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This is a build that is always evolving as the needs for the server change. The OS setup and software setup inside the server is very choppy because it is a first attempt at making anything like this so I am more or less forced to make this up as I go along. The server is used for Plex movies and music, personal cloud syncing between my computers (it acts as a central hub since it is on 24/7), as well as a game server for my friends and I running Minecraft, DCS, and Space Engineers but we are also trying to get Assetto Corsa working (something is going wrong with port forwarding). It also runs a simple discord bot for our server.

This build started when I bought a motherboard for my main system off ebay, following the general consensus at the time that Asus was a good brand to go with because of reliability (spoiler alert, they are not), it came with a processor. The processor in the system was the 2620 that is still in the server. My plan was to sell the processor on ebay and use the 1650 that I had bought. While neither processor is technically supported, certain skews trick the board into treating them like a compatible processor. The specific 1650 I was using and the 2620 both do this. After getting the build and adding my processor, I applied an overclock and hopped in GTA to test how well it works. I was in GTA for 5 minutes and the system spontaneously shut down and would pass post but would crash on the windows logo. Disabling two cores, hyper-threading and down-clocking the 1650 to 2.5GHz would allow the system to boot without issue. I was able to confirm with a second 1650 that the processor was not the problem. It seems that the motherboard spontaneously shuts down with any processor trying to use over 75W of power. I put the 2620 back in and it still works no problem. I was able to overclock the 2620 by a 5MHz base clock increase (crashes with anything more) and with Turbo Boost enabled it can peak at just over 2.6 on a single core and 2.4 on all cores.

I hate the 212 EVO as a cooler as I think it is massively overrated and there are often better performing coolers for the same price or equal performing coolers for cheaper. The only reason that I got this one is that it was the cheapest cooler that fit the 2011 socket that wasn't a top down cooler. At the time the top down coolers were the same price but it would have out performed them.

The server has 32GB of RAM because we were expecting Minecraft to use a lot of the RAM but despite giving it access to 16GB of RAM, it barely touches it. DCS on the other hand, chews through it because of an apparent memory leak. We have it set to reset every 7 days, but by that time the leak seems to have stabilized.

The main drive is the 240GB SSD and my only regret is that I did not get a larger capacity as we are currently maxed out on capacity. I put all of the games on the SSD with the OS to make sure that it would not choke when trying to access data. NVME would be better for this but as far as I can tell it is not supported with this motherboard.

The Hitachi HDD is out of a laptop that had a smaller HDD put in (didn't need too much capacity). This HDD is slowly on it's way out and has already re-allocated 5 sectors. The only thing it is really used for is storing the music library that Plex access, personal files that sync between the computers (they are backed up on all machines so not really important on the machine) and less important files that the server uses such as images and reference files.

The WD Blue drive is the main drive used for movies and TV shows, for Plex. If I ever dabble in using this server as a DVR with Plex then I may look into adding a larger drive for movies and what not and using this one as a DVR drive.

The GTX 750 is only really needed by the DCS server since it has no dedicated executable file for running a server. If it did, a lower power GPU would be used. The 750 is the bare minimum for GPU for DCS and we turned down everything since it is not even really necessary. DCS is the program that is causing the GPU usage to swing up and down in MSI afterburner. I'm not sure why it does that really, I was using a 760 for a while and it didn't (possibly because of VRAM?).

The case is recycled from my old build, it's not an outstanding case, but it's good enough. The problem is that the top of the case is open and it seems to be letting a lot of dust into the system. I am going to close off any opening that doesn't have a fan with tape to try and maintain more positive pressure. The system is kept in the basement and is always on so dust from the near by woodshop sometimes makes its way to the system. There are other places to put it, but then overall airflow becomes an issue.

The SeaSonic PSU was purchased new because I was using some sketchy OEM PSU that I had to splice cables into to make it compatible. I'm not in the habit of burning my house down.

The fans are an attempt to keep positive pressure since it is in a rather dusty environment. All the intake fans have dust filters.

We use team viewer to remote into the server to work on it so that we don't need a mouse and keyboard. It allows me to be more flexible with where I put it. The problem is that it defaults to a 4:3 resolution without a monitor so a monitor is needed for a reference size and because DCS does weird things when there is no monitor.

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  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Space Engineers! :) I loved it. Haven't played it much recently. About a year or two ago I started building a new spaceship with utility ships, but after having 2 utility ships/fighters (smaller ships, anyway) I just couldn't deal with the bug: thrusters randomly stopped working after docking...

The GTX 750 is only really needed by the DCS server since it has no dedicated executable file for running a server.

You mean it has no dedicates server executable. It took me a while to understand, what you meant. lol

Yeah, that sux. I was wondering why a server would need a GPU.

Nice build, keep it running! :)

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

The processor has no integrated graphics, so it would still need a GPU. I would much rather use a low power GPU though. I only went with a 750 to try and make it more power efficient than the 760 was.

Space engineers doesn't hit the server that hard but we have yet to spawn any large ships (we have one capable of crashing most servers) but large number of explosions going off still cause lag on the players end so I assume that it is something the server does to keep from getting overloaded.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice dustbox.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

The dust is for archeological records.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Get rich outa that boi.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a question, how does one and why does one need a separate computer for servers?

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

The server was made out of parts that weren't working well enough to be their own system, as for why, it allows me to run the system constantly in a secluded part of the house where it makes no noise and doesn't bother anyone. It also does not require me to run it on my own system that would eat into my systems power excluding the fact that my main system guzzles power.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

So you use it just for making servers for games? What I’m trying to get at is why do you need a separate computer for servers? Lack of RAM?

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

No, each server uses up resources that my main desktop would need to put forth in order to run the same games. This way, we can get in any game we want, at any time we want at any time of day without anyone needing to set everything up every time and our work will just be there.

The server is also an experimenting platform for new software tinkering that would otherwise put my main system at risk (I've had to reinstall the OS twice on the server after breaking it). It is also a media server and a file server, it just tends to run more games than anything else.

Put simply, I don't want to run the game servers on my desktop because then my desktop would need to be on 24/7 and would eat into my system performance that I would otherwise like to have for playing my own games.

I have a server because I can and because I wanted one.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for responding ;) This night course my future decisions on gaming and stuff like that thanks ;)

Good job on the build

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Why an anime reskin of a disk benchmark?

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

She is tech support, she's letting us know that we have a problem with one of our disks.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Out of curiosity what is network Statistics program? I recognize Crystaldisk, but the network Statistics is not familiar to me.

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

It's called NetLimiter, I use it to track how much data the server is using on the local network and internet. The plan was to shut down servers that use large amounts of data to keep them from overloading my homes network, none use that much. You can also supposedly use it to control internet speeds but I had some weird issues with doing that so I just turned it off.