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So I am curious about creating a server, but I am not sure what I would need for that. I don't want to buy servers or something like that online, I want to get a PC and create a server on it, but I am not that good at knowing the requirements.
What do you think a good server pc should have (system/hardware wise) so that it could host around 100 sites?
 

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What kind of sites would you be hosting? The requirements for a basic HTML page and a full scripted experience would be hugely different.

It wouldn't be cheap up front though.
 

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A PC and a server have mostly the same components. (Motherboard, CPU, RAM, drives, etc). The difference is a server will have components that are made to handle the work they are built to perform.

I.e., a server should use a Xeon processor, ECC registered RAM, enterprise grade drives, and have a hardware RAID controller.

Servers also typically have redundant power supply and NIC's (and of course RAID drives) so that the server can stay online dispute a hardware failure.

One question.
What are you going to do with the server once you build it?

Please do not try to host other websites from your house!!!
To host websites, your server will need to be in a data center with redundant power feeds and multiple transit lines. Anything less and your asking for trouble and upset customers!
 

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I see, so what about Game Servers? Would that be okay for a home variant?

This is the thing, the hosting niche is one of those evergreens and I would like to take part of the earnings of it. Yes I know it will be hard. So would a Game Server host work from my home?

I have a pc with an average build so far, I could upgrade it to a beast (in a few months when I get more money tho) and host game servers from it or at least try to. It's a shame to just leave it there and besides my internet is great and I can upgrade it for cheap.
 

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It is *never* recommended that you host anything out of your own home. I want to be very clear about this, 99.99% of Internet Service Providers have in the contractual Terms of Service agreement a notice stating that you are not permitted to run ANY kind of server of of their network(s). That being said, if you are running a Game server you want to utilize a network that has minimal to no packet loss as well as procedures in place to protect the network from inbound attacks such as DDoS.

Lets say that you set up a game hosting service on a home computer, these services are the most prone to DDoS attacks by script kiddies. Now, someone launches a DDoS attack on your home IP. Because your ISPs infractructure wasn't built to handle these attacks, your entire neighborhood is without internet due to your lack of caution. So your ISP now goes through the logs and finds the IP attacked was assigned to your modem at the time of the attack, now your internet is disconnected and you will never be able to get services from said ISP again. Worst of all, if there's someone operating a business in your area that loses money due to this, you might just be sitting at the tail end of a lawsuit.

Moral of the story, spend the money.. We all have to do it, as a provide your need to consider that to make money you are going to have to spend money. Lots of it.
 

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The main difference in game servers is you would want a i7 processor with a faster clock speed.

Will you leave it online and let your friends use it, or do you want to see game server space to the public?

If it is for anyone other then you and your friends, hosting it at your house is still a bad idea.

a) lack of redundant power
b) lack of redundant internet uplink
C) consumer grade dsl modem/router
d) you may have good upload speeds, but probably have a poor download speed
 

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Your ISP may not like you hosting anything out of your own home. It depends on which company you use of course. And as was said previously, without backup power and redundant systems, you're just asking for unhappy customers or users.

I know Comcast / Xfinity limits any given customer's downloads to 300(?) GB per month. There are business plans of course. But a home environment is not ideal for a hosting company - for websites or for games.

If you're interested in selling hosting, there are companies that offer reseller programs. Essentially you rent the equipment and sell hosting without the risk of failing equipment in your own home.
 

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A knowledge of linux, helps. Because it's one of the most effective systems to use to run hosting software. EG cPanel & SolusVM.
 

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You can make your PC a server for sure but do you:---

Have reliable internet connection with static public IP?
Have good power supply to ensure 24/7 uptime of your server?
Dust free and Temp controlled room for your servers?
Technical ability to apply firewall and DDOS protections?

If not, better to have servers in any datacenter or via webhost.
 

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Game Server or hosting from home big NO-NO.
I think That all ISP have their Hosting offers, you are their competitor.
Game server you can for local use if you have outside IP. But PC sec I don't really know.
So give it up and get some VPS for start with reseller account.
 

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I think you shouldn't do that. If you need to host a website, just buy a share host. If you want to manage server, buy VPS, it's soo cheap. If you use a computer as a server, you need many things like: IP, good internet, power, good computer.. the cost will be very high
 

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Your internet provider may not be okay with it if you're not using enterprise internet, using your internet for commercial purposes. Also, DDoS attacks are a big factor in game servers since it is really simple launching them. What I would recommend is just going with a data center like OVH and host game servers for people on there so you don't have people complaining that your server is down.
 

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As others have said ' Bad Idea ' for all the reasons listed above.
If you want your own server buy one and house it in a datacenter or buy a VPS.

Things like game servers, chat servers, development servers etc a home solution will work ok, but still not recommended when a VPS is so cheap.

It is possible to run a commercial server from home but will take a lot of investment (and I mean a lot $$$$$) to have professional setup.
 

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If you have a dedicated link to your house, and ISP provide you SLA on the link, you may try at home. No one will know on this. However, you still need to pay for the huge price on the link as well.
 

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You're talking about running a production server out of your own home? There are many reasons not to do that.
 

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Of cause i know. Since many ppl ask this kind of question, i will just tell them can do this at home. With Min requirement of SLA dedicated link. If i have a premium link from DC to my house, and use it to host the shared hosting server, you wont know host it at home what. As long as the uptime is meet.

In fact a lot of HK small provider do in this way at HK.
 

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Actually we have bust many home alone hosting providers.
Such providers are those who with..
Small DDOS and the home powerswitch is burned
 

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It's really not a good idea to host on a home server, but it's doable. Internet bandwidth, server hardware, cyber attacks and maintenance etc are all an issue. Don't even think about selling it. Good server hardware cost a lot of money, you would be way better off renting a hosting service. This will save you time and frustration in the long run.
 
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