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.