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Hey,

I was looking to get a few possible ideas (from you guys hopefully) of a good build in your opinion.

The Requirements:
  • Case needs to be as small as possible
  • Needs to have 12 gigs of decent/high end memory
  • 2x80GB SSD or a 128GB SSD (something in that size range, SSD is must)
  • Needs basic video playback (if case fits a low profile card then that works ~$150max for video).
  • Obviously mobo must match the socket type (1366)

No budget.

Go wild, + REP for helping.

Thanks
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131389
Do you want a tower case or rackmount?
post #3 of 38
OOpS that mobo wont work..
post #4 of 38
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131642
Do you want to do W/C?
Edited by Triangle - 12/23/10 at 8:38pm
post #5 of 38
SSD- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820148348
Did you say 2x80GB OR 2x128GB? OR 2x80GB or 1x128GB?
You could also RAID0 2 of the above or 2 64GB versions of the above for super fast.
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it needs to be portable, it will be for presentations i guess
(talked to him about it earlier)

any help would be good i haven't had time to yet lol
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Originally Posted by zomgiwin View Post
it needs to be portable, it will be for presentations i guess
(talked to him about it earlier)

any help would be good i haven't had time to yet lol
Yeah, cant be a tower case, has to be something slim that could fit in a briefcase or suitcase or something or something that is very easy to move around with a handle or something of that nature.
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post #8 of 38
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Originally Posted by Chopes View Post
Hey,

I was looking to get a few possible ideas (from you guys hopefully) of a good build in your opinion.

The Requirements:
  • Case needs to be as small as possible
  • Needs to have 12 gigs of decent/high end memory
  • 2x80GB SSD or a 128GB SSD (something in that size range, SSD is must)
  • Needs basic video playback (if case fits a low profile card then that works ~$150max for video).
  • Obviously mobo must match the socket type (1366)

No budget.

Go wild, + REP for helping.

Thanks
Why do you want a 980x for a server? If you ever plan on using a dual CPU system you need to get a Xeon, not to mention you have official compatibility with server chipsets. You need to one of these, with a mobo like this or this (Second one if you ever plan on adding another CPU). Supermicro is one of the best, if not the best server motherboard manufacturer.

As for the video card, any low profile card should do, but if you need some power, you with something like a GT 430 or HD 5570.

For storage, I'd personally go for a single drive or RAID 1, in which case any of the drive configurations you proposed would be great. (It's mostly personal preference: Do you want redundancy or more space?)

If you want a rackmount case, once again, Supermicro makes the best if you can afford them. If not, iStarUSA makes decent cases for the price. Once again, the case is completely selected by preference, so shop around, and think of exactly what you need. Do you want lots of drives? A tower case or 4U case may be a better choice. Limited space? A 1U would be great! It depends on what you want. If you want a 1U case (You said small), this Supermicro case is great, since it has 2.5" bays for your SSd's, removing the need for adapters. And if you want a tower case, there are many choices, so you should find one for yourself. Athena Power makes some nice cases in that category.

For a server, most of the time any 1066 or 1333MHz kit is good, like these Kingston kits. For nearly any application, you won't need high-speed RAM in a server, as the performance gain is minimal, and the price is much higher.

You can also just get a nice barebones rack server from Supermicro and add your own CPU and RAM, which is a really nice way to set up a server quick and simple.

Now, if you truly have no budget, I can think something up



With this, you're only using 3 of the 12 memory slots on the mobo, which can support up to 192GB of RAM. It has two 128GB SSD's in RAID 1 and 6 Samsung RAID-level drives (Better warranty) in RAID 5 for a redundant, and decently fast storage setup. There are also 2 hyperthreaded 6-core Xeon CPUs in there.This is fully, 100% useless to anyone unless you do some insane ESXi stuff, with 10 VM's that store mission-critical data. And at 6.7k (With no OS), it isn't exactly cheap, but it's powerful as hell .


EDIT: Just saw your new post. Will update with mini-server soon.
     
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post #9 of 38
Definitely need Xeons for servers, can't go wrong with them
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Quote:
Originally Posted by zouk52 View Post
Why do you want a 980x for a server? If you ever plan on using a dual CPU system you need to get a Xeon, not to mention you have official compatibility with server chipsets. You need to one of these, with a mobo like this or this (Second one if you ever plan on adding another CPU). Supermicro is one of the best, if not the best server motherboard manufacturer.

As for the video card, any low profile card should do, but if you need some power, you with something like a GT 430 or HD 5570.

For storage, I'd personally go for a single drive or RAID 1, in which case any of the drive configurations you proposed would be great. (It's mostly personal preference: Do you want redundancy or more space?)

If you want a rackmount case, once again, Supermicro makes the best if you can afford them. If not, iStarUSA makes decent cases for the price. Once again, the case is completely selected by preference, so shop around, and think of exactly what you need. Do you want lots of drives? A tower case or 4U case may be a better choice. Limited space? A 1U would be great! It depends on what you want. If you want a 1U case (You said small), this Supermicro case is great, since it has 2.5" bays for your SSd's, removing the need for adapters. And if you want a tower case, there are many choices, so you should find one for yourself. Athena Power makes some nice cases in that category.

For a server, most of the time any 1066 or 1333MHz kit is good, like these Kingston kits. For nearly any application, you won't need high-speed RAM in a server, as the performance gain is minimal, and the price is much higher.

You can also just get a nice barebones rack server from Supermicro and add your own CPU and RAM, which is a really nice way to set up a server quick and simple.

Now, if you truly have no budget, I can think something up



With this, you're only using 3 of the 12 memory slots on the mobo, which can support up to 192GB of RAM. It has two 128GB SSD's in RAID 1 and 6 Samsung RAID-level drives (Better warranty) in RAID 5 for a redundant, and decently fast storage setup. There are also 2 hyperthreaded 6-core Xeon CPUs in there.This is fully, 100% useless to anyone unless you do some insane ESXi stuff, with 10 VM's that store mission-critical data. And at 6.7k (With no OS), it isn't exactly cheap, but it's powerful as hell .


EDIT: Just saw your new post. Will update with mini-server soon.
you sir, stand apart from the rest.
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