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Can it be done?

I already have a case, input devices, and an optical drive.

So 200-250$ on CPU, board, RAM, HDD, and the PSU?
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post #2 of 17
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Yes, no HDD.

Found a spare that I was extremely suprised to find working.
Edited by White Fire - 4/16/12 at 8:32pm
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post #3 of 17
I run a server off a pentium 4 ht, so you don't need a whole lot. Get the cheapest dual core you can find and a cheap 4 GB kit of RAM. If that's its only purpose, that'll be more than enough. If you can squeeze in an 8 GB kit, you can make a RAM disk and store the miencraft files on there, it'll help you out over the local network. It won't help as much outside of the lan though. Minecraft is limited mostly by I/O, and for servers, upload/download speed.
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post #5 of 17
Haha, I was just about to post the link for that CPU. Looks like you have a pretty good setup there.

You said you have external HDDs you're using. You may be able to take them out of the housing and use them internally. Or come up with a way to mount them inside and just use a USB extension or something. It should be a little cleaner, and with external drives that need to run 24/7 I get worried about them getting knocked around.
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whats your os?
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post #7 of 17
It can be done. I ran a MC server off a $350 Compaq laptop with tons of plugins, an average of 10 players at once and with no lag what-so-ever. It can be done easily. The laptop had an Intel Pentium processor (not sure what the speed was, it was dual core), 3GB of RAM and ran on Windows 7.
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whats your os?

XP Professional, SP3. Its not the 64bit edition, so I run it with 4 GB of DDR2. I'm limited by my upload speed more than anything else.
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post #9 of 17
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I'll run windows 7 on this PC. It will also hopefully be running 60Mbps download, and 6Mbps upload.

My thing is:

More RAM.

The fastest CPU in the price range

and some very fast form of storage, I might even go for a small SSD.
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post #10 of 17
Yes an SSD is a smart idea, or have the minecraft server set inside of a ram disk and then have an application that backups the ram disk to the hard drive. I read that the biggest source of lag is the hard drives slowing down reading and writing chunks for the maps.
so a ram disk would make the super fast, and then the hard drive would prevent you from losing anything on the ram disk when you shut down.

A SB based dual core should be plenty fast for a minecraft server. So right now your biggest concern is ram and hard drive speed.
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