61 months ago
I'm looking to put something small(ish) in the living room. It needs to be fairly quiet, and able to be on 24/7. Primary use is to replace the old ReadyNAS Duo as a file server. I'm considering running FreeNAS or NAS4Free, but plain old Windows Home Server or Ubuntu is not out of the question. Possibly I might use it to stream video files to the XBox 360 (or, if it's up to it, directly to the TV itself).
I'm posting here as a quick sanity check before hitting the "Buy Now" button :D Any glaring deficiencies here? Improvements? Is the Pentium G3420 better for this purpose? Any suggestions for cooling? I had decent results with the stock fan on the i3 in a fractal design Core 1000, but haven't tried a build in the Node 304.