building a game server for around 500-600 or less

Hey, i wanted to build a server for CS:S to host maybe 32 people if possible my download speed is 14682kbps and my upload speed is 1 MB. I was wondering if that would be enough to host 32 people if not will it do 24 or 20? Anyways i also dont know what components i need to be focusing on for a server. i would like load times to be short and it to run very smoothly. It will be a full time dedicated server, and i will not be playing on it. i would like to keep the cost down around 500-600$, or lower if possible. Thanks for the help!
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  1. You can get a AMD X2 4200+ & motherboard from for about $130, get 2-4GB DDR800 (XMS2 or Crucial) for about $55 after rebates per 2GB, and grab a couple of raptor hard drives, or the 500GB WD AAKS? Cheep case, and a 500 watt brand-name powersupply for about $100 or so. Just throw in an old cd-rom drive, and your set.
  2. You really dont need a monster pc to host a game server. U also dont need a video card, integrated graphics will do fine. This config below is powerful enough to host a game server full time.

    Asus M2A-VM Motherboard $71.42
    OCZ Technology Special Ops 1GB PC2-6400 DDR2 DIMM Memory $43.29
    Ultra / V-Series / 500-Watt / ATX / 120mm Fan / 20/24-Pin / SATA Ready / Power Supply $51.94
    AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ Dual Core Processor $69.27
    Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 160GB Hard Drive $54.50
    Cooler Master Centurion RC-541 Black Mini Tower $56.02
    Sony DDU-1615 DVD-ROM $23.67
    $370.11 including tax and shipiing

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  3. rickpcnerd said:

    Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 160GB Hard Drive $54.50

    Wouldn't it be better if he got a Raptor or something sturdier than your average desktop drive? Since he'd be running it for a long time and likes to keep load times short? Just looking at this from a reliability stand point.
  4. what if i got two 36 gig raptors and ran them in raid 0?
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