For those of you who actually own a "good" server either in a data center nearby or in your own home, is it worth it to buy and have an actual server of your own or is it better to rent out a dedicated server each month? I have many things to run such as my websites, sometimes a small game server and/or voice server. But is it worth paying the electric bill each month to have it? Or is it less expensive to rent something out?
my view was it was cheaper to rent out a dedicated server but then i actually got one and it was around 150/month
electric in my area is about 10 cents per KwH. so my server, which is currently just an old pc, with a psu of 350 watts, it'd take almost 3 hours to use 1 Kw. so 8 Kw a day. 80 cents a day, 5.60/week, about 25 bucks/month, 300 per year.
so this is all old stuff though that prolly isn't very energy efficient. and it's quite low tech. single core intel CPU @2.20ghz, 3gb DDR2 Ram and an IDE HDD. versus renting out a good server, high quality server that's managed by someone else? so if something with the hardware fails, it's their problem not mine. So, my question still stand. in your experience, which is the better route to go?
Thanks for any feedback :)