Originally Posted by Christoffer
Well, what about storage? Is it beneficial to have your own server at home?
Can we just clarify what we are talking about when we say server?
The "server" I had running at home was an old Laptop with a broken screen that when I needed to access it I either RDP'd to it or plugged it into my normal Desktop screen.
This was brilliant, it gave me a cheap web server, print server, a small amount of network storage and a general test machine with a VM I had on there. It worked brilliant, being a laptop it was low power consumption, but then it didn't need to be high performance either for my use. Definitely worth doing.
If you are talking about building what most people call a "server" and having several thousand pounds worth of kit in your home for your home server or even one thousand, then it's probably not worth it, chances are your internet connection will be the limiting factor for anything major and anything smaller, you simply don't need a lot of power.
A small web server and storage server will run fine on any old C2D with 1Gb RAM, if not lower specs! and yes that may well be worth you getting, but it really is down to each individual.