Hey guys I am looking to start a hosting business. My server budget is around 4k, so can you guys help me find a good setup. Im looking to get a server with 8 cores if possible, 24 gigs of ram, good graphics card for games that need it, and I assume I would want to use ssd vs hard drive for gameserver hosting. So ya I guess realistically I would only be able to get 1 server with this budget if I want it to be higher end. Anyways thanks for any help you guys can give.
Why is your server going to be rendering the graphics for the games you might host? I have only heard of one other service that does this kind of thing, and it is OnLive.
Most game servers typically only handle the peer to peer connections and overhead and don't actually do any rendering.
Well, I think it depends on how exactly the server will be hosting the game. I'm no expert, but I've hosted some Steam games on a basic VPS before to great effect. There are many other ways to host games, however. Depends on what you're after....
Got a dedi from webtropia (the professional one) its an i5 2.67ghz with 6gb ram.. it runs around 7-8 gameservers (css, l4d2, kf, etc) teamspeak, website and loads more.. the average load is always <1 (mostly being 0.80 or so)
SSD will cost an extra 20€/m and the base for the dedi is 49.99
I'd honestly suggest that you do a lot more research before purchasing hardware and trying to colocate it. There's a lot you need to know on the software side of things, as well as the hardware before you end up throwing away money because you didn't fully understand what you were doing.
If you want to learn the software, I'd suggest starting off with a relatively inexpensive unmanaged KVM VPS and learning how to host the software you want and configure it appropriately.
You guys are right, it does seem rather expensive to colocate since you need to purchase the server, and to make it cost effective you need a client base. So I might just lease per month to start out. And for games ill plan on hosting minecraft, valve games,mw3 and others depending on the server specs.
Also I was planning on getting the server managed so any server problems would be taken care of.