- 53 months ago
A few days ago I posted about a similar build, but I was focused on a single i7 and non-ECC RAM. From the comments I learned that a dual Xeon ECC RAM build will be more suitable. Therefore, I am asking a new question for advice on this build.
Here is the initial outline of a parts list:
- 2x Intel Xeon E5-26XX V3 Processor
- quiet CPU coolers
- dual socket LGA 2011-v3 motherboard
- ATX form factor
- Intel C612 PCH
- quad channel memory support
- passive cooling
- 2x Intel Gigabit LAN
- DDR4 2133 support / at least 128 GB RAM supported (I'm only going to install 64 GB now)
- consumer-type BIOS preferred (I think)
- support for 2x SLI or 2x Crossfire (I'll probably use Nvidia cards for now)
- enough room for both GPU's to run cool
- good PCIe lane design (e.g. using M.2 doesn't prevent SLI, etc.)
- lots of USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports
- lots of fan connectors
- prefer onboard USB 3.1, but can live with a card, if necessary
- no onboard audio or video needed (but it will probably be there anyway)
- do not need RAID, do not need SAS, do not need more than 6 SATA ports
- need support for DDR4-2133 RAM, but not more than 256 GB. I'll start with 64 GB.
- overclocking support not needed
- want really good quality capacitors that will last a long time
- prefer M.2 port onboard that will work with an enterprise SSD (see drive below)
- if not, maybe I can use something like: Lycom M.2 PCIe SSD to PCIe 3.0 x4 adapter
- SAMSUNG XP941 M.2 256GB PCI-Express 2.0 x4 MLC Enterprise Solid State Drive (or similar)
- I hope for Linux boot support from this drive, but can work around it if not.
- Samsung 850 PRO 2TB 2.5" Solid State Drive
- 2x Western Digital Red 5TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive (or similar quiet drives)
- 2x EVGA GeForce GTX 980 4GB Superclocked ACX 2.0 Video Card (2-Way SLI)
- 2x MSI GeForce GTX 980 4GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) (or similar)
- GPU choice based on whichever is quietest
- A case similar to: Fractal Design Define R5 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case
- needs room for 2 GPU's and 2 large CPU coolers, 2 internal HDD's & 1 SSD
- should not be more than 19" x 9" x 18" (max). Can be smaller, as long as it runs cool.
- quiet case fans
- Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer (or similar)
- EVGA SuperNOVA 1000 P2 1000W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply (or similar)
Below are some of the things I plan to do with this build, but I'm sure I'll find more purposes for it and extract every ounce of capabilities the rig has.
NFS file server on a small LAN (currently 3 people total, including me, but it could grow) MariaDB (mysql) database server on the same small LAN 3-D CAD work and rendering Working with very large spreadsheets (where single core clock speed has a large impact on performance than multiple cores) Working simultaneously with many open applications (often dozens of CPU and RAM hungry apps) and many hundreds of browser tabs (necessary research work) where multiple CPU cores and lots of RAM will be very helpful. This is often the most demanding use-case based on past experience. Extensive Photo/Video editing (Gimp, Inkscape, etc.) Very extensive audio editing with Ardour. USB Audio interface is a Native Instruments Komplete Audio 6 (for now). Power consumption is not a big issue. My budget is flexible. I do not plan to overclock. No gaming. None. I do not want a watercooled rig. I want my rig (hardware) to be relatively maintenance-free. It absolutely must be silent! It must be compatible with current Linux kernels (e.g., 4.2 or 4.3.3). In fact, I would like to run Kubuntu 14.04 LTS, kernel 3.19, until April when I'll switch to 16.04.
The monitor choice is driven by the use-case of very large spreadsheets. Clear text rendering and lots of screen real estate is most important.
The monitors take away $1454 from my budget, leaving me $3346 to $3500 for everything else. I have a little flexibility. For example, if some part is a much better value, I will make the wiser choice and go slightly above my budget.
I believe that the video cards must be GTX 970 (minimum) or probably the GTX 980's. I'm going to use the Nvidia proprietary drivers under Linux. I prefer the GPU cards to have multiple DisplayPort connectors. (DP 1.3 and HDMI 2.0 would be nice, but I'm probably dreaming. Even if such cards exist, I probably would have driver issues under current versions of Linux, especially kernel 3.19 in Kubuntu 14.04. I think the 980 is the max card I should consider, but correct me if I'm wrong.)