I was looking into building a "server" that is extremely light on the power bill (adding no more than like $5 a month), where my beast adds around $20 a month if I leave it on 24/7. I just plan on using it to host a game or two on BYOND, and maybe something else like a Minecraft server, and most likely a bunch of other data.
I want to put Linux on it, of course, except I will need some help getting that done from the ground up, as well as getting BYOND set up on it.
It needs to be very-low-energy-cost and energy-efficient
As for the setup, I figured I would hardwire it to my router at home so I could access any data on it through my desktop and laptop wirelessly. Is there a way to run commands on it using my desktop/laptop so I can tell it to shut down a game, bring a game up, etc?
And as for the actual hardware, I compiled a list of the parts I would order. I already have a case I can put them in, along with a keyboard, mouse, and monitor.
CPU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/ Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116399
Motherboard - http://www.newegg.com/Product/ Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138332
RAM - http://www.newegg.com/Product/ Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226095
HDD - http://www.newegg.com/Product/ Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145299 (x2 for RAID-1)
Video Card - http://www.newegg.com/Product/ Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127591 (to free up CPU usage)
PSU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/ Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182066 (low wattage, high efficiency)
It all comes to $407.93 (not including shipping). Any suggestions for better/cheaper parts? Anyone else notice how Hard Drive prices are completely ridiculous right now? I originally was just gonna buy a couple cheap 80GB HDDs for, I was hoping, around $30 or less, but even those are ~$80! Holy crap!
I'm new to Linux and the whole server thing, and I probably shouldn't be doing this without someone who does know what they are doing, but I figured I'd give it a try if it all looks promising.
If you have any questions to help you to help me, please ask. Obviously it would probably be cheaper to buy an old used server from somewhere like TigerDirect, Craig's List, or even EBay, but I'd like to build it from scratch myself. I want the whole experience. I'm using this build as sort of an "entry level" step I guess. Hey, I might even offer to host other peoples' games for them here on BYOND :D