Mini PC - Dedicated Game Server


Arilyboo

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Hello,

I'm sort of looking for recommendations. I want to purchase one of those Mini Gaming PCs are turn it into a dedicated game server for myself/friends. I'm trying to find something under $500, mini in size, decent specs to run different servers. Servers I have in mind would be an Ark Ascended server for example.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP
    CPU
    12th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-12500H 2.50 GHz
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
    Sound Card
    Realtek(R) Audio
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    500GB SSD
    Internet Speed
    600mbps
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    Intel Core i9-14700K
    Motherboard
    NZXT N7 Z790 Intel
    Memory
    128GB
    Graphics card(s)
    MSI Geforce RTX 4070 Ti X Trio 12GB
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Omen x 25 & Omen 25i
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    4TB SSD and 2TB SSD
    PSU
    Corsair RM850 (I'm not overclocking)
    Case
    Hyte Y60 Snow White
    Cooling
    Corsair iCue H150i Elite LCD XT Liquid
    Mouse
    Omen Reactor
    Keyboard
    Omen Sequencer
    Internet Speed
    600mbps
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
Sorry no one has answered, I have never owned a mini but I do know there are several users here that have bought Beelink and love them. They have great reviews on Amazon too. Getting one with the exact combined specs you want might be difficult. The ones I saw would only support a 2 tb drive.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 22631.3737
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 7080
    CPU
    i9-10900 10 core 20 threads
    Motherboard
    DELL 0J37VM
    Memory
    32 gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    none-Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Sound Card
    Integrated Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1tb Solidigm m.2 nvme+256gb SKHynix m.2 nvme /External +512gb Samsung m.2 sata+1tb Kingston m2.nvme
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell Premium
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Internet Speed
    so slow I'm too embarrassed to tell
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 22H2 19045.3930
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 9020
    CPU
    i7-4770
    Memory
    24 gb
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    256 gb Toshiba BG4 M.2 NVE SSB and 1 tb hdd
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell factory
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Internet Speed
    still not telling
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
Hello,

I'm sort of looking for recommendations. I want to purchase one of those Mini Gaming PCs are turn it into a dedicated game server for myself/friends. I'm trying to find something under $500, mini in size, decent specs to run different servers. Servers I have in mind would be an Ark Ascended server for example.
I don't know where your located but Amazon list some really good Mini PCs. I have one Kamrui that is temporarily retired and three Beelinks. My one Beelink is used as a Media streamer. I have a 14TB WD USB 3.0 drive connected to it and it works great.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Canary Channel
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    PowerSpec B746
    CPU
    Intel Core i7-10700K
    Motherboard
    ASRock Z490 Phantom Gaming 4/ax
    Memory
    16GB (8GB PC4-19200 DDR4 SDRAM x2)
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 TI
    Sound Card
    Realtek Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung SAM0A87 Samsung SAM0D32
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    NVMe WDC WDS100T2B0C-00PXH0 1TB
    Samsung SSD 860 EVO 1TB
    PSU
    750 Watts (62.5A)
    Case
    PowerSpec/Lian Li ATX 205
    Keyboard
    Logitech K270
    Mouse
    Logitech M185
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge and Firefox
    Antivirus
    ESET Internet Security
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Canary Channel
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    PowerSpec G156
    CPU
    Intel Core i5-8400 CPU @ 2.80GHz
    Motherboard
    AsusTeK Prime B360M-S
    Memory
    16 MB DDR 4-2666
    Monitor(s) Displays
    23" Speptre HDMI 75Hz
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 970 EVO 500GB NVMe
    Mouse
    Logitek M185
    Keyboard
    Logitek K270
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge and Edge Canary
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
Hello again, Arily
Beelink are pretty good.
A member posted one yesterday that looked cool. If you’re willing to spend the extra $50


But there are so many. Again, Beelink, as @Winuser mentions is a popular product brand.

I ran 24 slot (and above) game servers (hired) for 8 years (maybe 10?) Counterstrike Source to be exact. So much fun, I miss that. Servers were always chock a block full. I spent thousands on custom scripts. I had to hire the servers because I am not a networking guy, and they had support/admin. It was the best fun.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 Build: 22631.3593
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Sin-built
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770K CPU @ 3.50GHz (4th Gen?)
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus VI Formula
    Memory
    32.0 GB of I forget and the box is in storage.
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte nVidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super OC 6GB
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    4 x LG 23MP75 1 x 24" LG M38H 1 x 32" LF6300 TV Monitor 1 x Wacom Pro 22" Tablet
    Screen Resolution
    All over the place
    Hard Drives
    2 x WD something Something 8TB HDD's / 2 x WD something Something 4TB HDD's / 1 x EVO 1TB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB SSD's / 1 x EVO 250 GB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB (External Hub) / 1 x EVO 1TB (Portable Backup Case)
    PSU
    Silverstone 1500
    Case
    NZXT Phantom 820 Full-Tower Case
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 Elite Class Dual Tower CPU Cooler / 6 x EziDIY 120mm / 2 x Corsair 140mm somethings / 1 x 140mm Thermaltake something / 2 x 200mm Corsair.
    Keyboard
    Corsair K95 / Logitech diNovo Edge Wireless
    Mouse
    Logitech G402 / G502 / Mx Masters / MX Air Cordless
    Internet Speed
    100/40Mbps
    Browser
    All sorts
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky Premium
    Other Info
    I’m on a horse.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 22621.2215
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    LENOVO Yoga 7i EVO OLED 14" Touchscreen i5 12 Core 16GB/512GB
    CPU
    Intel Core 12th Gen i5-1240P Processor (1.7 - 4.4GHz)
    Memory
    16GB LPDDR5 RAM
    Graphics card(s)
    Graphics processor is an Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    optimized with Dolby Atmos®
    Screen Resolution
    QHD 2880 x 1800 OLED
    Hard Drives
    M.2 512GB
    Other Info
    …still on a horse.
Thank you for all your replies, I actually found a refurbished HP for $200 that had some decent specs.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP
    CPU
    12th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-12500H 2.50 GHz
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
    Sound Card
    Realtek(R) Audio
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    500GB SSD
    Internet Speed
    600mbps
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    Intel Core i9-14700K
    Motherboard
    NZXT N7 Z790 Intel
    Memory
    128GB
    Graphics card(s)
    MSI Geforce RTX 4070 Ti X Trio 12GB
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Omen x 25 & Omen 25i
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    4TB SSD and 2TB SSD
    PSU
    Corsair RM850 (I'm not overclocking)
    Case
    Hyte Y60 Snow White
    Cooling
    Corsair iCue H150i Elite LCD XT Liquid
    Mouse
    Omen Reactor
    Keyboard
    Omen Sequencer
    Internet Speed
    600mbps
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 Build: 22631.3593
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Sin-built
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770K CPU @ 3.50GHz (4th Gen?)
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus VI Formula
    Memory
    32.0 GB of I forget and the box is in storage.
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte nVidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super OC 6GB
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    4 x LG 23MP75 1 x 24" LG M38H 1 x 32" LF6300 TV Monitor 1 x Wacom Pro 22" Tablet
    Screen Resolution
    All over the place
    Hard Drives
    2 x WD something Something 8TB HDD's / 2 x WD something Something 4TB HDD's / 1 x EVO 1TB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB SSD's / 1 x EVO 250 GB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB (External Hub) / 1 x EVO 1TB (Portable Backup Case)
    PSU
    Silverstone 1500
    Case
    NZXT Phantom 820 Full-Tower Case
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 Elite Class Dual Tower CPU Cooler / 6 x EziDIY 120mm / 2 x Corsair 140mm somethings / 1 x 140mm Thermaltake something / 2 x 200mm Corsair.
    Keyboard
    Corsair K95 / Logitech diNovo Edge Wireless
    Mouse
    Logitech G402 / G502 / Mx Masters / MX Air Cordless
    Internet Speed
    100/40Mbps
    Browser
    All sorts
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky Premium
    Other Info
    I’m on a horse.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 22621.2215
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    LENOVO Yoga 7i EVO OLED 14" Touchscreen i5 12 Core 16GB/512GB
    CPU
    Intel Core 12th Gen i5-1240P Processor (1.7 - 4.4GHz)
    Memory
    16GB LPDDR5 RAM
    Graphics card(s)
    Graphics processor is an Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    optimized with Dolby Atmos®
    Screen Resolution
    QHD 2880 x 1800 OLED
    Hard Drives
    M.2 512GB
    Other Info
    …still on a horse.

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