Cost effectiveness of making your own home server setup vs remote servers + fire risk at home?
I really like the idea of making my own server setup at home as I have always enjoyed building computers since I was a kid and the whole self-hosted part appeals to me. However I am a hypochondriac and am even afraid of leaving my toothbrush plugged in when I leave the house when I go to sleep let alone a 24/7 server stack! Can the risk of fire damage be mitigated?
Also what about the cost effectiveness of making the servers vs the monthly rental fees of remote ones? I am wondering if the economy of scale of commercial providers would outstrip the performance you could get from doing it at home or not? or whether their markup for renting it to you would make it better economically to do it yourself?
Oh I suppose it depends a lot on what type of server I need. Well the setup is CPU intensive and the more CPU power the better so my thought would be to get the best I could afford at the time and I could scale up if/when I needed to.
Of course the initial outlay cost is the hardware, say $500 bucks to $1k for a modest dedi to start? if you pay $50 per month for a modest outsourced server it would not take many months to pay that off and then you would not have any more costs except elec and internet.
My main concern is , like I said, the risk factor of having a server on 24/7 in my rented apartment and the economic factor of whether it is much better to do it yourself vs rentals. If the potential gain was at least equal then I would still be interested in it, provided it was safe, for the 'self-determination' factor.
So just throwing it out there to see if it is feasible/worth it?