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Custom built machine has much higher power consumption than expected

I built a machine according to the specs of a computer magazine (c't, Germany). According to the magazine, the power consumption should be at around 10W. I don't want to go into the specifics of the ...
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How much CPU power and RAM will I need in a 10 disk array?

I'm planning to build a low-power storage server with many drives. Can I put an Atom based board into this machine? Or even ARM? Will a weak CPU cut into my throughput? What about RAM? I am planning ...
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External “power brick” style PSUs - are they reliable enough?

Keen to build a quiet, power-efficient always-on HTPC/media server, I've been looking at mini ITX boards that have their own external power-brick style power supply. These appeal because they are ...