Budget on a Server Build, URGENT

So I've already gotten a list of the parts wanted for this computer server. In addition, there are the programs and monitors needed. I've added it up to about $8500.

It's called an "Intelligence Server Build" (whatever that means).


*CASE: LIAN LI PC-V2120X All Black Full Tower Case, HTPX, 11 slots ($414.99)
*Intel Xeon X5690 Westmere-EP 3.46GHz 6 x 256KB L2 Cache 12MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 139W Six-Core Server Processor BX80614X5690 (2 pieces) ($1667.00 each)
*EVGA Classified SR-2 270-WS-W555-A2 LGA 1366 Intel 5520 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HPTX Intel Motherboard (1 piece) ($579.99)
*Patriot Signature 12GB (3 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM ECC Registered DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Server Memory Model PS312G13ER3K-E (4 sets/12 pieces of 4GB Sticks) ($259.99 each)
*CPU Cooler: CORSAIR CWCH50-1 High Performance CPU Cooler (2 pieces) ($79.99 each)
* Case Fan: Scythe Kama Flow 2 120mm case fan 1400RPM (3 pieces) ($14.99 each)
* Thermaltake Toughpower Grand TPG-1200M 1200W ATX 12V v2.3 & SSI EPS 12V v2.92 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Active PFC Power Supply (1 piece) ($279.99 each)
* Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive (8 pieces) ($59.99 each)
*EVGA 015-P3-1589-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) FTW Hydro Copper 2 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card ($659.99)
* Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Workgroup (1 piece) 64bit ($709.99)
*ASUS VE258Q Black 25" 2ms HDMI LED Backlight Widescreen LCD Monitor w/Display Port & Speakers 250 cd/m2 50,000,000:1 ASCR (1 piece) ($259.99)
* Microsoft Wireless Laser Desktop 6000 ($74.99)
*CyberPower Professional PP2200SW 2200VA 1500W 6 NEMA 5-15R, 2 NEMA 5-20R Outlets UPS (1 piece) ($385.99)

So I was wondering what I could substitute to drop is down to possibly $5000 -$6000.

I was thinking finding another case, using a 990x, different motherboard, cheaper ram, different heatsink, different PCU, same hdd, different GPU (possibly ATI crossfire instead of that ridiculously priced 580).

Thanks guys I really appreciate it,

P.S. I need this list done by 9/11/11 (how ironic)

Anyways thank you again!
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  1. the build you posted is not for any kind of server. in addition, you want to save money, but you used the most over the top components you possibly could. i mean, you used a 580 sli, watercooling-ready setup for a SQL server? if you work in IT and this is a build for your employer, you need to get fired retroactive to your first day of work.
  2. Okay, that's constructive. First of all, I was asking to replace each part because obviously I see it as very very ridiculous.

    I DID NOT SELECT THOSE PARTS. I'm the builder and when I saw the list I was shocked at the "ridiculousness" of the components, hence why I came to tomshardware for help not for stupid comments like yours.

    Unless you have something that answers my question go play counterstrike or something.

    Thanks.
  3. KJ67o said:
    Okay, that's constructive. First of all, I was asking to replace each part because obviously I see it as very very ridiculous.


    Then the subject of the thread should have been: SQL SERVER BUILD FOR LESS THAN $5000/6000
    And the text should include what the hell this server is supposed to do (expected # of users, size of database, concurrent users), and other info in this here template.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advice

    I can tell you right now that you want as many cores as possible, speed per core not essential, one or two processor server board (hint: consumer i7s won't work on multi cpu boards, only the moar expensive xeon versions)

    Also, depending on the size of the dataset and budget for backup,etc a pci-express based SSD around half a terabyte might serve you better than any magnetic hd raid 0 array.
  4. Well, it's a server used for the Department of Public Safety.

    Not exactly what other purposes. But I was thinking a single i7 990x (or even 2600k), a decent motherboard, max out the ram at 1333-1600, crossfire for multi monitor usage, I'm thinking using 1.5 TB in a raid 4 or 5 array vs 8 640gb hdd. When I first saw this I thought to myself this is going to be crazy.

    I'm thinking of some aftermarket cooler a different case. it probably will be on 24/7 and might be used as surveillance. That's all I can give for now. I'll try to drop more info.
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