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+ - Lots of little Atoms or one big box?

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Matey-O
Matey-O writes: "My DMZ hobby box is getting a little winded. Evidently ntop, bittorrent, apache, mysql, wordpress, phpbb3, ruby, snort and snorby are more than a P4 with 512 mb of RAM can reasonably be expected to handle. I have three older P4 systems doing things like file services, Security auditing, IDS, and hosting a dozen or so websites (some with Wordpress and forum stuff). At any point in time, most of the machines are idle, but when I need them, they get pounded on pretty hard.

So, would you build 3 $150 Atom boxes, that consume less power at idle, or would you build a single $400 C2Quad box that could juggle all of the requirements on one box. (Assume, for the sake of arguement, that we're just talking about the DMZ security context, I'm not comfortable mixing home file services on the same box.)"

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