While I will admit that I have very limited knowledge of server running, I'm always willing to learn (especially since I plan to go to college for IT) I'm very well aware of the capabilities for the 1030 (I run Vanilla Plus shaders on an RX 580 8gb and that struggles) I just didn't know if I would need it for server implementation. I will take your advice and start with lan, then move on to a server hosting. Thanks for the help!
I looked at the single core for both the i5 3550? Or whatever is in the optiplex and the i7 equivalent and they're pretty similar, do you think I'd really benefit from the hyper threading? I totally agree with the ram and ssd though, although I'm not 100% sure if it's worth the $25 bucks to get an SSD since this PC's only purpose will be running the server for me and my friends. I play Minecraft on a PC I built so I suppose the graphics won't be a problem unless they die on me. Thanks for the advice!