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 Post subject: Green in Spain
PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2008 5:04 am 
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Location: Spain
I just moved to Spain from Poland and now i have to pay electricity on top of my rent. It is expensive here.

I discovered that my PC has a fault as a result of the move. In addition my external sata enclosure is also causing problems.

I have been looking to looking to both a NAS and DAS solutions. The latter fails for not being online all the time and the former seems to be limited to 2 tray solutions before becoming expensive. In addition relying an hardware raid where part replacement could be an issue in the future is not suitable.

Hence i think a software based solution (XP server 2003) with greater disk capacity using a tower is the answer.

I have found the following spec for 200 Euros which i think is reasonable. I know the spec is in Spanish but it should be OK to understand.

Procesador AMD Athlon X2 5000
Disco duro SATA 160Gigas SATAII
2Giga DDRII800 Soporta DDR2 1066 800 667 y 533 en doble canal con 4 puertos de DIMM y la memoria compartida máxima hasta a 8GB (Incluidos 2048Mb DDR2 800)
Tarjeta gráfica Integrada NVIDIA® GeForce8 Series DX10 VGA, Pixel Shader 4.0, Memoria 512MBMb(maxima compartida)
NVIDIA® PureVideo™ HD Ready
Conexión VGA y DVI-D Dual para hasta 2 monitores.
DVI-D con Audio, para junto a un adaptador HDMI(No incluido) Poder usar un Monitor con HDMI o Televisor LCD-TFT-PLASMA... con HDMI, HD Ready o FullHD.
1 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot (green @ x16 mode)
5.1 CH Windows® Vista™ Premium Level HD Audio (Realtek ALC662 Audio Codec)
Chipset embedded HDMI Audio
Tarjeta de Red 10/100/1000 Mb/s
6 x Serial ATAII 3.0 Gb/s conectores. Soporta RAID (RAID 0,
RAID 1, RAID 0+1, RAID 5, JBOD), NCQ, AHCI and "Hot Plug" funciones
Soporta NVIDIA® Hybrid SLI™
1 x ATA100 IDE conector (Soporta 2 x IDE)
Preparado para Windows® Vista

Since this machine will only be used for network backup , torrents and playing media, how can i reduce the power consumption further?

Do i need to change the PSU? Can i change the PSU? Will the PSU have fuse breakers as Spanish homes are poorly wired? (at the moment all the electrics are run on the same circuit)

Thanks


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