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Old 04-14-2013, 03:28 PM   #1
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Trying to decide if my server hardware is adequate


Right now I'm using a newer HP Envy laptop with a quad core amd processor, 4 gb of ram, and generally newer everything.

I recently bought an old Pentium 4 box with Windows XP, 2gb ram, and mostly old hardware (I'm not at home so I can't be more specific about the hardware).

For the purposes of a samba server, an xbmc server, openvpn, and possibly other home server uses in the future, would my pentium 4 box handle it just was well as the laptop does? Or will the difference be significant enough to keep the laptop as my server?

(Using debian stable as the server os)
 
Old 04-14-2013, 05:58 PM   #2
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While you haven't given us any idea what you will be using the machine for mostly if you need for instance full HD 1080p decoding then the bottleneck running XMBC will be CPU. If you have a graphics card that can do hardware-accelerated video decoding an underpowered machine may suffice. Since the machine runs XP all you have to do is get rid of it, install Linux and try.
 
Old 04-14-2013, 06:06 PM   #3
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Pentium 4 is expensive to operate if you plan to leave it on 24/7 (unless you don't pay your own electric bill).
 
Old 04-15-2013, 09:19 AM   #4
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Pentium 4 is expensive to operate if you plan to leave it on 24/7 (unless you don't pay your own electric bill).
Really? List of CPU power dissipation figures
Not knowing the specific processor so if the Pentium4 in the laptop/boxen is mobile then a few watts difference above the quad core. If not a mobile processor the wattage would be almost double but still around 75-80 watts full load. Typically the cost would be no more than running a incandescent desk lamp 24/7. My cost for electric is $0.056/kW. I use multiple systems throughout my home, lab or shop and do not consider the green effect since I am able to pay my bill monthly.

If you need to pinch penny's then one should be sure to get a low power system but realize limitations. OP is not running a server farm but local needs so the concern would be the fit for services necessary that would dictate system design criteria.

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