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Well i have a chance to sell my current setup that has been working very well since i built it back in 2012.  This gives me a chance to upgrade my equipment to newer equipment.


This is my current setup and i would like any suggestions on what i could replace it with?

Intel Xeon E3-1240 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz, Kingston 16 GB

SUPERMICRO X9SCM-F-O Micro ATX Intel Xeon E3 Server Motherboard

(2)- LSI SAS9201-8i, Norco 4220 Case


I would like a smaller footprint and replacing my Norco 4220 with a smaller 19 inch hot swap server case would be a requirement And would also like to increase memory to 32 gigs.  I am seeking advice on what you would suggest?  This will be my 3rd UnRaid home server i have since i started.


I know there is not such thing as future proof but my current setup lasted for many years and I would appreciate everyone who replies with suggestions.  


Thank You!



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What's your use case??  It's a great time to be building a new rig- new CPUs coming out, RAM prices slashed, and NVME drives that are very low on the $$/GB.


You're looking for a core-heavy server-class rig, based on your old Xeon, right?  I would recommend Threadripper because AMD is having a day right now: 

* I'm a bit late, but the 2950x was $500 on Amazon Prime Day - https://www.tomshardware.com/news/amd-threadripper-2950x-prime-day-deal,39931.html.  Still, I would look for that for all TR for all the cores.

* DDR4 RAM is so cheap right now- shoot for 64+ GB!  You can pick up 16GB of mid-range DDR4 3000 stuff for under $70 (US) https://www.newegg.com/team-16gb-288-pin-ddr4-sdram/p/N82E16820331042.  Make sure it's Quad channel for the TR.

* Think about going all solid state for your storage needs.  NVME SSDs are running under $0.20 per GB; see some larger 2TB ones at $0.10 / GB (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07TN1MNJ4/).  That's still pretty expensive, but FUTURE PROOF!  Maybe only do it for Cache and VM drives...

* Spinning platter HDDs are running less than $0.02 for the WD Reds (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07D3MWMNZ) for your storage needs.


Maybe a good start?

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First off i would like to apologize Mattz for not responding.  I ended up not selling my equipment and decided to stay with what i had, as i had some unexpected expenses come up.   But i am now ready to start looking again.  I am currently looking to replace the following equipment with more modern stuff.


Intel Xeon E3-1240 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz  - Beefy with more cores.

Kingston 16 GB  - Would like to increase this to 32 GB

SUPERMICRO X9SCM-F-O Micro ATX Intel Xeon E3 Server Motherboard - I will need a micro ATX motherboard as an replacement.


Like i posted in my original message "I know there is not such thing as future proof but my current setup lasted for many years and I would appreciate everyone who replies with suggestions".  

Thank you.




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@JM2005- still a great time to buy.  New stuff has released and other prices have dropped since your first post in July.


* CPU - AMD Ryzen 2700x is $160 on Amazon right now (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07B428M7F), but the AMD Ryzen 3000 series has released and offers better per-core performance.  Your old setup with a Xeon makes me think an AMD ThreadRipper would be more comparable, and I think the prices have been good with that, too.  But that does add a premium price to the motherboard you choose to pair.

* RAM - super cheap right now, shoot for 32 GB.  Are you looking for ECC?  That will be more, of course, but there are some good high-performance DDR4 deals, I use https://slickdeals.net/.

* Motherboard - for the Ryzen, the x470 or newer x570 prices are looking good, you can find a lot of choices for MicroATX.  If you can find a local Fry's or MicroPC, you can probabaly get a discount for a combo CPU+Mobo deal.

* NVME drives keep dropping and would be great for your cache/VM/Docker storage needs, again I use https://slickdeals.net/

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Yeah AMD threadripper does look good.  I was also thinking if i went with another Xeon cpu and motherboard as i am looking at a cpu that supports Intel® Quick Sync Video.  Do you have any suggestions for this type setup.   I have not ruled out the AMD as i would like to invest in the future as well.  Just not break the bank..


Thank you.

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