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I have been wondering for the past few days,

would there be any benefits to building a separate computer to run my game servers on?

I mean rather than renting a server from a website or provider?

Usually I would just create a server by myself and run it on my machine while playing on it but would there be any benefits running games like "Garry's Mod", "Minecraft" or "Team Fortress 2"?

Thanks for your help. smile.gif
   
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I have been wondering for the past few days,

would there be any benefits to building a separate computer to run my game servers on?

I mean rather than renting a server from a website or provider?

Usually I would just create a server by myself and run it on my machine while playing on it but would there be any benefits running games like "Garry's Mod", "Minecraft" or "Team Fortress 2"?

Thanks for your help. smile.gif

Well first off that machine would relieve your computer of the stress of running those servers, returning your machine with it's resources, if you opt for a dedicated server you may choose to run it 24/7 and do other things with it instead of just a game server, perhaps a file server too?

You could also build a more power efficient dedicated server to run 24/7 so you dont need your computer on all the time especially If yours draws alot of power due to it's GPUs and you're not playing those games at the time.
    
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If you're not exposing them to the Internet, then no. "Worth it" is really relative, but really building a system that can run a few games so you can play them locally, not worth it.
    
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If you are letting other people play on the server you're hosting from your house your ISP might not be to happy with it if there are allot of people on the server. If you're only playing them in your lan I see no point to rent a server for that.
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If you're Isp doesn't have a problem with the extra bandwidth being used and you're wanting to keep the servers up 24/7 without keeping your main computer on or you're wanting to release resources, then it might be worthwhile to build your own dedicated server.

Another option may even be to purchase a cheap Opteron or Xeon server off of eBay.
When I was still in school, I convinced my folks to upgrade to business class internet from Charter so I could host game servers for friends.
(Charter doesn't allow home servers on residential internet plans)
I purchased some cheap servers on eBay that had two dual/quad core Xeons/Opterons with anywhere from 8gb to 16gb of ram and sata raid controllers for around $250 each.
They weren't top of the line or the newest thing, but I was able to upgrade them for a little nothing using eBay as well.
What I did was create several virtual machines on each and give my friends access to their own virtual machine where they could host their own MineCraft, CounterStrike, web server, etc.
(The virtual machines wouldn't be necessary for what you're wanting)
I've ran some 64 player CounterStrike and 100 player MineCraft servers on machines like this without any issues.

I'd definitely consider shopping around for a cheap server on eBay if you decide to go through with it.
You may even get some nice experience from it as well, especially if you like to tinker! thumb.gif

Edit:
Other than having direct access to the physical machine, you wouldn't gain anything. Other than having a spare machine for something else, should you need it. It may be opposite, in which case your home bandwidth limits the amount of players and performance. And then there are always issues which can arise with your hardware and software, which you would be required to troubleshoot yourself. You may save some money by having your own machine, but increase in internet and power usage may void any savings there would be by not having to pay a hosting provider.
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