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I've got an old dell dc7700 from the cisco course that I'm taking and I was thinking on turning it into a 24/7 (well almost) minecraft server (after a few upgrades of course).

Current specs are:
Dell proprietary LGA 775 mobo
integrated graphics
2.? GHz core 2 duo

I was thinking:
-Athlon II x2 255 3.1GHz
-ASUS M4A78LT-M-LE 760G AM3 DDR3 Motherboard
-6GB of PQI 1333MHz DDR3 ram
-Gigabyte 1GB HD 5670
-Corsair CX430

Is this too much? and if so, is there anything that I can cut back on. 5570 maybe? 4GB of ram instead of 6?

Or would I be able to run it on the current hardware with a new graphics card and extra ram?
Edited by Polymerabbit - 5/15/11 at 2:48am
 
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Internet connection > all. All that hardware won't mean much if you don't have a decent upload speed.
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I've hosted servers before and people have found it fine. I'm in Australia so it's meant more for aus, nz and SE asia than the us and europe.

I just want to know what I need hardware wise so everything runs smoothly and I kind of need a secondary machine anyway.
 
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For the server side of life, you don't really need a GPU like what you're looking to put in that rig. The server handles the math behind the game and orchistrates the traffic, but leaves the rendering up to the clients.

With that said, that's an expensive rig to dedicate to minecraft alone, but if you end up investing in it, you can do more than just a minecraft server with it.
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I've hosted servers before and people have found it fine. I'm in Australia so it's meant more for aus, nz and SE asia than the us and europe.

I just want to know what I need hardware wise so everything runs smoothly and I kind of need a secondary machine anyway.
Why not give your current machine a try to see if it works well? I've heard of people running small (<10 ppl) servers on similar setups fine. Problems start to arise when people are very far apart and the map size gets larger, and more chunks need to be handled separately.

I have a server on my sig rig and it runs smooth as butter. Then again I've never had more than 10 people on it.
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You dont need any Graphics power to host MC servers. Ditch the GPU and cut the ram to 4GB and get a very fast dual core or a decent tri or quad. Also, dont even bother if your upload speed is less than 1.5mbit.
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post #7 of 23
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With that said, that's an expensive rig to dedicate to minecraft alone, but if you end up investing in it, you can do more than just a minecraft server with it.
Yes it would be an expensive rig for MC only, however I wanted a secondary machine for my home network (streaming movies to the several laptops around the house).

I just didn't want my gaming rig running for excessive amounts of time.

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You dont need any Graphics power to host MC servers. Ditch the GPU and cut the ram to 4GB and get a very fast dual core or a decent tri or quad. Also, dont even bother if your upload speed is less than 1.5mbit.
Ever since I called internode complained that my speeds were not as advertised, I've been getting 20Mbps downloads, and my upload speeds hover between 1.3 and 2Mbps. Don't know what they did, but it worked. Anyway as I said I've hosted servers with 20+ people and they have found it fine. Those in the US/Europe have said that there was severe chat lag and things took too long to load off spawn but its more for aus nz anyway.
Edited by Polymerabbit - 5/15/11 at 3:33am
 
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Decent upload speed+any decent CPU=good Minecraft server.
    
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I built my sig rig as a minecraft server*cough*cough*
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Yes it would be an expensive rig for MC only, however I wanted a secondary machine for my home network (streaming movies to the several laptops around the house).

I just didn't want my gaming rig running for excessive amounts of time.



Ever since I called internode complained that my speeds were not as advertised, I've been getting 2.5MBps downloads, and my upload speeds hover between 1.3 and 2mbps. Don't know what they did, but it worked. Anyway as I said I've hosted servers with 20+ people and they have found it fine. Those in the US/Europe have said that there was severe chat lag and things took too long to load off spawn but its more for aus nz anyway.
Well, if you plan to use it for more than just a minecraft server, it ought to be a worthwhile investment =]

I've always dreampt of making a media server that streams HD content across a home network to HTPC's hooked up to TV's around the house, but I've yet to find a way to grow money on trees...
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