Serverus Ares Is born.

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That was anti-climactic. It looks the same but the computer performance is incredibly different.

here’s some specs

  • fx-6300 6 core processor
  • 4gb ddr3 1600mhz ram
  • mushkin 60gb SSD
  • some cheap 300 watt power supply

So when it comes to compute difference between the two servers, I scored pretty okay on cinebench. Here’s a list of processors I’ve personally tested and their scores:

  • Serverus Ares – 406
  • amd a10 5800k – 259
  • 4770k(stock clock) – 720ish
  • 4790k(stock clock) – 805
  • my personal computer – 1259
  • Serverus Alexandria – literally couldn’t even open the app. LMAO. so somewhere around 10-20

The bright side is that the I don’t have to upgrade the storage because it goes fast enough for storage. I’m pretty Impressed with this cpu so far. I stressed it under aida64 and it ran to a full temp of 60 degrees. It idles at 14 degrees but amd cpu’s are known to be around 10 degrees off under 30 degrees anyways. The power consumption is so low its mind boggling. 38 watts at full load… what. That’s so insanely low its stupid. It’s also turbo boosting to 4.1ghz…. sometimes. My cheap ass power supply’s 12 volt rail drops to 11.7 volts when under full cpu load. I think this is what’s stopping the cpu from ramping up. I suppose this is what i get for buying a cheap power supply. A drop in voltage that far with < 15 percent of its rated load? what. my power supply in my main computer its at 12.096 volts even if my cpu and gpu are at full load.( > 350 watts).

The ssd kind of cracked me up. I bought it because it was 36$ and was in a nice small size for os and a few apps. It’s speeds are 273MB/s read, 67MB/s write. This just makes me laugh because I’ve been so spoiled by premium hardware. My personal computer has 10 times the read and 25 times the write speed. BUT I have to remember this IS a server. This ssd stays icy cold and I hope it’ll be more reliable in that.

The ram is ram i suppose. With 4 game servers on it I sit at 93% ram load. lol. I feel like I should buy more but I mean It’s never fills it and it only gets that high when there is a bunch of traffic.

The fans are hilarious. There are 4 of them (2 for each server) at 100% speed 24 hours a day. I feel this is necessary. They do make my living room sound like the inside of a leafblower but I’m never in there. I’m always here. In my room. Both servers stay under room temperature under minimum load so that’s good.

The blue lights on the front are silly. My kitchen is bright blue at night. so bright that I don’t need to turn a light on to walk around.

Here’s some server tests

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So it’s still in beta I suppose. I’m working on a way to run these separate game servers a little better. In testing, players are getting almost 0 packet-loss so that’s perfect.

In other news, I still haven’t found a way to access the servers from my school network. which is annoying because even on this little server, between my friends and I, there ARE people on it 24/7. There is always someone there and I don’t want to disappoint them with a shitty experience. I have to hotspot my phone to get to my servers. I’ve even tried to vpn around the school… nope blocked. The other day, there was a kid next to me in my graphics design class on 4chan… and i can’t check a fucking game server… WHATWDHOIF:AOIJFBOUJAEfba.

whatever. I started to check using a nice website called uptime robot and it polls my servers every 5 minutes and emails me when they go down. FOR FREEEee

I know that sometime in the next 4 months or so I will need to upgrade the storage server. I have access to a 4 core amd cpu and mobo BUT either I take it or it goes to a friend that needs a gaming computer. So I’ll just upgrade. I know it’ll be expensive because in minimum I would need at least 2 drives (for raid 1) and I want idealy 4 drives (for raid 10).( or you know… 8 drives for raid 50). I also would need a raid card. I need a UPS just in case theres a power outage. UGH money.

someone donate to me plz. lol

final thoughts: I think this server will be fine. I don’t think I’ll have to upgrade it for a while. the cpu is at stock clock and sits at 5% load for 12 hours then 40% load for the other 12 every day.

Serverus Alexandria gets an upgrade.

So until the parts get here for the more powerful server, Here’s the upgrade for the storage server.

My new cases came early so I decided to get the older server out of the way. Heres a pic:

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The first thing I did was take out the old hardware and Dust it off. After about 10 pounds of dust came off, it looked pretty good. here’s more pics

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So I was totally going to put the useless IDE cd drive in but I got lazy.

Case Pros:

  • Cheap as hell
  • pretty well made
  • comes with all hardware
  • can fit 2 HDD’s and 2 SSD’s
  • can fit 2 useless CD drives

Case Cons:

  • can only fit 2 HDD’s even though you can stick them in the cd bays. i guess

Pretty good case. I’m glad I got 2 of these for my systems. I also needed a cheap way to measure how long the servers are on so I bought some cheap Hour meters on amazon. they’re the ones you stick on generators and stuff to measure how long they have been running lol. I calculated that server has been running for 12,000 hours so far. I think that’s pretty amazing for something I got for free.

One more thing. usually places that you mount ATX power supplies let you mount upward and downward. Not in this case (lol pun). I had to 3m tape the power supply face down so the 24 pin power connector would reach far enough. Whatever, it worked anyways lol.

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here it is in the temporary sitting place until I get my rails to mount it. That led on the front lights up my entire living room so I’ll probably darken it. Can’t wait to have both running.

Pre “Game Server Build log” and Software.

I have a few topics today. I’ll start with the cooliest.

So I just ordered my parts to build a server. There’s good news and bad news.

First. I went with AMD. FX- 6300 6 core 4.1ghz
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The next parts are sort-of insignificant.

  1. MSI 760GMA-P34 motherboard
  2. 4GB Mushkin 1600mhz ram
  3. Mushkin 60GB SSD

So. Cheap ram cause less important in this situation.
Cheap small SSD for fast map loading times.

Now the Motherboard is the part that’s interesting. The motherboard was only $55….
yeah so if there will be anything to fail first on this it’ll be the Mobo. This will be an interesting test of time for cheap parts. I also think I’m going to have to buy network card with an Intel controller on it because I’m sure the onboard one will overheat eventually.

I don’t remember if I explained earlier, but I’m separating the servers. I was going to make a single storage/ftp/csgo/minecraft/teamspeak server but I figured out a couple things.

  1. If i make them two separate servers, ftp/storage and csgo/minecraft/teamspeak, then my storage is a little more secure and hard to get to… so don’t hack my server for my homework.
  2. To make a server to run 5 programs would cost twice as much than if I make one for games and used my current build for just storage. It would also cost more in electricity.

If you’re wondering how these servers work software-wise I’ll explain here.

Storage: I use network sharing between all of my servers and my main computer. I also use a nice free ftp file server to host only certain folders to my friends that they need a user and password for.

Games: I use a custom built minecraft server hoster that lets me control server configs on the fly and adjust mods and things. I love minecraft and all but modded minecraft is at least 600% better… seriously. I have yet to host a counterstrike server but I’ll figure it out.

Control: If you’ve ever wondered how I use these computers when there are just Ethernet cables and power hooked up. I use remote desktop client to control them. Pretty simple. This comes in handy because If I play music on the computer hosting Teamspeak (via youtube, soundcloud, etc.) it will brodcast to us inside the server. It’s like playing video games with a custom music track.

Monitoring: I run a few monitoring programs that I personally find irreplaceable. The first is a cpu temp  monitor that puts the temps in the task bar so I can see them on the fly. I also use a cpu load and ram load monitor that do the same. here’s a pic9c4844f795e13ae7f9d98257fa578ece

Security: This is an interesting topic. I don’t really mind to security much. I might in the future because I should. I don’t keep anything important on my personal computer or my laptop or server so I really don’t care. my roommate doesn’t either. The few security things I do are

  1. My server bans your IP if you guess the password wrong 10 times
  2. EVERYTHING I have has a password on it.
  3. I have all of my programs run logs so i know every single person’s actions and their ip adresses. I also have a program that watches the shared folders on my server so I know things like when space was taken and how much.
  4. My router is cheap yes, but I can block sites. Most people don’t use it but I spent hours entering every single ad service I could find. I personally have adblock on my computer. But now I don’t even get YouTube ads on my cellphone. lol

My Network usage has been scaring me lately:84ccc95a170e0e71f084c0bf17c35d88

My current Internet provider has been really cool so far. I use a little more than half a terabyte of data a month between my roommate and I (604GB last month). They haven’t throttled us as of yet so that’s cool. We’re only living here for 2 more months however and the biggest ISP where we’re moving is Comcast. And everyone remembers the whole fiasco of their 300GB limit. That litterally makes no sense. I downloaded a single game once that was 65GB, A SINGLE GAME. There’s going to be 4 of us at my new place and we’d use 85% of our monthly allowance in 1 day. That’s bs. Even if they throttle us after a certain point, I really don’t think 4 college kids can live with dial-up speed internet. I don’t mean that in a spoiled kind of way, I mean that In a everything-in-college-is-done-online-nowadays kind of way.

I decided to rename my servers now that I have 2.

  1. The storage server is now: Serverus Alexandria. Named after the Library of Alexandria
  2. The Powerhouse 6 core game server is now: Serverus Ares. Named after the Greek God of War.

I also ordered 2 cases So I can move my storage server out of that old case in my hallway lol

Oh and to whoever attacked my server 176 times yesterday and FAILED this is all you were missing:

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