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October 25, 2011 4:19:56 AM

Hello Tom's Community. I'm a new member and i'm in search of some help.

The games I play are Mainly gmod, And also games like minecraft and dirt two. [But those are besides the point]

What I need some help on is i'm planning to build a box to run a Minecraft and Garrysmod [Found Here And Here ] server for a few reasons.

Reason 1: Vps's For both would be extremely expensive for a 10 slot for both. Also, I wouldn't have up gradable features.
Reason 2: I would like to use the Box for about a year and then retire it for a gaming machine. [ Add a GFX card]

So here's what i'v got so far:

- Needs to be under 450$ USD [ I already have a 400watt PSU, Cd/Dvd Drive, HDD, Will use Ubuntu ]
- I have ruled out "Server" Orientated Cpu's because the motherboards for them are around 300$ and not good for gaming
- Needs to be able to handle at least one Gmod/Source server with at least 32 slots.
- Needs to be able to handle a minecraft with at least 20 slots.

So if you guys have any suggestions for a build or just parts suggestion ALL are appreciated.

Thanks so much everyone!

--- Edit ---

I'm currently running on a 09' imac with windows 7.
This servers me well but if possible it would be nice to be able to have the new "BOX" as my main machine for gaming and be able to run a server or two. Thanks.
October 25, 2011 5:09:20 AM

so are you going to run this on your OWN internet connection i assume?

just doing a quick look

id say 2500k (or 2600)
12-16gb DDR3 RAM
~64-120gb SSD
and a mobo with a Z68 chipset (onboard video for now but PCIexpress x16 for graphics card later on)

dont know if its going to come in under the $450 mark but its what i would choose to run a single box to serve both games.
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October 25, 2011 5:20:32 AM

2500k http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072 $219
Z68 Mobo http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131773 $129
RAM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233180 $49 per kit
HDD http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820139416 $130 after MIB

Above parts come in at around $576 but would be a rock solid build.

im sure people will drop in and say this SSD is better than that SSD and nitpick the motherboard but thats a basic outline of the core parts your looking at. (and a rough price)

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October 25, 2011 6:11:41 AM

HugoStiglitz said:
2500k http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072 $219
Z68 Mobo http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131773 $129
RAM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233180 $49 per kit
HDD http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820139416 $130 after MIB

Above parts come in at around $576 but would be a rock solid build.

im sure people will drop in and say this SSD is better than that SSD and nitpick the motherboard but thats a basic outline of the core parts your looking at. (and a rough price)


Ok, There are a few questions and concerns i have to this. 1: Mobo's and cpu's on amd's side are alot cheaper. Would say a 1100t be better?
Also, I don't think i would need a ssd and if so just a 30-40gb for the main files, I have a 500gb i can use for backups/etc.
And yes, I will be hosting this on my own internet. I have verizon fios, 45mbps down 35mbps up.
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October 25, 2011 6:46:08 AM

no i dont believe an 1100T would be better.
the 2500k will do better at almost everything. i dont believe the dedicated game servers will be multithreaded apps. (take advantage of multiple CPU core's)

the reason for the ssd is the ultra fast access speed, i dont expect alot of HDD activity but when there is activity you will want it snappy as possible.

if windows + Dedicated servers will fit on a 64gb then go for it, but if ur going to use that HDD when u convert it into your gaming computer ull be glad to have a 128gb.
as fully installed games + windows will leave you short on space quite quickly.
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