One Server to Rule Them All. Not really... just a good one.

Hey guys! My good friend The_Bishop and I are currently collaborating to put together a game server. Right now, we're looking for help, in the way of info, for running a dedicated server.
IE: Ideal bandwidth, RAM, HDD acess time, CPU (like single, dual, etc. P4, Athlon, other), Operating system, etc.

Any help would be much appreciated!

It really depends on how much you''re looking to spend.

Once you''ve decided this you then need to look at how many concurrent connections you plan to support as well as how heavy the utilization of the various applications you wish to support are.

So first off, whats your spending limit?

For a game server, you''re going to want the fastest CPU you can afford, and as much RAM as you can stuff in the box. For a processor, I''d probably go with a P4, one of the newer Northwood ones. Put in a i845 board, with some fast ram. I wouldn''t think HD speed is as crucial, but I could be wrong. If you''re comfortable with it, maybe go with Linux for an OS, since it doesn''t use up as much system resources. That might limit the games you can run though. Otherwise, go with maybe Windows 2000 server.

Harddrive speed as well as bandwidth is crucial, its one of the main bottlenecks in many machines. Also for most servers I''d suggest dual processors, and in this case P4''s, dual athlons don''t quite stack up, in pure power.

As to OS, to be honest I''d suggest win2k, mainly because of the myriad things you can run. Also a properly configured win2k box doesn''t use up as many resources as people think they do, problem is most people don''t do all of the neccessary, and fairly obnoxious, work that has to be done to get it there.

Thanks for the help so far.

Our budget is pretty meager. Only $400 dollars for CPU, RAM, and Mobo. We have all the other components we''d need, HDD, Video, sound, etc...
I have Win2k Server, XP Pro, and a copy of Win2k
""vanilla"" floating around somewhere. Is Server the best version for something like this?

It''s nice co-owning a computer business, just for the stuff that crosses my desk.

Our connectivity will be DSL. So, what sort of speeds will be a factor. Obviously more is better but which is more important for a server? Upstreaming or downstreaming?

Again, much thanks for all the help to this point!

"Kriegshund" wrote:

Put in a i845 board...

Just out of curiosity, why suggest D845 boards...

"Nei" wrote:
"Kriegshund" wrote:

Put in a i845 board...

Just out of curiosity, why suggest D845 boards... :|

Because as far as I know, the 845 chipset is still the best performing for the P4 out there. I may be wrong though, I haven''t kept up with reviews for a few weeks. Not the actual intel made board, maybe something from Asus or something.

I''m pretty sure it''s Intel, but my only thing is that D845 boards have worst compatibility with ATI external products... specially TV wonders!!

"Nei" wrote:

I''m pretty sure it''s Intel, but my only thing is that D845 boards have worst compatibility with ATI external products... specially TV wonders!! :|

That may be, but since he''s building a dedicated game server, I doubt he''d have an all-in-wonder hooked up.

I wasn''t planning on having an All-In-Wonder in the server. In fact I was kind of wondering what video card I should put in there. I''d prefer a Radeon of some type. I''ve gotten really burned by Nvidia''s drivers lately.

"Reaper81" wrote:

I wasn''t planning on having an All-In-Wonder in the server. In fact I was kind of wondering what video card I should put in there. I''d prefer a Radeon of some type. I''ve gotten really burned by Nvidia''s drivers lately.

If it''s a dedicated server, meaning you''re never going to use it to actually PLAY on, then I don''t think it much matters. Don''t most games have a dedicated server executable that just shows a command line window? I know CS/Day of Defeat worked like that, but I have no idea if these newfangled games work that way.

I agree, if it a server you don''t need a high end video... and if you going to go with the D845 boards, most of them have Intel Video chipset that will be more than sufficient for the task. There are only 3 thing you got to worry about HD, CPU, RAM... and may be HD controller, but that only if you want a something different other that a standard IDE setup.