Laptop or Desktop?
i want a low power system on a board
My budget for the new computer is:
$75 USD for the board only (excluding shipping)
all needed peripherals are expected to be more and are not included in the scope of my question.
What are the primary uses for this computer (IE: mail, web browsing, programming, games, etc)?
i want to make a low power NAS on a budget
What software do you intend on using on the computer?
debian based linux distros, rutorrent/rtorrent
Do you tend to have a lot of programs running at the same time, or do you close every program when you are done using it?
i only plan on using it as a NAS and as a always on torrent seed box
Do you store a lot of pictures or music on the computer?
it will serve my music to my home computer and mainly played on my MPD (volumio)
im using FLACs with some MP3s
my main use
serving my music (FLACs and MP3s uploaded from my home computer) to my volumio device
downloading certain tracks to my android device
personal file storage
acting as a torrent seedbox
Will you be overclocking?
only if needed
Location for online shopping/shipment/prices?
no preferred stores, please use MSRP if available
How many monitors are you planning to use?
1 at the beginning
eventually none it will be a headless device
i have DVI-D VGA and HDMI
Do you need peripherals? OS?
Any particular reason why you are upgrading?
i need a nas because my ESATA card extremely confusing instructions for building the driver for linux
1) needs to run a debian based distro
2) needs to have a SATA Port
3) Needs to have support for SATA port Multiplier, either offically or though a soft mod
4) needs to support SATA 3, although i would settle for SATA 2
my existing Hardware (this will be used in the build):
1) a raid tower (towerraid TR4M - http://www.sansdigital.com/towerraid/tr4mb.html)
basicly im looking at the banana pi because it has a sata and it has a guide on how to enable SATA port multiplier (http://www.htpcguides.com/build-debian-image-for-banana-pi-pro-sata-port-multiplier/)
however what i heed to know is if i can install the mod as described in the guide, directly connecting my raid tower (using a sata to eSATA cable) skiping the port multiplier device in the guide, and pretty much be good to go (except for needing to do all necessary configurations)
for those unfamiliar with the TR4M
its a raid tower
it supports up to 4 Drives
it conntcts to your computer using 1 eSATA connection
it supports SATA-3 (although im currently using SATA 2 drives
it comes with a Rais card however driver building for the latest Ubuntu/mint is complicated for those without much time or linux build troubleshooting knowledge.
so would the banana pi be a good choice, or would you recommend something else.
edit: the title is a little misleading, im looking for sugestions "system on a board" type computers
Edited by Laharl, 04 December 2015 - 01:29 PM.