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Hey all. I have been doing some Minecraft stuff the past month. I'm really interested in it, and I'd love to get started with a server. I've been playing on some multiplayer servers but the rules are often hazy and come with a plethora of loopholes in rules, poor rules, tons of disabled items/mods, young admins/mods and life-inexperienced staff.

As for past experience, I hosted a 24/7 Diablo 2 server with Nezmod back in the day. Worked on my really old system with only maybe 2 gigs of RAM and an older probably single core processor, but that was a while ago. I have been doing some extensive reading on Minecraft servers, and let me dump my vitals for you:

Going to run a Feed-the-Beast Ultimate (or derivative) server
Currently have 11 megabit upload at home -- can I get more from somewhere? (Comcast sucks.)
Can't seem to get a better upload speed from Comcast
Best case scenario, looking to host a simultaneous 100-200 players (triple digits, at the least)
Worst case scenario, looking to host a simultaneous 40-50 players
Great home power pricing! (9c/kWh)

Anyway, if I can BUILD a system, what should I aim for? Will I have the bandwidth? If not, what would be comfortable? How much memory will I need? CPU? etc?

If I can't build a system, what rental service should I aim for? Honestly I'd like to recoup my expenditures as quickly as possible -- paying a monthly bill to a hosting company diminishes returns, so that's just something I have to consider. But in the end if I can't do it, I will look to rent.
     
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Well to get in to triple digits you probably want a fast quad core (priorities core speed over threads/HT) and 32GB of ram. Console only Linux for the OS. Minecraft servers are quite resource intensive and do take up a fair share of bandwidth and as such the 11 megabit connection might become the limiting factor.

Read thees -->
http://www.minecraftwiki.net/wiki/Server/Requirements/Server
http://www.minecraftwiki.net/wiki/Server/Requirements/Dedicated
    
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Buy a used dell C1100 or something and have it co-located at a datacenter.
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