I have been hosting a private server with about 10 people on my gaming rig for about a year now and I've decided to build a dedicated server because the cpu used by the server prevents me from getting max performance when gaming. My question is if I build a server with a 2500k and 8gb of 1600mhz 8-8-8-24 ram is the reduction of performance windows 7 will cause really going to matter? I'm asking because even though I like playing around with linux occasionally I still much prefer using windows. I should also point out that becuase this is a private server I move plugins around all the time and are always changing settings and doing this is just so much easier on windows for me. The chance of the server becoming a public server is very low as until the new fibre optic network is done in a couple of years my upload speed is limited to 1mbps. (and no I can't get a better internet plan 1mbps is actually the best speed we can get here in Sydney, Australia) If this was a public server which was a one time setup and only required updating and fine tuning I wouldn't have so much of a problem with linux. Any input would be appreciated as I need some other opinions to help weigh up the pros and cons.