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So, I am shopping around for older servers on the cheap for a dedicated server for my gaming clan. We have shrunk in the 15 years or so I have been with them. It's mostly a handful of us playing co-op games and other randomness. The hardware side I have pretty well sorted, but I was wondering what the best options for the machine is software wise. The plan is to move teamspeak and run 3-5 game servers. Maybe 5-10 clients logging in at once max. Is it best to run windows and use steam tools for the servers in there or run a VM with an OS for each game server? Maybe linux? Never really made anything like this and I am not sure the best solution off hand. I am sorta capable in Linux/Unix just from having to use them for my file server and a few other ods and ends, but still very green.

Any thoughts? I have a couple cheap dual socket rigs I have found on craigslist and also heading to free geek to see what they have tomorrow.

Also cost is a factor. Trying to go as cheap as I can get away with for the software. Only spending about $100-150 on the machines.
Edited by Prophet4NO1 - 2/14/16 at 8:36pm
 
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Not all game servers support Linux. It also depends on the server if it would be good in a VM or not.
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I know there is no silver bullet option. I might just load one of my extra Windows licences onto the machine. See what happens.
 
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