Hey everyone. I just joined the website the other day. I love the videos and should have joined sooner, but most of my desktop browsing is at work, and they thought you should be blocked. I don't know why. Maybe because Logan is always bitching about the NSA :P
However they finally let me get to the site and since I thought up a question and Google didn't turn up anything I was looking for I thought I'd ask the experts here.
Current situation: I have a desktop that I use for desktopy things. Mostly downloading things, hosting Plex and rarely playing a game. I have a 1 year old at home, so most of my time is spent watching him, which means using my more mobile Nexus 5 & 7. However it sucks a lot of power (I think it's a 1100 watt PSU, I don't have utilization numbers) for just sitting there downloading things and hosting Plex. So I am considering building a new computer with energy efficiency in mind. That way I can just turn off my computer and leave the new one on 24/7 instead.
Question:What parts would you recommend for something that's focused on being energy efficient. It would need to be able to stream video locally and remotely and download files. I will be putting Linux on it, most likely Ubuntu or Lubuntu. I am open to other suggestions. However I would prefer something Ubuntu based because I think the software I use to download works best with a Ubuntu based system.
I'm not looking to spend a lot, but I have a few parts around the house I could get started with. Specifically a spare video card (if there isn't an integrated chip) and RAM.
Thanks for any advice you have.