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I'm currently just about to put together a new PC for my humble self. This leaves me with my old machine and no purpose for it. It's running a Core2Duo at 2.2 Ghz and 3 GB of dual channel RAM. I might be able to push the core clock a bit higher but I need some help figuring out what I'd be able to run on it.
- Mainly looking at a bit older games here like CS 1.6, CS:S, UT 2004, Battlefield 2, Call of Duty 4 and Star Wars Battlefront 2 as newer stuff barely comes with dedicated servers anyway.
- Connection is of no concern as I'm a heavy LAN goer and will use it solely for that purpose.
- OS-wise I'm having a stripped down XP in mind. Linux only if I run out of options.
What do you guys espect I'd be able to get out of it? I'm hoping for three, maybe four simultaneous servers. Also I'm open to more game suggestions.
Thanks in advance for any replies. Special thanks of course to the helpful ones.
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That 2.2 ghz is too slow. OC that up to around 3 and it will be fine for source games, and probably most games. Even on a client side having more cores isn't always better. I "upgraded" from a 2.3 ghz quad to a 2.8 ghz tri core, and tripled my FPS in BC2 with just that one component.

3gb of ram is enough for 1 server, but if you're hosting a lan, it's probably not the only game server. You may want to consider an increase on that as well.
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Should run just fine depending that you have a high enough upload. The CPU is kind of old though, so don't expect multiple servers at the same time.
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If you have an extra hard drive you should put it in and set the whole drive as nothing but a page file. I've noticed some improvement on a pafe file happy server when it has a dedicated physical drive. It doesn't need to be special or anything.
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Thanks for the input, guys, but I'm wondering about something. I'm just done setting up a SW:BF2 and a UT2004 server just to see how things work out and they only make an impact on CPU usage at all when they start up or change maps and don't use more than 200MB RAM each. Can it be that the system requirements rise the more slots on the servers are occupied? And if so, in which dimensions do they? It can't be that running a simple 10 slot CSS or UT04 server eats up the entire machine, even with maximum activity. Enlighten me, please.
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i ran 2 source servers ( css 20 slot surf + gmod roleplay 40slot server on a E8400 with 4Gb RAM. ( @ 3Ghz )
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Originally Posted by Turbobutts View Post
Thanks for the input, guys, but I'm wondering about something. I'm just done setting up a SW:BF2 and a UT2004 server just to see how things work out and they only make an impact on CPU usage at all when they start up or change maps and don't use more than 200MB RAM each. Can it be that the system requirements rise the more slots on the servers are occupied? And if so, in which dimensions do they? It can't be that running a simple 10 slot CSS or UT04 server eats up the entire machine, even with maximum activity. Enlighten me, please.

Yes, as the more people join the more calculations the server has to do. And the old games you're trying to host isn't that heavy on the PC. And honestly, 10 man is nothing
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post #8 of 18
I would say that should be fine for your needs. Just limit the number of people that are allowed on the server at once.

Herk, don't really want to be like, ahh you are wrong. But Speed isn't really the limiting factor on small servers.
My dell poweredge can run a Gmod server with 8 people in it just fine. It is only 1.4ghz Xeon's. It has 4 of them and they are HT, But they are still only 1.4ghz.

Also OP. I would highly recommend running windows server 2003. It would work great for your purposes.
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Also OP. I would highly recommend running windows server 2003. It would work great for your purposes.
Thanks, I'll look into it.
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Thanks, I'll look into it.
if you are in school or anything like college, you might be able to get a copy of it for free from MSDN.
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