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So I have two low spec machines that I can run a server from if I choose.

Background: I've been running windows server 2003 (I have to know it for jobs) on a 1ghz amd machine with 512mb ram (there is a spare 512mb spare from a recently blown 2ghz athlon 2600) doing basic tasks like media streaming my films and movies and also using the IIS inbuilt web server to host my website. I access this server usually locally through gnome-rdp from another computer.

My other pc is an old 3hgz p4 with 2gb ram.

I mainly do basic tasks on the p4 machine that runs linux mint such as dreamweaver to help build websites, word processing, skype and other fairly low intensity tasks. (or w/e remote desktop software i'm at)

The little 1ghz althon xp feels quite snappy. So this is one of the reasons why i'm quite tempted to use it as my main. But I am worried that it would not be able to handle remote desktop and would need to test youtube on it as flash is quite processor heavy.


I'm also entertaining the idea of using the old 2ghz althon xp 2600 processor in the 1hgz athlon xp comp pending compatibility checks. The althon board is pretty screwed. That's for another question though!


Which machine would you use as the server machine?

asked Oct 14 '10 at 13:07

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closed Oct 14 '10 at 15:54

The question has been closed for the following reason "Decided to use the 3ghz p4" by SignOff Oct 14 '10 at 15:54

Those computers are ancient, even by my standards. You could probably sell some of those parts and replace them. Why would you use youtube to 'test remote desktop'? Would you ever actually be running flash on that machine? If not, I see no reason. The bandwidth is your limiting factor, and I think that's what you'll find would affect your tests the most.

answered Oct 14 '10 at 14:19

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Rly... I need a the latest quad core just to do dreamweaver and work. C'mon. lol

I was talking about youtube because I know flash is quite resource heavy so I was worried it would not be able to play it. Anyway. I tried it out and bbci player and such run fine and yes, so does remote desktop.

(Oct 14 '10 at 15:48) SignOff SignOff's gravatar image

Hey, you're trying to run a server on a machine that'll suck electricity and throw out heat like an electried Poison Ivy in her prime. You're right. You don't need a quad core processor to run a server, but if you're going to be running it 24/7 you'll notice the power bill! Not to mention, it's that old it'll probably die in less than 6 months anyway. What's your backup plan for that? Why not reduce the risk and the power bill by getting yourself a processor that's capable of power management and running your server on that? In one year you'll have saved enough to pay the upgrade off.

(Oct 14 '10 at 17:06) Seb Seb's gravatar image

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