I am seeking opinions and any real world knowledge that may assist in the endeavor given the following specifications to the project:
- -Low Power Consumption is Key - Always On
-Quiet Operation - 24/7 Drone is not acceptable
-Gigabit Ethernet Capable
-WiFi Chipset for A/B/G/Draft-N
-3 SATA ports minimum
-Linux Compatible - Specifically Debian or Variant (EG: Ubuntu)
-Cost - It needs to be reasonable, defined as less than $500
-Light Web Serving / Database (I made our family cookbook into a database driven web app)
Research has shown this or the E7200 to be the lowest in power consumption with their Wolfdale cores.
The Atom is also intriguing except that in several real world tests the E5200 drew less power overall because it completes the work faster negating the impact of the extra power it drew compared to the Atom.
Motherboard: Intel DQ45CB or Intel DG45FC
DQ45CB is what I would use if I used a PCI-E to Mini PCIE converter board to put an intel proset wifi card inside the box.
The board I had come to prefer due to size and the availability of research information regarding power consumption was the DG45FC (based on reviews online including here on Silent PC Review). The problem with this board for me is that it only has one expansion slot: thus I'd have to find a USB solution to the Wifi or to the second Gigabit NIC.
WiFi Card: Intel Wifi Link 5100
The main reason for choosing this card was the fact that it is the only chip I found completely compatible with Linux with no caveats. I'd have to use a PCIE to Mini PCI adapter such as the one found at hwtools.com.
If there are other options available, EG: USB 2.0 attached wifi cards that are solid enough to function and broadcast for a WiFi access point I am open to that so long as it is KNOWN to work under the Debian distribution of Linux.
Hard Disks: Western Digital Laptop Drives (non SSD)
Currently favoring a dual disk set up of Western Digital Laptop drives. They are quieter and tend to draw 1/3 the power of normal 3.5" drives.
NIC: Linux Compatible - Intel?
Any Intel NIC would work, I have also used Netgear NICs in the past and they usually work under Linux.
Case: Thermaltake Lanbox Lite
Okay, I admit, I will probably have to dampen a bit, but the case looks snazzy. I have not found any of the cases reviewed to be aesthetically pleasing.
Power: PicoPSU 150
I am still wrapping my brain around a post I was following and commenting in on another forum here: I am not a hardware modder by any means and I am not sure if I am totally comfortable with "modifying" a Delta brick to increase wattage past the 102W offered in most bricks if my maximum wattage goes past 102W.
In my travels, I have also run across "interesting" items such as:
MSI Industrial IM-945GC
I tried to be as complete in detail for desired function as possible.
Target goal for power consumption is 13 W idle or less, 60-75 W under load.
I am open to any and all suggestions and solutions as long as they fit within the specifications mentioned at the start of the post.