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

Ben Kochie ben at nerp.net
Fri Nov 4 18:35:00 PDT 2011


Argh, screw this.  It's a terrible time to buy a machine.

Intel: Good CPU options, but they're intentionally limiting memory on 
single socket to un-buffered dimms.  This means 4x4GB dimms = 16GB max per 
machine.  This is kinda crap, but possibly workable for a VM server.

AMD: Too power hungry on the current 8-core chips (115W TDP)

It's possible something like this would work:

SUPERMICRO MBD-X9SCL+-F - $180
*  http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813182262
Intel Xeon E3-1230 Sandy Bridge 3.2GHz - $240
* http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115083
2x Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) - $160
* http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148380

Total - $580

But we'd be maxed out at 16GB of ram for that system.

The AMD option would have room for way more ram (8x 8GB = 64GB)

SUPERMICRO MBD-H8SGL-F-O - $250
* http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813182230
AMD Opteron 6128 Magny-Cours 2.0GHz (8 core) - $250
* http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819105266
16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM ECC Registered - $230
* http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820161460

Total - $730

-ben

On Fri, 4 Nov 2011, Brian Morris wrote:

> Link:
> 
> http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&N=100006519&is
> NodeId=1&Description=i7+processor&x=15&y=17
> 
> 
> On Fri, Nov 4, 2011 at 4:59 PM, 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.
>
>       Brian
> 
>
>       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
>
>       -ben
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