You right I likey could replace the old hard drives out with new ones. But I don't really have the money for that. and its not broke yet;)
however if you have some input here is my current setup
Node 1: IBM xseriers 346 3,4 ghz xeon duel core , duel CPU's 6 scsi 74GB drives
Thing is way to loud, Its in my garage. Backtrack/Win7 used as a backup storage for family pics, doc.
Normally turned off.
Node 2: AMD 2100, 1.5GB ram . Media storage main. 80gig IDE - win7 OS drive + work Docs , 80gig IDE download temp drive. 200GB x2 IDE drives spanned drive for music. Sata 2TB drive for movies , 1TB sata TV shows , 1TB sata High def movies. Never turned off. gig nic link to Node1, 100mbit link to house network. Running TVversity to the house , Xbox, playbook, - Main computer for Torrents. I like the windows interface for downloading and remote desktop.
Issues here: system running too hot and is likey going to cause it to fail sooner then it should. Cant encode mkv files to the Xbox fast enought and has issues of lagging when to many devices are connecting off its shares. Mvix and Wii connect to its shares too but do their own decoding for media
Node 3: Athlon tm 2800+ ( The computer in question about the ram from the start of this post) 1GB ram for now.
Backtrack 5r3 , never turned off. 80gig OS hard drive , 2x 500mb sata drives
Not really doing anything other then me playing around on backtrack , airmon etc.
Currently providing a link via wireless to my neighbours house network ( they keep getting stuff off me.)
Mvix media player: Connect to shares off node2 and plays high def movies 1080p even. does its own decoding. Sometimes if watching a highdef movie will cause node2 to freeze up.
Then the laptops , gaming , work work. etc. much faster then any of these systems.
If anyone has any feedback I would love to hear it. I know I could just go spend $1000 and have one PC do all this , but I like the idea of each system kind of having a job.
I'm thinking of moving the TV stuff over to node3. and getting rid of node1 all together. its not really doing much.