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What is your upload speed?
Even with 3 players on iptraf our server can spike over 1 mbit up.
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Like I said, for home servers, desktop parts are enough (more than so in most cases). Actual server hardware (IE Xeon processors and server boards) cost a ton more.

Here's a quick parts list I threw together that would be sufficient for Minecraft for a while, and has enough power to it to do some other functions as well if you wanted it to.

Motherboard: ASUS M4A88TD-M - Can drop in a six core AMD processor later if required (unlikely) and supports ECC RAM if you want to use it. I use this board in a home file/streaming server and it rocks. $94.99

Processor: AMD Athlon II x4 - Quad core is far more than enough for Minecraft. Plenty of power to use the server for other purposes to. $79.99

Memory: 2x4GB Crucial DDR3 RAM - 8GB is going to be overkill for most Minecraft servers, but if you want 20-50 players, you start to use up resources. 8GB I would imagine to be fine, but if it's not you still have two slots left on the board since these are 4GB DIMMs. $38.99 each. Or, if you want to use ECC these are the ECC version of the above. $58.99 each.

Hard drive: Western Digital 500GB RE4 - Enterprise grade RAID drives. Get two and toss them in a RAID 1. If you know Linux, I'd recommend using the Linux MDADM RAID controller. $79.99 each.

Power Supply: Corsair CX500 - 500W is a bit more than you'd need with the above, but it gives you some extra headroom to account for capacitor aging, and expanding the server if you so choose. Plus, Corsair makes some of the best PSUs in the business. $59.99


All you'd need besides that is a case. Just make sure to get one with decent ventilation. The Antec 300 comes to mind, but it may be a big for your taste for a home server. Just don't skimp on the fans.


So, all in total that comes to $533 including the Antec 300. For the OS I'd recommend Debian Linux. Extremely stable, and even if you don't know Linux it's easy to learn.
Thanks this is perfect! I'll do some more research into Debian Linux (I have a free disk - 2 in fact, one server one home edition - of Ubuntu Linux lying around my house somewhere) but what you gave me is just what I needed!
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What is your upload speed?
Even with 3 players on iptraf our server can spike over 1 mbit up.
According to speedtest it's around 9 mbps but it varies based on computer. (I'm using a wireless connection)
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Thanks this is perfect! I'll do some more research into Debian Linux (I have a free disk - 2 in fact, one server one home edition - of Ubuntu Linux lying around my house somewhere) but what you gave me is just what I needed!
I'd go for the latest version of the Ubuntu Server edition. It's free anyhow, and it saves you upgrading time
    
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For that many players you'd need at LEAST a 10mbps upload package from your ISP. Depending on where you are that may not be possible even with a business class link. Residential lines normally tap out at 5mbps on the high-end. There are a few exceptions, however.

Beyond that, Minecraft isn't all that intensive. You can get a decent server setup from desktop parts for around $400-$500 with a quad-core CPU, 8GB of RAM and a decent mobo, which would be more than enough for a Minecraft server. If you're really concerned about data loss invest in a pair of enterprise grade RAID drives (Samsung Spinpoint F3Rs can be had for $80 a pop) and do a RAID 1.


But yeah, biggest hurdle is going to be the network bandwidth. 20+ players is going to take a decent amount of bandwidth, 50 I'd question the ability to run even with a 10mbps upload speed - but I'm not the foremost Minecraft expert around.
If you have fios. 25/25 its 70 bucks thats what i use at home.
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