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Budget Dual Xeon Build
show user profile  FX
Guys I have a few questions about components for my cheapo slaves I'm trying to build.

Mo-bo choice is down to two, I'm not sure which to go for as I've never used a RAID setup before.

ASRock EP2C602:

ASRock EP2C602-4L/D16

Is the 4L/D16 significantly better ? In 3D terms that is...would I get better performance from the later model ?

They are both USB 2.0, but easy enough to add a 3.0 expansion.


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7/12/2016 12:53:34 PM (last edit: 7/12/2016 12:53:34 PM)
show user profile  ijzerman
If its a slave, what would you need a raid setup for?

Pushing buttons since "86
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7/12/2016 2:17:06 PM (last edit: 7/12/2016 2:17:06 PM)
show user profile  ijzerman
I would go for the

Because it haves twice the ram slots. The other one can house 5 gpu's instead of 4 but i would go for more ram banks.

Pushing buttons since "86
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7/12/2016 2:19:33 PM (last edit: 7/12/2016 2:36:02 PM)
show user profile  FX
"If its a slave, what would you need a raid setup for? " / backup maybe ?, not really fussed.

Memory is 64gb ( 8 x 8), maybe upgrade to 128 at a later date so 16 slots would be ideal.

I think I'm going to go with the EP2C602-4L/D16, doesn't hurt to have more mem slots and I prefer the layout of the board.

Would I have quad channel performance with 4 slabs per CPU?


edit: Yes

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7/12/2016 4:51:13 PM (last edit: 7/12/2016 5:24:11 PM)
show user profile  soontekk
cheapo and multi xeon setups used in the same sentense sounds a bit weird.
which xeons are you planning to nail on there ?

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7/13/2016 5:52:04 PM (last edit: 7/13/2016 5:52:04 PM)
show user profile  FX
2 x E5 2670's...£60 each.

Everything's ordered and in transit, should have it all by next Thursday.

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7/13/2016 6:24:16 PM (last edit: 7/13/2016 6:24:16 PM)
show user profile  soontekk
60 each ?? :o

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7/13/2016 6:34:17 PM (last edit: 7/13/2016 6:34:17 PM)
show user profile  FX
Yup, pulled from server machines, ebays swamped with them, most expensive was the mo-bo and also a proverbial fucking pain in the ass to find, finally grabbed one for £329.

Memory's the same ex-server reconditioned stuff, around £100 for 64GB (8x8GB) PC3L-10600R DDR3, runs at 1333 but easy to overclock to 1866 on the ASRock board.

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7/13/2016 6:44:08 PM (last edit: 7/13/2016 6:44:08 PM)
show user profile  soontekk
blimey, nice mate

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7/13/2016 8:35:25 PM (last edit: 7/13/2016 8:35:25 PM)
show user profile  FX
I'm flapping a bit about the build, I haven't built anything for years and never used a server board before...guess there's only one way to learn :/

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7/15/2016 11:56:40 AM (last edit: 7/15/2016 11:56:40 AM)
show user profile  FX
Quick main memory ( 8 x 8gb 1333 ) is going to take two weeks to get here, in the meantime I have 4 x 4gb of 1866...which slots do I put them in?

All I can get from the manual is if I'm only using one DIMM per CPU to put it in the "blue" slot. :/

Eeny, meeny, miny, moe ?

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7/15/2016 2:20:05 PM (last edit: 7/15/2016 2:21:51 PM)
show user profile  FX
I took the blue slots...seems to work ok, I'll worry about the technicalities when I install the OS on the SSD that arrives tomorrow.

...all in all pretty straight forward, system is built and booted first time :)

tomorrow I get to play with buckets ...muhahahahahahahaha!
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7/15/2016 6:43:50 PM (last edit: 7/15/2016 6:43:50 PM)
show user profile  FX
I'm up and running, no issues at all, I stress tested for 6 hours, I'm throwing everything at it and it's handling it like a ninja :)...temps are fine seems very stable.

GTX 970 seems to be running in PCIE 2.0 but it's performing as it should.


Case: Corsair Obsidian 750D : £119
Mo-Bo: ASRock EP2C602-4L/D16 : £329
CPU: 2 x Xeon E5 2670's : £119
Mem: 16 GB Crucial 1866 (4x4) : £55
Coolers: 2 x Cooler Master EVO 212's : £60
GFX: Asus Strix GTX 970 OC Edition : £218
PSU: EVGA 850 Watt GQ Gold Hybrid : £110
SSD : Crucial MX200 500GB : £118

Total: £1128

Not bad for a 32 thread mosheen :)

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7/17/2016 12:13:46 PM (last edit: 7/17/2016 12:31:50 PM)
show user profile  9krausec
Not bad at all man! Now get rendering already dammit!!!

- Portfolio-

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7/17/2016 7:07:16 PM (last edit: 7/17/2016 7:07:16 PM)
show user profile  FX
I've a backlog to catch up with first:

Mad Max
Alien Isolation
Crysis 2
Metro 2033
The Evil Within

...all on Ultra :p

I'm enjoying the build for a few weeks before resuming work.
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7/17/2016 10:41:35 PM (last edit: 7/17/2016 10:41:35 PM)
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