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I was wondering what it would really take to run a decent game server? I am on a pretty good comcast connection(I say pretty good lightly, comparatively to large corporate networks I can't compare speeds since I don't know what the down/upload speeds are. I can test when I get home).

I may attempt a 12, 24, or 32 slot server. It depends really. Mainly what I'm looking for is if the hardware can support the load first off before I worry about the connection.

The build will be a Q9450 cpu, XFX 780i board, x2 8800 GTXs(obviously probably don't matter for server purposes), 4 gigs of DDR2 800 ram, and likely a 500GBx4 hard drive configuration of stripe/mirror(currently I just run a single 1TB caviar blue drive). I'll most likely be running it on Fedora if Valve has dedicated support for it, otherwise it will be on Server 2008.

Thanks for any input and advice!
Edited by Dark-Asylum - 1/18/11 at 11:44am
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I was under the impression that Bad Company 2 was only able to be run from an approved server host like gameservers. I don't believe you can download the server client to run on your own personal server.
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What about a game server for a source based game then? such as CSS, DODS, TF2, the like. i'm mainly attempting to gauge the hardware side of things first before i worry about the connection like i said.

edit; i fixed the thread title + main post to reflect the impossibility of hosting my own BC2 server and shifted the direction towards source-engine games
Edited by Dark-Asylum - 1/18/11 at 11:44am
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Get a good CPU and a large amount of RAM. Nothing else is really needed for a game server. 2 8800 GTXs is a total waste of power in a gaming server, unless they'll be folding.

Your Q9450 should be pretty decent. 4 GB of RAM should be pretty good as well, but depending on how many players you want and if the server will be doing other stuff you might want at least 6 GB.
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Main thing for a gaming server is your connection. I've read you generally want ~1mbps/player
    
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