I have being uses my own home made file server for a year now and it is working great and has never failed on me.
I decided to use it when I got myself a laptop. Having to have duplicate files on both machines seems to me to be a great waste. I decided that I would treat myself to some SSD’s to increase my computers speed. But enough of the other computers I can post about them another time.
I thought I would just talk about the hardware a little.
The Case : For the Case I always buy the cheapest one I can find of the market. I don’t need anything spescale and size is not really a problem so a standard computer case is lovely.
Processor: I could not tell you the model number but it is a Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.20GHz.
To find your cpu speed in Ubuntu/Linux type
"cat /proc/cpuinfo | grep -i Ghz"
Ram: The Computer has 4gb of DDR2 Ram and has never ran out of gone over in to swap
Hard Drives: The computer has three 2TB hard drives set up in Raid 5. I was lucky and managed to get them last year at £49.99 each. Compared to what ever ridiculous price they are now. (Western Digital WD20EARS 2TB Hard Drive SATAII 64MB Cache)
Gigabyte GA-G31m-S2L. I don’t really remember buying this motherboard it was found in the attic. Its great as its has all the sata points I need. Not much more to say other than I doubt you will be able to buy one anymore. http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=2693#ov