Hello Intel Community! This is my first time posting, so excuse me if it is in the wrong "section".
I am attempting to run a few large gaming servers (the game is called "Minecraft"). I would be running 3 servers in the beginning (8GB, 4GB, 1GB), but in the future, I plan to add another.
I need a processor that can handle this, and a motherboard that is compatible. I know almost nothing about the hardware side of computers! Please advise me which parts to get. I don't really have a set budget, but I don't want to pay a ton for the processor (although I know I will end up doing so). My budget is about $1100, but this includes the graphic cards, case, RAM, everything.
Any help is really appreciated! If you could give me a processor and a compatible motherboard, that would be fine, but if you feel like writing out a list of other parts (graphic card, etc.) that is compatible, that is amazing!
Ahh, Minecraft .
I run a server at home for my two kids (and me if I get the time) and have now opened it up to a few of my older sons friends. It does not get heavily loaded but there are a few things to watch out for.
You really need to work out how many users you are looking to host per server in order to calculate the amount of ram and disk space you will need. Without that information it is very hard to work out resource requirements and offer suggestions which will do for now but give scope to upgrade if your requirements change in the future.
A few points to remember hardware wise;
Intel 520 series of SSDs would be a good choice.
As long as you have fast storage, other resource requirements fro Minecraft are pretty low.
I would suggest building a virtulization server (VMWare vSphere 5.0 or 5.1 when released on Sept 11th) based on;
That comes to just over US$1,200 (shopping around should get you cheaper). Drop to 8GB if you really need to cut down further.
For the chassis, you have not said what type of case you want (rack or pedestal / tower). If you go rack mount then just be aware that the S1200BTL/BTS boards do not go well with other makers 1U chassis. Either get a bigger rack mount chassis or a tower / pedestal case. The S1200BTLR is an ATX board so you need to take that in to account.