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    Recommendation for an SFF (Specs inside)

    Hey folks!

    I am looking for some community recommendation for an SFF (Mini-ITX barebone preferred).
    What I want to do with it:

    - run Linux, leave it on 24/7 (acts as SSH-server and small webserver for LAN statistics (MRTG) and smaller php projects and a print server)
    - no requirements on graphics (so chipset integrated graphics is fine), the PC will run without a monitor attached once it's setup

    - Mini-ITX barebone as a start would be preferred since i don't want to spend too much time assembling components, even VIA based should be fine
    - fanless (a must)
    - optical drive not needed will connect a DVD drive via USB for setup
    - USB Port for printer (2x), if possible a parallel port as well (old Inkjet printer)
    - 2.5'' SATA IDE Drive connector (have a 40GB model lying about from the PS3 )
    - chipset graphics is fine (see above)
    - DDR-RAM would be ok as well (again, stick lying around, i'd have to go and buy DDR2s, if necessary)

    Any ideas?


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    Re: Recommendation for an SFF (Specs inside)

    The Intel D201GLY2 board seems to fit most of your criteria, uses DDR2 but has everything else you asked for. The D201GLY2A is actively cooled while the D201GLY2 is passively cooled.

    Link to Intels board specs

    IntelĀ® Desktop Board D201GLY2 / D201GLY2A Overview

    I found 2 bundle deals with this board linked below,

    Passive bundle - Cubid / D201GLY2 1.2Ghz Fanless Barebones

    Active cooled bundle - store - Intel Mini-ITX Case, RAM & HDD Bundle

    In my opinion the active cooled bundle has the better case and it comes with memory.

    Or you could buy the bits seperately, I have found the board for ~£46 Inc VAT get a decent fanless case and psu for ~£55 plus power adapters for the P4 power cable and possibly a SATA power cable and some memory you could proably build a very similar spec to those bundles for ~£30 less.

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