As my Pi crashed for the second time within a year I temporarily set up an old laptop Acer Aspire 3810T. But it actually has worked pretty well, so I am considering using it as my server going forward. It is of course not the fasted computer in the world, but not something I notice when using Home Assistant.
- Core 2 Solo processor (1,4 ghz SU3500)
- 4 GB ram
- Hitachi Travelstar 5K500.B, 5400 rpm 320 GB harddrive.
If I were to use the above for server use is that an okay configuration or should I upgrade some parts. Processor is of course not possible to upgrade and I guess ram is sufficient so perhaps the harddrive for an SSD? But what would that benefit, less risc of harddrive failure, more speed and less noise? The OS is Linux Ubuntu Mate.
I am not planning for using it for much else than Home Assistant and some web scraping stuff and some light database use cases.