So a bunch of friends and I in college decided to start a Minecraft server together. Right now we have around 5 people but we do it all through LAN. This is a bit of a problem, because someone has to have their computer on and have minecraft open to let everyone play.
This is where the server comes in. We have plans of expanding and the simple LAN will just not cut it. Our school's network is fantastic (250mb up and 250 down, sometimes even better with low ping) so that isn't an issue at this point.
Here is where we need help. I looked into making a Minecraft server but I couldn't find any concrete info on what we would need to have to run the server 24/7.
So without further ado, I'll let you people give your opinions on what we should do.
Approximate Purchase Date: Before the end of this month (January)
Budget Range: Flexible, but lets try to keep it under 500. If we can get it around 300, that would be great.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Running a Minecraft Server (pretty much the only use)
Are you buying a monitor: NO
Do you need to buy OS: Yes
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg primarily, but open to other well rated sites
Location: Philadelphia, PA, USA
Parts Preferences: Does not matter so long as the parts are good quality and will work well
If you only plan on having 5-10 friend's on your Minecraft server you could get away easily with just a barebones PC and a RAM upgrade and have power to spare. But if you want a dedicated Minecraft Server machine here is a build:
SSD: Corsair Nova Series 2 CSSD-V30GB2A 2.5" 30GB SATA II Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Item #: N82E16820233266
BDIYPC DIY-5823BK Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with 1 x 80mm Fan
Item #: N82E16811353006
64-bit Ubuntu Server or Desktop, or a Linux distro you are familiar with.
Note: the case you wanted was out of stock so I included a different one but everything should still fit in it if you want to use it. Also note i did not include a cd drive to install your OS with I recommend that you barrow one from another computer to install linux or windows with, Also unless you can get your school to port forward for you (very unlikely) you will have to VPN into it Hamache is the most common way.
Hope this helped if so let me know if not let me know