ghz thank you - ted is a P3-500 and manages just fine). If anyone knows different I'd like to hear it.