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NetDaemon

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hi everyone...A couple of weeks now I try to find some components to build a new computer. The aim is to build it as small as possible so that will be a file server in my network and a lan box. I have the following stuff in mind:

Motherboard : Shuttle MN31N Micro-ATX
Cpu : Athlon 1700 DLT3C (what else. )

I am pretty sure about the above bits...I ll figure out later what memory, hdd, etc.

I am not going to use the agp slot or any pci slots, because the motherboard has geforce4mx onboard (more than enough for me), 6 channel audio by realtek and onboard 10/100 ethernet.

Now...My questions:

1) Is there ANY place in the uk that I can get this motherboard? I can't find it anywhere.
2) As I said I want it as small as possible. Any ideas about a case? I was thinking about making my own plexi case but I think that it will be too difficult.
3) I am planning to watercool it also but in order to keep the size and costs down I was thinking about a 80mm radiator. What do you say? Will it be ok just for the processor? And what radiator?
thermochill 80.1, bim, swiftech 80mm?

Thanks
 

sirtoby

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If you want a small one, why not go mini-itx? The EPIA mobo should suit your needs perfectly for a server box that needs to be small.

You could get a really small mini-itx desktop case to go with that.

Watercooling it would be, IMO, waste of money for a computer that is a server. Just get a good heatsink and a QUIET 80mm fan.. like a 19 dB Papst or something.

If you get the epia you would probably be able to passive cool it...
 

schismspeak

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yeah, I think watercooling that IMO too would be a waste of money to watercool it, get an AX-7 with a 2500 rpm fan which wouldnt be any louder that your PSU fan and it would cool really well.
 
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NetDaemon

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I was thinking of something more powerfull than the epia because the pc is also going to be a lan box so I don't think that mini-itx would suit my needs. As far as w/c is concerned I quit the whole idea as soon as I finished the previous post because I realised the same thing: it doesn't worth the money. So...any ideas about micro-atxs?
 

ardent

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I have been having similar thought of building a small box for the wife.....I like the shuttle rigs, but was wondering if there was anyway of doing it cheaper. So far, I havent found a way of doing it cheaper.....I will persevere tho :p