If you don't have $300+, I encourage everyone to slap an extra computer together from spare parts like I did.
"Firebird" (used as a file server/sometimes workstation by a poor college student)
- 400 MHz AMD K6-2
- 450MB RAM
- Hard Drives
- 1 1.2 GB (Windows 2000 system)
- 2 20 GB (Data)
- 1 40 GB (MP3s and Movies)
- Has Perl. Haven't installed Apache yet, but I plan on it.
Surprisingly, it works well. It's slow, but it's reliable. (although most of you would rather use Linux or FreeBSD, I'm sure)
John J Reiser