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Hey Guys,
I need to build a Big Memory server for my lab. This will run comsol simulations for my research group as we have outgrown our current setup. I'm interested in any comments/concerns or other suggestions away from the current parts list

Specifications we need:
256gb of Ram or more
At least 1 CPU per 128gb of Ram (Hence we are currently thinking a 2xCPU setup)
At least a 500gb SSD
No harddrives are needed (besides the SSD)
Onboard GPU is fine


Current parts list:


CPU: 2x E5-2640 6c/12t 2.5ghz Socket 2011 2x$900=$1800
Mobo: ASUS Z9PE-D16/2L Dual Socket SSI EEB 2011 $380
Memory: Wintec 3RSH160011R5H-64GQ 64gb (4x16gb) 1600mhz cas11 4x$515=$2060
Power Supply: Corsair TX850M 850W ATX12V v2.31 $120
SSD: Crucial M500 960GB $590
Optical Drive: Cheap Sata $17
Case: SilverStone RAVEN Series RV03B-W $150
CPU Coolers: Not quite sure what will fit yet $200 Estimate

Total $5320

Any thoughts or concerns would be greatly appreciated.
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Gaming PC / HTPC
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Bedroom PC
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i7 2700K Asus P8P67 Deluxe R9 390 G-Skill (2x4gb) 1600mhz cas9 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Samsung 850 Western Digital 5900rpm Seagate 7200rpm LG 22x DVD Burner 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Noctua NH-D14 Win 10 x64 Pro LG 47" 1080p Microsoft Desktop 400 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair TX750 V2 NZXT Source 210 Microsoft Desktop 400 Black 
AudioOther
Custom Surround 5.1 Linksys WMP600N Wireless-N Dual Band 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel 2120T Biostar H61MH Intel HD 2000 G-Skill F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL  
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung Evo 128gb Asus 24x DVD Burner Stock Win 10 x64 
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LG 40" 1080p HP Wireless Keyboard/Mouse Silverstone 400W ST40F-ES Silverstone ML03B 
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post #2 of 4
@OP

A couple other suggestions

1) A Supermicro SuperServer 6027AX-72RF. Supports 512GB of RDRAM, but I don't know what the price is.

2) An Amazon EC2 cr1.8xlarge instance. Supports 244GiB (which is likely 256GB). Again, I'm not certain about pricing, but it'll be a lot less than $5000.
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post #3 of 4
The CM V850 gives vastly superior electrical performance and efficiency than the TX850M at $10 less.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171079
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Use a PC Power&Cooling power supply. I still have 20 year old ones that work.
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