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Dedicated Gaming Server Build

CelekDraco

5 months ago

Hi, I'm looking to build a dedicated gaming server that is able to run about half a dozen Ark servers, a 7 Days to Die server, a Minecraft server, a Conan Exiles server, plus another 2-3 unnamed gaming servers, simultaneously. The hope is to be able to have something that is capable of hosting a bunch of different games for around 100 people.

I'm not sure where to start. I've done a regular desktop computer build before but I know servers take a different grade of hardware. Any help would be great. Thank you!

  • Budget: ~$1,400 USD
  • Location: USA
  • Use (gaming, rendering, etc): gaming server
  • Peripherals required (monitor, keyboard/mouse, etc): N/A
  • Operating System required: Windows

Comments

  • 5 months ago
  • 3 points

I suspect that core count is more important than raw CPU speed in this sort of environment. I suggest you put together a Threadripper 1950X 16-core build, or at least 1920X 12-core, with 4x16GB memory (64GB).

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Threadripper 1920X 3.5 GHz 12-Core Processor $352.67 @ OutletPC
CPU Cooler Noctua - NH-U14S TR4-SP3 82.52 CFM CPU Cooler $79.90 @ Amazon
Motherboard Gigabyte - X399 AORUS PRO ATX TR4 Motherboard $279.99 @ Amazon
Memory G.Skill - Ripjaws V 64 GB (4 x 16 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $259.99 @ Newegg
Storage Intel - 660p Series 1 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $99.99 @ B&H
Video Card PowerColor - Radeon RX 570 4 GB RED DRAGON Video Card $129.99 @ Newegg
Case Fractal Design - Focus G ATX Mid Tower Case $53.56 @ Amazon
Power Supply SeaSonic - FOCUS Gold 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply $82.99 @ Amazon
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $99.49 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1438.57
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-06-17 05:32 EDT-0400

plus a couple more case fans, and ideally you'd push the budget to get a 1950X in there.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

https://www.newegg.com/p/1VK-001E-1M4V7

HP Z820 Workstation 2x E5-2690 v2 3.0GHz 20-Cores 128GB DDR3 Quadro K600 NEW 128GB SSD Windows 10 Pro - $1,456

Use the included 128GB SSD as the boot/OS drive. Pick up a separate 480GB-1TB SSD to install your game servers on.

This machine gives you 128GB RAM for running lots of servers. 20 cores, 40 threads, Ivy Bridge architecture at reasonable enough clock speeds for game servers.

Some performance "tuning" might be helpful in the form of doing some manual affinity assignment for the servers. Allocating an appropriate number of cores to each server, and ensuring that all the cores allocated to each server are on the same CPU socket.

Similar tuning would likely be required for best results from a modern threadripper system anyway to keep each server in the same CCX, but this system is going to be a lot less expensive for similar results.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd go for a prebuilt one, since I know nothing about servers, maybe someone else does though?

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Not sure about servers, but how’s this?

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 7 2700X 3.7 GHz 8-Core Processor $279.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard MSI - B450 TOMAHAWK ATX AM4 Motherboard $109.99 @ Amazon
Memory G.Skill - Ripjaws V 64 GB (4 x 16 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $259.99 @ Newegg
Storage Corsair - MP510 480 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $74.99 @ Corsair
Storage Seagate - Barracuda Compute 4 TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive $84.99 @ Amazon
Video Card Zotac - GeForce GT 710 1 GB Video Card $37.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Cougar - MX330-X ATX Mid Tower Case $36.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply BitFenix - Formula Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply $61.89 @ SuperBiiz
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Pro OEM 64-bit $115.49 @ TrustedTechTeam
Case Fan ARCTIC - Arctic F12 PWM 57 CFM 120 mm Fan $6.89 @ OutletPC
Case Fan ARCTIC - Arctic F12 PWM 57 CFM 120 mm Fan $6.89 @ OutletPC
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1076.09
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-06-16 22:37 EDT-0400
  • 5 months ago
  • 0 points

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 9 3900X 3.6 GHz 12-Core OEM/Tray Processor -
Motherboard MSI - B450 TOMAHAWK ATX AM4 Motherboard $109.99 @ Amazon
Memory Corsair - Vengeance LPX 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $164.99 @ Amazon
Memory Corsair - Vengeance LPX 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $164.99 @ Amazon
Storage Intel - 660p Series 2 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $194.99 @ B&H
Video Card MSI - Radeon RX 580 8 GB ARMOR OC Video Card $159.99 @ Newegg
Case Fractal Design - Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case $89.99 @ Walmart
Power Supply EVGA - SuperNOVA G3 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply $109.89 @ OutletPC
Case Fan Cooler Master - SickleFlow (Red) 69.69 CFM 120 mm Fan $6.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Fan Cooler Master - SickleFlow (Red) 69.69 CFM 120 mm Fan $6.99 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1048.81
Mail-in rebates -$40.00
Total $1008.81
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-06-17 03:23 EDT-0400

The 3900X will run all your servers at acceptable speeds with 12 cores, and it comes with the Wraith Prism which will allow for moderate overclocking.

The MSI B450 Tomahawk has terrific value and has great cooling solutions to ensure 24/7 reliability of your servers.

64 GB of memory and 2 TB of entry-level NVMe SSD will ensure smooth and consistent performance.

The RX 580 is overkill for servers, but is currently on sale at Newegg giving it terrific value.

A 750W 80+ Gold PSU to ensure upgradability and save electricity.

Finally a high airflow case with 2 aftermarket fans. Heat removal is critical to 24/7 servers as it greatly improves component longevity. If quieter operation is desired, switch fans to Noctua NF-F12s.

Using open-source Linux will save you money considering it is a dedicated server with no other use. It is also more resource-efficient than Windows, which translates to better server performance.

Total exceeds budget by $100 but this build will perform better than the 2700X system from ImperiousBattlestar due to the significantly more powerful CPU & GPU and larger SSD space, and far better than the i7 8700 build from RobertL90 thanks to a doubling of cores and doubling of RAM.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

I approve of this dedicated server build. If you're willing to go even more above budget, I'd recommend a titanium PSU just for peace of mind. Other than that, this is a server beauty

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 9 3900X 3.6 GHz 12-Core Processor $499.99
Motherboard MSI - B450 TOMAHAWK ATX AM4 Motherboard $109.99 @ Amazon
Memory Corsair - Vengeance LPX 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $164.99 @ Amazon
Memory Corsair - Vengeance LPX 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $164.99 @ Amazon
Storage Intel - 660p Series 2 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $194.99 @ B&H
Video Card MSI - Radeon RX 580 8 GB ARMOR OC Video Card $179.99 @ Newegg
Case Fractal Design - Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case $89.99 @ Walmart
Power Supply SeaSonic - PRIME Ultra Titanium 650 W 80+ Titanium Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply $153.99 @ Amazon
Case Fan Cooler Master - SickleFlow (Red) 69.69 CFM 120 mm Fan $6.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Fan Cooler Master - SickleFlow (Red) 69.69 CFM 120 mm Fan $6.99 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1572.90
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-06-17 20:35 EDT-0400

added a 650W Seasonic and the Ryzen's price.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks test, +1

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks Test

Didn’t even know there were Titanium rated PSUs at under 1000W

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  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

GPU power isn’t really that important, when it comes to the kinds of servers the OP is talking about

(CPU and memory are what matter more)

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  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Something more like this then and a blue/black case for a little color :) :

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
Motherboard MSI - MAG Z390 TOMAHAWK ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $157.99 @ Amazon
Memory G.Skill - Aegis 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $124.99 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill - Aegis 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $124.99 @ Newegg
Storage Corsair - MP510 480 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $74.99 @ Corsair
Storage Seagate - IronWolf Pro 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $99.99 @ Newegg Business
Video Card Gigabyte - GeForce GT 1030 2 GB Silent Low Profile Video Card $87.99 @ Newegg
Case Fractal Design - Focus G ATX Mid Tower Case $54.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply SeaSonic - FOCUS SGX 450 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular SFX Power Supply $90.98 @ Newegg Business
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Pro OEM 64-bit $139.49 @ SuperBiiz
Case Fan be quiet! - SilentWings 3 PWM 50.5 CFM 120 mm Fan $24.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Fan be quiet! - SilentWings 3 PWM 50.5 CFM 120 mm Fan $24.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Fan be quiet! - SilentWings 3 PWM 50.5 CFM 120 mm Fan $24.99 @ SuperBiiz
Custom Intel Core i7-9700 Coffee Lake 8-Core 3.0 GHz (4.7 GHz Turbo) LGA 1151 (300 Series) 65W BX80684I79700 Desktop Processor Intel UHD Graphics 630 $329.99 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1361.36
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-06-16 23:15 EDT-0400

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