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Basically I have acquired a Dell Dimension 3100/E310 computer after building a new rig for a family member.

I basically just want to make this a file sharing/storing & downloading server that runs 24/7, so I don't need my sig rig running just to do simple things; like download; and only needs to be on when I want to play.

It's going to be plugged simply into my wireless router (and with the help of Windows 7 workgroups) so it can be accessed by my desktop (wired) and laptop (wireless), while also supplying files to my PS3 & 360 using PS3Server and Windows Media Center.

Do you think this Dell will handle all that fine (not all at the same time)?


It has a: Celeron D (335 I think) 2.8ghz processor,
2 gig of 533 DDR2 RAM,
On-board graphics,
80gb Western Digital SATA HDD (primary),
1tb Spinpoint F3 SATA HDD (Secondary, file storer),
230w PSU.


As I said I'm not rich (and also have now wattage reader) so how much power will this draw and how much would it cost to run 24/7?
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Well.. Judging from the system itself, it looks like it'll consume about 130-170w with all components on load, maybe even less
Edited by tryagainplss - 3/22/11 at 4:55am
    
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It'll cost hardly anything. Celerons aren't power hungry at all. Even running it 24/7 won't take much power, leaving the monitor on standby and doing other things to save a little bit of energy.. it'll cost pennies.
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Yeah, looks good for energy efficiency. Probably the only better you could is with an atom PC.
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about 115 Watt at the most
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post #6 of 8
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Thanks for the quick replies,

I mean the only thing I will be using it for is download for a couple of hours a day to the secondary hard drive and being accessed for files by other devices so I don't think there will be much if any load and it should handle this well, right?

what would an idle wattage be about?

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Originally Posted by GoTMaXPoWeR View Post
It'll cost hardly anything. Celerons aren't power hungry at all. Even running it 24/7 won't take much power, leaving the monitor on standby and doing other things to save a little bit of energy.. it'll cost pennies.
The computer is set to go into standby after 2 minutes of none use but the HDD is set to never turn off.

The monitor is turned off most of the time, as its duel hooked up to my main PC & PS3 so it's only on when I'm using either of them two, so that should be no problem.
Edited by Chobbit - 3/22/11 at 5:10am
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post #7 of 8
At 100% load I'd say somewhere around the 100-150W mark (if not less). There's barely anything to power, and no dedicated GPU.
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Okay well it seems like a good idea to go ahead with making the Dell a file server, the only other thing I was wondering is would it be fine to remove the only fan in the case?

Looking at the system and the little it will be doing I think it might be okay, but I've mocked up a diagram to show how it currently is at the moment:



I think if I replace the TIM with AS5 I should be able to remove that fan, the chunky size of the Heat sink should be able to keep it from getting too hot:



Would that work? and does anyone know a program that works with Celeron D's that could tell me how hot the CPU is and what is a safe temp for it?
Edited by Chobbit - 3/22/11 at 5:35am
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