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PostPosted: Sun Oct 29, 2017 5:02 pm    Post subject: NUC Recommendations Reply with quote

Hi all,

I'm looking to buy a NUC (doesn't have to be Intel) to install Gentoo and use as a home server. Lower power consumption, processor, and RAM are of priority (with at least 1 RJ45 and USB plugs each). I'm looking for this to be generally headless, so video, audio, bluetooth, and wifi are generally unneeded (video for setup, of course, but afterwards I'd only use it for maintenance). Storage would be handled externally (USB-connected external drives and/or NAS units). Any general recommendations?
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 29, 2017 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How much horsepower do you need and how brave are you?
ARMs certainly are low-power, and you can get a banana pi equipped with 1Gb Ethernet and 1 SATA port in addition to USB 2.0 (no idea if you can find anything else small, cheap, low power and equipped with SATA), or a raspberry for more common stuff.
Certainly not the easiest way to go though. It's still a bit more tricky than x86 and the learning curve is steep. Weight this option against the time you're willing to spend learning the ropes and setting things up.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 30, 2017 1:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

szatox wrote:
How much horsepower do you need and how brave are you?
ARMs certainly are low-power, and you can get a banana pi equipped with 1Gb Ethernet and 1 SATA port in addition to USB 2.0 (no idea if you can find anything else small, cheap, low power and equipped with SATA), or a raspberry for more common stuff.
Certainly not the easiest way to go though. It's still a bit more tricky than x86 and the learning curve is steep. Weight this option against the time you're willing to spend learning the ropes and setting things up.


Probably mid-range for speed (not looking for high end, but want something more than a Pebble Watch CPU). I'm intrigued by going the *pi route (had considered a Raspberry briefly) but I don't really have the time to invest playing around with it (though I'd love to do so, given the option).
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 30, 2017 3:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've done a Gentoo install on a pi b+, but only a very basic system and I shelved it right after. It takes forever to build anything, and a kernel compile is 10+ hours after configuration.

I have an 8-core atom c2758 board that does OK for Gentoo, but I personally wouldn't want to go smaller without a compiler farm on the network. BTW this is NOT your average atom. It's oriented toward communications, comes with 7 gigabit nics built-in.

So I'd go for some sort of i3 or so, or one of the other higher end 4+ core atoms.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 30, 2017 3:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There were a few i3's I saw. Without running a desktop I figured that'd be sufficient (Though briefly wondered if i5 would have enough advantage to consider paying extra... I'm guessing likely not for my purposes).
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 30, 2017 3:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was in the same boat, only I needed PCI and PCIe slots for MythTV backend, I opted for i3-4130T.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 30, 2017 4:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You might want to color outside the box a bit. For example, there may be an e3 server processor that suits your needs and is not very expensive. We automatically think of stuff we can find at a brick-and-mortar store, but sometimes it's better to look for exactly what you need.

https://ark.intel.com/Search/FeatureFilter?productType=processors&MaxTDPMax=20.1&Embedded=true&IntegratedGraphics=false&CoreCountMin=4

You can search by feature or browse a category of processor. I arbitrarily picked values to give you an idea, you'll want to choose your own.

Then google for boards that support that processor.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 31, 2017 1:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, all very helpful!
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 20, 2017 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you, very helpful information!
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