I want server(s) for
I am been looking on eBay:
Are any of these any good? I can't spend too much on something I might use once every week.
for what you listed, you are better off getting a netbook and use it as a server.
A modern one uses around 3-10 watts depending on the load (and even less with the screen is off)
I use one for my security camera system, and also for DLNA.
A decent security camera system with 4 480p cameras and a DVR box will often cost around $500-700
while a netbook and a few 1080p logitech c920's can allow you to have a system of 4 1080p cameras, a few active USB extension cables, and a netbook that can double as a portable system, and a DLNA server and a bunch of other stuff for under $500 (and the power consumption is lower then the security camera dedicated DVR's
anyway, a netbook makes a decent low powered server.
if possible search for a cheap used dell inspiron mini (many of them are passive cooling, thus making them almost completely silent).
No need to buy a expensive and more powerful server that will suck down like 400+ watts when you don't need to.
answered Sep 25 '12 at 00:42