How much does it cost to build a server?

There's no hard and fast number we can give you when it comes to the cost of building a server. You have to determine your server needs, specifications, as well as your target budget before you get started.

If you have an old PC you're not using anymore; you can turn this into a server for virtually no money. Still, after you learn the ins and outs of how to build a server, you likely want something more. Here, we'll discuss some of the common specifications as well as the price you can expect to pay.

Building a Server

Building a server on your own can cost anywhere from nothing to thousands of dollars. As we stated above, you can use an old PC you have lying around your house without hardly any setup cost.


If you want to get serious about learning how to build your own server, though, you probably want a considerable amount of power at your disposal. This will cost a couple of thousand dollars in hardware alone in the hardware department.

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Your cost will vary depending on what kind of building server you're using but expect your hardware costs to exceed $2,000.


The software is another place where you'll pay when you build your own server. It depends on what kind of server you're building, but software prices will run you a few hundred to a few thousand dollars.

You might be able to find some free software out there when you build a server, but it usually doesn't perform as well as the paid alternatives.


Any time you spend on something is a time that you could be doing something else. Wasting time is wasting money, and if you have a poor performing server, you're going to waste a lot of time.


Upkeep is where the price of building a running a server gets out of hand. You have to maintain the server, stay up-to-date with the most recent updates, and make sure everything is running smoothly.

Running a server can seem like a full-time job, but it doesn't pay like it. In fact, it will likely cost you a considerable amount of money if you go at it alone.

Renting is Cheaper and Easier

It makes sense to want to build your own server. After all, the average adult spends more than 10 hours a day in front of a screen, and the bulk of this time is spent on the internet.

When you consider the setup cost of a server and combine it with the ongoing cost of maintaining the server, the option of building a server becomes less realistic.

Renting a server is the best way to go for most people. It's not very practical to run a server 24 hours a day, and the cost of renting a server is minimal compared to what you'll pay for your own.

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