If you want to survive on a PVP server, this is all fine advice. If you want to PVP on a PVP server, take all of the above advice and combine it with a careful study of Kishko or his friends. They have youtube channels, and they are very good at small scale asymmetric warfare. They also have to change servers a lot, and store most of their possessions in beacons or purlovias, due to the salt they generate among the alphas they harass. Something to bear in mind. But a solo run on a PVP server, especially if it turns out well, is very rewarding. Some of the best fun I've ever had on ark was living as a homeless degenerate clubbing people for loot. Good luck!