The collect task doesn't take much in processing power. As long as you set up your event monitoring/statistic monitoring to collect no more than every four to six hours, you will be fine. I usually have statistic collection run every eight or 12 hours. That is normally enough to have reasonable stat collection. I normally run collect on either a hub (natural choice) or on a light load server. It doesn't matter much, though.
This was first published in July 2003