Link to video version of this build guide
Hello to all! I am now back with another build guide that is slightly different than the other guides I have made in the past. This is a build guide for the person who doesn't want to pay some company for a Minecraft (or something else for that matter) server, and instead wants to host it from their own house and computer. I will go through all the different parts and why I chose them, as well as some of the options you have when doing this build. I hope you all enjoy and make sure to leave a +1!
- A little side note; before anyone asks where my other build guides went, I took them off of here for now but you can still find them on my YouTube channel which I left a link to in my profile description!
CPU OPTION 1 - Intel Pentium G4400 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor
- First things first, an important thing to note when creating a Minecraft server is that more cores does not equal better! So because of that it is important to choose a dual-core CPU with fast/powerful cores; what better CPU to do the job is there apart from Intel's G4400. This is a very high quality CPU for its price, and although it is locked, it still offers great performance and a high speed. It will be able to do the job just fine!
CPU OPTION 2 - G4500
- This is for those of you who do want to get as much performance as possible. It is a bit more expensive but specifically designed for overclocking if you really do want that extra performance.
Motherboard OPTION 1 - Gigabyte GA-H110M-A Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard paired with the G4400
- This is a reasonably high end motherboard and will have all the features you will ever need for a Minecraft server. It is extremely cheap so you won't be spending a fortune, and the only downside is that you won't be able to overclock with this motherboard. Even though you won't be able to overclock, this CPU is very powerful as it is and you will still get very good performance. This motherboard also has room for some basic upgrades down the road.
Motherboard OPTION 2 - Get a motherboard that either supports overclocking the G4500 or G4400.
Note that you should only do this if you are really interested in overclocking as it will be significantly more expensive and may not affect your server much!
With that being said, both of these chips can be overclocked using the right board. If you want to overclock the G4500, just about any Z170 board will work fine, but if you want to save some money and take a risk with the G4400, then there are a few ASRock H170 and Z170 boards that support overclocking this chip.
CPU Cooler OPTION 1 - Don't get one if you don't want to overclock. The stock cooler will be fine!
CPU Cooler OPTION 2 - CRYORIG H5 Universal 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler if you are overclocking
- This is an exceptionally good CPU cooler for it's price, and should allow for a fair amount of overclocking while keeping your CPU cool. Bear in mind that this cooler is massive and you should choose your case accordingly!!
Memory - Kingston HyperX Fury Black 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory
- This high performance memory should be enough to handle 40-50 players on a server (obviously it also depends on the plugins you have installed). If you plan to have hundreds of players on your server at the same time, then I seriously recommend getting 16GB of RAM.
Storage OPTION 1 - Samsung 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (750 EVO)
- This is Samsung's newest 120GB SSD and it should be blazingly fast and reliable while having more than enough room for an OS and a Minecraft server.
Storage OPTION 2 - Go for a slightly cheaper ~120GB SSD from someone like Sandisk or Kingston.
- An SSD like this will still be reliable and fast, however not as fast as the 750 EVO. You will save a little bit of money at the expense of performance however if you are short on cash then this will suit you fine.
- Be careful about what company you are buying your cheap SSD from, make sure they are well known or that the SSD you are buying gets positive reviews!
Case - Apevia X-QPACK3-BL MicroATX Mini Tower Case
- This case should be able to fit all these components without a problem, and is super compact as well. If you plan on getting a component like the CPU cooler then go for something bigger.
PSU - Thermaltake 450W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply
- This build as it is now only requires 122W, so this PSU should be more than adequate. It is reasonably reliable however if you want to go for something better than go for it, especially if you plan on upgrading down the road!