Dedicated server advice

its4thecolony

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Hey guys,

Looking for advice on getting a dedicated server or maybe a better option. I would like to run a website, a couple of voip servers and maybe a counter-strike go server. I'm looking for a good price just don't really know which host is the most reliable. Even though I don't think I can burn through a server with monthly bandwidth restriction, it would be nice to have one with unlimited.

Any suggestions on a type of server and a hosting provider? My monthly budget for this would be around 100-120, I don't know if that will suffice. Are there maybe any better options? Looking for a server preferably in the west coast (best would be California).
 

J-Will

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I've really been getting in to Azure. I know its not the dedicated nature you wanted. But with the pay for what you use cost structure, you just shut things down when you dont need them to save money.

AWS has a similar environment, however I used that a long time ago, and have recently been using Azure. Not a fair comparison due to the time differences
 

iamwhoiamtoday

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have you considered running a VM on Amazon's EC2 setup?
https://aws.amazon.com/ec2/pricing/

You could get an m3.large instance for about $100/month running Ubuntu Server.

Do you have a preference for operating systems?
I haven't checked out Azure yet, but the AWS setup has been nice to me so far.
 

its4thecolony

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Wow, I've never even really taken a look at these 2 programs from amazon and Microsoft. My preference OS would be Linux since the guy I have that's going to be doing all the maintenance and installation stated that he would prefer Linux. I'm not fairly even sure how these web services work, will they allow me to actually run a game server and voip without any issues? I haven't really done much reading, I'm at work and only take a look at this when I get the chance. Always thought these kind of programs were used more for web based application.
 

revned

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You should visit webhostingtalk.com and browse through their dedicated server section or gaming section and advertising. There are tons of west coast host on their and well within that budget.
 

its4thecolony

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Ok so for now I think this is the server I decided I might get

Intel Core i7 3770K (3.4+GHZ)
16Gb (4x4,096Mb DDR3 ECC 1333Mhz)
512GB Solid State Drive
1 GBit/s Uplink Port
1 IP Address

I will try running a CSGO server along with a 50man mumble and a website. Would all those run optimally on this server? Any cheaper better options? What would be the most efficient way to run all this, is there a way I can keep all resources separate for each application (I'm sure there are but would that be a good decision)?

Any suggestions would be nice. Just trying to learn and play around with it but I would like to know that I'm making a good choice.
 
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iamwhoiamtoday

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Is this running at home? in a Colocation facility? Do you actually have 1gbps bandwidth, or is that just the interface speed? Do you have a network bandwidth cap? How much will you be paying for this?

If you're leasing / renting, the fact that it isn't a Xeon has me concerned. Consumer level hardware in a server farm? uh....

That said, the hardware in question should be able to handle CSGO / 50-person Mumble / website. Would it be possible to run the website through another service though?

That said, there are a good number of companies who already run CSGO / Mumble / Website servers for gaming clans, why not go through one of them?
 

mwarps

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Ok so for now I think this is the server I decided I might get

Intel Core i7 3770K (3.4+GHZ)
16Gb (4x4,096Mb DDR3 ECC 1333Mhz)
512GB Solid State Drive
1 GBit/s Uplink Port
1 IP Address

I will try running a CSGO server along with a 50man mumble and a website. Would all those run optimally on this server? Any cheaper better options? What would be the most efficient way to run all this, is there a way I can keep all resources separate for each application (I'm sure there are but would that be a good decision)?

Any suggestions would be nice. Just trying to learn and play around with it but I would like to know that I'm making a good choice.


Specs are bullshit.

The i7-3770K doesn't support ECC RAM, and base frequency is not 3.4GHz..

I'd be very weary of this provider.
If they can't even tell you the truth about your hardware, or convincingly lie to you that they're provisioning you off of beefier hardware, I'd walk.
 

KapsZ28

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I am not in sales, but our company has a location in LA where you could get a VM. Inbound bandwidth is unlimited and outbound varies, but I commonly see 5 TB outbound bandwidth. Pricing would depend on OS, memory, CPU, and storage. Well, and bandwidth too if you wanted more than 5 TB outbound.
 

its4thecolony

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The ECC was probably just a mistake but it's an LA server. It does seem sketchy but I'm going to play this one fast and loose and see how it all pans out.Overall price is 145.00. Also the reason I don't just use a provider like gameservers or nfo is because I have a guy coding a website for me and I figured I'd just get a dedicated machine and play around with it while it runs a website. I figured I would install a mumble server and a CSGO server.
 
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Just for the sake of comparison, do you have the space to run hardware at home? That is what I did. I bought a 2U Supermicro server and just run it out of my house. Save up a little for the hardware, then use the $100-$120 / month on your ISP. You can get a decent server for under $400 shipped on Ebay,

I know this isn't for everyone, as they can run loud. I have mine in the utility room where the furnace is next to my office, but the noise level isn't too bad. I run Ubuntu Server as the OS, with a ZFS pool with over 14 TB of storage for the main house NAS, then virtual hosts running Plex Media Server, and a Minecraft server. I am eventually going to get around to setting up a CS server for my brother and I to use as well, but we really don't play often anymore. I have a domain name as well pointing at the house too which EVENTUALLY I will actually get around to putting up a page, but I just use it to reach my stuff remotely, for now.

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My server info is in my sig, it came with the chassis, motherboard, both CPU's, and 24 gigs of memory, I believe it was in the neighborhood of $300-$350 shipped. I had all but one of the 4TB drives on hand for the build before getting the server. I then got a great deal on an additional 48 gigs of memory, as a just in case, not sure what all I am doing with it yet impulse buy.
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Good luck!!
 
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kdh

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i use 1and1 dedicated servers.. Ive been with them for easily 8 years or so. never had much of an issue. I run my video/audio streaming services, vent, l4d2 server, and various other websites with out much fuss. I pay around 100$ a month.
 

tacos4me

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i've had good luck with 100tb.com bare metal in the past. decent prices, softlayer DC's/support. 100TB/mo bandwidth (basically unlimited, for your needs i'm assuming anyway) on 1GbE, optional 10GbE.
 

Outlaw85

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Is this something you are looking to mess with? or get serious with? Unfortunately, I've never doing the VOIP side but do run multiple game servers (currently 3 GO and 2 1.6) from home and haven't had any complaints on reg. Granted they are all running but never full at once.

Short story regarding go game server, if you have a decent upload ~5Mb and some extra hardware lying around, it may be worth the experiment at home before spending a monthly bill.
 

voyagerfan99

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Personally if I were you I'd invest in some used server equipment. You can get used HP ProLiant servers for pretty cheap (I just bought an HP DL360 G6, loaded it up with 64GB of RAM and 2.4TB worth of drives for about $795 total (you can go cheaper on the RAM and HDD's if desired - the server itself was $275).

Once you have the hardware you set it up as a VMware ESXi host and make as many VM's as you need on your own network.
 
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