Server's specs check

Hello!
I have Win XP Pro.Joomla (Apache-MySQL-Php) and hMailServer are on one PC.
I have 512 MB of RAM-DDR400,AMD Athlon64 3000,HD SATA I 7200 (its a SATA II HD,but my mo-bo is SATA I,so...)
I don't have almost anything else working in a background,except for default Windows processes and AVG+AdAware.During the day I also use Firefox and Adobe Acrobat Reader a lot and they take up a lot of RAM.
But my PC is slowing down and I'm afraid it would have a negative impact on overall server's performance.I'm talking about the time my site's visitors will have to wait for web pages to be served to them.In Task Manager swapping stands on around 400-500 MB and there's 150-220 MB of available RAM.
So what I want to ask is...whether my hardware configuration has any impact on quality and speed of my web site access times and would should I upgrade if anything?
Should I get rid of unused processes in Windows or that's not gonna help much?
abrodskiAsked:
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ChristophermageeCommented:
Web sites arent the most intensive of prcesses, however I wouldn't recommend using a server as your desktop.

From what you described it sounds like it will be fine however i would just keep an eye on it just to be sure.   If anything was going to cause a slowdown it would be you using up the connection from downloading something. Unless you managed to max out the system by installing something while the AV is firing off   Just remember the slowest link on a computer is the connection, the computer is lightning fast compared to that. Also i am assuming this isn't a website that has databases etc by the decription of the server.



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abrodskiAuthor Commented:
You're right...my website doesn't have a DB,but Joomla (CMS) accesses My SQL on my local machine.
So you're telling me not to worry too much about my hardware specs in regard to overall site's speed perfomance?
As per DOWNloading...that's the part I didn't understand.How come my downloading something affects my webserver's UPloading the pages to some remote web client? Are you trying to tell me that download takes part of the upload link? Well,in any case...I almost NEVER download at full speed,ie about 1 MB/s (8Mb/s).Usually my download speed are from 30-40 KB/s to around 300 KB/s.So it's up to 1/3 of all the downlink channel's speed.
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ChristophermageeCommented:
Depends on what you are doing but to make things easy yes.

When you are uploading/downloading using tcp it requests confirmation that the packets have been sent and recieved  ok. If these cannot be sent/recieved quickly because all the download bandwidth are being used up it will affect the speeds of the uploads.  Ok so its not huge but it is something to take into consideration.

From what you described though you dont max out the downloads so it should be fine, however i have said this before I would never recommend using a server as a desktop.



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abrodskiAuthor Commented:
well...if I can only afford ONE machine,then I don't have much of a choice,do I ?
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