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After learning about the availability of refurbished Xeon E5-2670 CPU's all over the interwebs, I set out to build my first server, which will be used for sequence alignment and bioinformatics data analysis. I got my inspiration from another dual xeon build here https://pcpartpicker.com/b/CNCypg, but wanted to make sure it would handle memory intensive applications in a multi-user environment. With 32 cores and 256 GB memory, this machine is more than capable at $4000.

The Zalman coolers are perfect for a dual CPU setup, and the ASRock motherboard took everything with ease. Data storage is a high priority, and the WD data center HDDs are setup as RAID5, providing 12 TB usable storage. The Phanteks Enthoo Pro was one of the few towers that took the SSI-EEB form factor without being gargantuan, making it an excellent choice. The only difficulty was the short cables from the Toughpower power supply, forcing me to route the motherboard pins through the front of the chassis. Nonetheless, airflow is fantastic and the CPU's reach 60C at 100% and 30C at idle. GPU is more of a placeholder at this point. As we expand into GPU-accelerated tasks, this beast will have the space and power to take a few Tesla K80's.

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  • 46 months ago
  • 4 points

more pics?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

You got it!

  • 46 months ago
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this.... this is amazing! Awesome job on this beast of a server +1

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  • 46 months ago
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Where'd you get the E5's for $150 each?!?!?

Not everyday we see dual CPU computers here. It is always nice to see unique builds, such as this one, that isn't meant for gaming but for sequence alignment and bioinformatics data analysis ( I don't know what that means but it sure does sound interesting ). Anyways, good job on this beast of a computer!

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! They are everywhere. It's a risk for sure as apparently they are from decommissioned Facebook servers, but it was impossible to pass up at this price.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice server/NAS/node!!!

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

im actually putting together a similar build

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

also there's 8gb sticks of ecc on amazon for 13.51 rn

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

That's a LOT of RAM.... Amazing build.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

:0

What beauty I'm seeing before my eyes. I'm speechless.

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

WOW! And to think it all started by finding 2 Xeons online! +1 for that beast of a pc!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

When your RAM costs more than the rest of the build. +1

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Sooooooo give us some performance statistics! or do you not track that? Very curious what a system like this can achieve.

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

This has more cache than my first computer had storage... Nice build though lol.

  • 45 months ago
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Can this run Minesweeper on ultra low at a whopping 0.00000000000003 FPS?

  • 45 months ago
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How'd you get these processors to fit into this motherboard?

  • 42 months ago
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I'm in the middle of running POST and on this motherboard and CPU set. My system is only picking up one of the CPU's, CPU_BSP1. Did you have any problems with getting both CPU's working? Have I missed something in the set up? I'm planning to use mine as a render farm node. Not sure if I am dealing with a bad motherboard.

Motherboard: ASRock Rack EP2C602-4L/D16 Dual LGA2011/ Intel C602/ DDR3/ SATA3/ V&4GbE/ SSI EEB Server

CPU: (2) Intel Xeon E5-2670 SR0KX-c2

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 64GB (8 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-1866C10Q2-64GZM

Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2)

Power: EVGA SuperNOVA 850 G2 80+ GOLD, 850W ECO Mode

SSD:PNY CS1311 240GB 2.5" SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - (SSD7CS1311-240-RB)

  • 41 months ago
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  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

did u need a kit to install Samsung 850 Pro Series 1TB 2.5" SSD or cables are in the package of the sdd?

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

My mistake. It was 16x16GB sticks. Fixed. Thank you, I do like the look of those fans.

  • 46 months ago
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Haha my username

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  • 46 months ago
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Thank you! It handles a lot of memory intensive jobs in parallel. RAM was almost half the cost of the entire build.