I want to get a computer to act as a firewall and a multipurpose server (http, https, smtp, spamd, pop3s etc) running OpenBSD for my small LAN.
I was looking at ASUS Terminator C3, which only costs 114.99 USD, making the total price for the system around 229.99 USD (64 USD for KVR400X64C3A/512 (512MB DDR400), and 51 USD for ST340014A (Seagate 40GB), plus I already have a PCI Ethernet Adapter from my current very-noisy Pentium 4 firewall).
However, I am concerned if Terminator C3 is still worth it. :-) It's not entirely an appealing system for the living room of my apartment. Is it at least quiet and energy efficient?
ASUS claims that it is very quiet on their web-site (http://usa.asus.com/products/desktop/terminator-c3/overview.htm
), and they show you the figures (at 1 metre: front: 19.5dB, left and right: 22-23dB, back: 27.5dB), however, they don't mention if the system that they have measured even has a hard disc, or if it is even running under full load. Surely, they forgot to mention the settings of the Q-Fan either, which is disabled
(!) by default (according to the user manual found online).
I'm also kind of concerned that the PSU is located just under the HDD -- is it likely to interfere with the operations of HDD?
Moreover, I'd like to know what processor Terminator C3 has -- is it Samuel 2 or Nehemiah? I'd prefer the latter, as it has some cryptographic features that Samuel 2 doesn't. Correct me on this if I'm wrong. I've tried to contact ASUS at email@example.com
, asking, above other things, on which processor Terminator C3 has, but I got no answer.
And to sum it up, I'm kind of drawn back by the idea of buying a system that has a floppy drive. :-)