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Building a dedicated server
Tips wanted to bring you the ability to build a computer for
running a dedicated server. Not a monster on a T3 connection,
but a decent little box that you can run for your clan or
for fellow gamers in your neighborhood. We will also assume
at this point that you have put together a PC at least once.
This is not the newbie guide on computer assembly; don't worry,
we're writing one. Newbies will have to wait for that one.
us don't have the bandwidth or the money to supply the gaming
community with a kick-ass server, but can build one decent
enough to satisfy a few relentless Quakers. That is our focus,
the average guy or gal with some spare bucks, spare parts
and a decent connection like cable or DSL. So please, if you
have 56k don't look. Or just bookmark this one for when cable
or DSL comes to your area.
What goes in it?
Take a look through your house, see if you have any parts
laying around from your last upgrade. There are a few parts
that need not be of a concern for a server PC. For example
a sound card is not required at all. So if you want sound
and have an old PCI sound card laying around, grab it. Also,
video is not a huge issue since you won't be playing on the
server PC. So a simple 2D/3D card is suffucient. There is
really no need to spend more than $50 on video.
How many hard drives are in your computer you use now? Can
you give one up? This too would save money. You can use a
smaller hard drive since the OS install is small, even on
Windows. We will cover that later and wrap up with the total
possible cost of building the box.
One thing I did was dug up my old Soyo motherboard. I had
replaced it with an Abit because I had trouble with it running
AGP video efficiently. Well, we aren't worried about video
quality, this box is for power, not looks. So break out any
motherboard you may have retired because it didn't deliver
Multimedia, you might put it back to work.
You need to decide on what CPU you can afford and how much
power you want it to have. And we wanted to show you some
alternatives to spending $800 on a CPU. It may depend on what
game you plan to play most, or if you plan to upgrade your
gaming in the future. There is a big difference between running
a server for Quake 2 and running one for Quake III Arena.
The latter takes a lot of power. For Quake 2, some people
have gotten away with a P233mmx, I personally recommend nothing
less than a PII 400 for Quake III Arena. We all know the PIII
by Intel is a jammin' CPU, but it's pretty pricey too. So
what next? What else can give you the speed you need at a
decent price? Let's look:
No CPU's are mentioned here that TechTips would not recommend.