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It's been awhile since I assembled my own server-board-based workstation. With the help of folks here (in another thread) it's become clear that I'm going to need to go a different route than an FX2+ board for my next workstation, and instead I need to focus on a G34 server-board-based system.

I'm wondering if anyone here has a good G34 build they'd like to share? I have what I consider conflicting requirements, and am going to have to balance these requirements as I go, and would love to have a place to start.
  1. High RAM - 64GB+
  2. Good CPU - the more cores the better
  3. Low Noise - I'm building a workstation here, I don't want to have a beast sitting next to my desk that I have to talk over just to be heard when I'm on the phone.
  4. Good Price - I'm looking for something that's ~$2,500.

Some of the issues I can already see as hurdles:
  1. I'm very unsure of the power supplies I would be looking at to support these boards.
  2. I like the Fractal Design Define R4 case, but am betting most dual socket G34 boards won't fit at 12" x 13"
  3. Most dual socket G34 motherboards have no built-in sound, so to get good sound I'll need to include a sound card.
  4. Going this route makes it seem like I should be looking at SAS SSD's - but that increases the cost significantly
  5. That part about low noise is pretty important, and I just don't see how I can have both a high-powered multi-cpu system and low noise, so any specific suggestions are welcome.

I appreciate any help you folks can provide! Thanks in advance.
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It's been awhile since I assembled my own server-board-based workstation. With the help of folks here (in another thread) it's become clear that I'm going to need to go a different route than an FX2+ board for my next workstation, and instead I need to focus on a G34 server-board-based system.

I'm wondering if anyone here has a good G34 build they'd like to share? I have what I consider conflicting requirements, and am going to have to balance these requirements as I go, and would love to have a place to start.
  1. High RAM - 64GB+
  2. Good CPU - the more cores the better
  3. Low Noise - I'm building a workstation here, I don't want to have a beast sitting next to my desk that I have to talk over just to be heard when I'm on the phone.
  4. Good Price - I'm looking for something that's ~$2,500.

Some of the issues I can already see as hurdles:
  1. I'm very unsure of the power supplies I would be looking at to support these boards.
  2. I like the Fractal Design Define R4 case, but am betting most dual socket G34 boards won't fit at 12" x 13"
  3. Most dual socket G34 motherboards have no built-in sound, so to get good sound I'll need to include a sound card.
  4. Going this route makes it seem like I should be looking at SAS SSD's - but that increases the cost significantly
  5. That part about low noise is pretty important, and I just don't see how I can have both a high-powered multi-cpu system and low noise, so any specific suggestions are welcome.

I appreciate any help you folks can provide! Thanks in advance.

Power supplies: you will want minimum a 850W unit to ensure you have enough power connectors and enough juice to feed the system properly.

CPUs: http://www.overclock.net/t/1416939/fs-4x-amd-opteron-6128-8-core-server-cpus/0_50 buy a pair of those, or all 4 if you are really needing CPU power.

AMD server CPUs depending on the board can use normal commercial heatsinks or watercooling if you desire to go that way. Either way heat output and subsequent noise should be fairly minimal.

A sound card shouldnt be hard to do.

Dont bother with SAS SSDs. Thats just a huge waste of money. If you need to crank SSD bandwidth, raid 0 some normal SATA III SSDs for a fraction of the cost. A pair of properly set up high quality commercial SSDs in raid 0 can push close to a gigabyte a second in bandwidth.

As for the case, it depends on the board. I do know there are some ATX form factor 2P boards that will work. Ram capability might take a hit because 2 sockets x 4 ram slots each = 8 ram slots total, each of which has to have an 8 gig stick of ram in, which in turn can be quite expensive for a full load of 64GB of ram regardless of the type.


Now, if you are entertaining the thought of maybe giving Intel a shot workstation wise, PM me because i may be able to hook you up with some cheap sandy bridge E hex-core CPUs.
Edited by Cyrious - 9/8/13 at 8:25pm
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