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I want to turn my old PC into a server after I do my first build and I was wondering what could an OLD slow PC do as a home server. So, basically what will/can it do for me? Sorry for the dumb question, I am new to the server world. I am asking, because I am debating on turning this PC into a home server or a firewall for my network, In case for some odd reason you want to know I when the server is put up I will have(Wired-)the server I will set up, my gaming PC, a non-gaming PC,occasionally an XOBX 360, and occasionally an IPOD(sorry but there will be an Apple product used). I have an 50 MB/S download and an 7MB/S upload ,if you want to know. Thanks for your help in advance.
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well we discussed the firewall option but when i think about that, that would be more a fun project than a more useful one for you smile.gif

sorry to be a pain but can you give me the specs again? i think a home and storage server would be nice.. also do you want it only accessed locally or remote access too?
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You could use it to stream videos such as netflix and hulu to your living room TV. Also, you can use it as a central storage unit for all your photos, videos and such (maybe even programs if done right). Theres actually alot to do with it, most of it is just fun though, as anything else really requires a bit more...

Good luck thumb.gif
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Possible home uses:
- print server
- file server
- central backup for your computers
- media streaming
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well we discussed the firewall option but when i think about that, that would be more a fun project than a more useful one for you smile.gif
sorry to be a pain but can you give me the specs again? i think a home and storage server would be nice.. also do you want it only accessed locally or remote access too?

I really don't think I told you the specks, but I have a Pentium 4, 2GBs of RAM,integrated GPU, and I have no idea about MOBO and other things like that, because I bought it from Dell. To answer your other question I might occasionally access it from a remote place but, it will be mostly home use.
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cool, well you have the speed for remote access and even website hosting if you like but we can discuss setting that up later..
i should have pointed out that another important factor is how many HDD bays and also how many drives and space you have now?
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post #7 of 43
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cool, well you have the speed for remote access and even website hosting if you like but we can discuss setting that up later..
i should have pointed out that another important factor is how many HDD bays and also how many drives and space you have now?

I have two bays, and one is used by a 50GB HDD. My system uses IDE! I do not want to pay a lot because this system is old.
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you could pick up some nice ide hdds on eBay to give it more space,, look for a 1TB drive, keep the 50GB for OS.. make a file/ back up server thumb.gif
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post #9 of 43
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you could pick up some nice ide hdds on eBay to give it more space,, look for a 1TB drive, keep the 50GB for OS.. make a file/ back up server thumb.gif

Two questions 1:They actually make 1TB IDE HDDS?2: What is a good price I should try to get it for?
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Two questions 1:They actually make 1TB IDE HDDS?2: What is a good price I should try to get it for?

i didnt think of that but i think seagate do.. if not something like this you could use http://www.ebay.com/itm/2in1-3-5-SATA-to-IDE-IDE-to-SATA-ATA100-133-Adapter-Converter-Cable-HDD-1TB-/300673065525?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item460182e235

and try to find some cheap sata drives.. it is hard atm..

but with 50GB drive you could host a website easy enough smile.gif
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