Time to reanalyze my home network. I have 4 computers now.
My primary computer is my Shuttle SS51G. It just celebrated its 5th birthday. I was so proud of the initial purchase, I made a post on an SFF forum. Unfortunately, the link I provide in that thread doesn’t work. To see what my initial config in that computer, go to this benchmark page. This page gives most of the initial components I placed in this SFF computer. Looks like I had a P4 2.0 Ghz CPU overclocked to 2.2, a Geforce 3 Ti200 video card and 512 MB memory. The current system has a 2.8 Ghz CPU, Radeon X800 XT PE, and a GB of memory. The initial hard drive was only 30 GB… I am now up to 200 GB. I also upgraded the power supply, from 200 watts to 300 watts.
The laptop is an emachine m6805. This computer is about 3.5 years old. This has an Athlon XP-m 3000+ processor and a mobile ATi 9600 chip for graphics. I upgraded the memory in this from 512 to 1.25 GB. I installed a 7200 rpm 60 GB hard drive into it as well. It has been on the road a few times with me. Right now it is my bedroom computer.
The server has an Athlon 4200+ X2 processor, onboard video and a GB of RAM. Still running a web server, private shoutcast server and a weather monitor program on this. All of my media files are on this computer as well.
The Home Theater PC (HTPC) has an Athlon 5600+ X2 processor, ATi X1550 for video and 2 GB of ram. This computer isn’t doing a whole lot since I cut the cord with Comcast TV and took down my projector. I use this computer to download and view podcasts, and thats about it right now.
So the current plan is to migrate the stuff from my SS51 computer, into the HTPC. This would involve moving the data from the hard drive over to a new hard drive in the HTPC. Also improve the graphics on the HTPC for gaming. The video card in the SS51 can be placed in the server, since that has a free AGP slot. The HTPC will be getting an ATi 2600 XT card with HDMI out. I also purchased a 500 GB hard drive for the transferring of data from the SS51 into the HTPC,
So the SS51 will be empty. I might place an old hard drive in there, and install either Ubuntu linux or OSX. OSX might be hard… all depends on compatibility.
Also considering getting a new laptop. The leading contender is the ASUS C90S. This can easily play all modern games. Plus it has HDMI out for watching high definition video. Big negative is that it uses desktop CPUs. Battery life is 1.5 hours on power saver, half an hour when in gaming mode. But at $1550, I can get a portable computer that can do just about anything. If I want a true laptop, that is still powerful, but doesn’t have much of an upgrade path, the one I favor is the Sager np2090.