Reply 20 of 28, by PCBONEZ
P3 (single or dual) are still fine for a small-medium basic home file server.
If you select the parts carefully they will even serve HD video without a problem.
The server based models with PCI-X have multiple PCI buses so bandwidth really isn't an issue.
gdjacobs wrote on 2019-12-31, 18:06:PCBONEZ wrote on 2019-12-31, 08:37:
Guess what. Not every build is for games.
I built a dual P3 system with 1 gig of RAM and used it to see what Windows NT (3.51 and 4) as well as Solaris 8 were like with obscene (for the time) hardware. I everything on hand and figured "Why not?". It was hilarious running operating systems that were quite hefty in their time with instantaneous response. However, I didn't require or want to run any games, so I didn't.
I did something similar by running W2k-AS and XP-32 in dual boot on an X7DAL-E with dual-quad L5430 Xeons.
I put 16GB RAM in it and used the extra 12GB for a RAM-drive in W2k-AS just to prove a point.
That kicked SSD transfer rates butt by a HUGE margin at the time.
I wish I remembered how I did it. I wanna do it again.
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