Ive built a few NAS Boxes now for friends out of old desktops using FreeNAS, but id like to build myself a new general server box. Mostly ill use it for NAS and media streaming and a print server, I figure ill use amahi, since its a nice easy distro to install (it seems), and its got some nice stuff along with it (especially greyhole).
Id like to keep costs (not including storage) below 500, preferably under 400. What should i be focusing on? I dont imagine i need much for processing power. Mostly ram, a nice network connection, and physical space for drives right? Toss in a basic video card/optical drive, and call it a day right? Anything im missing?
Well if it comes down to it budget-wise, take away the video card and just manage it via remotely via VNC.