1. Originally Posted by lowfat
Yes they are. They are Akasa Pro-slim cables that I have cut to length. Then used small bands of heatshrink to keep all the cables together. The come out directly at the SATA connections on the motherboard. Worked out perfectly.
so im gona send my computer on a vacay at your house for the summer and let it pick up some class while its there.

so im gona send my computer on a vacay at your house for the summer and let it pick up some class while its there.
I am not sure the summer would be long enough. On average I'd say it takes over 6 months for me to finish a system theses days.

3. My new NAS.

4. What RAID card is that? Nice looking rig! You don't want to see my NAS...

5. Originally Posted by tool_462
What RAID card is that? Nice looking rig! You don't want to see my NAS...
It is an IBM M1015 that has been flashed to an LSI 9211-8i in IT mode w/o the MPT bios. Have been using it in my previous FreeNAS machine for 8 months 24/7 and it has been working great. Especially for $125 or what I paid on eBay. 6. My fileserver before migrating it to a mini-NAS box I'll take a snap of the new setup here shortly and get it posted later tonight or tomorrow 7. Just picked up two of these for 80$ from performance PC's, time to watercool the opterons

Just picked up two of these for 80$from performance PC's, time to watercool the opterons$80 each or combined? They are fantastic looking blocks. Watercooling CPUs that can't overclock is kind of overkill but at least it will look awesome.

9. I figured it wouldn't hurt to bump the thread.
This isn't anything hardcore. Its just my backup storage server: ASRock itx server board with intel C2550, 64gb DDR3 1333, 8x3tb (Raidz2, 14.4TB of usable storage), open solaris 11.3 w/ napp-it.

10. such a huge case...

11. As she currently sits, shes just waiting on me to stop being lazy.

Case - Caselabs - Nova X2M - Black
Motherboard - SuperMicro X10SDV-TLN4F-O
Ram - Kingston 64GB Kit (4x16GB) - 2133MHz DDR4 SDRAM ECC Registered
PowerSupply - SeaSonic Platinum SS-660XP2
HBA - LSI 9300-8i
Hot-Swap Backplane - 2x SuperMicro CSE-M35T-1B
VM Host - SSD-DM064-PHI - 64GB SATA DOM
VM Guests - SAMSUNG 950 PRO M.2 512GB

As she currently sits, shes just waiting on me to stop being lazy.
Very nice KNrader; those are Supermicro 2x5.25 bay devices?
I keep kicking around cost effective options to change my setup to something hotswap and with status LEDs.

13. my website/torrent/cloud server:

specs:
SuperMicro X7DCL-i
2x Intel Xeon X5460 with Noctua NH-U12DX heatsinks
6x 4GB Hynix DDR2-667/PC2-5300 ECC+REG
Areca 1210 (yellow SATA cables are from DFI nF4 mobo! :p )
Mellanox ConnectX-2 (10GbE NIC)
Intel Desktop 1000/Pro (1GbE NIC)
CoolerMaster Silent Pro 1000W (overkill, yes, I know :o )
2x Hitachi 2TB (media for website)
Toshiba 3TB (torrents/cloud)
Crucial C300 128GB SSD (VMs)
Intel 330 120GB (OS: Windows Server 2012 R2)
Scythe fan controller (temp probe attached to northbridge heatsink)
Lian Li PC-A10B

the two mid-mounted fans are to cool the Areca and northbridge. The Areca didn't really need it, but the northbridge was getting rather toasty with no forced/direct airflow (~60C iirc).

14. ## Cheap Dual LGA 2011 Rig - Dual E5-2670 Xeons, 16 Cores/32 Threads, @ 3 GHz +

I got bored with regular single-socket setups and picked up some cheap used server parts to play with. I initially purchased a Intel S2600CP2J Dual LGA 2011 eATX, 2 x Xeon E5-2670 (16C/32T), and 64GB DDR3-1600 Reg/ECC for $360 shipped. I then sold the 64GB DDR3-1600 Reg/ECC for$200 on eBay and paid only $44 for the 32GB DDR3-1333 Reg/ECC I'm now running with - so the net cost for the combo is only$250. That's less than a standard i7 K CPU alone. Then I picked up an open box Corsair Carbide Clear 400C case at Microcenter for $40 which, although advertised for E-ATX, only had 3 of the appropriate mounting holes for the Intel SSI EEB motherboard. So I had to use some imagination to get it installed but all is well. It does make for a compact server since it is no bigger than a standard ATX case CPU Cooling is supplied by a pair of Cooler Master Hyper 212s with the CPU2 fan mounted on the back side in a pull configuration. Doing that provided extra separation between the two heatsinks that reduced CPU2's max temp by 5C so both run at 65C under 32 thread 100% load. Used some Noctua PWM NA-RC7 Low Noise Adapters to slow the fans down and keep everything nice and quiet. The PSU is a Supermicro 665W server supply I've had for several years powering my previous X79 and X99 builds. Stuck in my mini GTX 1060, a$15 USB 3.0 card, hooked up my USB Sound "Card" to complete the system, and installed a few SSDs I had to get it going. A photo of dubious quality is provided for you viewing below.

15. Dave, I give you 10 points for creativity. Dave gets the "Frugal" server of the year award!

16. Thanks, I humbly accept this prestigious award!

But how about the smallest Xeon server? Housed in a tiny Spire PowerCube 501 I have a Xeon E3-1230 V3 4 core/8 thread CPU running on an Asus H81I-Plus/CSM mini ITX board. It's powered by a SeaSonic SS350-SFE 350W SFX PSU and has an MSI GT 730 2 GB GDDR5 Single-Slot, Low-Profile GPU. Here's photo of it side by side with my budget dual E5-2670 behemoth! Below that is a photo of the guts of the mini server with the little fan I velcro'ed in to get rid of the heat that collected at the top of the case.

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17. Are those v1 or v2 for the 2670s? Also running stock or OCed? Looks like a winner for a crazy low price. I might try and do 2 for work.

18. Originally Posted by bluestang
Are those v1 or v2 for the 2670s? Also running stock or OCed? Looks like a winner for a crazy low price. I might try and do 2 for work.
I got my setup at Natex. They have packages with V1's and V2's. Nothing is OC'd, they run at 3 GHz with all 32 threads at 100%. Libby at Natex is very nice to deal with.

19. Thanks!

20. I guess I can post in here, nothing that fancy compared to what's in here.

Xeon 2650v4 ES/Asrock EPC612D4l/32GB DDR4 SODIMM/256GB M550 OS/Adaptec 51645 10x2TB Seagate Constellation ES raid50/Antec TPQ-850/Lian Li PC-Q26A

21. Little Dave and Big Dave hit a Grand Slam!!! It was the velcro.......or was that the Canadian version "duct tape"?

22. Mine is a crunching farm. Hope I can post here
Top Dual E5-2695 V4 ES / SM X10 board
2nd top Dual E5-2683 V3 ES / SM X10 board
2nd bottom Dual E5-2683 V3 ES / SM X10 board
bottom Dual E5649 (this thing is louder than the other 3 combine)

23. Originally Posted by swiftex
Dave, I give you 10 points for creativity. Dave gets the "Frugal" server of the year award!
Well I've built an even more frugal one now. I sold the original server setup, including the motherboard, CPUs and RAM on ebay for double what I paid back in late February, to play with multiple Ryzen 7 and 5 combos. But either returned or sold all of them, and have now just pretty much rebuilt this dual Xeon setup. Went even cheaper this time with a Intel s2600CPJ for $130,$40 for a pair of 6C/12T E5-2640s, and $65 for 32GB (8 x 4GB) Samsung DDR3-1333 Reg/ECC - so$235 all in on ebay. Looks the same except for the video card - I sold all my GTX 1060s and my GTX 1070 to miners for a good profit so I initially had my MSI GT 730 2GB GDDR5 in there for the time being. Still only 3 standoffs screwed in with plastic standoffs in the other holes and some twist ties holding them down. Works great, runs quiet and cool. Reused that pair of Noctua NA-RC7 Low Noise Adapter (LNA) cables to slow down the Cooler Master 212 fans while keeping the temps under 65C under constant 100% load. Now I have a Zotac GTX Mini 1080 in there to play with. Even with the drop from 16C/32 to 12C/24T it's still a powerful setup.

24. Here is my submission. Dual socket Z9PE-D16 populated with two E5-2667 v2 and 128GB 1600MHz ECC Samsung memory. And a bunch of drives. On a shelf.

25. Here is one of my servers.

Here is the rest of the stack.

The top system is four half-width, dual Xeon socket nodes, each with dual Intel Xeon E5-2690 (v1) (8-core, 2.9 GHz stock, upto 3.3 GHz full load, upto 3.6 GHz max TurboBoost, HTT disabled, 16-cores total per node), with 128 GB of DDR3-1866 2Rx4 ECC Registered RAM (8x 16 GB), and an Intel 545 Series 1 TB SATA 6 Gbps SSD and at least one HGST 3 TB 7,200 rpm SATA 6 Gbps HDD.

Each node also has a dedicated 10/100 Mbps LAN for IPMI, and dual gigabit LAN, and recently I just added in a Mellanox ConnectX-4 dual (QSFP28) port 4x EDR Infiniband (100 Gbps) network card in there.

Combined, the system has a total of 64 cores, 512 GB, and around 808 Gbps of total network throughput capacity. That is powered by a redundant (1+1) 1620W power supply, which it will consume at peak load. (Backed up with a 3000W UPS).

That used to be connect to two separate Xeon data and file servers (one had a single, single core Xeon in there, originally 30 TB raw and the other was a dual Xeon, 4-core, 1.6 GHz, 60 TB raw), but since then, I've moved both of those servers to two Qnap TS-832x 8-bay NAS systems (lower power consumption, uses an AL 4-core ARM processor, has dual gigabit ethernet and dual SFP 10GbE ports as well.)

Since these pictures were taken, I also no longer use the cabinet as well due to thermal management issues.

I also have two smaller workstations, each with a single Xeon E5-2690 (v1), and also 128 GB of ECC Registered RAM (except they're DDR3-1333 4Rx4, so they only run at DDR3-800 speeds on account of it). One of them has a Quadro K6000 for a video card (which I also use for GPU computations) and the other only has I think a EVGA GTX660 in it right now whilst I debate whether I want to drop a K6000 in there as well.

And that also doesn't inclue my primary workstation, which is only an Intel Core i7 3930K (6-core, 3.2 GHz stock, upto 3.5 GHz, HTT disabled) and only 64 GB of RAM with a Quadro 5000.

Throughout my house, I have probably somewhere in the neighbourhood of between 150-200 TB of raw total storage capacity across all of the drives that I have (those that are installed in systems, and those are just sort of more "free standing" (e.g. USB drives and whatnot).

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