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What is a good, cheap setup for a server computer? Answered

I am looking to build a server computer to run some basic stuff like file hosting, and maybe some ventrilo. (Maybe a game server in the future) What would be a good setup for someone on a budget?


Almost any cheap PC with a network jack and a decent hard drive will function as a file server for a home network. Upgrade the RAM and CPU a step or two if you're using it for torrents. Depending on the game server and how many players it has to accomodate, a cheap PC may be fine or you may need a powerhouse with a more serious internet connection. If you intend it for heavy use as a personal PC as well as a server, you need to change the question to "How can I find my ideal PC based on my budget and computer-using habits".

. XAMPP for Linux (previously LAMPP), is an easy to setup package that includes everything you should need. " The distribution for Linux systems (tested for SuSE, RedHat, Mandrake and Debian) contains: Apache, MySQL, PHP & PEAR, Perl, ProFTPD, phpMyAdmin, OpenSSL, GD, Freetype2, libjpeg, libpng, gdbm, zlib, expat, Sablotron, libxml, Ming, Webalizer, pdf class, ncurses, mod_perl, FreeTDS, gettext, mcrypt, mhash, eAccelerator, SQLite and IMAP C-Client. "

I obtained Ubuntu Linux, and that will be what I am using for my OS.