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I was looking to buy/throw together from old parts a game/file server.

What are some base specs/internet speed to host a couple game servers (TF2, CSS, MC) on a computer?
    
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You're probably going to want a decent quad core CPU, and a lot of RAM. Minecraft servers eat all the ram that you can give them.
Source engine based games (TF2, CSS) dont use as much RAM. Some nice 1600mhz DDR3 RAM, a decent quad core CPU and a reasonably fast drive like a Samsung F3 1tb should be fine.
Either use the onboard GPU on the motherboard or otherwise grab a cheap GPU.
Run a internet speedtest (www.speedtest.net) and post the results here. Minecraft servers dont need particularly fast connections if you're only going to have a few friends on, but with more players and games like CSS and TF2, you're going to want a good upload and download speed
    
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You're probably going to want a decent quad core CPU, and a lot of RAM. Minecraft servers eat all the ram that you can give them.
Source engine based games (TF2, CSS) dont use as much RAM. Some nice 1600mhz DDR3 RAM, a decent quad core CPU and a reasonably fast drive like a Samsung F3 1tb should be fine.
Either use the onboard GPU on the motherboard or otherwise grab a cheap GPU.
Run a internet speedtest (www.speedtest.net) and post the results here. Minecraft servers dont need particularly fast connections if you're only going to have a few friends on, but with more players and games like CSS and TF2, you're going to want a good upload and download speed

Currently have crap internet, but getting a job and moving when I go to college in the Fall where the internet is pretty great around the college.
    
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Currently have crap internet, but getting a job and moving when I go to college in the Fall where the internet is pretty great around the college.

Ok, if you're in a dorm, there's no way in hell they'll let you have a game server running 24/7. If you rent like an apartment or town house, get at least a 20/20 unlimited plan, you'll also need a static IP unless you want to use a dns service like No-ip or dyndns.
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Ok, if you're in a dorm, there's no way in hell they'll let you have a game server running 24/7. If you rent like an apartment or town house, get at least a 20/20 unlimited plan, you'll also need a static IP unless you want to use a dns service like No-ip or dyndns.

Will be having an apartment, my friend and brother have a dorm there and say their internet is like 50/50 and they pay for a 30/30. Sounds good to me.

As far as a static IP goes, don't those cost extra, how much?
    
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Will be having an apartment, my friend and brother have a dorm there and say their internet is like 50/50 and they pay for a 30/30. Sounds good to me.
As far as a static IP goes, don't those cost extra, how much?

50/50 will be good for a game server. And as far as a static IP goes, it depends on the ISP. Some give them free, some charge additional monthly. Comcast for example charges $15 additional for the first, and an additional $5/mo for 5 IPs and so on.
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You don't need a static IP, but its better to have one.
You can use dyndns to give a pseudo-static IP.
Thing is, everyone that favorites your server on CSS / TF2 will have to use the address that dyndns gives you
    
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You don't need a static IP, but its better to have one.
You can use dyndns to give a pseudo-static IP.
Thing is, everyone that favorites your server on CSS / TF2 will have to use the address that dyndns gives you

You could buy a domain and put the dyndns hostname in a CNAME and have something like gameserver1.myservername.com
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You could buy a domain and put the dyndns hostname in a CNAME and have something like gameserver1.myservername.com

Let's assume I already own a domain name and a website, how would I go about using that host name?
    
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As far as specs go, I run a minecraft server off of a pentium 4 ht and 1 GB of DDR2. I just bought 4 GB so that'll be a nice upgrade, but you don't need a whole lot for mincecraft or bukkit servers. I got 4 GB so I could have a small ramdisk for the server files and have a few other things running in the background. Your internet connection is really the most limiting factor for minecraft.
I don't have a static ip from my isp, i just use DHCP reservation through my router and forward the ports to the server. For most people, that's more than adequate, I think I had my public ip change once in the past year.
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