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FAA Black Box

by polarbehr

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CPU Clock Rate

3.3GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

625MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

1.33Ghz

Description

I am slowly becoming the server admin at a small not for profit company in the southeast US. Recently in discussions with my boss we felt there was a need for another storage server. Rather than buy one from the OEMs I suggested that I build one. This server will be primarily used for storing the backups of about 12 different physical servers and VMs. I will also use this as a host for a light VM or 2. This machine will sit in my server room with the other servers and networking equipment where we keep it colder than 70°F at all times.

Here it is.

CPU: XEON E3 1230 no need for graphic capabilities to take away from the job at hand

Ram: 16 gb I need the extra ram for my VMs down the road, the host will be 8gb

Mobo: originally went with an MSI Z77A-G41 but the pins were bent so I sent it back and upgraded to an Asus P8B-X which is actually better for my needs with dual networking(needed for hyper-v)

Storage: Samsung SSD for the OS plus 4 two terabyte drives in raid 5 for storage total of 5.46tb

Video: nothing fancy just enough to get the job done

Case: I love NZXT cases and have used them in the past that said, I would not recommend this case to anyone about to build. It lacks an official mount for a ssd and the hard drive caddy does not face the side panel, which made running cables a little bit more time consuming.

Raid Card: High Point Rocket Raid card because neither my boss nor myself trust onboard/software raid enough. The fan cable was three feet long and that is why you can’t see what the back panel looks like.

Server 2012 boots in about 8 seconds

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dschutt84 3 Builds 9 points 18 months ago

I love the E3-1230 V2...Best hidden gem of a CPU.

polarbehr submitter 4 Builds 5 points 18 months ago

tis a sleeper for sure, too bad it sits on a shelf at work

dschutt84 3 Builds 3 points 18 months ago

That's too bad, I use it every day on a Civil 3D workstation. Love it more then the 3570k.

RyneSmith 7 Builds 3 points 18 months ago

It has a family!

Nice job, +1

polarbehr submitter 4 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

a few little sisters on the same shelf and then some big brothers with dual xeons and large quantities of ram down below

everything there in that pic that is not a ups has a xeon in it

plgdg 2 Builds 2 points 18 months ago

I actually spoke with someone at PCPartPicker recently, and they're hoping to add support for server builds on the website sooner or later. Hopefully, sooner lol.

Mattkx4 1 point 18 months ago

I wonder how much all those PC's cost all together.

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polarbehr submitter 4 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

middle row middle machine was 3500 if that helps

Mattkx4 1 point 18 months ago

Think you could lend me $1000. That would be absolutely great :) or you could give me one of those PC's

polarbehr submitter 4 Builds 2 points 18 months ago

lol you're funny, those servers all play an important role, but yeah there is a ton of money in that room and that is only one rack

Mattkx4 3 points 18 months ago

You know you have my dream job as a 13 year old :) I dream in the shower that I'm building $3500 computers and builds that have 10 SSD's in RAID 0 and 64Gb of RAM. Yup I'm a dreamer.

polarbehr submitter 4 Builds 3 points 18 months ago

one of the servers in that picture is somewhat like that, no SSD's but it has 4 VM's in it with room for plenty more since it has dual quad core XEONs and 52gb of ram at this moment not to mention the 4 tb of storage in raid 0, and it is running 08r2 enterprise

keep at it kid dreams can come true

my only dream as a child: find a job you will love and you will never work a day

TNTrocks123 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

How u get windows server 2012 standard for 53 bucks? I saw microsoft website and it said it was like 880 bucks. lol

polarbehr submitter 4 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

I work for a not for profit company, we picked up datacenter for 250 last week

TNTrocks123 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

oh gotcha. good build though

TNTrocks123 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

Your computer gonna feel like a boss in his "new home" because he was built.