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    I figured I would start off the server thread with my latest ESXi server that I built for myself running ESXi v6.5.

    I performed a secure erase and updated the firmware on the drives and all other devices where possible. This was a fun build and ended up being a bit of a puzzle since everything was so tight and had a specific install order. There is a pretty even split between new and used parts but overall the cost was extremely low in comparison to purchasing a server with similar specs. The pictures are at various stages during completion, testing and some datastore imaging. The 4TB drives and controller fans were the last to be installed. The architecture is IVY Bridge-E, 22nm / DDR3.

    Specs:
    20 Cores/40 threads @ 3.6Ghz turbo
    192GB DDR3 1600Mhz ECC memory
    4TB raw SSD storage, 12TB raw spinners
    Dual 10GB NIC + USB 3.0


    Details:
    KTH-PL316/16G KINGSTON 1600Mhz ECC 16GBx8
    KTH-PL38/8G KINGSTON 1600Mhz ECC 8GBx8
    (192GB Total)

    4U E-ATX Rackmount Server Chassis IPC E-430
    Lenovo Thinkstation D30 1120W GOLD Rated dual EPS power supply

    Intel S2600CO C600 chipset dual processor motherboard (basically X79 but with dual sockets)
    Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2680v2 x 2 (10-core, 20 threads @ 3.60Ghz turbo x 2, 40 PCI-e 3.0 lanes)
    Noctua NH-U9DXi4 90mm SSO2 CPU Cooler x 2 (PUSH/PULL)

    LSI MegaRAID 9266-8i w/BBU + Fastpath (SSDs)
    LSI MegaRAID 9260-8i w/BBU + Fastpath (Spinners)
    AVC Ball bearing cooling fan for LSI 9266-8i
    AVC Ball bearing cooling fan for LSI 9260-8i

    ICY DOCK ToughArmor MB994SK-1B Full Metal 4 Bay 2.5" SAS/SATA HDD/SSD Cage x 2
    Samsung 840 PRO 512GB SSD x 8
    Seagate ST4000NM0033 4TB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s x 3

    Intel X550-T2 10Gx2 Ethernet Server Adapter
    USB 3.0 PCI-e adapter

    NOCTUA NF-A8 80mm PWM x2 exhaust fans
    NOCTUA NF-B9 93mm PWM x4 CPU fans
    NOCTUA NF-F12 120mm PWM Industrial Intake fan


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    I'll post some pics here and also a video for the extra geeky LMAO

    Here is my ultra nerdy thrown together quick video version @schuck6566 inspired me to make lol!
    It is even in 4K - (Nerd glasses and labcoat required)
    https://youtu.be/GXP3DhyWrEg



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    Originally posted by Laithan View Post
    I figured I would start off the server thread with my latest ESXi server that I built for myself running free ESXi v6.5.

    I performed a secure erase and updated the firmware on the drives and all other devices where possible. This was a fun build and ended up being a bit of a puzzle since everything was so tight and had a specific install order. There is a pretty even split between new and used parts but overall the cost was extremely low in comparison to purchasing a server with similar specs. The pictures are at various stages during completion, testing and some datastore imaging. The 4TB drives and controller fans were the last to be installed. The architecture is IVY Bridge-E, 22nm / DDR3.

    Specs:
    20 Cores/40 threads @ 3.6Ghz turbo
    192GB DDR3 1600Mhz ECC memory
    4TB raw SSD storage, 12TB raw spinners
    Dual 10GB NIC + USB 3.0


    Details:
    KTH-PL316/16G KINGSTON 1600Mhz ECC 16GBx8
    KTH-PL38/8G KINGSTON 1600Mhz ECC 8GBx8
    (192GB Total)

    4U E-ATX Rackmount Server Chassis IPC E-430
    Lenovo Thinkstation D30 1120W GOLD Rated dual EPS power supply

    Intel S2600CO C600 chipset dual processor motherboard (basically X79 but with dual sockets)
    Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2680v2 x 2 (10-core, 20 threads @ 3.60Ghz turbo x 2, 40 PCI-e 3.0 lanes)
    Noctua NH-U9DXi4 90mm SSO2 CPU Cooler x 2 (PUSH/PULL)

    LSI MegaRAID 9266-8i w/BBU + Fastpath (SSDs)
    LSI MegaRAID 9260-8i w/BBU + Fastpath (Spinners)
    AVC Ball bearing cooling fan for LSI 9266-8i
    AVC Ball bearing cooling fan for LSI 9260-8i

    ICY DOCK ToughArmor MB994SK-1B Full Metal 4 Bay 2.5" SAS/SATA HDD/SSD Cage x 2
    Samsung 840 PRO 512GB SSD x 8
    Seagate ST4000NM0033 4TB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s x 3

    Intel X550-T2 10Gx2 Ethernet Server Adapter
    USB 3.0 PCI-e adapter

    NOCTUA NF-A8 80mm PWM x2 exhaust fans
    NOCTUA NF-B9 93mm PWM x4 CPU fans
    NOCTUA NF-F12 120mm PWM Industrial Intake fan


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    NOTE
    As I am writing this post I have been made aware of a 5 picture picture limit. I had uploaded approximately 30 pictures. At this time I am going to post this message but remove all pics until I have a chance to sort this out. I will return with an update shorty, thank you
    Hey bro, make a slide show vid of your pics, post on you youtube and post the video on here. you build vids are always fun to watch.(like your xeon build!)
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte X470 AORUS ULTRA GAMING
    Storage
    Corsair Force MP300 M.2 2280 120GB
    Storage
    Seagate BarraCuda ST2000DM006 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
    Memory
    G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3000 (PC4 24000) Desktop Memory Model F4-3000C16D-16GVRB
    GPU
    EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 XC Gaming, 8GB GDDR6, Dual HDB Fans & RGB LED Graphics Card 08G-P4-2172-KR, Real Boost Clock: 1710 MHz
    PSU
    EVGA 650W
    Case
    DIYPC DIY-BG01 Black USB 3.0 ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case with Pre-installed 3 x 120mm Fans
    Monitor
    SCEPTRE E225W-1920
    Operating System
    Windows 10 Home - 64-bit
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    • #3
      Doing just that! Will be fun I shall return.

      (but imo it would be worth considering increasing the 5 picture limit for the build forums)
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      • #4
        The limit is 75 for attachments across the board, I am still adjusting these permissions for all usergroups (Takes a while lol) but I have adjusted this one immediately to accommodate.

        Thanks,
        E
        Last edited by ENTERPRISE; 06-01-2020, 05:28 PM.
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