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Entry Level Minecraft Server (MANY DIFFERENT BUILD OPTIONS!)

Link to video version of this build guide

Hello to all! I am now back with another build guide that is slightly different than the other guides I have made in the past. This is a build guide for the person who doesn't want to pay some company for a Minecraft (or something else for that matter) server, and instead wants to host it from their own house and computer. I will go through all the different parts and why I chose them, as well as some of the options you have when doing this build. I hope you all enjoy and make sure to leave a +1!

  • A little side note; before anyone asks where my other build guides went, I took them off of here for now but you can still find them on my YouTube channel which I left a link to in my profile description!

CPU OPTION 1 - Intel Pentium G4400 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor

  • http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80662g4400
  • First things first, an important thing to note when creating a Minecraft server is that more cores does not equal better! So because of that it is important to choose a dual-core CPU with fast/powerful cores; what better CPU to do the job is there apart from Intel's G4400. This is a very high quality CPU for its price, and although it is locked, it still offers great performance and a high speed. It will be able to do the job just fine!

CPU OPTION 2 - G4500

Motherboard OPTION 1 - Gigabyte GA-H110M-A Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard paired with the G4400

  • http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-gah110ma
  • This is a reasonably high end motherboard and will have all the features you will ever need for a Minecraft server. It is extremely cheap so you won't be spending a fortune, and the only downside is that you won't be able to overclock with this motherboard. Even though you won't be able to overclock, this CPU is very powerful as it is and you will still get very good performance. This motherboard also has room for some basic upgrades down the road.

Motherboard OPTION 2 - Get a motherboard that either supports overclocking the G4500 or G4400.

  • Note that you should only do this if you are really interested in overclocking as it will be significantly more expensive and may not affect your server much!

  • With that being said, both of these chips can be overclocked using the right board. If you want to overclock the G4500, just about any Z170 board will work fine, but if you want to save some money and take a risk with the G4400, then there are a few ASRock H170 and Z170 boards that support overclocking this chip.

CPU Cooler OPTION 1 - Don't get one if you don't want to overclock. The stock cooler will be fine!

CPU Cooler OPTION 2 - CRYORIG H5 Universal 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler if you are overclocking

Memory - Kingston HyperX Fury Black 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory

  • http://pcpartpicker.com/part/kingston-memory-hx421c14fb8
  • This high performance memory should be enough to handle 40-50 players on a server (obviously it also depends on the plugins you have installed). If you plan to have hundreds of players on your server at the same time, then I seriously recommend getting 16GB of RAM.

Storage OPTION 1 - Samsung 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (750 EVO)

Storage OPTION 2 - Go for a slightly cheaper ~120GB SSD from someone like Sandisk or Kingston.

  • http://pcpartpicker.com/part/sandisk-internal-hard-drive-sdssda120gg25
  • An SSD like this will still be reliable and fast, however not as fast as the 750 EVO. You will save a little bit of money at the expense of performance however if you are short on cash then this will suit you fine.
  • Be careful about what company you are buying your cheap SSD from, make sure they are well known or that the SSD you are buying gets positive reviews!

Case - Apevia X-QPACK3-BL MicroATX Mini Tower Case

PSU - Thermaltake 450W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply

I believe that I have covered everything! Lemme know what you think in the comments and make sure to leave a +1 if you liked it! I will try to keep the list up to date and the video version of this guide is at the top of the page!

Compatibility: No issues or incompatibilities found.

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Compatibility Notes

  • Note:Some physical dimension restrictions cannot (yet) be automatically checked, such as cpu cooler / RAM clearance with modules using tall heat spreaders.

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    Comments

    • 46 months ago
    • 5 points

    That kingston v300 SSD is a bait-n-switch. Dont reccomend it

    • 46 months ago
    • 0 points

    o ok didn't realize ill take it off

    • 46 months ago
    • 0 points

    bait an switch or not it is still faster than an hdd

    • 46 months ago
    • 4 points

    Theres no use comparing a crap SSD vs a HDD.

    Its not worth the price, its performance is not great, its a bait and switch. Theres no reson to buy a new one that was made after the switch.

    • 46 months ago
    • -3 points

    it still had faster read and writers than an hdd and if you get this for like 35-45 it is definitely worth it? if you are really that against it get an a data

    • 46 months ago
    • 3 points

    Yes, its faster than an HDD, i get it. Stop telling me that.

    If you get it for 35-45 dollars, yes, it might be worth it, but no one will be selling for that price unless its the future, theres a huge sale, or kingston starting fairly pricing that SSD,

    Im against it, and i wont get an Adata. I reccomend crucial BX100 and Samsung 850 evo

    • 46 months ago
    • -2 points

    oh wow sorry but there is already a v300 that's been at 40-44 for the past couple of weeks... sorry you didn't do research. I also recommend a Titan x instead of a 380 in a budget build but most people aren't willing to spend a conpromise there budget just because it isn't the "best" out there. the evo has very little increase for the price difference.

    • 46 months ago
    • 2 points

    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seasonic-power-supply-s12ii430b

    This PSU is almost the same price, has higher wattage, and has much better internal quality

    • 46 months ago
    • 1 point

    oh wow the cx unit jumped up 20 dollars in price but i would still go for it over that just because it is semi-modular and that would help a lot w/ cable management since the case is so compact. plus the extra wattage is pointless in a build that needs 100W

    • 46 months ago
    • 1 point

    But it has better better quality parts, but the CX 430 is fine. Just giving suggestions

    • 46 months ago
    • 1 point

    alright no problem.

    • 46 months ago
    • 1 point

    could this run a modded server? ftb infinity with constant chunks loaded?

    • 46 months ago
    • 1 point

    i'm pretty sure this build will be able to handle it. i cant say for certain how well though

    • 45 months ago
    • 1 point

    I'd recommend 16 GB or at least 12 GB of ram cause that's a lot of mods

    • 46 months ago
    • 1 point

    um wheres the GPU? Why in the name of god are you using a 120gb SSD?????

    • 46 months ago
    • 2 points

    You don't need a GPU as there are integrated graphics in the CPU, and Minecraft server processes don't render anything.

    The 120 GB is perfectly adequate for a build like this, and you could get away with even less space if you wanted.

    • 46 months ago
    • 0 points

    Not bad. I would go mini itx and g3258 for a smaller and faster rig

    • 46 months ago
    • 0 points

    WATCH OUT!!

    First I want to say that I am not hating on this build guide. Its a great build guide and you should do it if you do not care about the following.

    Be careful about starting your server... Whats the difference between you and a hosting company? You have a private domain (IP Address). If your minecraft server gets hacked, the hacker can go into your IPS and find many things from A:Location and B:Credit Card Info. From DDOS attacks to getting you internet shut down. Hosting companies use your money to improve their DDOS protection for your server.

    If you are just setting up a private 24/7 server with your friends this will do fine. Other than that I would not buy this PC for Minecraft related projects.

    • 46 months ago
    • 1 point

    thanks for the feedback, however i want to mention that if you have a good firewall then it is unlikely you will be attacked and there are also other methods of preventing hacks/ddos

    • 46 months ago
    • 1 point

    This is true but there is always ways to counter ddos protection and firewalls. Like i was saying if this is a server for you and your friends it will be just fine

    • 46 months ago
    • 1 point

    you could always purchase high end business/server (im not sure exactly what its called) internet as well which would basically be as good/reliable as server hosting companies.

    • 46 months ago
    • 1 point

    True... Maybe link some on the description

    • 46 months ago
    • -1 points

    good luck trying to run a server without a business line for internet.

    • 46 months ago
    • 1 point

    Can do if you only has a few users

    • 46 months ago
    • 1 point

    actually i once tried running a server from my house w/ 50Mb/s download and upload and it would run fine with 50 players.

    • 46 months ago
    • 1 point

    Or it could be used as an ethernet server.

    • 46 months ago
    • 1 point

    yea ethernet would work well

    • 46 months ago
    • -1 points

    lol He could have gotten 1 terrabite for 45 dollars XD

    • 46 months ago
    • 2 points

    Uhh I don't know any reliable brand that sells 1tb SSDs for that cheap!

    • 46 months ago
    • 0 points

    The SeaGate barricuda has a 1 tb for 45 dollars and is used in most of the big price builds hope that helps

    • 46 months ago
    • 1 point

    yes but it is not an ssd

    • 46 months ago
    • 1 point

    The SSD is faster than a 1 TB HDD, so, because this PC is a dedicated server and theoretically has nothing but the OS and server files, 120 GB is more than enough.

    This is all in the description.

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    • 46 months ago
    • 1 point

    thanks

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    • 46 months ago
    • 1 point

    on certain boards the answer is still yes, and the g4500 is unlocked by default anyways. i dont recommend trying to oc though especially in this case because the performance increase may not help the server that much

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    • 46 months ago
    • 2 points

    wanna explain or just be an ******* by giving me no feedback

    • 46 months ago
    • 2 points

    Wow... I almost wish I could see what he/she said lol. Anyways amazing guide, I love how with a few upgrades it could be a functioning gaming PC. Btw check out [http://www.gizoogle.net/index.php?search=http%3A%2F%2Fpcpartpicker.com%2Fguide%2Fq8Xscf%2Fentry-level-minecraft-server-many-different-build-options&se=Gizoogle+Dis+Shiznit] (This thread if we were from the hood)

    • 46 months ago
    • 1 point

    lol i cant format XD

    • 46 months ago
    • 1 point

    hahahaha thats amazing!!!!!!

    • 46 months ago
    • 1 point

    how did u manage to do that and keep the link?

    • 46 months ago
    • 1 point

    Search gizoogle it's hilarious works for all web pages :D I got it from another guy on PCPP (Christian490348) I actually don't know what numbers are at the end I think it's 502

    • 46 months ago
    • 1 point

    ok i found it, its amazing!!!

    • 46 months ago
    • 1 point

    o nvm i found it but thats hilarious.

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    • 46 months ago
    • 2 points

    Keep it polite or don't comment on this site.

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    • 46 months ago
    • 4 points

    It wasn't a matter of "I like Intel more than AMD" or vice versa, it was just the matter of the Pentium being the best suited processor for an entry level Minecraft server as it has very powerful cores at a very affordable price.

    • 46 months ago
    • 2 points

    +1

    It's an all-too-common myth that AMD always offers the best bang for your buck.

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