Energy consumption is definitely a concern.
The usage of a power hungry core or director is cost prohibitive.
I'd rather spend the $$$ up front on a power miser core or director that may cost me more in the initial hardware startup costs but save me $$$ over time.
You guys tweaked my interest on this. I have a system on 24/7 for torrents, problem is it's a P4 2.8Ghz, 450 watt PS with torrents being written to 1-4 hard disks at a time.
I'm going to consolidate my Harddisks, get one larger one rather than 4 smaller ones(because I had them handy). This should use less power.
I'm also going to setup a separate machine just for torrents, something not very fast, just the bare minimum, with integrated 10/100, 1 Harddisk, no Graphics card, I'll remotely administer the system. It'll run on an older 300W power supply or even less.
Better yet, does anyone know of a torrent client built into a Router firmware?
The core will only come online when I need it, to watch movies, etc.
Anyone else have a similar idea?