Mac Pro as a server? Mac mini instead?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by pinksatin, Oct 21, 2009.

  1. pinksatin macrumors member

    pinksatin

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    #1
    This may be a stupid question, but if you use your Mac Pro as a server is it ok to still use it as your primary computer?

    And.. if I was using a mac mini as a server and I bought a Mac Pro or MacBook Pro, would it just be counterproductive and hurt the performance of the better, faster computers?

    I was thinking about buying a mac mini server to use for hosting websites and as a media and storage server... But I was starting to think it would make more since to use the $1000 toward a Mac Pro in a few months when they are updated.

    Thanks for any help...
     
  2. Peace macrumors Core

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    Unless you plan on serving up 100,000 hits a day with constant video/audio streaming I'd say the Mac Pro is a bit overkill when it comes to running a server in your house.

    You can do it and still use it as your main computer but if your just doing stuff for your house I'd go with a Mini.
     
  3. goMac macrumors 603

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    Depends. It is kind of nice knowing that when you restart your Mac Pro you aren't taking your website down along with it.

    Also having your Mac Pro on 24/7 is going to add a nice dent to your power bill, compared to having a mini on 24/7. I know that when I had my Mac Pro on 24/7 it added at least $40 to my monthly power bill compared to normal usage.
     
  4. Dr.Pants macrumors 65816

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    Unless your internet connection is crazy-fast, I would go with the Mini. Regular internet speeds don't hold a candle to modern HDDs.
     
  5. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Yes it's fine.
     

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