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WorryFreePC  
#1 Posted : Tuesday, July 21, 2015 4:32:03 AM(UTC)
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I'm wanting to build a small, fast, cheap Windows-based ScreenConnect Server.

Looking at the ZOTAC ZBOX PI320 pico for about $150.

ZOTAC ZBOX PI320 pico

It has an Intel Atom Z3735F (quad-core, 1.33 GHz) Burst frequency up to 1.83 GHz

Any thoughts or other "micro PC" recommendations?
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#2 Posted : Friday, July 24, 2015 2:17:14 PM(UTC)
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Bueller Bueller Bueller ?
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#3 Posted : Friday, July 24, 2015 4:33:20 PM(UTC)
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It's not exactly a micro-PC, but I run my personal SC server on a $225 Dell that I found from Amazon here.

It runs a few other server applications too (xbmc, ftpes) and I haven't noticed a performance issue. That price is a little higher than what you mentioned, but it did come with a Windows 8 license and acceptable hardware.
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#4 Posted : Sunday, January 7, 2018 5:43:29 PM(UTC)
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So I went with the Zotac Zbox which lasted 12.5 months before it died miserably. I then bought a Mini PC W8 Windows 10 Intel Pro.

Here's the problem with these mini/micro PC's... If they have a 32GB disk, that TOO SMALL now! Windows has hogged 28GB and more with the latest releases.

So my advice is never buy a PC that comes with 32GB of storage unless it's upgradable to at least 64GB.
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#5 Posted : Sunday, January 7, 2018 10:44:10 PM(UTC)
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All of the Zotac micro boxes are available bare bones, meaning you add whatever ram and SSD you want. You can usually go that route and get a decent amount of memory and a better ssd for what you would pay for the prefab version.

My SC server is a Zotac ID83, which has been running rock solid 24/7 for several years now. But I have a full size Samsung SATA SSD and plenty of ram in it. Those 32Gb setups usually ship with really slow, unreliable eMMC drives and the crappiest ram they can find.
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#6 Posted : Monday, January 8, 2018 7:20:58 PM(UTC)
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The boxes themselves are cheap enough, but once you've added the ram and drives wouldn't you just be better off buying a low-end dell on sale?
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#7 Posted : Thursday, January 18, 2018 5:39:26 PM(UTC)
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It depends on your particular requirements. I went with the Zotac for the low power draw. An average size UPS can keep the SC server, router, and modem up and running during extended power outages.

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