[Noisebridge-discuss] Money for new Stallion (Pony) VM server

Ben Kochie ben at nerp.net
Fri Nov 4 17:20:25 PDT 2011

Yea. I realized that I was looking at the wrong board/cpu combos about 5 min after I posted.

I might go back to looking at amd options since intel refuses to do registered dimms on single socket boards.

I will post a revised parts list. My target is still around $700. 

Brian Morris <cymraegish at gmail.com> wrote:

IMHO better to get i7 / Xeon3500 board rather than the i3/ Xeon3400. 
Otherwise you are buying a design that is already nearly two years old, ie 1 computer generation behind.

Also it might help some hackers to have pcix16 for OpenCL / CUDA  practice (AI stuff)

Thirdly don't you need to add a new harddrive or three for RAID maybe ?

 And what about the powersupply ? Is the current one high efficiency ? Those can save 40% in electric costs.


On Fri, Nov 4, 2011 at 4:24 PM, Ben Kochie <ben at nerp.net> wrote:

I've been thinking it would be worth upgrading the machine in the space
we use to run Pony.  Right now it's a crappy dual core AMD machine that's
about 3 years old.  

Yeah pretty damn sad, for a place that calls itself a hacker space.
May have been newly manufacture 3 years ago, but its like a five year old design.

I would like to be able to have more ram for running
virtual machines for various local services.

Here's a shopping list I put together:

Supermicro X8SIL-F Server motherboard - $190
* http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813182211

Intel Xeon X3440 2.53GHz - $238
* http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819117225

16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM ECC Registered - $230
* http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820161460

1U CPU cooler - $25
* http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835200064

Total: $683+tax-n-shipping

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