Okay, I have had like 3 extra towers lying around with parts in them for months and just finished building my most recent machine for media and burning software a few months ago. Now, I have decided to turn my old tower which has tons of potential into a dedicated torrent download client basically. So I have some questions and am looking for some advice on doing this. It's an older system, 754 socket, 1.1 USB's, all that good stuff. It has a MSI motherboard and runs 2 hard drive disks by western digital, one is 120GB IDE, other is 250GB IDE.
I just cleaned the disks off last night and freshly formatted them into partitions. 250GB got split into 100GB (C
for the OS XP Pro and some basic files like adaware, spybot, internet etc. The remaining 150GB is set up for downloaded files, such as all the movies, music etc. that will go on it, as wel las al lthe install files for downloaded content and programs will run off that partition (D
. The last drive I left by itself as 120GB (E
and will use it for backup currently.
What I am interested in is upgrading this PC however, to the next level of stuff. I don't want these HD's to go to waste really, but I am looking at changing this new PC to an upgraded MoBo, dual core processor and dual SATA hard disks, in a RAID 0 configuration, so that processing and seek time becomes astronomically strong. This PC will mainly be used for downloading and hosting a network I created at my house a few days ago.
Should I both changing the processor to a newer one, one in there now is an XP 1700+ @ 1.47GHz. Should I go RAID Configuration, or leave it alone? Should I go SATA drives and revamp the whole PC? I was also looking into liquid cooling for the new system since it will run 24.7 and want to keep it running smoothly and as cool as possible.
I plan to run this PC, despite me having a monitor for it, just as a tower hooked up through my wireless network on .11g, and just remote desktop it through my gateway when I need to check up on it and leave it running in the corner here next to the tower I'm on now, my main PC.
Any advice on doing this would be greatly appreciated. I am thinking I really want to go RAID and just make it haul some ***, but don't know if it's really necessary or not. Maybe it's more of just something I want to play with, but we'll see. It won't be too expensive to upgrade this download PC, because it only needs solid hard drives and RAID stuff, and a decent processor, no video cards or that stuff, that's all for this PC
This PC will gather the data from the download client PC and I will burn all my stuff on this PC, via the shared network folders, since this PC is for media burning etc.
Thanks anyone who lends some comments!!!