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  • One of these (Score:2, Insightful)

    1U boxes are all very well but they don't really care about the noise they make. This may be of concern in a residential setting ;-)

    Have you thought about one of these [] ? - small, fanless, reasonably quick and not too expensive.
  • I have a eMac at home and it does basically what you are asking for. 1000 euros, + upg to 1Gb ram from crucial, and it's great! Ideally it would run Mac OS X Server, but normal panther works fine. You could also run Yellow Dog Linux. It's up to you.
    life is too short
    • Plus, if you get AppleCare you are totally covered for 3 years. I usually don't go for the extra cost service agreements on things like electronics, but when I think of all the things that can happen with a computer over 3 years, it seems like a good deal. This is especially true if you're going to have it running 24/7 as a server.
  • cheapo PCs make a huge amount of noise. However if you're going for something slow it should be a bit quieter ;) The mini-ITX boxes seem really nice, FWIW.
  • For my last box, which replaced an old P133 home file/database server, I went with a VIA mini-ITX single-board system. They're small, low-power, and are reasonably quiet. They run RH8 just fine, and people are building them into just about anything []. (This dual boot mod [] is particularly clever). And (at least in the US) they're fairly inexpensive. I built one out for about $325 USD, but that didn't include a 60Gb drive rescued from a different system. The downside is that the on-board graphics are limited to
  • 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.

    You forgot "turn up the stereo". :-P