I'm really just here to get some advice from people. I dont think this is really "off topic" but seems like the best place for it.
I'm planning a home server build, and when its done, its going to (eventually
) host all my media (like a NAS drive) as well as a home intranet and an external webpage (maybe 2 if I feel clever).
Anyway, I have 2 options for this, I can either get a new RPi (and external hard disk) and run it on that, or... I can use an old desktop i have lying around (in a box in the attic), which would also require a new hard disk...
So here are the pro's and con's of each that i've thourght of
1 - quieter
2 - lower power usage
3 - smaller
4 - will fit inside an old/broken dvd player i've been keeping for no reason
5 - portable (I can unplug the usb drive, and take it on holiday to take ALL my movies with me)
1 - dont have an extra one to hand (all in projects)
2 - USB hard disks cost more than internal ones (size for size)
3 - need for a new case (although, I do have a dvd player or a freeview box it would fit in)
4 - all round more work, and less robust
1 - Already have
2 - internal hard disk (needs replacing, but cheaper than usb)
3 - more upgradable
4 - already has a NICE case (I repainted it, cause i could lol)
1 - noisy
2 - costs more to run
3 - takes up more valuable space on the shelf
4 - not as portable/moveable (cant take it on holiday with me)