Thoughts on K8W and Gaming

trifler

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I find myself in a position where I have a Tyan K8W motherboard and a PC Power and Cooling 510W power supply for it. I am an end user primarily interested in high end gaming platforms. I was actually running an Athlon FX CPU in this motherboard but Tyan's latest BIOS has made it so this is no longer possible.

My question is this: Do people think I should consider purchasing Opteron CPUs to create a usable computer with this motherboard, or just try to sell it? I already bought a new motherboard to use with my Athlon FX CPU, so that's not an issue. I'm just trying to decide whether it's better to spend more money on Opterons or use that money to built a new computer from scratch in regards to a gaming rig.
 

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I've thought about starting a gaming server off and on. Is there a good site out there for finding out exactly what I'd need to do that? Right now I have a nice fast cable connection, but I don't think the cable company allows its use to host a server of any kind. I could be wrong that's just what a friend told me.
 

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K8W is useless. Open the window and toss it out.

(be sure to give me a call b4 you do so though, so I can catch it :p )

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The thing about running a gaming server off your cable is the fact that there's gonna have to be alot of uploading, which will slow you down alot. Also the upload speed on cable is alot slower than the download speed. Most gaming servers are connected through gigabyte lines and still get lag everyonce in awhile.

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Whatever you do, keep that PSU. It's so sexy...

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Ahhh, so a gigibit lan will help on a cable connection in regards to a gaming server then? I have been wondering what the practical advantages of a gigabit lan is. Or are you saying it is connected in some sort of other way to the net? I thought cable was the fastest net connection. Could you explain that a bit?


*not sure about the regulations of the cable company buddy. I didn't realize there were such rules.*
<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by Zeekfu on 06/14/04 02:48 PM.</EM></FONT></P>
 

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I think he is talking about dedicated lines such as T1 and T3 lines. Although you may have a fast cable connection, most of your speed is download not upload. Where I live, cable has a download of 3 mbit, and only 256 kbit upload. That is nothing for a gaming server. My DSL is 1540 mbit download and 320 kbit upload. In order to host around 8 players, you need a minimum of 256 kbit for decent pings. If you have more than 6-8 people, the server is going to lag pretty bad. My DSL handles UT2003 fairly well, with 8 players. Pings are around 110 to 130 or so. Gigbyte networks in your house is not going to help the cable connection. Regular 10/100 ethernet can handle cable connections with no problem. The main problem is upload speed. I hope I cleared some things up.

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Zeekfu

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Ok well now I am taking this thread way off topic. My suggestion about making a gaming server was more or less just "off the cuff". I still have questions about the gaming server thing though. For example, on gamespy arcade there are tons of servers, some vacant, for day of defeat. Many of them have good ping and are very playible. If they didn't I would not play on them. I can't imagine all these people have some sort of special set up. How would that work? If one is hosting a sever over the net how do the t1 and t3 connections you mentioned work?

I was thinking of making my old comp a game server when I build the new one. It sounds like it is more complex than I thought though.