Thanks man! I really appreciate the kind words! Its still deployed at my uncle's business as their primary server! The only changes I've made to it were upgrading the RAM to 32GB as well as swapping all 4 harddrives out to 2x WD Red Pro 6TBs in a RAID1.
Everything has worked flawlessly and there has been zero instability the entire time. Its a great testament to buying quality gear!
Currently evaluating my options on building a second one of sorts and virtualizing the workload to make the setup more reliable. If I go this route, I will def make an update of some form :)
Perfectly understandable, but with the way he is writing about it all, it seems like he thinks that it is the answer to all of his problems.
I hope you know that a PC will NOT bring you joy. It may make you happy for a bit, but no possession or accomplishment will ever be enough to give you permanent happiness(joy).
G3258 and i7 price?
Have you seen the G3258? It is a little beast. It is Haswell, not old at all. It can hang with a 970.
The 6600K is fantastic, but it is expensive. By getting the Pentium, he could save on motherboard and RAM cost too. In addition to switching the cooler for a Hyper 212 EVO, he could have a very nice chunk of change to either save or spend on better storage, gpu, etc.
IMO for only gaming, you may br better off with a G3258 versus the i5 since its hella fast in games and is super cheap. Also, the G3258 uses DDR3 which is super cheap. Furthermore, I'd probably grab a GTX 970 instead of the AMD card, but thats just preference. Lastly, do yourself a favor and add yourself a 2TB or more HDD to put files and games on since that 250GB SSD won't be nearly enough space.
If you are serious at all about 3D work, you should get the 4790K at a minimum. If gaming is your biggest priority, then screw the i7 and grab the i5. If it were me, I'd screw gaming and grab a 5820K with 32GB of RAM for engineering work. That build would be a lil over budget, but depending how serious you are, it could be worth it.
Too caught up in all the shininess of CPUs and GPUs I guess :P
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Ok, so here are some revisions. I got you an i7 which will be much better for 3D work. Also note that if you live near a Micro Center, you can get really good deals on this chip (as low as $250)and also generally save an additional 40$ on the motherboard of your choosing if you bundle it in store. I picked some cheaper RAM as RAM is generally RAM and as long if the speed is good then most of the time you'll be in good shape. Also got you a better CPU cooler and saved you some money by ditching aftermarket paste which won't make much of a difference. Furthermore, got you different storage that IMO is better, as well as a different case that is a bit more reputable. On the GPU side of things, I switched you over to team green as CUDA will probably help alot with whatever graphics work you do. Lastly, I forgot to add in the keyboard/mouse, as well as PSU, but your picks seem fine to me. Good luck on your build!
Haha lots n lots n lots :)
I understand your logic. I definitely do not think that multiple workstations is the way to go. However, I do believe that getting a dedicated NAS system on a 10GB circuit would still be pretty beneficial. Another question, why not a Titan X?
Awesome build, but one question. Why not spend less on a more moderate build (about 5k or so), and make a good NAS and a powerful render box to do all of the render work?
Keep me posted on what route you go! I'd love to see it all come together. I think any way you go will be great
That thing is a beast! it is massive. The server hasn't over heated and it is really quiet. I love it. It is not really ugly like it looks on pictures. It just looks like you jammed a tank in your computer due to the size. The installation was difficult and it required me to put all of my weight on it and the motherboard but it held up well.
The Samsung is for the OS files. The RAID 1 Velociraptor array is used as a file server for a company. The Red array is for archives and stuff that isn't accessed often.
Thanks for checking it out! i wish you luck on your own
Thanks! I chose the G Skill due to price and I use the same model in my personal and its worked great. If I ever have any issues though, I'll definatrly cop some Kingston or Corsair.
Haha! Nah, theyre actually pretty quiet
yes. in bios in advanced mode it is under one of the tabs
If I was to use an APU that cost <110 would I suffer performance wise compared to the current setup? Also, the GPU will probably be borrowed off the main build in order to set everything up, and from there everything will be online so it wont need a GPU. (Plus I would never trust anyone working at the remote site with access to the server lol) I would really rather not stray away from RAID. The IT person for the company is familiar with RAID and I want maintenance, usage, and access easier just incase he needs to intervene in some way if i cant be there. Will FreeNAS support RAID though? The motherboard has built in RAID so that would be easy too.
Thanks again for taking the time to help me out! Alright, I've confirmed that I can't spend 5k on this project. With the 30 camera system, I was just talking about daily archives of the DVR or something similar. Sorry I didn't clarify.
So if I wasn't to go with a RAID card and just used the X79's, if the power went out, would I lose everything or just the files being written at that time?
I would rather not have to have a dedicated RAID card since I want to keep costs as low as possible, but if it is absolutely crucial to the data, then I'll have to find some solution.
As for my idea on having a backup tower in another office, would this build work?
My plan with this is to use the LogMeIn backup service to do automated nightly backups. I would also most likely get FreeNas on this machine.
Both Units will be connected to UPSs, and there are generators on site at the main location if the power were to go out. Would it be all good if there was a UPS or does the RAID card need its own little battery backup?
Also, there might be new circumstances. At the site, there are 30 or so cameras going to a DVR. Would this machine have the read/write capability to manage all of those cameras if it needed to?
Another question is, I might be able to up my budget to 5k. What kind of specs would you recommend?
Thanks for the such well thought out response! Im not really concerned with the RAM since the server they were used to had 4 GB or REALLY slow RAM with one of the slowest Xeons available, so 16 GB should serve them well for a long time. Furthermore, there probably wont ever really be much traffic going through the server at a time. My only concern now is the RAID situation. I'm not sure there will ever be a backup array in the tower itself, so I guess the 4 port will be fine. My plan was to also build a cheap tower with a couple of 3-4 TB drives to have in another office about an hour away to do nightly backups of the main unit. If I am going that route, do I still need to worry about security of having a nice RAID card? Again, thanks for your time. i really appreciate it.
Thanks for your input! Im not concerned with CPu power. The Xeon should be almost triple of what they are expecting. I was even considering lowering down to a cheaper option. You think I need more than 16 GB of RAM? It will just be recording footage from a few cameras and pictures and word documents and such from around 20 employees. What RAID card would you suggest for my situation? All I need is 2 RAID 1 configs bare minimum and possibly later on another one for backups.
Thanks for your input! Im not certain that's the RAM I will buy, just using it as a placeholder for now.
On my old PC (an HP All in One with 2.16 Ghz Core 2 Duo and 4GB RAM), I used the Adobe CS4 Suite and never had any performance issues except a long render time.
On their website they only officially support Intel, but my FX6300 kills everything Serato throws at it. Its a little beast of a processor.I like the feel of Serato and almost any controller you get works great with Serato. Thanks for the input! I think that Corsair is the way for me to go. Should fit nicely in a rack with some brackets or I might just build a flight case for it.
Thanks for the input! I'll probably go with a water cooler like that. As for the case, do you know of any rackmountable or under 19" length ones? Lastly, I beg to differ with you on the AMD thing. My main rig has a 6300 in it and Serato works flawlessly.
Ok so heres the changes and why I made them. The CPU you chose is pretty weak: mine is so much better for gaming and animation. The motherboard I chose is pretty much the best you can get for the price. It's what I have in my own build too with the 6300. RAM is RAM; the only reason this kind is super high speed is because its cheaper so I chose it. For storage, I upped you to a 2TB since animations take up a lot of space. I got a 660 since it plays almost every game at 1080p with decent framerate and it cost about half of the 280X. The 200R case is a great case with nice airflow and loads of cable management options. The PSU I chose is better since it is 80+ Gold certified for only $5 more. Your power bill will thank you for that one especially during big renders.
Also, whats all games do you play and is that a priority?
Also do you have a space restriction for the monitor? I can get you a bigger one thats better
Are you set on that case or are you fine if it was a different one?
Ok, so I haven't ran any tests, but I did more tweaking in BIOS with some startup stuff and the boot time is now around 10 seconds. Thanks for the help!
Will do the tests! Thanks! Ill let you know if it helps!
Then you might be having the same problem as me. Ive looked at alot of reviews and most of them say that Windows will boot in ~10 seconds.
I will look into that. Thanks!
I have it running 8.1
I have Windows 8.1 though. Don't understand why it wont boot faster...
That's only for extreme gaming PCs. For what the OP is using it for, the 760 is great. He states that it plays them all on Ultra, so I don't see the need for a 780Ti.
Great build, but dat PSU. That thing is a time bomb!
They do make it in Black/Green now
Those fans! They suck! I'll do you a favor and take them off your hands... Haha! Nice build!
Since there are non K processors that can be overclocked, having an extra check box should theoretically be simple to implement. I think that it is a much needed feature that would benefit a lot of users and provide more convenience. Also, it will keep more people on the site since they won't have to search through numerous sited to find the overclocking information. Thanks for all that you do!
The integrated graphics are OK. You will be a whole lot better off with my version. The Integrated graphics on the 4670K will work just fine.
No problem! Hey, with that reddit forum for software trading, are the Windows liscenses trial versions. My dad told me that the TechNet OS liscenses expire. Do you know if s5ean's OSs do the same?