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I'm trying to build a budget server to host Counter Strike Global Offensive, Minecraft, Ventrilo, and Mumble. I want the CS server to be 10 slots with 128 tick rate, the Minecraft to be 20 slots, the Mumble server to be 20 slots, and Ventrilo 8 slots. I'm trying to figure out if more cores would be beneficial in this scenario, if so I could save a lot of money and go with a cheaper AMD CPU. Otherwise maybe an i5 4570 will do the trick? As for memory I assume 8GB of RAM is enough along with a 7200RPM HDD. Any help is appreciated.
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I would guess that 6GB+ ram would suffice.

Afaik none of the aforementioned server hosting software is that intensive. I mean you don't have to run a SQL database or anything either so an I5-34xx or similar is probably enough for the task.

A hybrid HDD might be of benefit depending on how read/write intensive things could get, but I expect most of your load will be network based, so 8GB ram might be a better idea and stick with a 7200rpm std storage HDD. You could then setup some ram drive software to cache 2GB worth of the most frequently accessed data, meaning reads/writes shouldn't be a bottleneck at all.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_RAM_drive_software

All of the benefits without the cost of an SSD, but it does require some prep.
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A RAM drive sounds like a great idea. I'm leaning towards getting this because of its price.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113286
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Id also say for the server if it is not much more get a Xeon E3-1220 you get the hyperthreading of an i7, price of an i5,and the reliability of a Server.

Minecraft will be reliant of upload speed and RAM.

The Hybrid will help with seeks and improve latency as I have a Momentus XT running my server.

Why not rent out a dedicated server from ovh considering the amount of players you want on the server. I would think you would hit the upload speed on your connection at home (assuming this is at home that is)
Edited by linkinparkfan007 - 2/22/14 at 8:02am
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There is no hyper threading on the 1220s only 1230+

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post #6 of 7
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Originally Posted by Spongeboy5040 View Post

There is no hyper threading on the 1220s only 1230+

This is correct. I'd recommend a Xeon and ECC RAM, just for integrity purposes. Not required, but recommended.

I assume you are using this yourself? 20-slot Mumble, 8-slot Ventrilo, 10-slot CS:GO, and 20-slot Minecraft together (assuming with all slots full) will require a decent upload speed (I'd say at least 10Mbps). Have you thought about renting a VPS? You can rent dedicated Minecraft servers for $10/mo or less which will give you great performance. You can get cheap-o VPS (2-4 cores, 2-3GB RAM, 2-3GB Swap, 40-100GB storage, 1-3TB bandwidth) for like $5/mo, which would be perfect for your vent/mumble services, and even a website to boot. I'm not sure what it takes to host CS:GO, but I know their are dedicated hosts out there for it.

For example, check out nfoservers:
http://www.nfoservers.com/order.php

You can get a 10 slot CS:Go server, with free webhosting, and 15 free Mumble slots for $10/month (month-to-month, or $8.99/mo for 3 months up front), with CS:Go up to 100 tick. You won't be sucking up your bandwidth, you won't be paying the electricity, and you won't feel any heat from it. You're looking at a $110 CPU which is almost a full year of this hosting. Historically, the people who come around here talking about game servers (myself included) will end up hosting for only a few months before they "move on" to other things. Seriously, think about it -- do you think you will be playing CS:GO and Minecraft long enough to justify $400-600 in hardware? Sure the hardware can be re-purposed, at a cost of $15-25/mo for the hosting you would need to do everything you want, it would take at least 2 years to be more cost effective than a professional hosting, and that's not including electricity costs.

If you don't have a great internet upload speed, anyone who uses your servers will likely get frustrated from the latency and lag, which makes for a bad experience. Just think about the hosting; it's worth it.
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Originally Posted by Valiant92 View Post

I'm trying to build a budget server to host Counter Strike Global Offensive, Minecraft, Ventrilo, and Mumble. I want the CS server to be 10 slots with 128 tick rate, the Minecraft to be 20 slots, the Mumble server to be 20 slots, and Ventrilo 8 slots. I'm trying to figure out if more cores would be beneficial in this scenario, if so I could save a lot of money and go with a cheaper AMD CPU. Otherwise maybe an i5 4570 will do the trick? As for memory I assume 8GB of RAM is enough along with a 7200RPM HDD. Any help is appreciated.

Why don't you buy a slightly older HP or Dell rack server from eBay. You can get them with XEONS and 16+ gig of RAM and SAS 10K RAID drives in them then add additional SATA storage if you need it.
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