| Posted: Fri May 23, 2008 8:39 pm
Basically, It's kind of pointless to have a top end cpu, a raid array and so on if you don't have the bandwidth to allow you to use this hardware.
So first, what's your network bandwidth ?
Also I agree with Epsy, better to have a smaller server (with a crappy crapy graphics card
) and a separate comp for your personal usage if you don't want to makes your server affected when you're compiling and playing (of course you will
Also you have to adjust cpu, memory, hard drive to fit your needs:
better a less powerful cpu and enough memory
about HD, SCSI drives are very expensive. Except if you need a professional raid array, a normal raid controller (included on most recent motherboard) and fast SATA drives will be cheaper and fast enough ... Also, it is a good idea to have a separate one for swap if you can.
I use to run 3 teams fortress when I was testing it on a basic comp (athlon 2400+, 512Mo memory, normal drive not even raid, nvidia motherboard graphics ...) on a ADSL 2+ connection.
Even with 12 players the hardware was good enough. But the bandwidth was not ! Connected on my laptop on the server (local network), I did not feel any lag issue while other players ping fall down ... Actually, it was good enough up to 9 players.
Conclusion: save your money, get an normal comp with a cpu fast enough, put enough memory, a good set of hard drives in it and you'll have your server. With the money you save, put a good graphic card in your current comp and you will be happy...