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October 29, 2013 4:44:53 PM

I've been hosting a desktop server on weekends for minecraft with friends (<10), and I am wondering how much it would cost to get a home server to host it 24/7. I know computers fairly well, but do not know much about servers. I run some bukkit plugins, and have recently heard of Spigot, which is supposedly very optimized. Could I get an estimate of how much this would cost, and maybe even some recommendations? Thank you very much.

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October 29, 2013 4:54:14 PM

you could either rent a server (which could get rather expensive) or buy a barebone tell me your budget and i could hook you up with one :D 

mininum budget is 100$ btw.
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October 29, 2013 5:11:30 PM

Agent69 said:
you could either rent a server (which could get rather expensive) or buy a barebone tell me your budget and i could hook you up with one :D 

mininum budget is 100$ btw.


Well, first off, I'd rather not rent a server. Like you said, it could get expensive over time, plus I can troubleshoot it myself, and would rather walk away with something in the end.

As for budget, I'm just trying to figure out how much I'd need to spend. I suppose the less, the better. I'd like it to be able to support maybe 15 people without getting overwhelmed, but 7 people would be fine as well. What could a budget of $100 get me?

Also, if it helps, the requirements of a vanilla server: http://minecraft.gamepedia.com/Server/Requirements/Dedi...
Apparently, a spigot server might be optimized better, though.
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October 29, 2013 5:36:00 PM

First off, what is your internet speed?

I would aim for 15/10 speeds or faster before I would even consider running a server.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G3420 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor ($68.44 @ Mwave)
Motherboard: ASRock H81M Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Mwave)
Memory: Kingston Black Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($46.99 @ Mac Mall)
Storage: A-Data Premier Pro SP600 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($19.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $275.39
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-29 20:33 EDT-0400)

I'm not sure about the HDD size. You may need for than 64 GB, in which case I would probably pick up a 500 GB barracuda.
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October 29, 2013 6:31:23 PM

mastrom101 said:
First off, what is your internet speed?

I would aim for 15/10 speeds or faster before I would even consider running a server.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G3420 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor ($68.44 @ Mwave)
Motherboard: ASRock H81M Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Mwave)
Memory: Kingston Black Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($46.99 @ Mac Mall)
Storage: A-Data Premier Pro SP600 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($19.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $275.39
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-29 20:33 EDT-0400)

I'm not sure about the HDD size. You may need for than 64 GB, in which case I would probably pick up a 500 GB barracuda.



I'm not sure if this makes a difference, but this test was from my laptop, which is kinda crappy. My router also isn't the best, so i'd likely connect it through ethernet. However, I already am running a server on my desktop, so internet likely wouldn't make a difference from what I have now.

As for parts, they seem quite powerful for the price. Would there be a way to shave performance to a price closer to $150? Correct me if I'm wrong, but judging from this:
http://minecraft.gamepedia.com/Server/Requirements/Dedi...
I could probably use half the storage space, half (or even a quarter) of the RAM, and a maybe a little less processing speed. Keep in mind I would use it for a smoall server with friends, with probably no more than 7 people on at once. Also, it looks like Unix based servers can run on even less. Will it run on Unix?
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October 30, 2013 1:57:37 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Celeron G1610 2.6GHz Dual-Core Processor ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H61M-S1 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($39.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($33.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($48.96 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($19.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $214.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-30 16:56 EDT-0400)

If cutting costs is essential. You have to remember that background processes will use up some resources.

If this build is still too much, I would recommend just hosting on the computer you're using right now or renting a server.
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October 30, 2013 3:24:43 PM

Kevs121124 said:
Agent69 said:
100$ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

but if you really want to go all out then the best choice would be - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 550$


I'm not sure the first option would be powerful enough, and I think $500 would be over budget for the convenience of running the server 24/7. After all, I can run the server just fine on my desktop.


It doesnt really have to be powerful as long as it can run for a good amount of time. I would get 2 of them incase 1 of them starts to overheat and i would whip up the second one.
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October 30, 2013 4:12:24 PM

mastrom101 said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Celeron G1610 2.6GHz Dual-Core Processor ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H61M-S1 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($39.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($33.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($48.96 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($19.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $214.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-30 16:56 EDT-0400)

If cutting costs is essential. You have to remember that background processes will use up some resources.

If this build is still too much, I would recommend just hosting on the computer you're using right now or renting a server.


Thank you very much. Alright, one more question: Would this have any problems running 24/7? If so, I might actually consider it in the future.
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October 30, 2013 5:06:41 PM

Kevs121124 said:
mastrom101 said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Celeron G1610 2.6GHz Dual-Core Processor ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H61M-S1 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($39.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($33.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($48.96 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($19.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $214.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-30 16:56 EDT-0400)

If cutting costs is essential. You have to remember that background processes will use up some resources.

If this build is still too much, I would recommend just hosting on the computer you're using right now or renting a server.


Thank you very much. Alright, one more question: Would this have any problems running 24/7? If so, I might actually consider it in the future.


It shouldn't, but an extra fan or two may be required. You can judge this once you get the PC.

If you need to keep the server running 24/7, then I would probably suggest a better PSU. The PSU I included is a good PSU, but there are more stable options available (at double or triple the price).
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October 30, 2013 6:28:19 PM

Once again, thanks! :D 
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October 31, 2013 3:49:00 PM

No problem, glad to help!
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