Im looking to build a dedicated game server to use at LAN parties. Ive built gaming PCs but never a rig purpose built for use as a game server. Games we play typically include CS:S, COD4, UT2004, C&C. As for numbers... I wouldn't mind seeing builds for 24, 32 and 48 player networks. Minimum of 24 players is a must though.
I honestly have little idea what sort of spec I should be aiming for. I'm open to all suggestions and advice.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: As soon as possible. Within a few weeks.
BUDGET RANGE: £500 ($800) but kept to a minimum. I don't want to spend more than I have to.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: none. A complete build.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: ebuyer.com , aria.co.uk
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel > AMD, nVidia > ATI =P
Three things make a computer a good dedicated gaming server: a powerful CPU, lots of memory, and fast connectivity. And since you don't need a powerful graphics card, it should be easy to fit your budget. How does a system with the Q8200, and 4GB of DDR2 1066MHz RAM sound?
Case: antec 300 code #31087
Monitor: Z 22" widescreen (u could go smaller, and never heard of the brand... u could LG 19" for bout the same price, and then you would know it would last ) code #35161
Keyboard: logitech deluxe 550 usb code #24624
Mouse: logitech optical usb mouse code #31579
TOTAL: 526.52 pounds (exc vat)
TOTAL inc shipping and vat: 619.84 pounds its all from aria.co.uk
go with whatever OS u have at home...it'll work fine