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Do I need a good graphics card for a game server box?

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Title says most, I'm going to use my old PC parts as a game server to host minecraft servers for my friends, possibly discord bots and other things like that, likely running a linux distribution if I can set it up properly... my old CPU it'd be running off is an AMD cpu from before the days of integrated graphics, would a cheap, budget level card be enough (basically, do server programs like that need GPU power?)

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find a cheap GCN GPU

 

like hd 7850 is a cheap unit. 

 

anything 7800 series and beyond. essentially.

 

its GCN which will give you driver support for quite some time. also Linux is somewhat AMD centered

 

edit: from the used market mind you

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25 minutes ago, patcat127 said:

Title says most, I'm going to use my old PC parts as a game server to host minecraft servers for my friends, possibly discord bots and other things like that, likely running a linux distribution if I can set it up properly... my old CPU it'd be running off is an AMD cpu from before the days of integrated graphics, would a cheap, budget level card be enough (basically, do server programs like that need GPU power?)

Short anwswer: no

 

Long answer: It depends. A minecraft will typically not use any GPU power (like at all). Depending on which OS you'll go with you won't really need any graphics output at all. I run a server on my headless Ubuntu machine, which I can SSH into, as such my server doesn't need any graphics output. MC servers mostly depend on your bandwith, RAM and CPU, not much else.


75% of what I say is sarcastic

 

So is the rest probably

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Get something like a HD 6450 for $10. That would do fine,


Main PC

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i3-8100 @3.6GHz | GTX 1060 6GB | EVGA 450 BT | Island Professional 120GB SSD | | Toshiba 2TB HDD | Corsair Vengeance 2x4 2666 DDR4  | Corsair 270R | Windows 10 Pro | CPU Cinebench Score - 444 cb | OpenGL FPS - 84.85 FPS | Novabench Score - 1770 (OC) Base - 1678

 

Streaming PC (HP Compaq 8100 SFF)

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i5-750 @2.66GHz | Radeon HD 6450 | HP Compaq 240watt PSU | Toshiba 1TB HDD | Samsung 1x4 DDR3 1333MHz | HP Compaq 8100 SFF | Windows 10 Pro | CPU Cinebench Score - 320 cb | OpenGL FPS - 16.65 FPS | Novabench Score - 713 (OC) Base - 703

 

Laptop

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i3-7100u @2.4GHz | Intel HD 620 | Random Amazon Laptop Ram 2x4 2133 DDR4 | Acer Laptop Shell |

 

Monitors

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AOC - 21.5" IPS LED FHD Model - l2279VWHE | AOC - 24" TN Panel FHD 144hz 1ms Response - Model G2460PF

 

Keyboard and Mouse

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Logitech G413 Silver | Logitech G203 White

 

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