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gordey0

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Hey Guys,

I am looking at building a "Game/s Server" for use with Counter-Strike 1.6, Counter-Strike: Source, Team Fortress, Half-Life, Battlefield, etc, etc.

What I would like to know is what hardware I would need to aquire to make a super dooper awesome server, money is no limit as a server is needed for the clan I am part of.

Would I be running Windows or Linux? I know of next to nothing about Linux, but I am willing to learn about Linux if need be.

I would also like to have the option of playing the game/admining on the server too if that is possible.

If anyone could help me with specifications and soforth, please reply! :)

Thanks,

Matt.
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Hi and in case someone hasn't said so already, WELCOME TO GEEKSTOGO!!!

For a server it all depends on what kind of knowledge you have about hosting games. I wouldn't suggest getting into Linux if you don't have the background in windows to run a server, since it can be very time consuming to learn Linux. I also recommend getting one CPU instead of two, since games are not that CPU demanding, a quad core will probably do you good. I have made a quick low as possible in budget rig that should be sufficient, and if not then others can comment on it to improve it:

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L - $89.99
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 - $254.99
Memory: G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 - $44.99
Power Supply: Antec True Power Trio TP3-650 ATX12V 650W - $109.99
Video Card: XFX PVT88PYDF4 GeForce 8800GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 - $239.99
Hard Drive: SAMSUNG SpinPoint T Series HD501LJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s - $104.99
Case: Antec Nine Hundred - $99.99
DVD Burner: SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R Model SH-S203B - $29.99

Total = $974.92

Okay for the video card you can go with a better one if you want but that should be fine. I don't see a need for an army of Raptors since I don't think games require that much speed. The case I just threw in there you can change it to anything you want, I would suggest something cheaper since its a server and doesn't require that much looks.

Hope that helps!

Soorena

Edited by SOORENA, 01 March 2008 - 11:10 PM.

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gordey0

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Okay, thanks a lot for the information.

Will look at buying it now.

Thanks again,

Matt
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If you need any help setting up the server the guys in the games forum which can be found HERE can help you out, just make a new thread like this one, I may be able to help you but I only play a few games and therefore am not the best to ask.

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That's overkill for a server. A quad core CPU would NEVER be needed for a server.
Much better PSU's can be found for a similar price point.
You'd never require 500GB for a server, I'd get a much smaller drive.
Take a look at the CM 690 from coolmaster for your case, it's better then the Antec900.
Again, a 8800GT would NEVER be needed for a server, onboard would be sufficiant.

The build Soorena suggested is more of a gaming rig suggestion then a suggestion for a server :)
James

Edited by james_8970, 02 March 2008 - 04:19 PM.

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That's overkill for a server. A quad core CPU would NEVER be needed for a server.
Much better PSU's can be found for a similar price point.
You'd never require 500GB for a server, I'd get a much smaller drive.
Take a look at the CM 690 from coolmaster for your case, it's better then the Antec900.
Again, a 8800GT would NEVER be needed for a server, onboard would be sufficiant.

The build Soorena suggested is more of a gaming rig suggestion then a suggestion for a server :)
James


Yea I noticed what you mean however he mentioned he'll be gaming on it sometimes so I sorta was at doubt on what to put, plus with the unlimited budget you can never have too much, lol.

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gordey0, do you want to run this as a server or as a gaming machine? I'm not aware of it being possible to game on the same machine that is being used as a server for a gaming room.
James
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