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I am looking for a to play with.
It would need decent speed to try some virtualization and run heavy software like nextcloud and the like, a minecraft would be nice to have.

I have been looking for intel NUCs etc, but they are expensive.
Do you think a 100€ thinkpad x240 or t440 would be a good alternative? I think so, but I might be missing something. Low power usage is important.

t440 can do 2 ram sticks, both have low TDP dual cores.

@pinkprius The Thinkpads are probably a lot more powerful than you'll need, except if you're hosting a lot of video content. Disk I/O bandwidth is the main constraint, so use an SSD.
@pinkprius I'm not really a gamer, but for minecraft I think some people run the server on a ramdisk and then do occasional snapshots of the partition. That would allow for the fastest possible throughput.

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On paper, it looks like a good idea to me. Alongside the low power consumption, you would also have an integrated UPS (the battery), which is really nice to have for a server.

I would definitely try it. In fact, I've been thinking to do the same by myself, but I didn't commit to it so far.

@pinkprius I just started playing around with #homelabos (gitlab.com/NickBusey/HomelabOS) on my old X220, including nextcloud and other stuff. Performance-wise there are no problems at all.

But I have no idea if minecraft would work. As much as such suggestions are annoying, maybe minetest or truecraft are more efficient when hosted on slower hardware.

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If my core2duo based enterprise pc can rune a Minecraft server just fine. You should be too unless you plan to have more then 5-10 people om that server.

@pinkprius I was actually going to suggest a cheap, old ThinkPad. My home servers tend to be old Thinkpads.

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