i have a large clan in the game counterstrike: source and we were wondering about looking into getting a dedicated server, problem we have is that none of us no jack about how to setup, run or even get a dedicated server, we've just stuck to those rip of priced monthly rentals
what i would like to no:
1. how do we go about buying a server and getting it up and ready to use
2. what setups are needed to run the game
3. whats all this going to cost us (we live in the uk everything is high priced)
4. how do we managed it
were not looking to sell on the server to others this is purely to run 3-4 smaller games for us
Why does it have to be in the UK.
People in the gaming community seem obsessed by ping.
Personally, i notice no difference in playing on a server with 10ms ping and one with 150ms ping. I'm in the UK too.
A high ping (over 200ms-250ms) indicates network traffic.
To be honest it sounds to me like you do need a managed server from your original post. If your planning you using a linux server (which will be the cheapest option) then there is quite a gap between being able to setup a game server and being able to secure your box.
Any providers out of the London or manchester data centres should be able to provide you something that will meet these needs with a ping of approximatly 30-50ms for UK DSL connections. I'd reccomend trying Corenix or Poundhost if you really are looking for unmanged.
I think you also need to look at your bandwidth needs, how many servers (and what games) do you want to run on this box and therefore how much bandwidth do you need, there are several posts about calculating this around have a search.
Originally posted by 135791 you mean you have never expierenceed lag or the elastic effect where you run alond then get swanged back, i once made it from one spawn to naother and got pulled ight back into a wall miles away
Yes, but i've had that on servers in the UK with a high ping.
Ping is not an idication of speed at all.
Servers with a ping higher than it should be (i.e a server in the UK from a UK with a ping above 100ms) is not right.
As long as the network is not congested, ping makes no difference.
If you are not so worried about having a fully managed server you may want to take a look at poundhost. I have dealt with them a few times before and personally have machines co-located with them. They have a specialist range of machines especially for running game servers that come with unmetered bandwidth. However if you are looking for a managed machine then poundhost probably is not your best solution.
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