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It's all theoretical, I can't host anything ATM (1 Mbit upload outside the city), but I've been wondering exactly what the requirements would be for, say, a Minecraft server. Can't one get by with some low-power i3 and 8 GB RAM and some cheap GPU?
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Varies by game, but for minecraft, an i3 should be fine, just load up on more RAM depending on how many people are connecting. Wouldn't need the GPU really.
Can check your hardware for minecraft : http://canihostaminecraftserver.com/

Upload speed is obviously important as you know.
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Varies by game, but for minecraft, an i3 should be fine, just load up on more RAM depending on how many people are connecting. Wouldn't need the GPU really.
Can check your hardware for minecraft : http://canihostaminecraftserver.com/

Upload speed is obviously important as you know.
Super helpful. I've been reading a bit and it seems Java just really likes RAM. For a game like COD or L4D, would a better CPU be needed? I assume I only need a GPU for starting the server.
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a gfx is only required for booting ifi t doesnt have onboard. personally i'd find a mobo that has onboard, that way your overall power usage is slightly lower and you get a PCI-E slot that could be used for something else

fast hard drives will help with the more people on the server/when maps change and such
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Depends on what games and how many server for the games you will be running. Most important thing you need for game servers is number 1 the cpu. Ram is the new important. Onboard graphics is all you need, and of course enough hard drive space in install each server.
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From my experience, a physical hard drive dedicated to being the page file will help a lot. Even if ran on a server with 16GB of memory.

As far as CPU goes...I would not worry so much about speed, but have as many cores available has the host application can make threads for.
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From my experience, a physical hard drive dedicated to being the page file will help a lot. Even if ran on a server with 16GB of memory.

As far as CPU goes...I would not worry so much about speed, but have as many cores available has the host application can make threads for.
That's an idea, a hard drive just for the page file. Never though of that. Pretty good idea I bet that could help speed things up.
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