Trying to Fix up a Computer for a Gaming Server .

Now I'm on a beat up Budget For one thing , it should be 300$ or lower .

Frankly i am a noob in knowing what the right build up or fix up for a server computer , a rack is still too expensive for my featherless wallet .
The games which i will generally be running will be
(MineCraft) 50-60 Players
(Runescape) 50-60 Players
(Tekkit) 50-60
Just those .

Now one thing is will i even require a video card? cause i won't be using this computer , mainly for the purpose of running the server . And will likely run 2 at a time or 1 at a time .

I did get many recommendations on getting AMD processors because it is very efficient and allocative for the purposes of servers .

Another point if the community would be kind to shine some light on would be , will i need to maximize on RAM ? Or more on CPU (Processors wise) .

Cheers

- Edit My Upload/Download Speeds is Well , 12mpbs U , 23Mbps D. And thats counting for overseas .
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  1. I'm not an expert on servers but isn't your upload speed the most important thing first since a slow upload speed would mean a slow server no matter what your specs are. An 8 core/ hyperthreaded cpu will definitely benefit you for a server since they perform better than <8 cpu's. Ram is also pretty important since you need a lot of that for more people to connect. Personally I think the CPU would be the most important aspect.
  2. Cyanide Reverse said:
    I'm not an expert on servers but isn't your upload speed the most important thing first since a slow upload speed would mean a slow server no matter what your specs are. An 8 core/ hyperthreaded cpu will definitely benefit you for a server since they perform better than <8 cpu's. Ram is also pretty important since you need a lot of that for more people to connect. Personally I think the CPU would be the most important aspect.


    Yeh i know but over all of those facts generally these games do not eat that much bandwidth or require that immense transfer . Now if its maybe Cod or Stuff like that then sure but not my experience with these games
  3. Yeah that's true, I've ran a 10 player server before and I think my bottleneck was most definitely my cpu; the ram was less important than the cpu.
  4. I don't think you can do it for $300.

    Here is a source for Minecraft requirements
    http://www.minecraftwiki.net/wiki/Server/Requirements

    You can't afford Windows on a $300 budget so you're going to have to use Unix or have an existing non-OEM license for Windows. APU is too slow so it's either Intel Quad or AMD + Discrete.

    Here is a build but I don't think it meets the requirements. You should at least stretch for the FX-6300, a better PSU, and maybe more storage. BTW, the recommendation is 14-30Mbps up bandwidth.
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6100 3.3GHz 6-Core Processor ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.98 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($40.09 @ Microcenter)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 5450 1GB Video Card ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Apex DM-318 HTPC Case w/275W Power Supply ($44.93 @ Amazon)
    Total: $292.97
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-13 13:15 EDT-0400)
  5. UniqueName said:
    I don't think you can do it for $300.

    Here is a source for Minecraft requirements
    http://www.minecraftwiki.net/wiki/Server/Requirements

    You can't afford Windows on a $300 budget so you're going to have to use Unix or have an existing non-OEM license for Windows. APU is too slow so it's either Intel Quad or AMD + Discrete.

    Here is a build but I don't think it meets the requirements. You should at least stretch for the FX-6300, a better PSU, and maybe more storage. BTW, the recommendation is 14-30Mbps up bandwidth.
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6100 3.3GHz 6-Core Processor ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.98 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($40.09 @ Microcenter)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 5450 1GB Video Card ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Apex DM-318 HTPC Case w/275W Power Supply ($44.93 @ Amazon)
    Total: $292.97
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-13 13:15 EDT-0400)


    I know about the os and currently have a windows 2008 server cd which is quite old but still might work :S
  6. You could probably get it done decently for $400...

    You could go with a Phenom II X4 965 for $95, I would go with a better mobo, personally, the asus M5A97 LE is $75, GPU is fine, you're not going to need more on a server. For the PSU, see if you can't find something like a corsair builder's series for $30, grab a case on clearance for $20 somewhere. The RAM is going to be good to have...you could probably get a tad more HDD as well for similar money...$40-50 should get you a 500GB 7200 RPM HDD from seagate I would think.
  7. So the question at hand is which processor should i go with pheonm or the fx series its completely for a server so
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