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I am interested in building a gaming server, however I have a few questions that i was hoping someone could answer for me before i really decide to jump into this.

1. I read somewhere that you do not need a GPU for a gaming server, why is that?

2. Am I restricted to using server components, or can everyday parts be used, like standard ATX or SSI motherboards and i3-i7 processors?

3. I am also interested in using VM's, will that change anything about the server? Or will I be able to use VM's and have my gaming server in the same case? Meaning I won't need a rack mount?

4. Is it anymore expensive to build a server than it is building a high end gaming rig?

5. Are there huge advantages to build a gaming server over just a gaming rig?

6. Can you play other games on a server and not just, I guess we will call them "server" games like running a minecraft server or something? Or will that require a GPU? For example, playing Crysis 3, Skyrim, BioShock Infinite, etc.

I think that is all I really wanted to know. I am still reading about RAID and some other things, but these are the questions I'd really like answered before I decide on one versus the other. So any help would be greatly appreciated.
post #2 of 7
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Originally Posted by MX5J6 View Post

I am interested in building a gaming server, however I have a few questions that i was hoping someone could answer for me before i really decide to jump into this.

1. I read somewhere that you do not need a GPU for a gaming server, why is that?

2. Am I restricted to using server components, or can everyday parts be used, like standard ATX or SSI motherboards and i3-i7 processors?

3. I am also interested in using VM's, will that change anything about the server? Or will I be able to use VM's and have my gaming server in the same case? Meaning I won't need a rack mount?

4. Is it anymore expensive to build a server than it is building a high end gaming rig?

5. Are there huge advantages to build a gaming server over just a gaming rig?

6. Can you play other games on a server and not just, I guess we will call them "server" games like running a minecraft server or something? Or will that require a GPU? For example, playing Crysis 3, Skyrim, BioShock Infinite, etc.

I think that is all I really wanted to know. I am still reading about RAID and some other things, but these are the questions I'd really like answered before I decide on one versus the other. So any help would be greatly appreciated.

1. Servers don't typically render anything. They just process inputs/outputs (IE you took a step forward so it updates your position and broadcasts that to everyone else on the server)

2. You can use standard home PC equipment for home use, it's fine smile.gif

3. You could set up something similar to Proxmox. Your server would then just run the VMs (it's basically a computer inside a computer, not sure what your knowledge of virtualization is). You can run as many VMs in your server as you wish, the only thing setting you back is your hardware (RAM, processing power, etc).

4. That depends on what you need from the server.. a server built to just run Minecraft wouldn't be all that expensive. You have to take the amount of resources each virtualized server is going to require into consideration when building your server.

5. Those are two different things. You play on a gaming PC and you serve content on a server. If you're just hosting a server for a few friends, you could easily do that on your gaming rig. While there will be a performance hit it probably won't be that much if you're on a decent rig. There's no reason to go all out and build your own server just to host a couple things for friends. You should consider dedicated server hardware if the server needs to be up as close to 100% of the time and unhindered by the processes on your gaming rig.

6. A server doesn't play games. Yes, you can run multiple servers on one server.


With that said, read #5 carefully. You can easily setup servers on your home PC. If you and your friends just want a server to mess around on, you can host it just fine.

If the server you want is strictly Linux based you can still run that server from your home PC by downloading software like VirtualBox.
post #3 of 7
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Thank you for answering my questions both thoroughly and in a very timely manner. That is greatly appreciated. So I have another question, if I wanted to run a server from my gaming rig, would i need a bit more RAM than a normal gaming rig would and how about the processor? Will I need anything like a 3930K or more?
post #4 of 7
That honestly depends on the servers requirements. Assuming you have 8GB in your system you should be fine. The only way to really know is to try.. if you lag (on the server and playing the game) then yes, you'll need more powerful hardware (or OC your current hardware) thumb.gif
post #5 of 7
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Ah ok, Thanks again for answering so quickly. I think that's all i needed to know. Unless you have any tips for starting a gaming server, to offer?
post #6 of 7
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Originally Posted by MX5J6 View Post

Thank you for answering my questions both thoroughly and in a very timely manner. That is greatly appreciated. So I have another question, if I wanted to run a server from my gaming rig, would i need a bit more RAM than a normal gaming rig would and how about the processor? Will I need anything like a 3930K or more?

Depends what game you are hosting, also you have to take into consideration the internet connection connected to the server. If you use your personal computer as the server, that will load your internet line heavily, and everyone who connects to it will be at the mercy of how good your internet is.
post #7 of 7
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Ah ok, thanks for letting me know. I will consider all of this in my decision to either just make a gaming rig or to create that + a server.
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