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Im looking at building myself a server to host a Minecraft server, store my media and maybe host a website.

The server is going to be in my bedroom, so it needs to be silent and I've been looking at some different hardware.

This is the setup Im currently looking at:
Intel i3-2100T dual core 2.5Ghz (35W, low power)
Zotac H67ITX Wifi, Soxket-1155 (mini ITX)
Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1333Mhz 4GB CL 9
Fractal Design Array R2 Mini-ITX (300W PSU included)
Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TB (a few of these)

Will this setup provide me the performance I need for a Minecraft server at the same time as hosting a website and being used as a media server?
And most importantly: Will it be SILENT?
post #2 of 17
I had a 3.0 GHz Wolfdale-based Core 2 Duo running a Minecraft server for a while, it had more than enough power to a dozen or so players. Your i3 is likely at least marginally better so you should have no problems with CPU usage.

You should be able to get that pretty quiet, especially with a 35W CPU and no dedicated GPU. Get some quiet low-RPM case fans and it'll be golden. I bet your hard drives will be the loudest components.
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So the boxed CPU fan won't be a problem?

I remember my AMD fan (rig in sig) was very loud.
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How much RAM does Minecraft need?
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I've seen my Minecraft server use sometimes 3-4GBs of RAM, though that is with a large map and many players, plus, I run it 24/7 so it seems to slowly build up. I haven't run it lately so I am not sure if it was a memory leak or something.
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Originally Posted by Bjohansen View Post
So the boxed CPU fan won't be a problem?

I remember my AMD fan (rig in sig) was very loud.
Sandy Bridge runs pretty cool which is why Intel's stock cooler is so tiny (even on the higher models like the 2500k and 2600k), and you've opted for the low-wattage model. My suggestion here is just try the stock fan and see how loud it gets, if it's a problem then find a good low-profile cooler that's known to be quiet. If your case has room (doubt it since it's mini-ITX) you could get a large passive heatsink and just let the case fans handle airflow.

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How much RAM does Minecraft need?
My Minecraft server (according to the Minecraft console) only uses about 50 - 100 MB of RAM per player. 4 GB should be plenty. It does seem to have a memory leak though, my friends were complaining about lag so I checked and it was using about 1.9 GB even though no players were on. I restarted the server app and it went down to around 20 MB at idle.
Edited by mott555 - 5/26/11 at 1:21pm
post #7 of 17
silent? The smaller the build, the harder it is to keep quiet. So a mITX case is a gamble (although I have no experience of that Fractal, but some of their other cases are decent for low-noise builds).

I'd steer clear of desktop performance drives though, especially if you use more than 1. Go with SSDs or 7200rpm laptop drives for OS or performance, and use low rpm drives for storage.
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So you think the case might become a problem?

You got some ideas for a silent setup within the price range of the setup I posted?
post #9 of 17
Minecraft RAM : 100 Mb per player. ( With a min of 512/1024 )

http://minecraft.codeemo.com/helpdoc_ram.html
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So you think the hardware is powerful enough for Minecraft server, FTP and Apache?
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