I am thinking about building a small game server for use with my friends and maybe even renting a few slots to people. However, I have barely any knowledge with servers, so I need your opinions. It will probably be running 24/7 but uptime issues won't be much of a problem as it will be low key and with friends. Thanks.
Two Questions before proceeding :
Should I use Windows Web Server 2008 or a Linux based OS?
I was looking at my Power Supply. Is 550 Watts too much for a application like this without a high end graphics card? Or is it an alright choice?
Full Specifications: Going for a economic server but I think powerful enough machine to run most applications and games. I will probably be using CAT6a cables for LAN. If I have Windows installed (not sure yet), I can get rid of bit of buffer so it will be pretty fast. Additionally, the hard drives will most likely be in RAID, if I am using windows, or if I am not, I'll just have to get a non Windows controller.
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Yes, I was hoping to host a private game server for some of my friends nearby who are big into Counter Strike and COD. I do not know the fate of my project at the moment, but that was the initial thought