Re: Turning an old tower into a home server
No problem at all.
I wouldn't try and use it as a gaming server if I'm honest, the specs are too low, as a fileserver it's okay as just the hard drive is mainly used. On a gaming server you'll need a substantially more powerful CPU, more RAM etc, I'd imagine that Vista takes up a lot of the 2GB of RAM you have installed, so there won't be much spare for hosting games!
I'd say it's equal strain, if you're copying something to the server, then you're reading from your client, and writing to the server. If you're copying something from the server to the client, then you're reading from the server and writing to the client.
It also puts a strain on the network in general, so works everything just as hard!
If you have multiple clients connecting to the server, then more strain is proportionately given to the server, as it's processing two tasks (or more) at once, whereas each client is only doing one thing at a time.
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