Hi everyone, I just wanted to see if I could get some opinions from some of you. Some buddies of mine and myself are looking to purchase a sevrer to run some counter-strike 1.6 servers as well as maybe counter-strike source. We were thinking along the lines of a Dual Opteron 246 or a Xeon 3.2 800FSB EM64T machine w/ 2 gigs of ram and a 200 gig SATA drive. First thing is, what do you think would give us better performance between the 2? Also, if any hosting companies out there have such systems, or if anyone of you could recommend a good provider with a system like this could you please post it here? We would prefer east coast or central US. Thanks for any ideas you might have!
I would try out layeredtech.com they are good for cheap servers and also have serveral different options. I personaly would go with 73gig SCSI Hard Drive there will not be that much noticeable difference but it should mean the files etc load faster meaning no lag. I personaly would go with the AMD machine as far as I am concerned they are much more gaming suitable. Many people feel that the dual xeons are better for gaming but i beg to differ.
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My dedicated game server expert here in Colorado says that both of these platforms are pretty much the same.
The main issue will be how many instances of the game server you are going to be running? If you are only going to run around 4 instances you can even just go with a single proc Xeon and you will have more than enough capacity.
From there just go with the best deal. You can do a search on WHT or take a look at the Offer Forums for dedicated servers.
Dell currently has 600 off in addition to free processor upgrade , 2nd processor and 2nd hard drive. You can build a dual 3ghz xeon machine with 2 gigs of ram and 2 73 gig scsi hard drives for about 1500.
Originally posted by jeffromart Say a Dual Opteron 246 vs a Dual Xeon 3.2 EMT64?
Unlike some of the other posters here that read a few reviews and are 'all of the sudden' experts I choose to "review" the machines in a live enviroment and can tell you that the Xeons run much better then the Opterons in a Windows gaming enviroment such as we use them for. The Opterons are certaintly no slouches and are worth the money but this is one company that won't be buying anymore of them..
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Originally posted by jeffromart Yes, I will be running a 64-bit linux os on one of the two of these guys. So that would be a better suited question.
Dual opterons are definitly the better choice. Albeit, there are certain advantages to running windows (more CP's, hlds seems a bit more efficient), if you are more familiar with linux, then opterons are the obvious choice.
Yes, i'm very familiar with linux, i've been running a buncha boxes for a while now, I have just never had any experience with Opterons at all. I have had a couple xeon boxes here and there. Thanks for the info, anyone else care to have some input?
Originally posted by [email protected] after browsing storagedump you gotta be kidding me. 20 slot bf1942 for $25. ROFL You prices are lower and you getting your resources for. Better go back to the drawing board dude!
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I'm gonna be running mostly cs 1.6 servers as well as possible some csource, what kinda player count total should I be able to run without too many hiccups? I'm not quite sure what to expect, maybe someone out there has a similar machine they could give me some ideas on what they are running on it.
150-175 slots? Im running right now on a Dual Xeon 3.07 with 2 gigs of ram about 12 private servers that are 12 slots and a 16 man public with deathmatch installed and no problems except the ram usage : / If I shut down all servers the ram usage is 116mb but when I turn servers all on it jumps to 1.12gbs : / Still runs smooth though.