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I would really like to create a home fileserver on a shoestring budget - probably a simple ftp server that would only have one person accessing at a time and not pulling any ridiculously large files.

Now, I have an old cpu+mobo that a friend gave me a long time ago:

Athlon 64 3500+ single-core 2.2Ghz, 1GB 2GB RAM

Yes, old. Would this be ok for my purposes? What I mean is would it be a significant bottleneck? I don't know much about servers, but I also have some old IDE drives so it would be 5 or 6 of those in RAID5 with a dedicated RAID card and a gigabit lan card. Would be running WHS 2008 or Ubuntu Server.

Thanks.
Edited by The_Punisher - 3/3/11 at 2:00pm
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Raid with IDE drives?? I would go with a Linux distro with that hardware. windows with more then likely choke up with 1gb of ram.
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Ok. I'm no stranger to linux so thats no problem. Do you think the single-core cpu would be an issue?
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That is the same processor I am using on my WHS, works real good. I'm running 2 GB of ram in mine though. It shouldn't be too hard to find a couple of 1 GB stiicks if you need more mem. I was going to build a low power one, but decided to see what the power draw was with the 3500, interstingnly my sever is pulling less than 40 watts at idle, so an older processor like the 3500 can still be easy on the power bill with 24-7 uptime.
    
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Great, just what I needed to know thanks!
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use linux for best performance for single core
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Originally Posted by The_Punisher View Post
I would really like to create a home fileserver on a shoestring budget - probably a simple ftp server that would only have one person accessing at a time and not pulling any ridiculously large files.

Now, I have an old cpu+mobo that a friend gave me a long time ago:

Athlon 64 3500+ single-core 2.2Ghz, 1GB RAM

Yes, old. Would this be ok for my purposes? What I mean is would it be a significant bottleneck? I don't know much about servers, but I also have some old IDE drives so it would be 5 or 6 of those in RAID5 with a dedicated RAID card and a gigabit lan card. Would be running WHS 2008 or Ubuntu Server.

Thanks.
More than enough. Power consumption would be a bigger concern to me personally even though i dont pay the bills.

Check out Amahi home server.
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Originally Posted by The_Punisher View Post
Ok. I'm no stranger to linux so thats no problem. Do you think the single-core cpu would be an issue?
Frankly, I think you'd be bottlenecked by those IDE HDD's before the CPU becomes an issue even with software RAID-5. Any reason you don't just buy a 2TB HDD? Those are pretty cheap nowadays (~$80) and would probably pay for itself from savings in electricity costs within a year of use.
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Here's what your system needs to do:

Run a lightweight OS
Receive requests to transmit data
Transmit data
End.

That's it. A file server doesn't need much under the hood.
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Frankly, I think you'd be bottlenecked by those IDE HDD's before the CPU becomes an issue even with software RAID-5. Any reason you don't just buy a 2TB HDD? Those are pretty cheap nowadays (~$80) and would probably pay for itself from savings in electricity costs within a year of use.
Would read speeds of IDE drives in RAID5 really be that bad? The reason I don't just buy a 2TB hdd is because I want redundancy, and I wasn't really thinking of investing that much money into this project, mainly just wanted to build something out of spare parts and get my feet wet with managing a server.

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Here's what your system needs to do:

Run a lightweight OS
Receive requests to transmit data
Transmit data
End.

That's it. A file server doesn't need much under the hood.
That's what I was thinking, but I just wanted to verify and I didn't know how much resources WHS really needed, aside from their min. spec list. Thanks
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