Workstation/Server Build

Here's the set-up so far, I need help finding an appropriate PSU. I plan on doing heavy programming for both software and web and using a VM as a server for a website. I plan on playing Diablo 3 and WoW, so would I need a sound card? Also, do I need a network card? I DO NOT need monitors.


AZZA Fusion 4000 - - $265

Hitachi GST 1TB x3 - - $120 each

Samsung 830 Series 128GB HDD - - $100

Intel Xeon E3-1230 3.2GHz Quad-Core - - $240

Quadro 600 1GB - - $150

Kingston 16GB ECC DDR3 1333 RAM - - $135

SuperMicro ATX Intel Xeon E3 MoBo - - $230

Asus DVD Burner/Drive - - $20

Scythe 120mm x 38mm Case Fan x4 - - $12 each

I chose the case because it supports dual system, so eventually I plan to build a Mini-ITX system for gaming. Two of the 1TB HDD are for the server, and will be run in RAID (Which RAID would be best though?). The third 1TB HDD is for programming. The SSD is strictly for Diablo 3 and WoW. I chose the Quadro 600 because I'll be doing a dual monitor set-up.


1) Would this be able to run Diablo 3 and WoW at around medium settings?
2) What PSU would I need? In terms of wattage.
3) Do i need a sound card for games?
4) Do I need a network card?
5) Do I need to buy some extra fans for cooling?
6) How is the set-up in general?

-Thanks in advance guys.
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  1. are you planning to do anything with the quadro 600 that doesnt include games because it sucks at games.

    i rather get a x79 system instead. xeons are the same as i7s other than the fact that xeons cost more, are slightly better, and support ecc memory (which i have yet to hear of a memory error causing bad things to happen)
  2. The quadro ill be using for two high-res monitors, which is the main reason i got it. I wont play games that much, just once in a while, so performance isnt a big deal game-wise. I chose server components due to running a VM server 24/7 and i plan on being dual-CPU.
  3. are you doing any content creation with the quadro 600? otherwise, a regular graphics card can do the job better
  4. Ill be working with photoshop and flash for a website, and sometimes i need to render 3D scenes.
  5. something to consider
  6. Is a sound card needed? Or network card?
  7. nether. its on the motherboard
  8. Thanks.
  9. Is there a reason why I cant seem to find the type of power connection needed?
  10. the power supply has everything needed (all power connectors)
  11. So the pin type doesnt matter?
  12. You didn't mention what your budget is. From what I have read, AMD cpus would be a better choice in running a VM. Especially if you are going to be running a VM for a website plus doing programming on the same box. I threw this together for you to consider:

    ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
    Item #: N82E16827135204
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy


    Antec Twelve Hundred V3 Black Steel ATX Full Tower Unbeatable Gaming Case
    Item #: N82E16811129100
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    $25.00 Mail-in Rebate Card


    Western Digital RE4 WD1003FBYX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Enterprise Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Item #: N82E16822136798
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

    ($119.99 each)

    MSI R7770-PMD1GD5 Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
    Item #: N82E16814127687
    Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
    $15.00 Mail-in Rebate Card


    Creative Sound Blaster Audigy SE 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Card - OEM
    Item #: N82E16829102003
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy


    Antec EarthWatts Platinum Series EA-650 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS PLATINUM Certified Power ...
    Item #: N82E16817371056
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy


    SUPERMICRO MBD-H8SGL-O ATX Server Motherboard Socket G34 AMD SR5650 DDR3 1600/1333/1066
    Item #: N82E16813182240
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy


    Wintec 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) ECC Registered Server Memory Model 3RSH160011R5H-16GK
    Item #: N82E16820161560
    Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy


    SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC128B/WW 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    Item #: N82E16820147163
    Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy


    AMD Opteron 6220 Interlagos 3.0GHz Socket G34 115W 8-Core Server Processor OS6220WKT8GGUWOF
    Item #: N82E16819113028
    Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy

    Subtotal: $1,863.88

    If you plan to stick with an Intel cpu then I highly advise that you get an i7 or Xeon equivalent. You are going to need/want more than 4 cores.
  13. What if I got dual Xeons? They'd be about $100 cheaper, would they still perform around the same? I was also thinking with the Fusion 4000 I could make a cheap server build, with a decent opteron and 8GB Memory for the ATX slot, then a gaming/programming set-up with the mini-ITX, or vice versa, probably vice versa.
  14. id stick with xeons but amd is nice too.
  15. I'm an AMD fan but I'm liking the Xeons way more than the Opterons.
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