Thread: Using a Server as a Desktop?
01-11-2017, 07:54 AM #1
Using a Server as a Desktop?
Can I use a server as a Home PC?
Pricing of a server is not cheap but if I want to use it as a normal PC, play games that requiring highest specs, working smoothly on graphic design software...etc
is that possible?
01-11-2017, 07:56 AM #2
01-11-2017, 08:10 AM #3
You can RDP into it and use it as a regular PC. You just need a pretty good internet connection. I mean, most providers give you at least 25Megs nowadays so you'll be fine. The faster your connection the smoother the RDP sessions. As far as gaming, well, I'm sure you know how that works already - general rule of thumb - low latency = key to no lag
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01-11-2017, 08:17 AM #4
Should I start with 8Gb or 16GB of RAm, intel core i5 or i3, which graphic card..etc?
01-11-2017, 08:39 AM #5
As for RAM, the more the better. Some systems will run good with just 8GB but it will depend on the other system components and things like the type and speed of the ram.
01-11-2017, 11:36 AM #6
Servers are designed for a different purpose. They power is in the ability to process a lot of requests, constantly, for a long period of time. (Like serving websites to thousands of customers)
A PC is designed to process a smaller number of requests, very quickly. (Like gaming, etc)
This is why PC's have ~4.0Ghz+ processors and servers have ~2-3Ghz processors.
Servers are built to win the marathon, PC's are built to win a sprint.
Plus, you will not have the ability to (or at least more difficulty) run high level graphs cards in a server chassis.
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01-11-2017, 11:47 AM #7
I don't understand what are you asking. First read some post about xenon VS I core.
First things first if you plan to play games and have some graphic design software or something like this you need standard PC not server.
Server comes with Xenon, if you read somewhere that someone sell Intel Pentium I3, I5 or I7 core as server that is not server it's PC.
here is you can find all Intel desktop processors link
So for best gaming experience you need:
Desktop PC with I7 core (more core /threads better) or extreme version for extreme performance.
CPU: I7 5th 6th or 7th generation
RAM: at least 16GB best 64GB some of I7 can handle 128GB
GPU: Graphic Card GeForce GTX 970, 970, 980ti, 1070, 1080. New generation is GTX 10xx and its better then GTX 9XX series. For extreme performance go with 2x or 4x GTX 9xx or 10XX SLI.
Disk: SDD for OS system (for some of software / games additional SDD) and HDD 1TB for storage
If you have any other questions feel free to ask.
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01-11-2017, 12:50 PM #8
Yes and no
A PC will out perform a server when it's doing many "PC Tasks". Yes a server is more poweful when doing "server" related tasks, gaming for example will perform better on an i7 with less cores than a Xeon CPU. If you have a powerful PC you can easily spin up some virtual servers on it, if your hosting requirements are not high load production systems this solution will work fine.
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01-11-2017, 01:51 PM #9
Playing games and performing tasks smoothly on an RDP requires a very fast internet connection.
In addition for gaming no matter how fast your connection is, it would still not be perfect when the cost is compared. You are way better off purchasing a new computer.
I do use RDP for small tasks however never as a full time desktop use.
01-11-2017, 02:14 PM #10
You, could... But if you want a PC that is good for games, then a server is not what you want. Servers are never spec'd for graphics intensive things. It is easy enough to buy a powerful personal PC and load it up with RAM and SSD drives and a super powerful graphics card. That is the way you want to go for a gaming/home PC.
01-11-2017, 03:04 PM #11
When I asked a PC store online I was recommended to use Intel core i5 or 5 but AMD chip is cheaper, with Graphic card, they suggested me go with NVIDIA Geforce for better performance on games but AMD Radeon is better for graphics (watch videos, process images...etc)
01-11-2017, 03:16 PM #12
Just I'm curious, where did you heard that AMD is better for graphics.
I know that AMD is cheaper then GeForce, so if you don't need for extreme games its best solution.
I had both graphics at same rank and there is no difference on (watch videos, process images...etc) but on games it has. Some one will tell you that AMD have better texture processing, but not me. For me games looks better on GeForce.
About PC store online recommendation, they suggest you Intel Core I5 because it is mid range processor and not that expansive as I7 processor.
01-12-2017, 04:09 AM #13
I have used Radeon and Nvidia and the Nvidia performed better for me. I just got a new gaming laptop and it has an Nvidia in it and it performs perfectly.The Radeon's that I have used had some degree of clipping/stuttering when using HD games.
01-13-2017, 05:40 AM #14
Interesting discussion. I know graphic, music, and video production teams that use servers for editing, and mostly because at the time they could get more RAM in those machines, which is very important for quick editing and rendering/exporting.
01-13-2017, 05:49 AM #15
01-13-2017, 06:45 AM #16
Same with video. One has to buy video cards. Even before Win7 came out you would need a dual port card to setup multiple monitors. Doing music production on a single screen...you just can't. Too many windows are needed. Same for video. You need your preview screen and work screen. Even the video (and sound) cards on expensive PC's are worthless when one can buy one and disable the onboard video or audio chips, which can also be done on a server. That was one reason why I avoided laptops forever. You're limited to what can be done to it.
01-20-2017, 10:14 PM #17
Yes you can use a server as a desktop or a desktop with server edition operating system installed. Alot of servers do not come with a great graphics card as servers are all about computing, not video.
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