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February 9, 2009 10:10:37 PM


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.

Added a bit of cash to each original price to show tax and shipping (if bought online).


Intel Xeon E3110 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor



ASUS P5BV-C LGA 775 Intel 3200 ATX Server Motherboard



Thermaltake Soprano RS 101 Mid Tower Case Black


Hard Drives (2x):
Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive


Memory (2x):

2GB 800MHz DDR2 ECC Low-Latency CL4 (4-4-4-12) FBDIMM (Kit of 2)


Power Supply:

CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply



CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply <<<Less wattage, no overkill?


CD Drive:
LITE-ON Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model iHDS118-04

Thanks for your opinions in advance! :) 

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February 10, 2009 10:55:53 PM

Any one? Anyone at all? ;) 
February 10, 2009 11:58:08 PM

i have NO experience in running a server but i know we had so many problems with our windows server at work that we spent a ton of money changing it to unix(linux) so i don't know if i'd go windows...
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February 11, 2009 4:09:26 PM

Thanks. I thought Windows was a little more user friendly, which I might like because I too have very little experience with servers, but if Unix is the way to go, thanks for your opinion.
February 11, 2009 4:35:37 PM

Im in a Windows 2003 server classes and once you get use to it its preety cool and useful.

But just a question why do you want a server at your house? Going to be hosting a game or something?
February 11, 2009 5:41:56 PM

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