New Rig - Data Server

Approximate Purchase Date: Sometime in August.

Budget Range: $750-$1350

System Usage: Data crunching

Parts Not Required: Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com

Country of Origin: Canada

Parts Preferences: I would prefer Intel.

Overclocking: It's possible that I would but I don't know if it would help. For example: Let's suppose i have an algorithm looking for a solution for a really complex equation, and then doing that ten million times. will overclocking help in that situation? I was thinking just maybe adding more cores in that situation instead of overclocking.

OS: Linux

Sli or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: Eventually I want to hook it up to a big flat screen tv, so pretty high i guess.


Additonal Comments: At the moment, what i would like is to have is a data crunching server that i can use for work. i dont have a lot of money, so what i want is something that i will be able to upgrade over time (adding a second cpu, more ram, ssd, etc.) as i get more money and as my computational needs increase. I would be willing to invest in a good case, motherboard and cpu but hold off on the video card, ram, and memory until i can afford it and/or really need it.

Basically I would use this to run all my analyses remotely from school, work or whatever. So mainly data crunching and things of that nature. nothing graphical (at the moment).

But what's really important is that in the future i can add new parts as i need them. So if all of a sudden I have so start opening lots of big fmri files simultaneously, i can just go out and buy more ram.
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  1. This will crunch your huckleberry.

    The ram is costly, but I know it works with this MB. MB are really finicky about RAM. You might fine some compatable for less$ if you ask around.

    Fractal Design Define XL Black ATX Full Tower Silent PC Computer Case (out of stock at newegg right now) you can pick any case that supports E-ATX MB's
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811352005
    $139.99

    ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204
    Item #: N82E16827135204
    $19.99

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185
    Item #: N82E16822152185
    $64.99

    SILVERSTONE Strider Essential series ST60F-ES 600W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817256071
    Item #: N82E16817256071
    $69.99

    SUPERMICRO MBD-X8DTi-F-O Dual LGA 1366 Intel 5520 Extended ATX Dual Intel Xeon 5500 and 5600 Series Server Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813182182
    Item #: N82E16813182182
    $399.99

    Patriot Signature 12GB (3 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) ECC Registered Server Memory Model PS312G13ER3K-E
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220423
    Item #: N82E16820220423
    $289.99

    Intel Xeon E5620 Westmere 2.4GHz LGA 1366 80W Quad-Core Server Processor BX80614E5620
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819117234
    Item #: N82E16819117234
    $389.99
    --------
    $1,384.93


    Additions for thoughts:

    you could go with un-registered unbuffered memory and save $200
    Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 12GB (3 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model 998770
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226096

    Noctua NH-U12DX 1366 120mm SSO CPU Cooler
    Item #: N82E16835608012
    $75.99

    Some sort of GPU the built in video is terrible
    HD5570 $55
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131342
  2. Thanks, anyone else have some ideas?
  3. It meets all of your requirements. You can buy a different Xeon 5000 series processor or a less expensive motherboard like the ASUS Z8NA-D6C if 48 GB of RDIMM will be enough in the future: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131378

    There's no way to build a system with a dual socket Xeon (or Opteron) motherboard for $750. FYI, you can't overclock server motherboards.

    An alternative would be to build a high performance desktop, but you won't be able to add a second CPU. However you could replace the motherboard and CPU when you really need more processing power. Installing more than 12 GB or 16 GB of memory in a desktop system can become very expensive.
  4. GhislainG said:
    It meets all of your requirements. You can buy a different Xeon 5000 series processor or a less expensive motherboard like the ASUS Z8NA-D6C if 48 GB of RDIMM will be enough in the future: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131378

    There's no way to build a system with a dual socket Xeon (or Opteron) motherboard for $750. FYI, you can't overclock server motherboards.

    An alternative would be to build a high performance desktop, but you won't be able to add a second CPU. However you could replace the motherboard and CPU when you really need more processing power. Installing more than 12 GB or 16 GB of memory in a desktop system can become very expensive.


    Gotcha, thanks for the info.
  5. this Reg ECC memory will also work in both MB. it will save you a $100
    PNY 12GB (3 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM ECC Registered DDR3 1333 Server Memory Model MD12288KD3-1333-ECC
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820178370
    http://www.amazon.com/PNY-PC3-10666-240-Pin-Desktop-MD12288KD3-1333-ECC/dp/B004SGJBSE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1311490830&sr=8-1

    if you go with the ASUS Z8NA-D6C you can also go with a regular Tower case that holds a standard ATX MB you and it will save you another $75. the MB is quite crowded because of its size and doesn't offer the extra memory slots, but it does work as long as you get one that has the latest bios already flashed. Performance wise I wouldn't drop down to a lower xeon, as you loose too much - clock rate and cache.
  6. I used Canadian links this time :)

    Using the ASUS Z8NA-D6C Dual LGA 1366 ATX Motherboard/ATX mid tower Case and the PNY Ram

    RAM
    PNY MD12288KD3-1333-ECC 12 GB (3x4 GB) PC3-10666 1333 MHz DDR3 240-Pin SDRAM Desktop DIMM ECC Triple Channel Kit
    http://www.amazon.ca/PNY-MD12288KD3-1333-ECC-PC3-10666-240-Pin-Desktop/dp/B004SGJBSE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1311532639&sr=8-1
    198.08

    PSU
    SILVERSTONE Strider Essential series ST60F-ES 600W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817256071
    Item #: N82E16817256071
    $67.49

    MB
    ASUS Z8NA-D6C Dual LGA 1366 Intel 5500 ATX Dual Intel Xeon 5500 and 5600 Series Server/Workstation Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131378
    Item #: N82E16813131378
    -$10.00 Instant
    $269.99
    $259.99

    CPU
    Intel Xeon E5620 Westmere 2.4GHz LGA 1366 80W Quad-Core Server Processor BX80614E5620
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819117234
    Item #: N82E16819117234
    $399.99

    DVD/CD
    ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204
    Item #: N82E16827135204
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    $16.99

    CASE
    COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233
    Item #: N82E16811119233
    $59.99

    HDD
    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185
    Item #: N82E16822152185
    $74.99
    --------
    $1077.52 CAD w/o shipping

    going with the better SUPERMICRO MB and the Case that fits adds $257.91

    CASE
    Fractal Design Define XL Computer Cases
    http://www.quietpc.com/ca-en-cad/products/pc-cases/fd-definexl
    $146.99

    SUPERMICRO MBD-X8DTi-F-O Dual LGA 1366 Intel 5520 Extended ATX Dual Intel Xeon 5500 and 5600 Series Server Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813182182
    Item #: N82E16813182182
    $429.99
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