So after building my new 2500k, I've began to feel the itch behind having slow secondary systems here in my home office to scan customers computers for viruses, ect. SOOOOO Of course I was thinking about the possibility of building a system based on an inexpensive core i3 to get the job done. My thoughts on it is I can pick up on a core i3 for right around $100, a motherboard for really inexpensive with some of the deals around the internet for another $100 or so, slap a random HDD I've got in it, Windows 7 and say... 8gigs of ram. Combine this with USB 3.0 and a USB 3.0 IOSafe 2tb and I should be able to backup most customers systems a hell of a lot faster than I've previously done. I could also scan their drives out of their system at this rate without performance decreases (like I have by using usb 2.0 right now), no I don't want to us eSata.
I'm wanting a second opinion from the Gerbils about whether an i3 is a good choice, my reasoning is lower power consumption, less heat, 2 cores but has HT so 4 threads (should help) and enough cache for the simple single 1 job that the machine will be doing. Any thoughts on this idea? Should be easy for me to keep this build WELL under 500 bucks. I'm considering using the motherboard tray that came with my Lian Li PC-60 as a "permnent" test bench platform. I mean I'd gladly sport an MSI open air platform IF THEY OFFERED IT FOR SALE TO CONSUMERS.......<<<<<<
*Very jealous of you Scott*
Again, this system will scan Viruses on systems, I will hold tech software/tools and installs to keep it seperate from my personal system, it will also provide a single entry point to my 2tb usb 3.0 (fireproof/waterproof) backup drive where I keep Acronis images for my customers.