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Entry Level Minecraft Server (MANY DIFFERENT BUILD OPTIONS!)

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

  • http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80662g4400
  • 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

Motherboard OPTION 1 - Gigabyte GA-H110M-A Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard paired with the G4400

  • http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-gah110ma
  • 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 you server too 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

Memory - Kingston HyperX Fury Black 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory

  • http://pcpartpicker.com/part/kingston-memory-hx421c14fb8
  • 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)

Storage OPTION 2 - Go for a slightly cheaper ~120GB SSD from someone like Kingston or Sandisk.

Case - DIYPC MA08-BK MicroATX Mini Tower Case

  • http://pcpartpicker.com/part/diypc-case-ma08bk
  • 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 - Corsair CX 430W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply

  • http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-cx430m
  • This build as it is now only requires 122W, so this PSU should be more than adequate. It is reasonably reliable and is also semi-modular which should help with cable management. If you want to go for something better than go for it, especially if you plan on upgrading down the road!

I believe that I have covered everything! Lemme know what you think in the comments and make sure to leave a +1 if you liked it! I will try to keep the list up to date and I may or may not create a video version of this guide.

Compatibility: No issues or incompatibilities found.

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    • 51 months ago
    • 1 point

    you forgot the video card

    • 51 months ago
    • 2 points

    integrated GPU in the CPU

    • 51 months ago
    • 1 point

    Servers don't need dedicated GPUs.

    • 51 months ago
    • 1 point

    What I like: Since the build will use such low wattage, and because wiring can be a pain in the arse, I really like your PSU choice and couldn't agree more with it. The G4400 is a fantastic choice for a Minecraft server. I run mine on a T5800, and it could run better. Before I did some research, I personally would've chosen the G3258, but your choice is better. SSD will make it boot, backup, and restart much faster than an HDD.

    Things that I'd change: This build can run a Minecraft server without a hitch even when the CPU is not overclocked, so the off-market cooler is not needed. With the lack of necesity for overclocking, the Asus H110M-K D3 seems like a more attractive choice to me. 16GB of DDR4 RAM is WAY overkill. The CPU will choke before even half of it is used. I'd recommend a Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB instead. Also, 500GB is way too much storage. 64GB is plenty for the game and backups/archives, though I'd grab a 120GB SSD at most for redundancy. My box has only used 20GB, and most of that is junk files from before I used the box as a server. Sandisk is a cheaper brand, too, and I've never run into issues with them in the eight years I've used their products.

    Other thoughts: Case choice is pretty subjective. I'd personally grab an Apex DM-387 to save space and to not have to buy an extra PSU, but HTPC cases can also be a pain to work with. Personally, I use Linux Mint 15 MATE for my server. It's a bit dated (though you could always use later releases), but it's lightweight and has a nice UI. This could run a pretty great Minecraft server, but it's definitely not entry-level. I'd say that unless your server reaches more than 50 people, there's no reason you should need to spend $500 for a Linux box. I have a $235 parts list that would work well even with a modded server and a considerable amount of players.

    • 51 months ago
    • 1 point

    thank you for the feedback, I will change some of that up, i didn't realize it needed so little storage! i'm always a little bit sketchy on the PSUs that come with cases but i will see if i can find a small case that doesn't come with a psu.

    • 51 months ago
    • 1 point

    i just finished it up

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    • 51 months ago
    • 1 point

    Maybe if you use the couple new motherboards ASRock released...

    • 51 months ago
    • 1 point

    oh really i never realized thanks for pointing that out! i'll fix that up

    • 51 months ago
    • 1 point

    actually do you know if theres a list or something that shows which boards support non-k OCs? where did u see that it gigabyte doesn't support it anymore; and couldn't you manually flash the old Bios over the updated by specifying a command switch for the flash utility (tell it to ignore BIOS versioning).

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