Can someone shed a light on how much upload capacity and type of connection you need for a game server that hosts lets say 500 gamers? What kind of server do you need? Are Opterons on a Tyan mobo the best deal, technically? How much RAM would be required?
We, me and my friends, are willing to invest in a Tyan/Opteron based "Monster server", 16GB RAM, 2 or 4 Opterons.
The 5Mbit is not so bad as I thought. We can get 8Mbit for a reasonable price. I thought you might need 10+Mbit for upload, which becomes quit expensive.
The available bandwidth will be the limiting factor here, not the server hardware.
I would say get the max bandiwdth you can afford and then test how the server performs under maximum player load
- 2 x 64 player BF2 servers
- 2 x FS9 server (not sure on technical specs for this game)
I would start with a slightly lower hardware spec (8Gb RAM and 2 CPU) and then increase if you need more.
Just get a cheap vps mate they are more than capable and you can scale them to your needs, no need to spend hundreds on a dedicated server, you would be cheaper renting servers when you start thinking about doing stuff like that