NNTP servers

Howdy, if this is off-topic I certainly apologize however I believe that running an NNTP server is usually part of a ‘network operations’ sphere of influence. I have a few basic questions. Does anyone know off hand how much disk is needed for a fairly respectable NNTP server for a full feed? Also is IDE still too slow/unreliable for this type of operation? I know back when we got our current server IDE was very slow it has sped up a bit since then. The reason I am asking is because it has come time for the old NNTP server to be buried somewhere in the mountains and for me to procure a new one. Currently we are running a P3 600 /w about 200 GB of storage on Solaris and Typhoon, the reason we are replacing this server is for the poor performance and its abhorrent retention.

Any advice would be pivotal to my purchasing decisions.


-Drew Weaver