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Old March 3, 2011, 10:49 AM
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Here's a new gaming server build I'm putting together. It will be hosting an intensive MMORG as well as the database. I'm thinking of Raid0 on the 2 Sata6 ports and the backup on a Sata3. It will be running Windows Server 2003
I will be making the purchase in the next few days so any comments/concerns would be appreciated.

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Old March 3, 2011, 11:02 AM
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how intensive are you talking here? how many people and how large of a database?

and where are you hosting this? at home? XD
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Old March 3, 2011, 11:14 AM
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honestly if it were me and i wanted to host a gaming server i would just invest the money into a hosted solution. You'll get a better overal gaming experience as the inter connection would be faster.
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Old March 3, 2011, 12:22 PM
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No this will be hosted on a dedicated line 1000GB bandwidth 100mbps
I did the hosted box before and sadly its just not feasible paying to lease equipment and an OS. As a matter of fact it's a ripoff in my opinion. If you want a dedicated line with a nice quadcore and 24GB of Ram you'd easily be looking at $1.5k a month.
I can buy an uber server for $1.5k and colocation only costs $250 per month
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Old March 3, 2011, 01:08 PM
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None of that hardware is "server" grade though...

Why not buy a 1U/2U chassis with a Supermicro or Tyan motherboard? Pair it up with an Operton or Xeon.
Newegg has quite a large selection: Newegg.ca - Barebone Server, Barebone Rackmount System, Barebones Servers, Rack Barebone Server

Also not sure why you need a DVD drive in a server...especially when you won't have easy access to the server. I'm sure you can just borrow one from another PC while you setup the server.
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Old March 3, 2011, 01:24 PM
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Unless my memory is wrong server 2003 standard edition support only 4gb of ram as it's a 32 bits, only entreprise have a 64 bits version and support 24 gb of ram you plan to use , I guess 2003 data centre too.
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again the hardware needs to be up to spec as JD pointed out. A quad core hosting a database AND a MMORPG is quite the task to ask for in the first place. If the database isn't too large you might be able to get away with it.
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Totally look into the xenon quad/hexa core server procs... I've heard that the price is cheaper than going i7-9xx and better in many ways.
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There's a good reason why leased server's are $1.5k (says the OP) per month. The hardware contained within is probably over $5k and you're likely also paying for maintenance should a part die, it'll be replaced within hours and not days/weeks. Or perhaps they include fail-over to another server.

Just quickly looking at Newegg, I came up with this:

Newegg.ca - SUPERMICRO AS-1012G-MTF 1U Barebone Server AMD SR5650 Socket G34 Twelve/Eight-Core ready AMD Opteron 6100 Series processors
Newegg.ca - AMD Opteron 6128 Magny-Cours 2.0GHz 8 x 512KB L2 Cache 12MB L3 Cache Socket G34 115W 8-Core Server Processor OS6128WKT8EGOWOF
Newegg.ca - Seagate Cheetah 15K.7 ST3300657SS 300GB 15000 RPM 16MB Cache SAS 6Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive x4 (I'd say run RAID10)
Newegg.ca - Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM ECC Unbuffered DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Server Memory Model CT2KIT51272BA1339 x2 (or 4 as it's quad-channel)

Which comes to $2400 without tax/shipping. Probably still advisable to get a proper RAID card as well rather than using the onboard RAID (SB850).

At least it has a dedicated management port so you can hopefully recover the sever if it's software related.
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Completely un-hardware related, going from 2U down to 1U will actually save you at least $50-$100 a month with a colo ... over the course of a year that could be $600-$1,200. Just a thought for when you are coming up with total cost of ownership.
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