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November 13, 2012 2:38:04 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Thursday November 15th, thats only 2 days .... sorry

Budget Range: $5,000 (use it or lose it)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: EVLA data reduction system using CASA. Large data sets performing fourier transforms

Are you buying a monitor: Yes, dual screens

Parts to Upgrade: full computer build -- parts listed below

Do you need to buy OS: No, installing Ubuntu

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: strictly newegg

Parts Preferences: I would like to keep with the listed Xeon CPUs if I can

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: Basic: at least 1024x768, dual monitors preferred

Additional Comments: I am trying to optimize the IO for use with special software (CASA) that utilitizes as many cores as possible, but requires 4GB per core.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading? This is a new computer designed specifically to process large datasets for physics research. From other people who have built similar systems I know that I will need about 10 TB of hard drive capacity. The software, CASA, will utilize as many cores as available. I am trying to provide 16 cores and 4GB per core = 64 GB of RAM. To avoid any IO bottleneck with the hard drives I planned to use 8 3TB hard drives in a RAID 10 array. CASA primarily performs large continuous reads and writes.

I am mostly concerned that there maybe something incompatible with the components in this build that I haven't thought of. I also just learned that the motherboard doesn't use a standard E-ATX configuration and Im not sure if it will fit in my case or if the heatsinks will fit. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


Here is a list of all the parts I have so far

That list includes:
Fractal Design Define XL Titanium Grey w/ USB 3.0 ATX Full Tower Silent PC Computer Case
2 x Intel Xeon E5-2650 Sandy Bridge-EP 2.0GHz (2.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 2011 95W 8-Core Server Processors
SUPERMICRO MBD-X9DRL-3F-O ATX Server Motherboard Dual LGA 2011 DDR3 1600
8 x Kingston 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 ECC Registered Server Memory DR x4 Hynix C Model KVR16R11D4/8HC
StarTech PEXSAT34 PCI-Express 2.0 x4 Low Profile Ready SATA III (6.0Gb/s) 4-Port SATA and 1-Port eSATA Controller Card
EVGA 256-P1-N400-LR GeForce 6200 256MB 64-bit GDDR2 PCI Video Card
8 x Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 ST3000DM001 3TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5 in - This will be a RAID 10 Array
1 x SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 HD322GJ/U 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5 - This will be for the OS
2 x SilenX EFZ-120HA5 120mm Fluid Dynamic CPU Coolers
NZXT Air Flow Series RF-FZ140-02 140mm Case Fan
CORSAIR HX Series HX750 750W ATX12V 2.3
November 13, 2012 8:00:34 PM

You're right thanks for the correction about the mother board. The website has me nervous about "Revision M". I don't know what that means. Here's what SuperMicro says:

Important Chassis Notes
* To support the new generation Intel® Xeon® processor-based motherboards,Revision M chassis is recommended. Please talk to your sales representative for details.


And thanks for checking the PSU. I wrote down a feature comparison so I could better understand the difference. Since Im planning to have 9 SATA hard drives + 1 SATA DVD drive, will that PSU work? Its got more wattage but only 8 SATA connectors.

Corsair HX750
1 x Main connector (20+4Pin)
1 x 8-Pin EPS 12V
8 x Peripheral
12 x SATA
2 x Floppy
4 x PCI-E

SeaSonic USA X-850
1 x Main connector (20+4Pin, 600mm)
1 x 4+4 Pin EPS 12V (650mm)
1 x 8 Pin EPS 12V (650mm)
8 x Peripheral
8 x SATA
2 x Floppy
4 x PCI-E (600mm)
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November 13, 2012 9:20:44 PM

SATA connector-wise just add a molex to SATAx2 splitter. It will be more than enough.

I really think you'll be fine with the chosen case.
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November 14, 2012 8:17:14 PM

Ok great I'll throw in a pair of these adapters.
Rosewill 4-pin molex to 2x 15-pin sata


In reading the motherboard website for the SuperMicro X9DRL-3F, Im more concerend about the OS/RAID/RAM/HeatSink. Should I be worried about these things?

The websites list of approved OS doesnt mention Ubuntu and RAID. Will the motherboard BIOS prevent me from running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS with mdadm to set up my RAID 10 array?

Will the motherboard support the RAM? Its the right type, but its not listed on the websites approved list of RAM.
The RAM: Kingston 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 ECC Registered Server Memory DR x4 Hynix C Model KVR16R11D4/8HC
The MoBo: SUPERMICRO MBD-X9DRL-3F-O ATX Server Motherboard Dual LGA 2011 DDR3 1600

And finally, is there a problem with the HeatSink I've chosen? Newegg lists the heatsink as compatible with my socket (LGA2011) but I wasn't sure if there is any thing else that must be compatible... like the motherboard.

Again thanks for your help with this. Its my first build and I just want to make sure there wont be any disasters when I power it up :) 
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November 14, 2012 11:02:19 PM

No, the BIOS won't keep you from running Ubuntu. The RAM should be fine, especially if you run at 1333 instead (probably better for stability in the long run anyway).

A socket 2011 heatsink will do the trick. There are no real motherboard issues with this selection.
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November 15, 2012 12:08:16 AM

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