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I was thinking on making a simple PC, to run my game servers. I want to run 2 at the same time. TF2 & CSS. Of course of it' needing memory, but will a video card effect performance much on the server?

I was wondering if I had the case, motherboard, CPU, power supply, small memory, Vista and a broadband internet connection it would be good if it was for example Ebay put together? So it would be under 200 bucks.
a video card doesnt effect the server at all, a 32 mb on board video card is perfect for a server. Vista will use a lot of memory so you might want to get at least 2gb and maybe use a windows server edition or maybe even linux but overall you can build a server for 200 bucks.

Also what kind of upload speed are you talking about with this connection?
Thanks for the reply, Windows Server, eh? Alright I mite get it, I can't stand Linux's connection set ups. No offense to Linux user's, but Windows Server sounds good. Also I have to do some Ebay searching. The only thing that bugs me is the right case size for everything.

The upload speed? For users on the server? I'm not to sure, what do you recommend?
Its better to use a cheap video card rather than onboard because it reduces the northbridge stress and moves the graphics to the card. Dont use ebay for computer parts. EVER.
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I would choose XP or Windows Server (2k3 or 2k8) before vista for a server.
You can build a computer to run those two servers in the $300 range. However what is your bandwidth speed at home? You will need a fast internet connection to run two full servers.
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If you want to be running two servers, then dual core is recommended. The rule of thumb I use is one core per game server, but if it's small light weight servers I normaly throw 2 or 3 on to one powerful core and normaly get away with it.
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You know what I mite be better off getting Linux, then spending 100 dollars more. I don't have a job. So I'll just take the cheap way on the OS.

Why would I need dual core for two servers? I know mutable applications are running at the same time, but what is diffrent then one core with 2 applications at the same time.

I'm not sure about my upload speed at the time since I'm out of town, but I can't wait to get back and start working on this project, but I'll let you guys know when I get back.

But my CSS server doesn't get lag at all with 20 bots and 4-5 people on at the same time. So I'm sure the upload speed is good.

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