Edit: Sorry if this is best in OT but i was unsure if this was better here in GD or OT (being its semi game related but not entirely)
[Edited by dssas, 6/5/2012 3:32:32 AM]
Some of the american sites offer expensive stuff though, but in Europe its more common and decent prices.
A simple server, can come in at (pounds) £210-£600 depending on hardware etc, but the real killer is Windows Server 2008 which can come in at £500.
But if you have some Unix/Linux knowledge you can grab some free Linux builds out there.
Check some American wholesalers you might get lucky, I know a few in the UK offer cash back on them for writing a review about it etc (can vary from £100-150 cash back depending on the server/microserver)
You're also dependant on your ISP for your bandwidth. You'd be better checking with them if they'd have any problems with you running a server before planning to buy anything.
@sky I have asked them already + checked the AUP. Only thing i cant run is a webserver without the businesses plan.
[Edited by dssas, 6/5/2012 5:58:53 AM]
But, since I'm not adding anything, and I know nothing about servers, I'll exit stage left and good luck.
They actually tried this with me years ago, I had a server running which was tied to my till at my store (sold it a while back), they tried to get me on a 50mb dedicated line.. that was until I told them to shut up in not so many pleasent words.
They heard business and till and thought I was running my business from home, but I wasn't it was a simple stock checking program I ran when things were sold my program would warn me if I needed something restocking. Not running a business at all.
Anyways, I still think it would be cheaper to go to a host to do it, all the leg work is done then.
As for Windows Server 2008 not being legit, be careful, MS are in the process of making ISPs tell them about digital signatures of OS's and from there be able to kill your OS and put pressure on your ISP to take you offline also. Just sayin :P
Fair enough on the MS Part. As for the ISP I already have the 50mb dedicated line cuase as i said ive done hosting for years just my main box died recently. I'm going to assume i should go elsewere for help. Thanks anyways guys.
As for what you need you don't need anything extravagant.