What spec needed for online games server?

Discussion in 'PC Gaming' started by Mubbers, Oct 19, 2002.

  1. Mubbers

    Mubbers Shoot! Political User

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    If I wanted to build a machine specifically as an online games server what kind of spec would I need - to run UT2003?
     
  2. Zedric

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    If it's a dedicated server it's all up to how many users you want playing on it simultaneously.
     
  3. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    it'll probably be around the spec needed to actually play the game, a dedicated server doesn't need to be immensly powerful, as its only running code and not the actual game itself (if that makes sence :) )
     
  4. SickBoi

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    if its truely dedicated, and if you're going to do it through xp.. you should down all system services the game doesn't need.. get lots of ram.. a moderate cpu.. and you don't even need a video or sound card..
     
  5. SPeedY_B

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    i'd recommend a Linux box over xp
    no sound
    no gfx
    plenty of mem
    best cpu you can get (but like SickBoi says, moderate, it doesnt have to be an o/c'd 3.2ghz chip :) )
    the UT2003 dedicated server i think is about a 500mb install so you dont need a 120gb HD either.

    But again, it all depends on how many players you are wanting to 'host' at one time. I think you should try asking / e-mailing someone over at the official site...
     
  6. Mubbers

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    Yes it would be a totally dedicated machine. I reckon I should be able to pick up a 1GHz machine 2nd hand relatively cheaply (or even build it up) and like you say stuff it with memory.

    When this machine is acting as the server via ADSL would I be able to join in (with my main machine) via a LAN link?

    Questions - always questions!

    Mubbers

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  7. Nick M

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    Yes, I believe you would be able to join in with your main machine.

    If I was to build a dedicated server for hosting a game...

    At least 1.6 GHZ Processor ( Go with AMD, and with Proper Cooling ) if you choose Intel, no lower then 2GHZ
    Memory wise, I would have what I have now, PC2700 DDR RAM, 1024MB.
    Graphics card, anykind, because you won't actually be playing the game on it.
    You don't even really need a sound card.
    HDD wise, I would go for about 80 GB with an 8MB buffer...
     
  8. Zedric

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    If you have a dedicated 100Mbit connection and a ton of users that spec could be ok, but for DSL or cable gaming a PIII 500 with 20 GB disk and 256 MB (maybe 512) RAM should suffice. I mean, it's just the server bit. It couldn't take that much.
     
  9. Nick M

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    Ehh....Zedric is right, it won't need that much.

    It's just me that's power hungry and spec crazy :p
     
  10. SPeedY_B

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    500mhz seems a nice speed, i'd recommend the 512mb over 256mb, just to make everything go that bit smoother :)
    theres always chance to upgrade anyway, so you could get a low spec server machine then simply add to it later if it doesnt suffice.