Modern Linux on an AM1 box

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Hey guys,

I was poking around my basement & found an old AM1 box I'd like to do something fun with. Specs are:

Mini-Itx board with AM1 Sempron 3850.
16G ddr3 (tried ecc unbuffered w/o success)
60GB ocz solid ssd
10Gbit Mellanox Connect-x 3 NIC as well as an onboard 1Gbit/s

Usable for web browsing on most sites? The gpu is whatever is onboard. I was thinking it might be fun to see what kind of gaming I can do in 25w at 1920x1080, but looking for other suggestions as well.

What I don't need:
1) Firewall/Router (I have pfsense/cisco 3945e for this already)
2) Plex (I have a box for this)
3) FreeNas (I have a box for this)

What else would you guys suggest as something fun rather than just a plane/jane desktop?
 

Lunar

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If you aren't already running this on one of your other servers you could make it PiHole server. Or you could poke around with Home Assistant.
 

ChadD

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If you have it in a really small portable case... Install Kali on it. Make it your fix em all box. Use it to reset relatives forgotten windows passwords, recover boffed drives, do a little pen testing on your own network.... or your neighbors wifis. (kidding don't do anything illegal... but kali has a lot of nice tools around when you need them.... and hey you can also use it as a standard desktop) lol
 

jardows

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I use the AM1 Athlon as a media computer in my living room (1080p only) and it works well for that duty. Playing Netflix, Youtube, or Amazon Prime show no problems.
 
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Lunar

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Another idea, you could set it up as a Wireguard or OpenVPN server to provide a remote tunnel into your home that you can use while you are away. This of course assumes your router isn't already performing this task for you.

EDIT: Ignore everything I just said in this post. Didn't notice that you're running Pfsense. That would be much better for use as a VPN tunnel.
 
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