I just bought my first house (YAY!) and now I'm anticipating tightening the belt.
Right now I have a Q9300 @ 2.5ghz with 8gb of ram, 700gb harddrive running Windows Server 2003 64 bit.
We only have ~3000 members, less than a million posts, and peak at 200 users online at once. I do have a shoutbox, I do have the arcade, I'm a plugin whore.
Am I way over powered or am I at a good spot? I recycle the apache and MySql service daily at Noon and Midnight. It's only been an hour since the recycle, but I'm sitting at about 2gb of ram in use right now with CPU utilization averaging about 30% (fluctuating between 10% and 60%). I'm looking to find a cheaper server and I found one a little cheaper but if I'm way over powered then I'd be willing to go with something less powerful as long as the timeliness of pages being served doesn't degrade.
I also see the Atom Dual Core processors - I thought Atom processors were for netbooks? Are they even comparable to other processors?
Just looking for some advice.