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    Sub $300 headless crunchers

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    1 Foxconn SFF R20-H1 Intel Core i7 / i5 / i3 (LGA1155) Intel Socket H2(LGA1155) Intel H67 none 1 x HDMI Barebone Item $95.99
    1 ASUS ENGT430/DI/1GD3/MG(LP) GeForce GT 430 (Fermi) 1GB 64-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video $55.99
    1 Crucial 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CT51264BD160B $19.99
    1 Intel Celeron G530 Sandy Bridge 2.4GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics BX80623G530 $51.99
    1 Corsair Nova Series 2 CSSD-V30GB2A 2.5" 30GB SATA II Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $64.99
    Subtotal: $288.95
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    Total: $294.76
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    Do you really gain much of anything using a SSD vs mechanical for crunching? I know for benchmarking its helpful, but wasn't aware it's something to look in to for seti etc.
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    No difference in SETI performance, however, with low end mechanical drives creeping into the same price territory, I went with the smaller capacity, faster drive. Fact is, this drive is cheaper than the cheapest non-refurb magnetic drive on the egg right now ($79.99 for a non-refurb 250GB WD Blue) ... reports are to expect this trend will easily continue well into next year. Fine with me, its lower power consumption will be perfect for these small enclosures.
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    Just as an option......Ncix has some drives that might be of interest.

    1TB $98.00

    2TB $120.00

    Free shipping also......

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    Quote Originally Posted by 'Cuda340 View Post
    Just as an option......Ncix has some drives that might be of interest.

    1TB $98.00

    2TB $120.00

    Free shipping also......
    Yeah, they're creeping down, but how much space do you need for SETI? Couple gigs for a trimmed down copy of linux and a couple hundred megs at most for BOINC and some work units? Don't know how read/write speeds of the drive affect crunching but you could probably run it off a cheap 16gb flash drive if you really wanted to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by freakdiablo View Post
    Yeah, they're creeping down, but how much space do you need for SETI?
    I understand........Twas looking at it from the point of view of re-sale.

    A 1TB or 2 drive is going to be more sale able in a year or two vs a 250Gb drive......Like i said, just another option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 'Cuda340 View Post
    I understand........Twas looking at it from the point of view of re-sale.

    A 1TB or 2 drive is going to be more sale able in a year or two vs a 250Gb drive......Like i said, just another option.
    Ah, that's understandable then.
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    Quick, Cheap, and Dirty NAS: Sempron 140, Hyper 212+ with 800RPM Scythe Slipstreams, 4gb ram, 5x2tb Hitachis in RAID5, Seasonic SSR-360GP, Antec 300, Biostar Tpower motherboard, APC BR700G UPS, Buffalo WZR-HP-AG300H router (Upgrade in the works)
    Laptop: Lenovo Thinkpad X220 HTPC: Zotac ZBOX AD04-U w/ 6GB Samsung 1333mhz, 64GB Adata Premier Pro SP900
    Protobox-1: Raspberry Pi Mod. B Rev. 2, 2.5" LCD, 12v 1A PSU, Aluminum RatShack project box, GPIO breakout board

    Project 1UP || Interested in the performance of the new AMD AM1 socket? Ask me, I'll test it!
    Bored of games? Nothing good on internet radio or youtube? Dont waste your GHz, find them before they find us. SETI

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