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Hey there!

Completely new to the server side of things and want to put a server together from old computer parts i had but wasn't sure if they would do the trick. I am primarily looking for a machine that can host a few game server (primarily FPS games), host 1-2 websites and possibly a VOIP server such as Mumble or Teamspeak.

How much would you figure this type of machine will go for? would it be more recommended to have two "less powerful" servers rather than one "powerfull" server.

Hoping you guys can help get me started.


Parts at my disposal (They are primarily gaming hardware btw):
- Asus Rampage II Extreme (1366 Socket) w/ 12 gigs ram | i7 920
- Several 500gb HDD's (4 or 5) different brands and speeds
- 2 other LGA 775 socket MOBOs with Pentium Dual Cores each filled with 4 gigs of ram
- 8800 gtx and 8800 ultra
- that's about it besides DVD burners/ cases and PSU's

PS: Machine doesn't have to be made up of these parts, I am willing to buy new parts.

Thanks!
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If you want to host all of these and have more than enough extra performance go look on ebay for a Dell C1100. It will do more than enough for all of that. As for an OS I would install Windows Server 2012 if you have more than 32 gb of RAM or ESXi if you have 32 GB or less RAM.
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If you want to host all of these and have more than enough extra performance go look on ebay for a Dell C1100. It will do more than enough for all of that. As for an OS I would install Windows Server 2012 if you have more than 32 gb of RAM or ESXi if you have 32 GB or less RAM.
Thanks for that, takes much less power to game servers than i originally thought.
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Yeah, a C1100 will be your best bet. ~$320 for 36GB of RAM and dual Xeon L5520s, with an average power draw of ~140W (and a max of around ~215W). Can't beat it.

Definitely virtualize, with your hypervisor of choice. Mumble > TS.

Are you planning to host all of this just for your LAN or do you plan to host games over your WAN? If the latter, make sure you have a decent upload speed to handle the amount of speculated users, and also that your ISP won't shut you off for hosting servers (or at least use non-standard ports, as they are unlikely to be scanning non-standard ports).
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Yeah, a C1100 will be your best bet. ~$320 for 36GB of RAM and dual Xeon L5520s, with an average power draw of ~140W (and a max of around ~215W). Can't beat it.

Definitely virtualize, with your hypervisor of choice. Mumble > TS.

Are you planning to host all of this just for your LAN or do you plan to host games over your WAN? If the latter, make sure you have a decent upload speed to handle the amount of speculated users, and also that your ISP won't shut you off for hosting servers (or at least use non-standard ports, as they are unlikely to be scanning non-standard ports).
Awesome, been reading quite a bit about the C1100, thanks for the 2nd vote. Sounds like it'll run great.

Going for WAN service. Definitley have the network side of things pretty much figured out. Thanks for the help and the tips! smile.gif
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As has already been said. Get yourself a C1100 and put a hypervisor on it to virtualise and separate your roles out.

I am primarily a VMWare man, infact im VCP5 DCV, but recently have been using Proxmox because its free and is excellent.

Get proxmox.
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If you want to host the game servers with a nice UI you could use TC Admin. It is what I use and I really like it.
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