So I want to get my own server running but before I spend the money for one I want to make sure I can get the stuff I need installed.
Is there any packages for linux like there are for windows to easily install PHP/MySQL/NGINX?
If you install Ubuntu Server, there's a script I use all the time when setting up web servers, it's the VladGh.com-LEMP on GitHub, the author is pretty good at keeping it up-to-date.
It installs the latest version of MySQL the Ubuntu servers have and builds the latest version of PHP and Nginx.
If you don't know much about Nginx the Nginx Wiki is a great place to get to know it better.