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Hey i need advice, what is a good parts selection for a dedicated gaming server.

post #1 of 9
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Right now i am trying to aquire knowledge on building a dedicated gaming server. So far i have configured the server with these parts
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1dzvn.
The ram and mobo where not on the web site here are the links: mobo, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131722 and the ram, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820239116 (getting 2 sticks).

I also have 2 1tb hard drives that will get set up in a raid, haven't decided yet, a 60 gb corsair ssd boot drive, and a gtx 480.

I just want to know if my parts selection is good and if not what to change/add. Also this server will run and instance of tf2 and cs: go along with other stuff.
post #2 of 9
I'm guessing you already have the GTX 480, but you shouldn't use it. There is basically no reason. Dedicated game servers are just command line windows. The GTX 480 will just chug power and generate heat for nothing. The motherboard has its own dedicated GPU, although of course it's crap like all server boards. For some games, such as Terraria, I've found that even though a dedicated server is just a command line window, they still require some kind of "gaming" GPU. I got a Radeon 6450 for that.

I see that the RAM you picked is DDR3 1333. Ivy Bridge CPUs like that Xeon support DDR3 1600, so you should get that instead. Won't be very different in terms of price.

If you've never dealt with server boards, be aware that their layout is "weird" compared to what you're used to. Aftermarket coolers should fit, but then with a bigger cooler you might have issues fitting everything in a standard case, so keep that in mind. Not an issue if you use stock cooling.

Really, do you have a need for a Xeon, server board and ECC RAM? Will you be using a server OS? How many servers/players do you plan on running simultaneously? I've had a server for a while and I've found the non-standard motherboard layout to be annoying, and the ECC RAM to be superfluous for what I use the computer for (which is similar to what you would use yours for).
post #3 of 9
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I have the 480 more for folding then anything, and the ecc ram is what i thought you used with server boards. since it states it somewhere in the combatiblty of the board. also i wanted the xeon because that one i pick has hyper theading and is at a good price point. but from what your say i could just take my current mobo and use it as a server board instead. Also im not worried about the cooler im not going to overclock the chip as it is. I will also be running at least 2 instances on the server one being tf2 24 player, and the other being 12 player cs:go.
post #4 of 9
Ok, if you're folding, then the 480 makes sense.

You don't need ECC RAM with a server board, but the fact that server boards support it is one of their main appeals. It's not a requirement is what I'm saying.

Anyway, yes, I am basically saying that you can use any computer and turn it into a server. While there is, of course, server hardware, what makes a server a server has more to do with software than hardware. The server-grade hardware is just there to make the software more resilient.

So it is really up to you whether to get all that. If you're set on a Xeon, then the server board is justified, and ECC RAM is not so much more expensive that you shouldn't just get it anyway, so... Yeah smile.gif
post #5 of 9
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well i knew any computer can be a server i was just not sure if the hardware in a server was more geared towards 24 operations.
post #6 of 9
Could probably run it all off that 60gb sdd, if you are just going to be running GO and TF2 (Obviously running linux distribution as the OS [preferably Debian]). As for hosting 32 players I hope you have the network bandwidth to support that.
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i7 950 @ 4.21 (HT/On) #3043A793 Rampage III GENE NVIDIA Geforce GTX 560 Ti MSI TFII @ Stock G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Intel X25-M SSD 80GB [x2] Raid 0 + Seagate 1TB Pioneer BR-Drive Win7 Ultimate 64bit Acer B273hu 
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GE-M800A-d1 Gigabyte LIAN LI PC-A04B mATX 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Intel X25-M SSD 80GB [x2] Raid 0 + Seagate 1TB Pioneer BR-Drive Win7 Ultimate 64bit Acer B273hu 
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GE-M800A-d1 Gigabyte LIAN LI PC-A04B mATX 
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Would anyone by chance know the average bandwidth 32 players would take. the bandwith i will be having is 50 down and 10 up
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According to this you should have more than enough.
Zardoz
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i7 950 @ 4.21 (HT/On) #3043A793 Rampage III GENE NVIDIA Geforce GTX 560 Ti MSI TFII @ Stock G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Intel X25-M SSD 80GB [x2] Raid 0 + Seagate 1TB Pioneer BR-Drive Win7 Ultimate 64bit Acer B273hu 
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GE-M800A-d1 Gigabyte LIAN LI PC-A04B mATX 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Intel X25-M SSD 80GB [x2] Raid 0 + Seagate 1TB Pioneer BR-Drive Win7 Ultimate 64bit Acer B273hu 
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GE-M800A-d1 Gigabyte LIAN LI PC-A04B mATX 
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cool thanks
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