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Cheap PHP/MySQL server

Good evening,
ive been looking for a cheap PHP / Mysql Server. It doesnt need to be powerful just cheap to buy and run.

I was looking at a 'Cobalt Raq Web Server' as you can get them cheap off ebay for less than £50, and they look like what Im looking for. However I would prefer to spend a little extra and get one brand new (with warrenty), however for something similar I cant find for less than £350, and are all over speced for what Im looking to do. I was looking at a cheap Atom with linux on, but they are not rack mounted and no LCD control on the front (which would be nice), and all about £280..

I just have a few web applications Id like to run, which would only be accessed by me, and on my own LAN. I currently have a shared web host, and the response times are slow.

I am a cheap skate, but does anyone have any suggestions?

Thank you
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tonelm54
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tonelm54Author Commented:
Im ok with software, its the hardware side of things Im looking at currently.
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OsmozeCommented:
any machine (could be a pentium 3 wich 256 RAM 800 MHZ ) win XP or any linux dist can do the job for you .
my company have a p3 , 1Ghz 256 ram and win XP with easyphp 5 machine hosting our website (i know it not a real server but it doing well and that"s not a critical point for us )

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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
I have a "pentium 3 with 512MB RAM 800 MHZ" running Ubuntu 8.04 with PHP/MySQL for my own internal use.  Works fine.  It won't support a lot of connections but I'm the only one here.
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OsmozeCommented:
also you can add a new PCI network card that may be Giga or at least Fast ethernet  (10/100) to encrease the bandwidth outgoing the server .
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tonelm54Author Commented:
Ok, do you think a PC running Ubuntu server with PHP and Mysql installed would run "nicely" on a PC spec:-
          2.0GB 800MHz NON-ECC DDRII MB (1*2GB) Memory
          Intel Atom 330 (1.6GHz, 533MHz, 512KB)

Unfortantly it doesnt have a hard drive in, however as it doesnt need to be too big, Im thinking of trying to install the OS onto a 32Gb USB data-stick, and use it as a Mysql Data-store and the htdocs folder.

Any suggestions, including 'your mad' :-)
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OsmozeCommented:
Yes it's enough for your needs .installing the os on usb stick maybe not a good idea ,but iwill do the job . try to get any 40 giga hard drive for that machine , 40 gg are cheap and you can found even greater with lilte money.
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crazedsanityCommented:
To expand on Osmoze's comment aout the usb stick: it is very possible that the slow response times you are currently seeing have little or nothing to do with the network connection. I've got a server that recently had some response time issues, where it was taking 6-9 seconds to respond.

The server in question:
 * 4x 64-bit AMD Opteron 2214 HE (~2.2Ghz)
 * 8GB RAM
 * mirrored scsi drives

My main site gave abysmal performance, but all the other sites (very simple ones) responded in a fraction of a second.  The culprit, it turned out, was a combination of not-ultra-fast drives and incredibly poor performance in how the __autoload() function was finding the appropriate class files.

In other words, the poor performance of that USB stick could cause the entire server to seem very sluggish.  You should get a regular hard disk for the server instead.
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LuminarCommented:
Hi

Do you really need it an old machine running? you could rent your way in to cheap vps (virtual private servers) Which you will get a 1gbps connection with an ip address and full root access and a quadcore cpu(i7 or Xeon) processor. and by the looks of it you need no more than 512mb, and some swap memory.

And all for a very very small amount of money each month (5$ and below)

so in my opinion, you get:

ALOT more firepower
Cheaper
Faster connection
No power usage (yes a machine consumes alot of power, and can be abit expensive when running 24/7)
and 99,9% uptime

The disadvantage are of course that you are not in physical contact with the server.

I suggest looking at Lowendbox.com where they have a list of all the vpses available, and review comments and so on for the quality (you can also sort by countries and more)
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tonelm54Author Commented:
Thank you.

I thought the best way was to equally share the points between all who helped.

Thank you
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