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Post New Dual Xeon 5570 server
I figured I better make a seperate thread for this one before i start confusing things.

But to sum things up, my friend who does computer recycling had a sun blade new in the box tossed his way.

I wanted to at first, and didn't decide to jump on it until i found a supermicroboard on clearance to 250$, until i found it, any dual socket 1366 board I had looked at was easily 500-700$. I ended up paying 250$ for the pair of 5570's and 16x 4gb Samsung DDR3 ECC sticks. I can put 12 on board, leaving me 4 spares

Now I recently built a new file server based on solaris in my chenbro 21706 2U rackmount case. but I'll be swapping this new platform in that chassis to build a vmware esxi 5.1 server. ill be keeping the file server in the same case, but solaris will be moved into a virtual machine and ill be passing through the onboard LSI controller to the vm to keep the existing raidz2 pool

I've ordered a sata 6g backplane (92$) for the case, since hotswap bays are useless without a backplane. And i've also ordered a new rear window to be able to use low profile add-in cards, the PCI riser setup that came in it was useless to me, and getting flexible risers for 3 cards is stupid when they're 25-30$ each, and the rear window for the conversion is 26$. I paid 60$ for the case with 2 power supplies to begin with, so I don't mind accessorizing it the way i want

I also picked up one of these for 25$ to be able to hotswap 2 240-256GB SSD's which will be striped in order to store the virtual machine disks. Ovbiously I'll be keeping a backup. I have one of these similar Starttech bays as well which will probably hold a pair of 128gb SSD's for l2arc cachine on the solaris file server. Between teh bytecc and startech drive bays, i like the startech better, the bitecc feels flimsy

I had to pick up another intel heatsink. I had purchased one to make fit to my P5A premium board and luckily haven't been around to it yet. They were 29$ a piece

here's the board so far though
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I'll try to keep posting pics as the build comes along over the next few weeks.

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Fri Feb 08, 2013 11:23 am
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Post Re: New Dual Xeon 5570 server
aye, got her together :D

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got my solaris file server configured in a virtual machine now under ESXi with the onboard LSI controller passed through. all seems to be working well enough though my i/o on the raid fluctuates a bit.

the free vmware license however is for a maximum 32gb ram, disappointing as it is, i had to remove 16gb or pay 500$+ for a license.

I'm currently doing a Core Server 2008 R2 installation on it to run as a secondary domain controller, because I can

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Gaming Rig: Intel i7 3930K | Asus Sabertooth X79 | 32gb Kingston HyperX 1866Mhz | 2x EVGA GTX780 SC ACX | 2x Mushkin 60gb SSD (RAID0) | 2tb WD Black | Corsair AX1200i | FD Arc Midi | Windows 8
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