AMD vs Intel, ECC vs Non ECC.... HELP


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I have an old enterprise grade server (Dell R710), but i'd like to upgrade it as its running DD3 RAM, SATA 2 etc.

 

I want to move from rack mounted to a tower (thinking Define 7 XL as it will provide space for additional drives).  I currently have 4HDD's and 2 SSD's plus the usual USB stick.

 

I've been doing some research but can't seem to find definitive answers on the following:
 

1.  Does ECC RAM really help that much, or is it a gimic?  I suspect the former.

2. It seems some mobo's unofficially support ECC memory (asus strix + amd) and mention it is subject to CPU, should i steer clear of this unsupported configuration?

3.  Does anyone have any recommendations (based on the below performance information) on CPU/RAM/Mobo combinations which are known to work and would fit correctly in a tower without modification.

4.  Any recommendations on a good HBA?

 

Additional notes:

 

I plan to install a 1080ti , 2080ti and an additional 4 hdds.

 

Workloads:

 

32 docker containers

1 windows 10 vm (2080ti will passthrough)

Would also like to achieve 4k transcoding for plex (1080ti)

 

Current performance:

 

2 x x5660 = low 2% average 13% max 79%

72 GB DDR3 = average 19% max 56%

 

Any questions let me know.

 

Thanks in advance for any help.

Edited by ONI Assassin
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On 3/10/2022 at 11:17 PM, ONI Assassin said:

Does ECC RAM really help that much, or is it a gimic?  I suspect the former.

Do you have a proper back-up (including off site) for all of your crucial data?

If not, then I'd suggest is what you should be concentrating on.

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