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#1 DerekCZ

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Posted 22 August 2017 - 01:21 PM

Let me describe my current situation. 

I want to make a basic server to do two tasks; host Transport Tycoon and FTP servers. None of them really requires that much computing power and my connection is fast enough, I would assign those tasks to my current PC, but it was built to do some serious gaming so it consumes more power on idle than I want my server to consume while servering. Actualy right now, while I am just writing this with chrome open it's eating up 120W.

I searched my entire house and nearby places for components that I could use to make that server for basicaly free, but I ended up with some 2000's graphics cards, 1GB of RAM combined and no PSU. However, local school was getting rid of it's servers from which I managed to scavange six Xeon CPUs, four 32-bit 5150s and two unnamed (Intel Xeon '04) ones, I suspect they are 64-bit, single-core 3.40GHz, socket 604.

So as you can see I have nothing right now, except a bit of money that I would like to invest in that server. Any advice to get the cheapest-to-buy and cheapest-to-run server would be very appreciated. If you have some ideas for what I can do with those Xeons, that would also help (maybe).

I am not afraid to buy old used stuff from ebay, I actualy went to the local scrap materials place and searched some computers there while it was raining on me (and those computers), so yeah...



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Posted 22 August 2017 - 02:31 PM

It might help to host the required specifications to host Transport Tycoon.  Even though you say server you don't need Xeons, an i3 or Raspberry Pi might suit your purposes.



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Posted 23 August 2017 - 02:04 AM

I don't think any official requirements were ever released, but it heavily depends on which map size I want to use, starting from 64x64 tiles to 4096x4096 or so.

 

About the Raspberry Pi, I also looked at it, but I think that it's CPU and RAM is just not enough...



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Posted 23 August 2017 - 01:32 PM

Xeon 5150, if I'm reading your post right you have a number of these, are 64 bit processors.  https://ark.intel.com/products/27218/Intel-Xeon-Processor-5150-4M-Cache-2_66-GHz-1333-MHz-FSB

 

They are from the "Core" era, so essentially similar to a 2.66 Ghz Core 2 Duo in performance.  They do optionally work in dual processor setups.  No doubt you could find a suitable used motherboard and memory to get a working system based on them.  I don't know anything about what running a Transport Tycoon server demands in terms of performance, but have no reason to think these couldn't perform light server duties.


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Posted 23 August 2017 - 02:12 PM

While the Raspberry Pi might not work for the game server, it should suit for FTP.



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Posted 25 August 2017 - 07:01 AM

While the Raspberry Pi might not work for the game server, it should suit for FTP.

 

Yes, it can handle that really well, especialy when combined with high internet speeds and an SSD. I just dropped the transport tycoon idea, it is an old game not optimized for new hardware and runnig it just requires a proper CPU with very high single-core performace, which means high power consumption...


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Posted 26 August 2017 - 08:22 AM

I would recommend the Banana Pi. It is more powerful than a Raspberry Pi and has a Sata port.


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