Some of my friends at school were thinking about having sort of a private minecraft server so we can play on, one of us would host it. Because I have the greatest knowledge of server hosting and already know HOW to host a server, I was thinking I could do it. The problem is I probably wouldn't want to run it on my normal machine, so I was thinking of having a spare desktop that I never use run it. The problem is, that computer doesn't have too much performance capabilities, so I'm just wondering what the minimum specs that a computer can have to host a server.
The server will probably have at maximum 10 people on at once, and probably won't need to run 24/7. They all live within the same school zone, so they're pretty close.
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These specs will run a server fine:
1Mbit/second upload and download
Intel Dual or Quad core 2.4GHz + (Intel > AMD, if all else fails AMD is better than nothing)
To avoid using more CPU/RAM than you need you should look into Ubuntu Server. You could Dual boot (when you start your computer you get to choose between Ubuntu and Windows) if you wish to keep Windows.
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