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Hi, I am in need of a server, no real budget at the moment, I just need an idea.

It will be used to host multiple game servers as a business project, and will be acompanied by more server in the future.

What sort of specs am I looking at to host say 20+ game servers.
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I heard Xeon processors are really good. For running multiple game servers, you might even need server memory. As an OS, I would go with Linux as well, (don't know what distro though).
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First off, gotta be multicore. A bit of some RAM, no graphics cards, and a bit of some storage.

Depending on the budget either go single LGA 775 quad, or dual LGA771 Dualies, and throw in quads later. 4 gb of RAM should be enough, though I am not entirely sure how much multiple servers require, but it should do the trick.

For storage, a couple of Seagate (or WD depending on your affiliation) 7200.11's in RAID 5. Though you might be able to get away with 3 drives, 2 in RAID 0 and one as a back-up.
    
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I was thinking this as a minimum spec:

Dual Xeons OR A single Dual Core
4GB RAM
2 Fast HDD's for a RAID. (+ Backup offsite or with a 3rd for mirroring)
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4 gigs sounds a little light... how big are these games? are you handling score-tracking as well? ... i think we need some more input, but for the price/performance, two xeon quads are a steal.
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I was thinking this as a minimum spec:

Dual Xeons OR A single Dual Core
4GB RAM
2 Fast HDD's for a RAID. (+ Backup offsite or with a 3rd for mirroring)
Way off... dual core would puke with 20 servers running on it... especially if they're 20+ players.

Dual xenons would be the way to go.
8GB RAM MINIMUM< i' reccomend 16
2 Raptors in RAID 0 will be fine as the server won't need much in the way of HDD space.
Also on a side note, should go with dual NIC's for full duplex network access (1 line in at 100mbps, 1 line out at 100mbps.).

One of my gaming teams used to rent a whole server box.... dual core, 2 gigs ram. 4 gaming servers at 20 players, vent, and website hosted from the box was about all it could handle efficently. When we tried to host a 5th server you would see server lag when the servers were full, and occosionally crashes.
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post #7 of 16
Right now 2.0 ghz quad core Xeons are going for ~$265 each.

The motherboards are in the $200 range.

The FB-Dimms are $140 for 4 gigs.

Nice PC power and cooling PSU or what ever your prefer is ~$150 for a good model.

Server hard drives are extremely expensive, so regular 7200 RPM drives in some sort of RAID config would be fine.
    
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post #8 of 16
go for one quad or 2 dual-core xeons
8-16gb ram ECC!
grap those SAS drives from the FS section
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RNice PC power and cooling PSU or what ever your prefer is ~$150 for a good model.


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Server hard drives are extremely expensive, so regular 7200 RPM drives in some sort of RAID config would be fine.
20 games is a lot of load. Check out the "server" grade benches of the raptor vs 7200.11.

the word on OCN is that raptors are over priced, but for truely hardcore use they're near unbeatable.

you shouldn't need a ton of space for the games: raid some 74 GB raptors and it'll be screaming.
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I probably wont build my own as I have no server building experience whatsoever but what about this sort of thing:

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http://cgi.ebay.com/New-1U-Rackmount...em320216733696
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