KBlast Posted January 9, 2021 Share Posted January 9, 2021 (edited) After further research I settled on the general idea of my build. Trying to keep it under $2000 if possible. It's currently about that much. Part List Motherboard: ASRock EP2C612 WS SSI EEB Dual-CPU LGA2011-3 Motherboard ($414.60 @ Amazon) CPU: Intel Xeon E5-2670 V3 2.3 GHz 12-Core Processor (found em for ~$100/ea @ ebay) x 2 CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U12DXi4 55 CFM CPU Cooler ($64.95 @ Amazon) x 2 Memory: Samsung 32 GB Registered DDR4-2133 CL15 Memory ($92.00 @ Amazon) x 4 Storage: Western Digital Blue 4 TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Adorama) x 4 Cache Drrive: Samsung 970 EVO Plus m2. 2280 1TB PCIe Gen 3.0 x4 ($150 @ Amazon) Video Card: MSI GeForce GT 710 2 GB Video Card ($49.99 @ Amazon) x 2 Case: Phanteks Enthoo Pro 2 ATX Full Tower Case ($146.98 @ Newegg) Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 1000 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply ($124.00 @ Newegg) PCIe to NVMe2 Adatpor: M.2 NVME to PCIe 3.0 x4 Adapter with Aluminum Heatsink Solution ($16 @ Amazon) Sata Controller: SAS9211-8I 8PORT Int 6GB Sata+SAS Pcie 2.0 ($55 @ Amazon) Sata Data Cables: CableCreation Mini SAS 36Pin (SFF-8087) Male to 4X Angle SATA 7Pin Female Cable, Mini SAS Host/Controller to 4 SATA Target/Backplane Cable, 3.3FT ($10 @ Amazon) Sata Power Daisy Chain Cable: StarTech - PYO4SATA .com 15.7-Inch (400mm) SATA Power Splitter Adapter Cable - M/F - 4x Serial ATA Power Cable Splitter (PYO4SATA) Black ($5 @ Amazon) USB Stick: SanDisk Cruzer Fit CZ33 32GB USB 2.0 Low-Profile Flash Drive Reasoning My wife and I run our own business, mostly from home. We always wanted a NAS for ease of sharing files and as a central place to store data. I also have some side projects I want to run on my own that require a VM. One project requires 1-2GB of GPU memory, and I want to run 2 versions of the project at the same time. After looking at vGPU options, it just made sense to grab 2 cheap GT 710. They are only $50 and 19W TDP. Another project I have requires downloading 300-800GB/day of video and involves a lot of OCR / computer vision. All python. I am still learning, so I am not sure if I adding more cores would help or not. Beyond that I'll probably build out these projects and explore other ideas that would require a VM or docker container. We're not huge media junkies, but since we're going to setup our own unraid, it makes sense to run a plex server too so we have that option available. I wanted to do an unraid + gaming all-in-one build, but after much research, it just doesn't make sense. I want to explore AI and machine learning. It makes sense to do this on the gaming box with an RTX 3000 GPU. This motherboard has 7 PCIe 3.0x16 slots and 8 RAM slots. I found a great deal on 32GB ram sticks so I figured go for 4 sticks now for a solid 128GB. If I really need more I can go up to 256 later. It allows for dual CPU and the E5-2670s hit a real sweet spot. 12/24 for only $100. Not blazing fast, but plenty of cores. PCIe Slots: SATA controller, NVME2 to PCIe adaptor, and 2 GTI 70 cards, so I'd have 3 3.0x16 slots left for a beefier GPU if I want to add one later. Storage: 4 x 4TB is perfect for us right now. No NVMe2 slot on MOBO, but the adaptor is 3.0x16 so it should be fast enough. I am guessing I will hit close to max speeds. Case: Large, plenty of space. Has enough PCIe slots, 3.5" slots etc. It just so happens to come with 4 brackets for 3.5" which is exactly the number of HDD we will start with. No fans included. PSU: Found a great deal on a 1KW PSU. 600W build now, but we have room to grow. Questions What fans, how many, and what configuration do you recommend for this build in the Phatenks Enthoo Pro 2? 1,000W is enough for this 600W build. But if we put in an RTX 3080 later (320W TDP) that'd put us as 920W. Thoughts? Buy an 800W PSU then upgrade later when needed? Keep the 1K it'd be fine for a 320W GPU later? Or go for a 1100-1200W PSU? Any recommendations on specific PSU/deals? Can these board/CPUs do non-ECC RAM? I didn't find non-ECC RAM on official memory QVL. I found a great deal on these 32GB non-ECC sticks, but heard ECC RAM can give you problems if you don't really need it. Am I missing anything? Any potential part conflicts? Any suggestions? From seeing other builds on this board with these fans, it looks like one CPU fan will blow into the other CPU fan, causing one CPU to run a little hotter. Is there a good fan option that won't do this? Maybe I get one Noctua for 1 CPU then I get another fan that blows up (is there such a thing?) for the other one? I appreciate ANY and ALL feedback/answers. Pick 1 or a few of the above questions and take your best shot. I'm new to unraid, so I have a lot to learn. I want to make sure I am learning on a solid box that won't give me too many problems, and one that let's me dink around with the fun projects I am trying to get working Edited January 9, 2021 by KBlast Quote Link to comment
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