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slow_learner

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Inexpensive MD maybe?
« on: January 04, 2009, 08:49:12 pm »
Hey guys,
on some of the online retailer sites, they've got cheap refurbished dell optiplex machines that have decent RAM and an OK processor (P4 2.8 Ghz, not dual-core). main problem with them is that they generate too much noise from cooling fans to really be a decent MD.  any ideas on how to quiet them down.  The PC are low profile by design which i think limits what kind of heat managment solutions are available.

If anyone has an idea, please post!

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Re: Inexpensive MD maybe?
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2009, 08:54:32 pm »
With bare bone pc's with like 5000+ processors and 2gb ram going for $150 why mess with old stuff that will only do SD at best.
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Re: Inexpensive MD maybe?
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2009, 11:19:46 pm »
I think the current 2 cheapest MDs out there, that are known to work are the ASUS eee PC (not sure of the current price, dependant on where you live anyway) - this has a minor issue with the network interface which can be fixed up by following the wiki article

And the MSI Wind PC which NewEgg is selling for US$130 at the moment - add 512M SO-DIMM RAM at US$8 and you have an MD. Note, same issue with NIC, plus currently the photo screen saver occasionally crashes the box so you need to disable it.