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Current hardware:
CPU: Xeon E3 1245v3
Motherboard: Gigabyte H97n-wifi
RAM: 16GB (2x8GB)
Storage 1: Crucial MX500 500GB SSD
Storage 2: 4x 2TB 7200rpm harddisk
GPU: Inno3D GTX 1060 6GB
PSU: Antec 550W
Case: Evolv X

 

I am planning to upgrade when the new AMD 3900X is released, but I am thinking whether I should do dual system or make them into one system (my case Evolv X supports dual system).

 

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Usage:
[7x24] NAS storage
[7x24] VM and dockers (lab testing)
Two gaming VM Windows 10

 

Plan A (1 system):
CPU: Ryzen 3900X
Motherboard: ASUS Prime X470-PRO
RAM: 32GB (2x16GB)
Storage 1 [passthrough to Gaming VM1]: 512 GB 970 Pro
Storage 2 [passthrough to Gaming VM2]: 512 GB 970 Pro
Storage 3: 4x 2TB 7200rpm harddisk
Storage 4 [UnRaid cache]: Crucial MX500 500GB SSD
GPU 1 [passthrough to Gaming VM1]: Inno3D GTX 1060 6GB
GPU 2 [passthrough to Gaming VM2]: Inno3D GTX 1060 6GB
PSU: ??
Case: Evolv X

 

Plan B (Dual system):
ATX [Two Gaming VM Windows 10]
CPU: Ryzen 3900X
Motherboard: ASUS Prime X470-PRO
RAM: 32GB (2x16GB)
Storage 1 [passthrough to Gaming VM1]: 512 GB 970 Pro
Storage 2 [passthrough to Gaming VM2]: 512 GB 970 Pro
GPU 1 [passthrough to Gaming VM1]: Inno3D GTX 1060 6GB
GPU 2 [passthrough to Gaming VM2]: Inno3D GTX 1060 6GB
PSU: Revolt X 1000W
Case: Evolv X

ITX [7x24 NAS storage + VM and dockers]
CPU: Xeon E3 1245v3
Motherboard: Gigabyte H97n-wifi
RAM: 16GB (2x8GB)
Storage 1 [UnRaid cache]: Crucial MX500 500GB SSD
Storage 2: 4x 2TB 7200rpm harddisk
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I have some questions:
1. If I go for 1 system, I guess I don't need Revolt X 1000W? 850W PSU is it enough?
2. I have done some research about GPU idle power consumption, it seems GTX 1060 idle power is around 10W. I am concerning about power consumption as I need lab test VM, docker and NAS storage with 7x24. I am not sure which one is less power consumption, dual system or 1 system. Two gaming VM are not 7x24 but GPU are still connected when UnRaid is running.
3. Is there any suggestion for my plan?

 

Thank you :)

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1. You can go to pcpartpicker and put in your expected config to get a power estimate. Then add 20% just to be safe or 50% if you plan to overclock (highly NOT recommended).

 

2. How much does electricity cost for you per KWh? 20W = 0.02KWh / hour = 14.6 KWh/month. According to google, at $0.12/KWh average US price, that's $1.75/month. If you can't afford that, you can't afford any system. :)

 

3. Wait till the latest BIOS issues are sorted before buying. I think the latest BIOS messes up PCIe passthrough for Ryzen. Even once issues are sorted, double check with existing users about IOMMU groups.

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5 hours ago, testdasi said:

1. You can go to pcpartpicker and put in your expected config to get a power estimate. Then add 20% just to be safe or 50% if you plan to overclock (highly NOT recommended).

 

2. How much does electricity cost for you per KWh? 20W = 0.02KWh / hour = 14.6 KWh/month. According to google, at $0.12/KWh average US price, that's $1.75/month. If you can't afford that, you can't afford any system. :)

 

3. Wait till the latest BIOS issues are sorted before buying. I think the latest BIOS messes up PCIe passthrough for Ryzen. Even once issues are sorted, double check with existing users about IOMMU groups.

 

All I can find is passthrough issue with AMD Threadripper, but seems there is a fix released already. Is there any threads talks about the BIOS issues?

 

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That was one year ago. Ryzen BIOS issue is very recent, like last month. Search the forum for the PSA about that. Probably search for PSA + Ryzen will give you the result.

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