New Server Hardware Recommendations?

Kimball Larsen kimball at
Wed Feb 18 23:26:00 MST 2009

This fitPC is intriguing, but I'm afraid it would be a bit too anaemic  
for my needs.  Something I do quite frequently is upload images to my  
installation of gallery.  Pushing 150 new images currently takes about  
a half hour - what with the wireless transfer to the server of the  
uncompressed image files, then the server's post-processing it does to  
generate thumbs, resizes, etc.  I think doing something like this on  
the little fitPC would take much longer.  I don't need a speed demon,  
but I don't want something that will make me long for the speedy days  
of 4 years ago when I first installed my current server.

I'm going to keep an eye on fitPC for other applications (a backup  
server for my office, for example).


- Kimball

On Feb 18, 2009, at 9:10 PM, Charles Curley wrote:

> On Wed, Feb 18, 2009 at 08:47:24PM -0700, Michael Torrie wrote:
>> Kimball Larsen wrote:
>>> I spec'd out a few things on Newegg - would love any feedback anyone
>>> can offer:
>>> Case:
>>> ASUS V3-M2NC61P AMD Socket AM2+ / AM2 NVIDIA MCP61P 2-Tone Barebone
>>> CPU:
>>> AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000 Brisbane 2.6GHz Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core
>>> Processor Model ADO5000DOBOX
>>> Hard Drives: (2x)
>>> Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s  
>>> Hard
>>> Drive
>>> Memory:
>>> CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual
>>> Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X4096-6400C5
>>> Total Cost:
>>> $373.96 (aka el-cheapo)
>> Should be fine.  Has Seagate fixed their problems yet?  I think you
>> could go for an even lower watt processor and be totally fine.  My  
>> main
>> workstation is an AMD 4550e processor, 45 watts.  It runs most of the
>> time at 40% CPU speed.
>, get the 1.0 version. 5 watts max, vs 45
> for what Michael specified. Runs cool, about 20 degrees F over
> ambient. Utterly quiet: no fans, and I can't hear the hard drive even
> when it spins down or up. $195 + shipping.
> Doesn't have quite the hard drive space you called out, but do you
> really need that much? I use one for a firewall, another for other
> network services. The network services box does amanda backups to one
> external drive, then I swap two more out for off-site storage.
> The only reason I use two fit-pcs is paranoia: if bad guys get past
> the firewall, they've still got to crack the other machines on the net
> to do any useful damage to me.
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