Want to build a dedicated game server at home.

I'm starting up a gaming community, and want to buy a server to host a few dedicated game servers (minecraft, CS:GO, possibly DayZ and some others.) at home. I want to do this, because all of the cost is upfront, and in the long run will quickly become the cheaper alternative to paying monthly to rent several large game servers. Plus, if things fall through, and I end up closing the server, I still have a set of good new parts to put into my aging gaming PC. (Just updated the graphics, but everything else is overdue.) Because of that backup plan, I've decided to use standard PC parts, and not server parts. That said, I wonder if they'll be able to handle running 23.99/7 year round? I don't know much about PC hardware, and certainly not anything about server hardware, so I'm definitely looking for advice on what I should be looking at in that department. As far as operating system for the server, I've picked out Debian Linux without X, (so it's basically nothing but command prompt for you windows users) and have it installed on an old PC for testing. So far, everything working fine, and I have minecraft and CS:GO servers successfully running on that PC.

I've already planned out a setup on pcpartpicker, but I don't actually know what I'm doing, so I'm definitely looking for advice on this build. I originally had a budget of $500, and would like to pull it down to that, if possible (or even lower), but I want to still be sure that I will be able to host all of these servers on the same machine without any problems.
Here's that build: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/rx6v

Other Notes:
-Will my home internet be fast enough for this, and how much of a drain will it put on my own internet usage? Should I consider buying a second internet line, or just upgrading mine? Here's a speedtest of my current internet: http://www.speedtest.net/result/2360312144.png

-From what I've heard, minecraft is hugely RAM dependent, but everything else doesn't really need much of it. Is the 32GB overkill?

-Pcpartpicker listed that case as a mid size tower, so I just picked it without actually looking at the dimensions, and as it turns out, it's actually ginormous. Even bigger than my full size gaming PC. I'm hoping I can find a smaller case, but I'm worried that the lack of space could cause issues with overheating and the like.

-Speaking of overheating, what should I worry about when it comes to taking care of the hardware? Is it safe to just sit it on a table in my room, or does it need more special treatment?

-I'll also probably use it as a storage server for my home network, unless you think that's a terrible idea.

-Computer fans are the absolute bane of my existence. My laptop's single mini-fan was so loud that I literally opened it up and taped the fan down so it couldn't move, and bought a lap fan to replace it. It was louder than my lawn mower, and replacing it twice didn't change anything. Point is, I don't really know how to tell without actually hearing it, but I want to make sure this isn't going to be really loud. lol


And I think that's about it. Let me know what you think of the build, and please don't hesitate to yell at me, if I'm doing anything stupid. lol
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  1. Bump. Really need help with this asap. Most important thing for me atm is determining whether my internet is fast enough for this, and if the hardware is good enough.
  2. The biggest question is how many people are going to be using the server concurrently. This will greatly determine if you internet connection is fast enough. As for RAM are you planning on having all of the above game servers running at the same time or one at a time. As for minecraft ( the one i have the most experience with ) you should be able to have about 10-20 playing will that upload and little to none other upload traffic.
  3. Well the Dayz one you will have to pass on since they modified the requirements to be on the official server listing. You need at least a pipeline of 100mb up and down which needs to be on 99% of the month; a quad-core and 8gb of ram minimum and it recommends a SSD for the data otherwise if you don't meet these requirements they will not allow you to participate in hosting a server on the official server lists.

    You would need about $2000-4000 for a nice server for those games running all at once and for internet you might be looking in the range of $700-800 a month.
  4. Yes, I'm planning to have them all run at once, as well as use the internet for my own streaming/gaming/video uploading, which is probably a recipe for disaster, I'm sure. Although, (aside from the youtube uploading) 99% of what anyone on my network would be doing is downloading, so in reality, the server and the rest of our usage is actually more or less separate, right? Or am I misunderstanding how it works?

    mightymaxio said:
    You would need about $2000-4000 for a nice server for those games running all at once and for internet you might be looking in the range of $700-800 a month.

    I might as well buy a second house at that price. Is that including DayZ's minimum requirements, or all of the games other than DayZ?
  5. Some links to read:
    http://www.techradar.com/news/gaming/how-to-set-up-a-dedicated-games-server-1053429

    http://www.maximumpc.com/article/features/build_it_ultimate_windows_home_server

    The second link isn't a gaming server, and the parts aren't optimal now but it was nicely explained.

    RAM:
    The first article recommends at least 4GB of RAM. Since it's cheap now, get at least 8GB. Is 16GB overkill for a small server? Possibly. Probably. I don't know for sure though.

    Pay or Build?
    The first article recommends paying. I wonder if you can get a few friends together to share the cost? Worth investigating, and the hardware's not in your house making noise and using power 24/7.

    As for FANS. That's simple, look to build with 4-pin PWM fans that you can control the speed through the motherboard BIOS and software. You should have:
    - a front fan (i.e. 12cm, 500RPM to 1500RPM)
    - a rear/top fan (same specs)
    - a CPU Heatsink/Fan (12cm fan if possible and a half-decent heatsink)

    If you do this correctly, there should be very little noise.
  6. STREAMING:
    You really need to limit the type of data being uploaded and downloaded. Avoid video completely as that will kill your speed.

    There are T1 high-speed connections but I wouldn't start there. Try starting SMALL with an inexpensive server hosting game play but no video content. After you figure out what you're doing and if you intend to go larger you'll have the experience to do so.

    Why not buy a $600 laptop and start there. It's not a perfect server but it might host quite a few people. Then when you figure out your RAM, Processing, Network bandwidth requirements you can BUILD something dedicated and then just keep the laptop to use as normal.

    Plus the laptop would be very quiet and also has a battery in case of power interruptions (so your server doesn't crash).
  7. That would just be DayZ's requirements. As for more games I would recommend at least a hex core AMD processor. At school we run a game server with 2 hexcore AMD Opterons at 3.1ghz per core and 32gb of ram with a dedicated pipeline of 1gb up/1gb down

    Quote:
    What are the hardware requirements for a DayZ server?



    Dedicated server hardware is now required to host a DayZ server. A home PC is not allowed. If you do not know if your hardware is a dedicated server, you don't have one.





    CPU: Modern Quad Core @ 2.0Ghz+ (CPU is the main bottleneck for an ArmA server, so the more powerful the better)
    RAM: 8GB (RAM isn't a big issue in an ArmA server, so don't be overly concerned with having copious amounts)
    Storage: 50GB+ HDD - 500 IOPS minimum. SSD or 15k RPM SAS is recommended.
    Network: 100Mbps+ dedicated. Bandwidth cap must be at least 2TB or more.
    Slots: All servers must be running at 40+ slots, or 30+ in areas where bandwidth is expensive and where permitted. (Usually reserved for developing countries or remote regions)
    Operating System: Windows 2003, 2008, 2008 R2
  8. So, if I were to forget DayZ altogether, and say I just want to run nothing but Minecraft and CS:GO, where do I stand? I could probably get a starting userbase of 10-20 from friends/other contacts, and hopefully a reasonable amount more from serverlisting and advertisements. Probably wouldn't expect a need for more than 16 slots on either server for awhile though.
  9. If you want to run Minecraft and CS:GO I recommend a quadcore with at least 3.4ghz or higher clock speeds since Minecraft only uses one core for servers so the faster the better. As for CS:GO dedicating that to the other cores would be the best solution and for ram you should look at about 8gb minimum 16gb recommended.

    Minimums would be a quadcore at 2.4ghz with 8gb of ram and a 250gb hard drive since Minecraft depending on the mods you get can take up a large chunk of space for the maps
  10. Okay, so I'm probably in the right ballpark with the parts I've already picked out then.
  11. photonboy said:
    STREAMING:
    You really need to limit the type of data being uploaded and downloaded. Avoid video completely as that will kill your speed.

    There are T1 high-speed connections but I wouldn't start there. Try starting SMALL with an inexpensive server hosting game play but no video content. After you figure out what you're doing and if you intend to go larger you'll have the experience to do so.

    Why not buy a $600 laptop and start there. It's not a perfect server but it might host quite a few people. Then when you figure out your RAM, Processing, Network bandwidth requirements you can BUILD something dedicated and then just keep the laptop to use as normal.

    Plus the laptop would be very quiet and also has a battery in case of power interruptions (so your server doesn't crash).

    I meant that I would be streaming youtube videos on my own computer, not hosting a streaming service on the server.
  12. You can probably pull off one 16 person server. I've done a couple l4d2 servers and COD4 on my similar connection. But it only makes sense if you have parts lying around. I have an old dual xeon server that handles it just fine. It doesn't take much for games like those.

    But servers are $1 a slot... I suppose if you use it for four years you might save a buck or two. doesn't make any sense to me. Never mind the electricity or any other issues
  13. LemonyLime said:
    I'm starting up a gaming community, and want to buy a server to host a few dedicated game servers (minecraft, CS:GO, possibly DayZ and some others.) at home. I want to do this, because all of the cost is upfront, and in the long run will quickly become the cheaper alternative to paying monthly to rent several large game servers. Plus, if things fall through, and I end up closing the server, I still have a set of good new parts to put into my aging gaming PC. (Just updated the graphics, but everything else is overdue.) Because of that backup plan, I've decided to use standard PC parts, and not server parts. That said, I wonder if they'll be able to handle running 23.99/7 year round? I don't know much about PC hardware, and certainly not anything about server hardware, so I'm definitely looking for advice on what I should be looking at in that department. As far as operating system for the server, I've picked out Debian Linux without X, (so it's basically nothing but command prompt for you windows users) and have it installed on an old PC for testing. So far, everything working fine, and I have minecraft and CS:GO servers successfully running on that PC.

    I've already planned out a setup on pcpartpicker, but I don't actually know what I'm doing, so I'm definitely looking for advice on this build. I originally had a budget of $500, and would like to pull it down to that, if possible (or even lower), but I want to still be sure that I will be able to host all of these servers on the same machine without any problems.
    Here's that build: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/rx6v

    Other Notes:
    -Will my home internet be fast enough for this, and how much of a drain will it put on my own internet usage? Should I consider buying a second internet line, or just upgrading mine? Here's a speedtest of my current internet: http://www.speedtest.net/result/2360312144.png

    -From what I've heard, minecraft is hugely RAM dependent, but everything else doesn't really need much of it. Is the 32GB overkill?

    -Pcpartpicker listed that case as a mid size tower, so I just picked it without actually looking at the dimensions, and as it turns out, it's actually ginormous. Even bigger than my full size gaming PC. I'm hoping I can find a smaller case, but I'm worried that the lack of space could cause issues with overheating and the like.

    -Speaking of overheating, what should I worry about when it comes to taking care of the hardware? Is it safe to just sit it on a table in my room, or does it need more special treatment?

    -I'll also probably use it as a storage server for my home network, unless you think that's a terrible idea.

    -Computer fans are the absolute bane of my existence. My laptop's single mini-fan was so loud that I literally opened it up and taped the fan down so it couldn't move, and bought a lap fan to replace it. It was louder than my lawn mower, and replacing it twice didn't change anything. Point is, I don't really know how to tell without actually hearing it, but I want to make sure this isn't going to be really loud. lol


    And I think that's about it. Let me know what you think of the build, and please don't hesitate to yell at me, if I'm doing anything stupid. lol
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  16. LemonyLime said:
    I'm starting up a gaming community, and want to buy a server to host a few dedicated game servers (minecraft, CS:GO, possibly DayZ and some others.) at home. I want to do this, because all of the cost is upfront, and in the long run will quickly become the cheaper alternative to paying monthly to rent several large game servers. Plus, if things fall through, and I end up closing the server, I still have a set of good new parts to put into my aging gaming PC. (Just updated the graphics, but everything else is overdue.) Because of that backup plan, I've decided to use standard PC parts, and not server parts. That said, I wonder if they'll be able to handle running 23.99/7 year round? I don't know much about PC hardware, and certainly not anything about server hardware, so I'm definitely looking for advice on what I should be looking at in that department. As far as operating system for the server, I've picked out Debian Linux without X, (so it's basically nothing but command prompt for you windows users) and have it installed on an old PC for testing. So far, everything working fine, and I have minecraft and CS:GO servers successfully running on that PC.

    I've already planned out a setup on pcpartpicker, but I don't actually know what I'm doing, so I'm definitely looking for advice on this build. I originally had a budget of $500, and would like to pull it down to that, if possible (or even lower), but I want to still be sure that I will be able to host all of these servers on the same machine without any problems.
    Here's that build: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/rx6v

    Other Notes:
    -Will my home internet be fast enough for this, and how much of a drain will it put on my own internet usage? Should I consider buying a second internet line, or just upgrading mine? Here's a speedtest of my current internet: http://www.speedtest.net/result/2360312144.png

    -From what I've heard, minecraft is hugely RAM dependent, but everything else doesn't really need much of it. Is the 32GB overkill?

    -Pcpartpicker listed that case as a mid size tower, so I just picked it without actually looking at the dimensions, and as it turns out, it's actually ginormous. Even bigger than my full size gaming PC. I'm hoping I can find a smaller case, but I'm worried that the lack of space could cause issues with overheating and the like.

    -Speaking of overheating, what should I worry about when it comes to taking care of the hardware? Is it safe to just sit it on a table in my room, or does it need more special treatment?

    -I'll also probably use it as a storage server for my home network, unless you think that's a terrible idea.

    -Computer fans are the absolute bane of my existence. My laptop's single mini-fan was so loud that I literally opened it up and taped the fan down so it couldn't move, and bought a lap fan to replace it. It was louder than my lawn mower, and replacing it twice didn't change anything. Point is, I don't really know how to tell without actually hearing it, but I want to make sure this isn't going to be really loud. lol


    And I think that's about it. Let me know what you think of the build, and please don't hesitate to yell at me, if I'm doing anything stupid. lol
  17. Well, a suggestion if you want a good GAME SERVER computer I suggest that another computer(not an insane build)is used as a router for optimal connection performance NETWORK PROVIDER SPEED UPGRADE SUGGESTED. As for the build itself i suggest:
    Intel SSD(new one)
    2133 MHz RAM(16-24 GB)
    Killer wireless card
    This should be enough to help this post out a little
  18. Bluetangkid said:
    Well, a suggestion if you want a good GAME SERVER computer I suggest that another computer(not an insane build)is used as a router for optimal connection performance NETWORK PROVIDER SPEED UPGRADE SUGGESTED. As for the build itself i suggest:
    Intel SSD(new one)
    2133 MHz RAM(16-24 GB)
    Killer wireless card
    This should be enough to help this post out a little


    You should never run servers on a wireless connection.
    I concur with BlueTangkid that a lot of ram and a SSD is crucial to server performance. I use 16gb of ram, and a Solid State and couldn't believe the performance increase I saw
  19. Man, do not loose your time to host server from your home PC. It's impossible in these days. May be 10 years ago was fine, but not now. Trust me! You wont survive 2 days. Now every kid can drop you down with basic DD0s attack and you will have a problems with your network operator because of that. And possible to be kicked off from their network. Also the other aspect is the cost of electricity. You must calculate everything before do something like this. I'm not talking about SQL injections or exploits on your own PC. Don't get me wrong man but this is really stupid to use your home pc for such thing. You must to have a lot of knowlidge to do that even then it will cost a lot and will be pointless.
    The only one smart move is to buy some VPS with Ddos protection and unlimited speed. They cost about 30-40$ monthly. I'm using dedicated server but this operator OVH - http://www.ovh.co.uk/ can do the job. Good luck.
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  21. Just wanted to thank you for asking this question. My son is wanting to build a Minecraft server before Christmas but then we told him it would cost too much. But after seeing the answers in your post - we are about 99% online with what you're trying to do and this helped us out a lot. Thanks! I think we can go ahead with our plan and maybe have a nice surprise for him around Thanksgiving! :) Spy-Tronix.com
  22. @LemonyLime, im curious which route you ended up taking as i too am reading this for a little more knowledge. also a big cs:go fan
  23. Hey, sorry to necro this old thread but I just wanted to point out a couple huge reasons why hosting out of your own house can be a problem. I did a lot of research into this topic and was even considering using a hosting provider called internap where you create your own server and then send it to them and they provide the power/security/bandwidth for the system. This bandwidth does come at a premium though and can get crazy expensive really really fast. Now, with that being said I will go into some reason to just use a host provider and not waste time with your own personal server.

    1. Denial of Service(DOS) attacks -- This is the main reason, DOS attacks cripple servers all the time and can be a tremendous problem for some guy just trying to host out of his own house. In fact it doesn't even take something called a bot net creating a Distributed Denial of Service(DDOS) to take you down which opens you up to just about every new script kiddy in the world hoping for a good laugh as they watch your server die out.

    Hosting companies fight this by having a huge amount of bandwidth... Your house MIGHT have 5 mbps UPLOAD(not download, upload is what matters) where as a hosting company could have 30000. This is what really helps on stopping certain kinds of DDOS attacks and the last numbers I looked at would cost you around 1.2mil a month if you got a decent rate.

    2. Cost -- Power consumption adds a decent amount to your bill. Having an extra computer/server running all day can easily add almost enough to your bill to justify just purchasing a VDS or game server through a premium game provider like nfoservers.com for $20 or $30 a month. Honestly I was even looking into getting one of the dedicated servers... Just because the server you are renting only costs around 6-7000 thousand dollars to make, doesn't mean that is the only cost. Trust me you save a ton of money going through a company like this and they make money because they do it in bulk and can get far better prices than you or I.

    3. Latency -- Simply put, your home connection isn't built around hosting. While you might browse the internet at a whopping 60mbps down, you upload is probably around 2mbps. Slow upload means your internet connection will crap out long before your host computer ever does. Laggy server = dead server

    Now, if you are not serious about hosting a server and you are wanting a little 10 slot minecraft server for you and your friends then your internet should be able to handle this. But if you are wanting something like a 32 player counter strike server that stays full all the time, you will need to go with a hosting provider just because a normal player(not your friend) expects nothing less than the best.
  24. Best hosting and the cheapest ones is www.king-hosting.eu

    they currently host only gamyeservers for now. when i first visited the website i couldn't find my favourite game so i asked from their support and it took me just 5 minutes or less to get an anwear. however So i asked them if they could make that gameserver for renting.

    And i got this in my email:

    Dear customer.

    We are glad that we get support from you by saying witch gameserver you want to be rented, we are always looking for new gameserver renting. And yes the gameserver is ready to be ordered in 1 hour as we set it up in shop page.

    Thank you `www-king-hosting.eu(Admin).

    And yeah did i tell you this is the cheapest hosting i found so far??

    00.35€/slot
    some of the games are 00.45€/slot

    i think they are the cheapest ones yet.
  25. Kevin Estupinan said:
    Best hosting and the cheapest ones is www.king-hosting.eu

    they currently host only gamyeservers for now. when i first visited the website i couldn't find my favourite game so i asked from their support and it took me just 5 minutes or less to get an anwear. however So i asked them if they could make that gameserver for renting.

    And i got this in my email:

    Dear customer.

    We are glad that we get support from you by saying witch gameserver you want to be rented, we are always looking for new gameserver renting. And yes the gameserver is ready to be ordered in 1 hour as we set it up in shop page.

    Thank you `www-king-hosting.eu(Admin).

    And yeah did i tell you this is the cheapest hosting i found so far??

    00.35€/slot
    some of the games are 00.45€/slot

    i think they are the cheapest ones yet.



    That company can't even spell 'which' correctly...
  26. Krimson943 said:
    Hey, sorry to necro this old thread but I just wanted to point out a couple huge reasons why hosting out of your own house can be a problem. I did a lot of research into this topic and was even considering using a hosting provider called internap where you create your own server and then send it to them and they provide the power/security/bandwidth for the system. This bandwidth does come at a premium though and can get crazy expensive really really fast. Now, with that being said I will go into some reason to just use a host provider and not waste time with your own personal server.

    1. Denial of Service(DOS) attacks -- This is the main reason, DOS attacks cripple servers all the time and can be a tremendous problem for some guy just trying to host out of his own house. In fact it doesn't even take something called a bot net creating a Distributed Denial of Service(DDOS) to take you down which opens you up to just about every new script kiddy in the world hoping for a good laugh as they watch your server die out.

    Hosting companies fight this by having a huge amount of bandwidth... Your house MIGHT have 5 mbps UPLOAD(not download, upload is what matters) where as a hosting company could have 30000. This is what really helps on stopping certain kinds of DDOS attacks and the last numbers I looked at would cost you around 1.2mil a month if you got a decent rate.

    2. Cost -- Power consumption adds a decent amount to your bill. Having an extra computer/server running all day can easily add almost enough to your bill to justify just purchasing a VDS or game server through a premium game provider like nfoservers.com for $20 or $30 a month. Honestly I was even looking into getting one of the dedicated servers... Just because the server you are renting only costs around 6-7000 thousand dollars to make, doesn't mean that is the only cost. Trust me you save a ton of money going through a company like this and they make money because they do it in bulk and can get far better prices than you or I.

    3. Latency -- Simply put, your home connection isn't built around hosting. While you might browse the internet at a whopping 60mbps down, you upload is probably around 2mbps. Slow upload means your internet connection will crap out long before your host computer ever does. Laggy server = dead server

    Now, if you are not serious about hosting a server and you are wanting a little 10 slot minecraft server for you and your friends then your internet should be able to handle this. But if you are wanting something like a 32 player counter strike server that stays full all the time, you will need to go with a hosting provider just because a normal player(not your friend) expects nothing less than the best.



    I have a dell sonicwall supermassive, will DOS attack be a problem?
  27. LemonyLime said:
    I'm starting up a gaming community, and want to buy a server to host a few dedicated game servers (minecraft, CS:GO, possibly DayZ and some others.) at home. I want to do this, because all of the cost is upfront, and in the long run will quickly become the cheaper alternative to paying monthly to rent several large game servers. Plus, if things fall through, and I end up closing the server, I still have a set of good new parts to put into my aging gaming PC. (Just updated the graphics, but everything else is overdue.) Because of that backup plan, I've decided to use standard PC parts, and not server parts. That said, I wonder if they'll be able to handle running 23.99/7 year round? I don't know much about PC hardware, and certainly not anything about server hardware, so I'm definitely looking for advice on what I should be looking at in that department. As far as operating system for the server, I've picked out Debian Linux without X, (so it's basically nothing but command prompt for you windows users) and have it installed on an old PC for testing. So far, everything working fine, and I have minecraft and CS:GO servers successfully running on that PC.

    I've already planned out a setup on pcpartpicker, but I don't actually know what I'm doing, so I'm definitely looking for advice on this build. I originally had a budget of $500, and would like to pull it down to that, if possible (or even lower), but I want to still be sure that I will be able to host all of these servers on the same machine without any problems.
    Here's that build: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/rx6v

    Other Notes:
    -Will my home internet be fast enough for this, and how much of a drain will it put on my own internet usage? Should I consider buying a second internet line, or just upgrading mine? Here's a speedtest of my current internet: http://www.speedtest.net/result/2360312144.png

    -From what I've heard, minecraft is hugely RAM dependent, but everything else doesn't really need much of it. Is the 32GB overkill?

    -Pcpartpicker listed that case as a mid size tower, so I just picked it without actually looking at the dimensions, and as it turns out, it's actually ginormous. Even bigger than my full size gaming PC. I'm hoping I can find a smaller case, but I'm worried that the lack of space could cause issues with overheating and the like.

    -Speaking of overheating, what should I worry about when it comes to taking care of the hardware? Is it safe to just sit it on a table in my room, or does it need more special treatment?

    -I'll also probably use it as a storage server for my home network, unless you think that's a terrible idea.

    -Computer fans are the absolute bane of my existence. My laptop's single mini-fan was so loud that I literally opened it up and taped the fan down so it couldn't move, and bought a lap fan to replace it. It was louder than my lawn mower, and replacing it twice didn't change anything. Point is, I don't really know how to tell without actually hearing it, but I want to make sure this isn't going to be really loud. lol


    And I think that's about it. Let me know what you think of the build, and please don't hesitate to yell at me, if I'm doing anything stupid. lol


    Really terrible RAM. It seems you don't know much about PC building. By the way, minecraft depends on a lot of other stuff too. By the way, yes, 32 GiB of RAM is pretty over kill for the average Uplink speed. Uplink speed is the most important things. Go to speedtest.net and run and test. Take the upload speed and divide it by 8, and multiply it by 3, there is how many players will be able to play lag free (assuming your hardware can handle it). Plus did you think about running 24/7? That is a big powerbill and your hardware needs good cooling. A stock CPU cooler wont cut it. Plus that powersupply will blow up on you within a couple of days. Plus, you need a much bigger SSD (storage wise). Just go with a VPS at OVH. I got mine with 8Gb of ram (which is all you need) for only $13.49 a month!
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  30. Just to add my two cents, i've been running dedicated servers for five years now, 24-7. The machine i do it with is... rather pathetic:

    CPU: Q6600@Stock
    RAM: DDR2-800 2GB+1GB
    The rest of the build is pretty in line, too.

    I host a teamspeak server, wich holds around 30 people daily. Killing floor 2 server, Minecraft server, web server, database server, file server for the whole family.

    Right now i have a FTTH connection, 300mb down 30mb up, but before i had that i had a 10mb down 1,5mb up connection, and i could host a minecraft server with 20 clients (and mods), ant the same time hosting 30 people in the teamspeak, and with all the other services running (well, at the time, it was Killing Floor, instead of Killing Floor 2, LOL).

    With FTTH connection, most people get around 20-30ms ping from Madrid, with is around 600KM away from where i live.

    So i would sugget you to build a good machine, but you dont need 32 GB of RAM, or dual socket, nor LGA2011 CPU's... A decent computer will do just fine.
  31. I agree with the above post, we have been running servers for 12years on home connection, and as long as you have good QOS rules running on a router or machine on the network before the servers, and manage the amount of players to your stable upload speed you can do anything.
    Most games we host are older ones but even with bots running in some servers the cpu load is barely 15% tops, hardware is core2duo 2.66, 4gig ram, non ssd. not sure if ssd would make any difference on a first person shooter game server as the client nearly always has map, and a normal hhd isnt going to going to be slower than your upload speed. if traffic volume is an issue you can offload map uploads on some games to a remote cloud storage. so the clients would download the maps at eg 100Mb then continue the game on your server (the client dosent even see it, only the fast download). The QOS rules are to not interfear with the game when anyone in the house is downloading, or streaming, (very nessecary).
  32. dbs128 said:
    I agree with the above post, we have been running servers for 12years on home connection, and as long as you have good QOS rules running on a router or machine on the network before the servers, and manage the amount of players to your stable upload speed you can do anything.
    Most games we host are older ones but even with bots running in some servers the cpu load is barely 15% tops, hardware is core2duo 2.66, 4gig ram, non ssd. not sure if ssd would make any difference on a first person shooter game server as the client nearly always has map, and a normal hhd isnt going to going to be slower than your upload speed. if traffic volume is an issue you can offload map uploads on some games to a remote cloud storage. so the clients would download the maps at eg 100Mb then continue the game on your server (the client dosent even see it, only the fast download). The QOS rules are to not interfear with the game when anyone in the house is downloading, or streaming, (very nessecary).


    What you say is true, more than half the posts here have been foreign jackoffs trying to hock a sickeningly uninformative and subpar server service.
  33. Not to be a downer here, but you really need to do a lot more research. regular pc's will never be official or ranking servers for the simple fact of downtime. If anything happens you have to shutdown for repairs, what makes server grade companents a must is their hotswap ability. Meaning if anything fails you do not have to shut the system down for repairs. you will need investments in a good quality dedicated hub and a switch that will loop ddos attacks back to the dark web as well as a solid battery backup for outages. If you simply want this for fun, with no expectations of making money you can host off of a pc. But for what you want to do, the pc doesnt make the grade.
  34. For a server I don't think that CPU will suffice in the least. You had the right idea getting an APU to save on getting a GPU but the CPU portions of AMD's APUs generally aren't too good and CPU power is what you'll need for a server. I would switch that out for an FX 6000 or FX 8000 series CPU as multiple cores/threads are good for servers. Then pair it up with some crummy graphics card, servers hardly need any GPU power. And lastly about 24/7 runtimes. Desktop CPUs really aren't designed for that so theres a small danger there, but since you're on a budget I'd say within the first few weeks of up time look at which hours of the day are played least then notify all players that the server will be down during these times, thus giving the computer a small rest.
  35. Hi, sorry for bumping this. I like the ideas, mostly because I too am interested in building a dedicated server for a PC game. I have to add that a decent website that would advertise your own server seems like a good idea to me. I've recently seen several amazing gaming themes online, and a friend of mine with whom I'm investing in this new server found some SkyWarrior website, which has some rather beautiful themes for CS:GO - the game we're building a server for, but there are so many more on Themeforest. The guys I suggested don't seem very popular tho, but I guess their themes are worth the investment...

    I'm from Serbia, and CS:GO is a big thing in this country. If you're building a server for a widely popular game in your own place, I guess having a website that promotes it is an amazing way of advertising.

    That's just my opinion :D
  36. Comandante_J said:
    Just to add my two cents, i've been running dedicated servers for five years now, 24-7. The machine i do it with is... rather pathetic:

    CPU: Q6600@Stock
    RAM: DDR2-800 2GB+1GB
    The rest of the build is pretty in line, too.

    I host a teamspeak server, wich holds around 30 people daily. Killing floor 2 server, Minecraft server, web server, database server, file server for the whole family.

    Right now i have a FTTH connection, 300mb down 30mb up, but before i had that i had a 10mb down 1,5mb up connection, and i could host a minecraft server with 20 clients (and mods), ant the same time hosting 30 people in the teamspeak, and with all the other services running (well, at the time, it was Killing Floor, instead of Killing Floor 2, LOL).

    With FTTH connection, most people get around 20-30ms ping from Madrid, with is around 600KM away from where i live.

    So i would sugget you to build a good machine, but you dont need 32 GB of RAM, or dual socket, nor LGA2011 CPU's... A decent computer will do just fine.

    Hi i have been trying to set up a game server to host some older games so i was wondering if you could give me a tutorial on how to do it from start to finish. I can pay you for your time in this.
  37. Game server /0,03$ - 1slot/ http://prohoster.info/
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