Originally Posted by Kavster12
Hold on. Is he playing Minecraft, hosting a server OR playing Minecraft on his own server that he wants to set up?
Playing Minecraft, Hosting the server
Originally Posted by jach11
OK so this is the information we need.
Will it be running bukkit,tekkit,or canarymod? If so how many plugins will you be running?
How many players on average?
Its all dependent on what your gonna be running.
Is this just a local home thing? Or something for a community?
Are you comfortable using linux?
How many players will be playing?
Whats your upload speeds?
If its just something for home and your not running any of the listed API's then a dual core with 2-3GB of ram dedicated to the server should be fine.
Currently only have 5-6 players, but this is due to Hamachi- he's tried port forwarding and I can't seem to get it right. It is a Tekkit server, default settings as far as mods/plugins go. He'd like to have the option of having more players in the server. Working on finding out his uploadspeed (waiting for speedest result) \
He also wants to be able to record gameplay without lag. If reasonable, he wants the server to be 24/7.
I'm also finding out if he plans on playing other games besides Minecraft in the future.
Originally Posted by mdocod
The hardware requirements for a mincraft server will be all over the place depending on what sort of demands there are. Some "mincraft servers" might host many games at the same time, some might host single games with LOTs of members, or some combination of the above.
In reality, a simple mincraft server for a single world, for maybe a dozen players, could probably be hosted very effectively on an old AMD64 system with 2GB RAM. On the other hand, a system that is hosting say, 40+ games, each of a relatively low player count, would do well on a multi CPU interlagos or magny-cours based system with ECC memory and ~64-128GB RAM. (a core per server would be nice). On the other hand again, a server that is hosting a single game, or just a few games, with very high player count, may be best off back on the consumer level, on an intel build with an appropriate number of cores for the number of games being hosted, the fast per core speed being important to keep up with the demands of a very busy game.
Back to single player... minecraft will run smooth as silk even with the high rez texture packs on HD resolution, with a semi respectable dual core, and a mid-level GPU.... An athlon II Regor/Rana type on the AMD front, or an intel Pentium Sandy Bridge dual core (or i3), paired with a decent GPU, something like a GTX460 or AMD7770 or better will be perfectly fine. In fact, less would probably suffice.
Perhaps, you could show us what machine (premade) your little brother had in mind to begin with, and we can show what can be done in the same budget as a custom to provide some contrast.
Refer to the above post for now, I'll find out some more of your questions (like the premade he had in mind).