Cloud vs. Home PC server for multiplayer testing.

I’m trying to get a consensus regarding multiplayer testing. Not sure if I should buy another computer for dedicated server testing or if it would be better/more cost effective to rent a cloud server for that purpose? Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

I have used a $10/mo Digital Ocean Droplet to test dedicated server functionality on a few occasions. There are probably a lot of cloud options that are more cost effective than buying another computer.

If you rent a VM with a commitment plan of 3 years, in the end it’s cheaper than buying a new PC and way more realistic for testing traffic.