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Hey, I'm thinking of buying a ~$200 little fanless PC to run as an anyways on home server. Anything in particular I should know about specs or requirements?

I'm pretty much looking for something that can host a Mastodon / Minecraft / etc server so I can keep them running without letting my PC go 24/7.

Thanks!

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@Wayril as far as i know, most $200 small form factor PCs are now so powerful that literally any one will do!

Tech Question, Home Server 

@Wayril based on the reading I did to set up my own server (still WIP) you might want to look into something that supports ECC RAM and has enough room to accommodate a couple of rust disks so you can run a zfs pool

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@Wayril Minecraft needs a surprising amount of horsepower, even for a headless server. I've got a quad-core i5 that shows occasional lag in a single minecraft instance when sharing with an idle mastodon instance. (I'm looking at moving everything over to minetest instead, as it seems to need less resources, or at least cope better with the lack)

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@tithonium I was reading something to a similar effect. For the cost of running and startup, I'm feeling renting is probably much more cost effective.

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@tithonium The other piece of that is my ISP's upload capacity. I don't think it's reliable enough to host anywhere outside my local network.

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@Wayril I'm personally married to hosting things myself. I've got a couple of tiny VPSes out in the world just to act as off-site dns/mx for when the main nodes, here in my house, are offline (power outage, network outage, maintenance, whatever). But yeah, it does get kind of complicated when trying to balance cost vs capabilities.

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@Wayril I am, at the moment, in the process of replacing a giant, power hungry, and LOUD raid server with a Drobo. I spent yesterday installing ubuntu on a small cluster of Atomic Pis to run as a docker cluster (and probably host my minecraft/minetest servers). I'm fortunate to (occasionally) have the money to throw at these things, but also tend to beat myself up about what it means I _can't_ afford as a result. ::/

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@Wayril I've been running an #Intel #NUC I bought four years ago pretty much non-stop, 24/7, and it's still going strong. Gets a tad sluggish now and then, but it is getting a little old now (spinning hard drive could use replacing).

But it was in the region of $200 at the time, a modern one would be even more performant, and I have nothing but good things to say about it (in fact I may be emotionally attached to it at this point 😅). It's tiny too!

@Wayril Take a look on Idle-Power of the CPU. I've got an old Opteron which has enough power for several VMs but it also burns a lot of energy even if there's nothing to do.

@nasi power costs of running a dedicated system aren't much less than renting server space.

@Wayril That's not what I was trying to say. I just want you to take a look on idle power of the system and not only max power.

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@Wayril
You could get an r710 series server for the same proce and be a little more prepared for scaling, raid and emergency backup.

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@Wayril @switchingsocial maybe you should separate your minecraft hosting needs from your mastodon hosting needs. Then you could use a Raspberry Pi 4 on very little electricity for mastodon. The. You just fire up a VPS for your occasional Minecraft games. Turn off when done and save $$$&

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