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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
(17 items)
 
Bedroom PC
(13 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 7700k Asus Prime Z270-A GB Auros-X 1080 Ti G-Skill (2x8gb) 3000mhz  
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 55" 4k B6 OLED Microsoft Desktop 400 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair TX750 V2 NZXT Source 210 Microsoft Desktop 400 Black 
Audio
Custom Surround 5.1 
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 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
LG 40" 1080p HP Wireless Keyboard/Mouse Silverstone 400W ST40F-ES Silverstone ML03B 
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Linksys WMP600N Wireless Card 
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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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