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Home Server Build - Choosing Hardware and Benchmarks

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Here it is, my home server build! The goal of this server was to run multiple virtual machines without having any resource issues. This is why I went with a dual socket motherboard, allowing me to run 16 CPU cores and 128GB of RAM. I’ll discuss why I picked all the different hardware and hypervisor, as well as run some performance benchmarks to see how well everything performs. The information should help you when selecting the hardware to use in your next server build. Samsung 1TB SSD Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUAuESIWNpQ Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Case Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EZ6z8Sgwi0 Noctua CPU Coolers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyIkLB6e6_A Corsair 850W Power Supply Overview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUk0YyBT4Mo I got the motherboard, CPUs and RAM used from Natex: http://www.natex.us/ All other parts were purchased new, you can buy them on Amazon: Samsung SSD: http://amzn.to/2lOQbsA Phanteks Enthoo Luxe: http://amzn.to/2p5zhEe Corsair PSU: http://amzn.to/2iBXnmF --- Follow me here --- Twitter - http://www.twitter.com/JarrodsTech Google+ - https://plus.google.com/+JarrodsTech/ We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
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Attack on titan Fan (17 hours ago)
I have the same pc
Jarrod'sTech (16 hours ago)
Cool! 👍
ustoopia (4 days ago)
Is it weird that this server really turns me on?
Jarrod'sTech (4 days ago)
Nope.
Dude yolo (9 days ago)
hey jarrod sweet vid man! btw can those dual sandy bridge xeons edit 4k vid in premiere? Im really intrested In buying dual xeon 2670 workstation from Hp with 96GB of ram seems like a good deal...My i7 3770k too old for 4k video editing
Jarrod'sTech (9 days ago)
Thanks! To be honest I moved to a 1950X system before I moved to 4K video editing so not really sure, I'd expect it to go alright for the editing process and then be pretty decent when it comes time to export though.
Amey Joshi (13 days ago)
I am Still using intel q6600 and 8Gb RAMfor a home server with the bunch of old HDDs in ZFS, mainly as a NAS.
Jarrod'sTech (13 days ago)
😁👍
Amey Joshi (13 days ago)
Exactly. 😀 One day, I will have a powerful machine like yours. it's my dream.
Jarrod'sTech (13 days ago)
As long as it still works that's what matters!
SUPERKOLAIDERIS (16 days ago)
its total crap. Ur moms basement could get on fire with that crap
Jarrod'sTech (15 days ago)
+SUPERKOLAIDERIS lol no problem
SUPERKOLAIDERIS (15 days ago)
+Jarrod'sTech ..and it looks really cool. I'm just jealous ;3
SUPERKOLAIDERIS (15 days ago)
Hah, hey you actually replied ;)) Have a nice day dude, I was drunk and on the verge to troll someone. +Jarrod'sTech
Jarrod'sTech (15 days ago)
Good thing I replaced it with Threadripper then I guess.
SUPERKOLAIDERIS (16 days ago)
and electricity, fok.
TBM (19 days ago)
I complete my build with i7 8700k with 32 gb ram aswell with 2x 6 tb drive and 2x1tb drive
TBM (19 days ago)
+Jarrod'sTech Dynamic web server and NAS running in hyperV also had a idea to rent out some space.
Jarrod'sTech (19 days ago)
Nice one! What do you use it for?
Airidas Videikis (19 days ago)
i need web server at home 1.easy control(only me) 2.security(easy and fast share websites file but protected from attacks and stealing information) 3.first have one domain then go ups to 20domains 4.less as possible sound i thought about Dell PowerEdge R610 Server OR DELL PowerEdge SVP R200 OR Lenovo M92p Sff 90$, OR Stacionarus HP dx2300 40$, OR something else
Jarrod'sTech (19 days ago)
Those seem pretty cheap, you'll have to keep in mind running costs like power, depending on how much that costs for you it can be quite a bit with those older rack mount models. I ended up running all my websites on a cheap AWS instance and it has far better reliability than any second hand server could ever offer me, especially with my Australian Internet 😉
Sourab Bhowmik (19 days ago)
How Manny website hits it can handle?
Jarrod'sTech (19 days ago)
Australian Internet isn't excellent, and power costs a lot here too, so it doesn't run 24/7. I use AWS for my websites, much cheaper and still capable of thousands per minute for a T.2 Medium with Nginx/Cloudflare and a good cache. I didn't benchmark this server with a web server unfortunately.
Sourab Bhowmik (19 days ago)
Suppose you hosted a website in it.so maximum how many people can access this server at same time?
Jarrod'sTech (19 days ago)
Australian Internet isn't excellent, and power costs a lot here too, so it doesn't run 24/7. I use AWS for my websites, much cheaper and still capable of thousands per minute for a T.2 Medium with Nginx/Cloudflare and a good cache. I didn't benchmark this server with a web server unfortunately.
TBM (1 month ago)
Should i7-8700K work?
TBM (1 month ago)
+Jarrod'sTech How many vm's can i run on 6 core? or can i use 6 core on 3 or 4 vm's?
Jarrod'sTech (1 month ago)
For a server? Yeah probably, should be able to run a few good VMs on it, though limited to 64GB on that platform.
Uday Reddy (1 month ago)
Get a board with some sort if out-of-band management. Definitely worth it for a home server - can do pretty much anything via the online web interface on my HP DL380 G10's including upgrading ESXi remotely.
Jarrod'sTech (1 month ago)
Yeah could be handy, I admit not something I really personally need myself though, HP ILO is pretty cool to work with though 👍
David Grishko (1 month ago)
Have you heard of XCP-NG?
Jarrod'sTech (1 month ago)
Nah I haven't - well I have now, just looked it up 😛
Kiara (2 months ago)
It's beautiful ^o^
Jarrod'sTech (2 months ago)
😍 thanks!
Dzintars Klavins (2 months ago)
You should run OpenShift on this beast. :)
Jarrod'sTech (2 months ago)
Maybe 😎
Russ G (2 months ago)
Running very similar build. What are you doing with your VM's?
Jarrod'sTech (2 months ago)
It doesn't see too much action these days since I upgraded to a 1950X workstation, but for the most part I was using the VMs as a test environment for practicing pentesting, and also for my sys admin blog (rootusers.com).
Randall Smith (2 months ago)
Nice server setup. I'm not nearly that advanced. I have an old AMD FX 8320 running as a home server with 24GB of RAM. I'm running Unraid with 5 drives (total of 9GB space with two parity). It serves media to my kids tablets and backs up the network. It meets my needs, but I would enjoy playing with something like what you have!
Jarrod'sTech (2 months ago)
Cheers! If it's doing what you need then it sounds like a perfect server 😃
Mark Lao (2 months ago)
How many virtual machines can you run on it?
Jarrod'sTech (2 months ago)
I never ran more than 8 but still plenty of resources free, honestly entirely dependent on the OS being run in each VM, resources assigned, workloads within each, etc.
origionalwinja (2 months ago)
alright then. good video. its hard to find anything server based on youtube. the prices are a little shocking on some parts but its nice to see that you gathered together some good stuff that will work together without being too proprietary! good work!
Jarrod'sTech (2 months ago)
Cheers!
mantid (2 months ago)
Looks like overkill lol.
Jarrod'sTech (2 months ago)
Yeah it is 😍
Goose&Logan (3 months ago)
How many VMs can you run from that?
Jarrod'sTech (3 months ago)
No problem!
Goose&Logan (3 months ago)
Thank you.
Jarrod'sTech (3 months ago)
Depends on the resources the VMs are using I guess, I used to run 8 at a time while I still used it no problem with heaps of resources to spare.
Falc0n (3 months ago)
If I were to build this would it help improve my internet speed and ping for gaming?
Jarrod'sTech (3 months ago)
No, those things depend more on your Internet connection and network equipment, router/switches etc.
Online Ghost (3 months ago)
sir can u plz tell me this Xeon processor support centos6/7...?
Jarrod'sTech (3 months ago)
No problem!
Online Ghost (3 months ago)
THANK YOU SO MUCH SIR
Jarrod'sTech (3 months ago)
Yeah those should work no problem, I ran CentOS 7 for a while.
ThatGuyAce (3 months ago)
I know it is just for a server but it would be very interesting how a 16 core computer could handle some 2020 games with no GPU, but if i do need a server in the future this seems like the best way to go!
Jarrod'sTech (3 months ago)
Probably pretty bad to be honest, Intel integrated graphics aren't the best and these chips are 6 years or so old already 😅 I use the integrated graphics just for navigating the operating system user interface but that's about it.
Smart Jer (3 months ago)
You should try xcp-ng
Smart Jer (3 months ago)
Try xen orchestra with it aswell
Jarrod'sTech (3 months ago)
XenServer based? Hmm I used to manage that at a place I used to work it, seemed ok I guess.
Edward's Reviews (3 months ago)
Thank you for making this video. I am inspired to do a build like this for work. I take it your experience with natex was good?
Jarrod'sTech (3 months ago)
No problem! Yeah I had no problems at all, my friend also bought a similar setup from them with no issues, good luck!
ravan oid (3 months ago)
This build is awesome. What is the total cost for the rig ?
Jarrod'sTech (3 months ago)
Cheers! I talk about the pricing throughout the video of each part, the total was around $2000 AUD ($1450 USD).
Norman Handy (4 months ago)
Thanks for taking the time to make this informative vid. If this home server rig were utilized for movies and music, would one have to install a viable GPU? I love the idea of using these early-generation xeons as CPUs to serve users(family) in the house, but I’m curious as to how a low-end/high-end GPU helps?
Jarrod'sTech (4 months ago)
No problem, cheers! If you're just doing playback I think you should be fine, you'll probably only really need a GPU if you're doing encoding or graphically intensive work on the files. Assuming there is some issue using the Intel graphics only though you would be fine getting a really low end GPU if it came to it for those tasks, but yeah basic video functionality works well for me!
acesblackstar (4 months ago)
Do you still have this ?
Jarrod'sTech (4 months ago)
Yeah I do! Doesn't see much use these days as I have a Threadripper system now
Dial199 Travels (4 months ago)
hi there! could you please help me or guide me - i want to build a self made web hosting server for a heavy traffic website. what is best hardware and other resources need to, please describe me in full.
Jarrod'sTech (4 months ago)
May I ask what the reason is? Will it be hosted in a data centre / rack mount? Or desktop like the one I did? To be honest for 24/7 operation it will generally be cheaper to buy a dedicated server from a well known hosting provider, especially once you factor in power / data costs and uptime requirements
funnycreator (4 months ago)
i just check on the website the core and it says the core is only 8 but the thread are 16
Jarrod'sTech (4 months ago)
Yes that's correct, I have two CPUs in a dual socket board though, so double that.
Derek Galbraith (4 months ago)
Very cool. My amateur opinion is that it's overkill (as you mention yourself) but it's better to overbuild than underbuild, right? I've just finished building my own home media server but since I'm very much a beginner to all of this I ain't brave enough to post a video like this one laying it bare. I'm sure I probably made a few dodgy choices when putting it together that people will rip me to shreds for. But it seems to work for my purposes anyway so that's the main thing.
Jarrod'sTech (4 months ago)
Definitely overkill, but it was fun! As long as it works then all good 😁
chemicalsam (5 months ago)
Okay you do not need 16 cpu cores for a home server. Sorry but you just dont.
Jarrod'sTech (5 months ago)
Depends what you're doing, maybe you don't but mine smashes full utilization regularly 😁
Mr. Alpha (5 months ago)
In my country it's cost around 500$, so it's not an option for me to go for.
Mr. Alpha (5 months ago)
Jarrod'sTech To build a budget pc it costs around 820$. I5 8400 + Asus b360m-a + 100r + masterwatt 550w + vengeance lpx 8gb + Samsung SSD 250gb + LG mp68vq 1080p. You must be thinking the PSU i choose is not good but ppl here can't afford hq ones. So there is a no chance to go for premium products. Also, an i7 build would cost more then 2000$.
Jarrod'sTech (5 months ago)
Oh too bad :(
Ahmed Douban (6 months ago)
Thanks Jarrod for the info it encourage me to buy the same specs as below I bought tyan motherboard along with Intel E5-2680v2 CPU and 32 GB of Memory. and purchased from local market a ThermalTake case core x5 to hold the motherboard as the size 12"X13" is not compatible with most ATX cases, i want to say that i'm very happy with the quality of NATEX service, i'm enjoying the plenty of CPU cores and memory, even they make a full refund of shipment charges as the delay from shipping company. thanks again NATEX.us for providing that quality and insurance to your services. below the component used to build my PC it may help someone. Motherboard: NATEX.us Tyan S7050 CPU: NATEX.us Intel E2680-v2 (10 cores) MEMORY: NATEX.us 32 (8X4DIMM) GB\ CASE: ThermalTake Core X5 White Edition PowerSupply: EVGA Supernova 850watt G3 GOLD. keyboard+mouse: ASUS CERBERUS Keyboard and mouse combo wireless CARD: tp-link 300Mbps wireless N PCI Express Adapter CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO (supports CPU LGA2011). Monitor: ASUS 24" GW2470 Speakers: Bluetooth JBL
David Baker (1 month ago)
Hello, I just bought the same parts and I'm curious which ram slots I populate first? I only have 4 sticks for now(getting more some day). I have looked and looked and either I'm blind or there does not seem to be any clear info on this online.
Jarrod'sTech (6 months ago)
No problem! Good to hear that they went well for you too 😃
Lothar Scholz (6 months ago)
Almost bought the same today, MB+CPU you get for 350 Euro now add 640 Euro for RAM and you are fine to go with about 1000 Euro for such a machine, but i didn't because its high idle power consumptions scares me away. 150W idle for a dual socket mainboard seems to be the minimum.
Jarrod'sTech (6 months ago)
Yeah the older stuff definitely uses a lot more power, good for a heater in winter!
Pasha Defragzor (6 months ago)
A bit overpriced and case usb menu is on horizontal, there is no video cards space, but its nice for vm's, good cooling
Jarrod'sTech (6 months ago)
Yeah I still haven't ever put a graphics card in mine 😛
Kundalini12 (6 months ago)
I built a server using a dual socket 1366 SuperMicro X8DTH-iF motherboard with two Xeon X5560 CPUs, 96GB RAM and a Asus GeForce GTX 980 GPU. I use it as a gaming PC so the 96GB RAM is kinda wasted but 4K gaming is awesome. I also installed a custom water cooling loop and placed it all inside a Cooler Master HAF X case.
Kundalini12 (6 months ago)
Jarrod'sTech I bought a Dell Precision T5500 from eBay and installed two x5650s. They are great CPUs.
Jarrod'sTech (6 months ago)
Nice! I've got a x5650 system (only single socket though), nice cheap CPUs! 😃
FirE (8 months ago)
Hi i build the same system but with geforce gtx 1070 and 96g ram i couldn`t use more than 56g of them or i directly get blue screen , the problem from the day one i built this system i got blue screen i tried everything when i use 56gb of ram it works fine till i load more work on it it goes blue , the error code is (STOP CODE: NMI_HARDWARE _FAILURE) IN THE END I CONTACT ASROCK SUPPORT ABOUT THIS PROBLEM THEY TOLD ME THAT THE MOTHERBOARD DONOT SUPPORT WINDOWS 10 , PLEASE IF U CAN HELP ME OR KNOW SOME ONE CAN TELL ME ,THANKS SORRY THE MOTHERBOARD I HAVE IS https://www.amazon.com/dp/B007HW39ZM/?coliid=I1A1S09DAQ8MU2&colid=THK3CQ2DDP80&psc=0&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it
Jarrod'sTech (8 months ago)
No problem, yeah it does sound like a strange issue, especially if all the RAM sticks were validated as being fine, if it does happen with a new OS that's supported with latest BIOS and updates then I'd begin to suspect the board being the issue.
FirE (8 months ago)
Jarrod'sTech but I am mostly sure that the motherboard is malfunction because lots of people have the same system and didn’t face those problem with windows a10 on it anyway I will try windows server and see what will happen Thanks again for your cooperation
Jarrod'sTech (8 months ago)
For the most part you use it the same as Windows 10, the differences are fairly minimal from a UI perspective.
FirE (8 months ago)
will try to install windows server 2016 and test to see what will happen even if I am not very experience in it
Jarrod'sTech (8 months ago)
Have you tested Windows Server, or is it that the software doesn't specifically list support for it? From my own personal experience, you can install basically anything in Windows Server that you can in Windows 10, I think it's worth a shot, and if server is the only option, perhaps you could run a Hyper-V VM and run your application in there in Windows 10? Though not sure how much of a performance hit that would create.
Not Public (8 months ago)
Great build! Can you use all those cores and RAM with esxi 6.5 free edition? I thought vmware limits how much RAM etc. I have a home lab but switched to BSD for my home lab , I would love to go back to esxi though
Jarrod'sTech (8 months ago)
Yeah I was using that, but I haven't used the server for a few months now as I upgraded to an AMD 1950X and just using Windows 10 on it.
Not Public (8 months ago)
Jarrod'sTech Thanks for your reply.. What level 1 hypervisor did you end up going with? Hyper-V ?
Jarrod'sTech (8 months ago)
Thanks! Yeah I think there are limits with VMware, not too sure as I never ended up testing it here unfortunately.
BlackRec (8 months ago)
What would be the best for a gaming server machine to be able to run Ark minecraft fivem ?
Jarrod'sTech (8 months ago)
I don't really know much about Minecraft myself, but from what I can see here, it seems to favour single core performance, so I'd probably look at a new CPU, perhaps even something mainstream like Ryzen 7, would be a fair bit cheaper than a full on server platform: https://minecraft.gamepedia.com/Server/Requirements/Server
Jeevanantham Gopal (8 months ago)
Hey Jerrod's Tech, I've built same config and the rig giving me post error 1-5-4-4 and I think it's due to improper grounding. Could you please share me the front panel connection pins how you connected on the board?
Jarrod'sTech (8 months ago)
No worries!
Jeevanantham Gopal (8 months ago)
Jarrod'sTech thanks a bunch
Jarrod'sTech (8 months ago)
I don't think it matters for those two, because all it cares about is closing the circuit to trigger the desired effect? Both of my cables aren't marked with + or - on either side, in any case here's the best photo I could get, not sure if that helps! https://imgur.com/a/oMIdj
Jeevanantham Gopal (8 months ago)
Jarrod'sTech yes I do have that doc.. but I've little confusion since the power and reset has two pins as positive and negative. The rig keeps beeping with that post error and it worries me :(
Jarrod'sTech (8 months ago)
I just went off the motherboard documentation for the S2600CP2J so page 23 https://www.intel.com/content/dam/support/us/en/documents/motherboards/server/sb/g54899001_s2600cp_p4000cp_sg_rev14.pdf is how I've done it. I've only connected power/reset switches.
Kirk Eby (8 months ago)
Very cool build. Similar is scope and design to something I am doing. Going to check out the vendor you mentioned. Looks good. Works good. Great idea.
Jarrod'sTech (8 months ago)
Cheers! Hope yours turns out well 😃
Georgi Var (8 months ago)
Great build, thanks for sharing! I'd say stick with open source hypervisor, though last time I checked Xen was a dead end project. But then if you are simulating network equipment, say Cisco routers and switches, I'm not sure if VIRL or Gns3 would work with open source. I'd also look into drivers your hypervisor of choice supports for its virtual machines, and there you'd encounter a limit if you choose open source.
Jarrod'sTech (8 months ago)
Just windows 10 for now, I considered a server os and then running my main os in a VM but never got around to it
Georgi Var (8 months ago)
Jarrod'sTech great then, and what OS are you running on your awesome workstation?
Jarrod'sTech (8 months ago)
Thanks for the tips! At this point I don't use the server too much anymore, as I ended up upgrading my workstation to a 1950X CPU with 64GB of RAM, so it's got quite a bit of power there 😃
Ahmed Islam (8 months ago)
I really need some advice: I have a dual xeon 2609 setup with 16 gb ram nd v5900 sitting in a Dell T5600. Recently the PSU exploded and burnt. I really wish to move the entire CPU+MB+RAM+GPU into a new case with a better PSU( > 850W). It is quite hard to find a hardware spec and I do not know if I will be able to transfer it to a new case or not. Please suggest or if you have any info. Thank you.
Jarrod'sTech (8 months ago)
Hmm it could be a server board, like SSI-EEB in this video, but yeah it could also be a proprietary thing made by Dell that no one else uses so you'd be very limited in cases, you might even just have to try and mod one yourself.
Ahmed Islam (8 months ago)
Hello, sorry to get back to you late. I opened everything part by part looking for information. The motherboard is propriety and the serial/model no. returns nothing about the ATX/mid-ATX/EATX information. I am lost with this pc,
Jarrod'sTech (8 months ago)
It will depend on the size of the motherboard, do you know what model it is? For instance, if it's an EATX board then you need a case that can support EATX.
陈北宗 (9 months ago)
You can just throw a GTX 1070 class graphics card in it (if you can find one at the right price - I had to dip down to an R9 380 I pulled out of my parts bin for my dual Xeon E5-2680/128GB RAM system) and use it as a standard workstation. If you want to game on it you will need some PCIe/NUMA optimization - bind the game to the processor that actually have the GPU plugged on it, or the QPI introduces a lot of latency (similar to the Ryzen CCU Infinity Fabric fiasco.) Also you should be able to render videos on this.
Jarrod'sTech (9 months ago)
Yeah I've been meaning to stick a graphics card in and see how it performs with the xeons at some point, thanks for the info!
Dubstep_lover (9 months ago)
Seem a little expensive considering you can buy an actual expired server on ebay for the same price with better performance and redundancy. I can see why a small build looks better but I wouldn't say its economic for anyone. It's like you saw a gaming rig and then decided it's best purpose is to be a server. I can only imagine for your use that you'd use it to run a media centre like plex or emby and a file share SMB on a NAS to archive/backup data. If I'm honest vm doesn't really have any use as using a simple freenas setup can handle both services incredibly easy or whatever. Not to mention it can also work as a VM. Still though, great enthusiasm.
Jarrod'sTech (9 months ago)
Thanks! It's got 2 physical sockets with 8 cores each, so 16 cores total. I do most of my video editing with the videos on my QNAP NAS, I recently upgraded it to 10GbE and put a 10GbE NIC in my workstation too 😃 the main problem now is the disk speed being the bottleneck haha, need an SSD NAS!
Dubstep_lover (9 months ago)
Jarrod'sTech ahh nice one man. If they were just old parts then fair enough. Though I wouldn't use free esxi if you have more than 4 cores. I can't remember how many you said you had. I'd use Windows or linix server because at least then you can dive into vm and lots of other things. Also it may have been more appropriate to spend money on things like RAID cards or on network NICs is more my point I guess. I say this because you could make a pfsense vm and isnted of. Using say a legacy router which may say it can handle GbE you'll soon realise that they can't actually maintain GbE over a network transaction. This is where expensive network NICs and pfsense would really boost you. Say if you archived 1080p videos on smb or editing 1080p on a network share. Still tho loving the effort and time you put into the videos and I did thumbs up
Jarrod'sTech (9 months ago)
I didn't want a huge rack mount thing sitting on my desk being super loud 😛 I mostly use Linux/Windows VMs for testing things for work / writing stuff for my tech blog, although I don't really use this much anymore since building a 1950X workstation.
Kevin M (9 months ago)
Nice video man. Dat Glass? I will have to look that up. Anyhow, I need to build a server and have to figure out how to talk my wife into this ....
Jarrod'sTech (9 months ago)
Good luck! Maybe you could agree on a set budget and then work to that
Herman Strom (9 months ago)
Try proxmox ve, it's free!
Jarrod'sTech (9 months ago)
Yeah a couple of others have suggested it too, I'll have to check it out 😀
Danesh Manoharan (9 months ago)
Try Proxmox
Danesh Manoharan (9 months ago)
Jarrod'sTech one of the best free opensource options out there today. :)
Jarrod'sTech (9 months ago)
Yeah a few people have mentioned it, I'll have to give it a go!
Ram Simon (10 months ago)
I like your kangaroo-friendly accent mate
Jarrod'sTech (10 months ago)
Haha thanks
Ioan Flaviu Frisan (10 months ago)
Nice job bro
Jarrod'sTech (10 months ago)
Thanks!
Gals Herp (10 months ago)
(try unraid and you dont need that much RAM/Cores.)
Gals Herp (10 months ago)
Its as easy as use the windows tool to get it on a usb stick, and set ur bios to boot from, finish :)
Jarrod'sTech (10 months ago)
+Gals Herp now I really need to check it out 😀 I used to be a system administrator so this stuff is all really interesting to me
Gals Herp (10 months ago)
Its the best thing tech wise ive seen in my life. If i just found it out years ago...
Jarrod'sTech (10 months ago)
+Gals Herp yeah I've heard good things about it, I'll have to check it out!
emmanueldenniss (10 months ago)
Please someone tell me , this kind of setup can be used as Pc on windows and for gaming ?
emmanueldenniss I have an hp workstation with 256 Gb SSD, 2 Xeon 2.8 Ghz (6 core each and 6 threads), 32 GB ECC DDR3, 2 nvidia gtx 760 and running windows 10. Gaming is great considering the price (500$ for everything) I am also running VMs (windows server, Ubuntu Sever etc)
Notimp ortant (9 months ago)
You can definitely game on such a machine, but the xeons *will* be slower than say, an i7, and the dual socket config will also slow you down. Ecc memory should also be slower for gaming than non-ecc. It will work though.
Jarrod'sTech (10 months ago)
You can install Windows 10 and use it as a normal workstation, you'll just be missing some modern features depending on what platform you go with, for example no USB 3 here. Although I haven't yet tested gaming performance (looking to do that in a future video) I have seen others game on Xeon CPUs with a decent GPU so it's definitely possible.
Brett Dunmow (10 months ago)
I use a dell T620 with 64gb ram 8 x 2tb enterprise drives for my home server it’s running hyper v plex , kodi, airvvideo plus holds all the photos, films, music ,work etc...
Jarrod'sTech (10 months ago)
Sounds pretty sweet! I mainly use my QNAP NAS for Plex and music/video stuff, to be honest I don't really use this server too much anymore after getting a Threadripper workstation.
Brett Dunmow (10 months ago)
I think Linus did a gaming rig with xeons in they performed fairly badly but excelled at business type applications
Jarrod'sTech (10 months ago)
Yeah that would probably make sense, I'll have to stick a GPU in one day and give it a go!
Brett Dunmow (10 months ago)
Nice rig, wouldn’t mind using it as a gaming rig
Jarrod'sTech (10 months ago)
Yeah it would probably run alright if you stuck a decent graphics card in it :) I still haven't tested gaming on it, maybe I should do that!
Robert (10 months ago)
Excellent topic for a video. Twice I've bought m/b+cpu+mem combos from Natex. When Facebook renewed their server farms. Even when I add the 21% sales tax that my government demands, the total cost is still 300 - 500 hundred Euros lower than buying used from a shop locally. The more expensive the CPU and the more memory, the higher the savings. And indeed the CPU stepping is the "tricky" bit when picking a combo or cpu.
Jarrod'sTech (10 months ago)
Yeah they have some good deals from time to time, I think when I got my CPUs it was just after a large second hand flood of them.
kinglyar Luyear (10 months ago)
hei there im building up a Web site with Ruby on rails, webgl, and going to do vr, simulation attacks like faraday, communitys and cripto mining meanwhile learn programming like bitdegree does so we are going to setup blockchain system and encription our data with AES also im going to do many other features and for start building my project i need a web server for host and keep my data from the modules, controllers and resources that has been created so i need to modify tables from the data base etc. This home build server is going to help me out with that?
Jarrod'sTech (10 months ago)
I think it's a good general purpose server and would be well suited for tasks like that. The E5-2670 CPU's have the AES-NI instruction set, which help speed up AES instructions so that will be useful for you.
codeWorld (10 months ago)
DAT GLASS!
Jarrod'sTech (10 months ago)
Haha yep!
Jeevanantham Gopal (11 months ago)
Can phanteks Evolv Shift X PH-ES217XE_AG work with config??
Jarrod'sTech (11 months ago)
+Jeevanantham Gopal sure, the phanteks Enthoo pro, and Enthoo primo ultimate both support the SSI-EEB form factor, so you should be able to fit a dual socket board in those, just double check the motherboard size against what the case supports first
Jarrod'sTech (11 months ago)
+Jeevanantham Gopal with what config? With what I'm showing here? No, it doesn't support the SSI-EEB form factor
Chris N (11 months ago)
Awesome build! Would you consider posting a video on how to put together your build?
Jarrod'sTech (11 months ago)
I didn't really film putting it together while I built it outside of the parts I included in the video, what sort of stuff would you want to see? I have a couple of other PC build videos I need to get to that I've been putting off.
ojnunezm (11 months ago)
I'd like know how many VMs do you run on this server? which ones and what do you use them for? thanks for your response.-
Jarrod'sTech (11 months ago)
So I was never running more than 4 or 5 at once, but all up I have about 10 for different purposes and power them on as I need them. I run a sys admin style website and write blog posts there, so having lots of test servers where I can get things done for that is very useful for me. Otherwise I try to compartmentalize as much as I can as a general rule of thumb for security purposes.
Guiller Ardina (11 months ago)
If server MB, do I need to install windows server rather than windows 7 pro, plan build new pc for my3DCAD, Inventor, revit etc. Product by Autodesk 3D designed work 1. asus z10pe-d16 ws
Jarrod'sTech (11 months ago)
The best way to check would be to monitor the resources of CPU, GPU and RAM and see which one is hitting its limits when you notice the slowness. In the latest version of Windows 10 you can see GPU usage in task manager limit CPU usage which is helpful. Otherwise tools like MSI afterburner which report the GPU core clock over time can be useful to see if you're being downclocked due to overheating, I generally use HWInfo to monitor temperatures, another thing to also check, as over time you could be overheating which causes the slowness.
Guiller Ardina (11 months ago)
Jarrod'sTech Thanks, one more question, I'm not a gamer person a bit confused of my system asus x99 deluxe i75830k firepro AMD W8100 build 2014, Most of the time working 3D work Autocad building services like pipe, duct, electrical containment etc. In my system if all services are loaded (drawings)my viewport like orbiting, span and move the viewport is getting slow, I'm not always rendering, I'm always in viewport work flow. My question is.. is it a video graphic or processor issue. When I saw your video with multi processor I just planning to build another pc. I will appreciate for my reply, I just want to nice and smooth work flow in my viewport. Thanks Happy Christmas and Happy New Year...
Jarrod'sTech (11 months ago)
You can install what ever OS you like in general, if it's a server specific board it may be that the drivers for certain components only support specific server operating systems, however in most cases drivers that you can install in Windows 2008 R2 would usually work for Windows 7 too.
Chrit S (11 months ago)
A good practice is to separate your server from your local network through a VLAN. I highly recommend you do this.
Jarrod'sTech (11 months ago)
If I had the server on a public network like the Internet I'd definitely do it, but I just run it locally at home so I haven't bothered separating things out :P but yeah it's a good idea in that situation.
Chrit S (11 months ago)
I found pretty useful my servers on a separate network as oppose to a flat network for several reasons. One big reason would be security. If the server get compromised by someone then the risk of them compromising other hosts is minimal because all your other devices are all on a separate subnet. The thought is really scary when you are hosting a web server to the outside world. Another big reason for me would also have to be the lab aspect as well. There some services you can setup that might interfere with you main network like making a second DHCP server. If you planning on an active domain lab then you will need setup both DHCP, AD, and DNS. Creating a separate VLAN for that lab will save so much headache for you. If you are planning on doing Cisco labs then its absolutely necessary to have your lab equipment on a separate network.
Jarrod'sTech (11 months ago)
Probably only really useful if you're actually going to go to the trouble to put firewall rules between the two zones.
Sai Lakki (11 months ago)
can it used to run a small file hosting site or any social networking site
Jarrod'sTech (11 months ago)
Sure, I don't see why not!
Mustafa Bhadsorawala (11 months ago)
A complete noob here. Is it possible to throw in an Nvidia 1050 graphics card in there and use multiple thin client laptops (at the same time) to work on heavy duty CAD softwares like Fusion 360?
Mustafa Bhadsorawala (11 months ago)
I want to be able to run maximum 5 thin client PCs from the central CPU at the same time, out of which only one will be running graphic and processor intensive software. The remaining are for average laptop usage, like browsing the internet, streaming online video that is it. For the most power hungry client PC I want 2+Ghz processing power, 8GB RAM(minimum), and a Nvidia GTX 1040 or above. I have heard about VMware and Proxmox but I am still not sure which one is for me, and I don't have any idea about the architecture.
Jarrod'sTech (11 months ago)
What sort of information do you need? I can give you tips with picking hardware and building the machine etc, but I don't really know what you're using it for or what software you plan on using for it, or how that client/server architecture will work?
Mustafa Bhadsorawala (11 months ago)
Okay! Can you point me in the correct direction where I can find a tutorial for a server client setup for home. Or if its not too much trouble can you help me out with it?
Jarrod'sTech (11 months ago)
Depends what the software is and how it works. If the software running on the server accepts client requests and queues them on the available GPU then a single one will be fine.
Mustafa Bhadsorawala (11 months ago)
Jarrod'sTech so to support 2 machines to run a heavy graphic intensive software, I will need two GPUs, is what you are saying right?
Ocean Man (1 year ago)
hey great vid , but what CPUs would you say were one tier better as i neeed more processing power
Ocean Man (1 year ago)
Jarrod'sTech thanks
Jarrod'sTech (1 year ago)
+Ocean Man thanks! The 2680 is the next step up with a 100mhz increase. There's a full list of Xeon CPUs here, just look under Sandy bridge 8 core and look at anything above the 2670 https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Intel_Xeon_microprocessors
Kaknbools (1 year ago)
I run a similar server set up. I was running 2 e5 2650s but just upgraded to dual e5 2687w. and another 32gb of ram. Mine isnt as pretty but I love everything I can do with this server!!
Jarrod'sTech (1 year ago)
Oh that sounds pretty cool! Those ones are clocked higher than what I'm using, sounds like a nice upgrade!
Gato Show (1 year ago)
Owo. Great dude
Jarrod'sTech (1 year ago)
Cheers!
Ty Ternus (1 year ago)
Im running a video sharing website on a i3 and 4gb ram
Jarrod'sTech (1 year ago)
Is the RAM currently a limiting factor? What does the resource usage look like while it's serving video? Checking this will help you see where the bottleneck lies.
Ty Ternus (1 year ago)
Yeah I know, I'm saving up for some more RAM. Would that do it?
Ty Ternus (1 year ago)
Yeah I just can't afford a setup like this
Jarrod'sTech (1 year ago)
That could get problematic fast :p although I think the main issue would be bandwidth limitations to begin with.
Sergio Galvan (1 year ago)
today Natex only offers half that RAM for a bit more of the price you paid, you got a cool deal. nice build.
Jarrod'sTech (1 year ago)
Thanks! Yeah I've noticed the prices going up over time, especially memory.
Thomas Valgaeren (1 year ago)
Use proxmox, its an open source virtualization platform build on KVM and LXC. its opensource, easy and still linux :p
Thomas Valgaeren (1 year ago)
It can be tricky to get it configured so it runs, but its a stable platform and running linux on it is pretty easy. @Jarrod'sTech Nice to hear your envirement works well. Nice build Also :p
Jarrod'sTech (1 year ago)
Still pretty happy with Hyper-V, works fine and it's free :p good to have so many options!
Koschei (1 year ago)
Are Windows environments stable on it though? Last I checked (which was a while ago) it wasn't.
Poe Lemic (1 year ago)
Very good build and wonderful video. Sorry to say, but I've got SERVER ENVY now. Honestly, beautiful setup and subbed ...
Jarrod'sTech (1 year ago)
Haha, thanks!
Shadow 144 (1 year ago)
Sooo could it host a csgo server...
Jarrod'sTech (1 year ago)
I don't see why not!
Sandros (1 year ago)
I've built a //NAS// with an Asrock J1900 motherboard populated with 8GB of ram. It's cheap, and powerful enough to run 3 linux VMs (I'm actually using them in semi-prod (like mail backup, development, personal stuff)), 2-3 plex transcoding and zfs without compression. The base system is OMV running on Debian and the VMs are powered by VirtualBox (I don't really like it because of unexpected shutdowns after creating a snapshot). I kinda want to use a proper hypervisor, but I've been informed that VMs performace are not that great, especially with CPU heavy applications like Plex. What do you think about switching to a hypervisor? Which one do you recommend for this kind of setup?
Maplenerd22 (4 months ago)
If you're comfortable with Linux, I recommend Proxmox hypervisor. It's free and open source. A great thing about Proxmox is that instead of running a full fledge VM for your Plex server, you can run it in a Linux container. Linux containers are a lot lighter and more efficient than a VM. You can even passthrough a GPU to help with Plex transcoding.
Sandros VMware esxin
Jarrod'sTech (1 year ago)
+Sandros I'd have thought a proper hypervisor would be more efficient, however I've not personally done any comparison testing. I'm still using Hyper-V server 2016 as it's free, but VMware have some good options too.
padlockbeats (1 year ago)
Sweet build mate!!!
Jarrod'sTech (1 year ago)
Thanks!
troyBORG (1 year ago)
I have a server as well, (x3650 M3, that I upgraded with 2x X5675 CPUs, and 72GB of RAM). Mine scores 1385 for the CPU score, so not as good as yours. I only paid $159.00 for my two CPUs. $58.00 for 12x4GB Memory, $144.99 for the Server, and $182.50 on 5x146GB 15k SAS drives. So only $544.49 (The server came with 24GB already installed, so when I got 48GB for only $58 I was shocked at the deal)
Jarrod'sTech (1 year ago)
Nice :D
Naddel81able (1 year ago)
you forgot the most important: wattage and power consumption costs. I bet those two CPUs and the platform suck up 200W IDLE alone which is insane. I am gladly using a 33W ryzen for that task (yes, whole PC measured on the wall plug when IDLE).
Kevin M (9 months ago)
Naddel81able How do you like your setup? I've considered ryzen.
Kevin M (9 months ago)
Jarrod'sTech lmao! I love the honesty Jarrod. Good to know this. I hadn't thought about power consumption but I intend my home server to be on nearly always. Therefore I'll have to consider this when I build.
Jarrod'sTech (1 year ago)
I ask myself that regularly.
Naddel81able (1 year ago)
wow, 250W in idle is intense. why did you build it, when you hardly power it on?
Jarrod'sTech (1 year ago)
I replied to another comment that it was about 250w from the wall idle. It's hardly on and it's not a problem for me.
Bernhard Bärthlein (1 year ago)
Whats the Power Consumption in IDLE of your System?
Naddel81able (1 year ago)
wow, that is almost 700 euro on the power bill yearly here in europe.
Jarrod'sTech (1 year ago)
The whole system sits around 250 watts while idle.
Pasi123 (1 year ago)
Upgrade your i7-950 to 6-core Xeon X5650/X5660/X5670 etc. I have my X5670 overclocked to 4.44GHz and it gets 1009 in cinebench, 10k in Passmark and 16k in Geekbench 4.
Jarrod'sTech (1 year ago)
Yeah I recently upgraded it, haven't been able to overclock it yet, every time I try it doesn't boot and I have to reset the BIOS, haven't spent enough time investigating it yet to be honest.
Pasi123 (1 year ago)
Oops, look like you already did! :D
Jason Becker (1 year ago)
The difference in Xeon generations is almost totally power draw. The newer they are the less power they use. That's really the only thing that's difference.
Jarrod'sTech (1 year ago)
Yeah seems to be the main improvement with most of Intel's CPUs over the last few years, more efficiency. I have no issue with this using a little more power, I only run it when it's needed rather than it being a 24/7 server :)
danar j (1 year ago)
This is very nice you can run your data center on that PC.
TheFastly (7 months ago)
danar j Only Thing I Scared is DDOS atackers they can ruin my ethernet connection and hardware
Jarrod'sTech (1 year ago)
Thanks! Haha yep :)
Dale Pothen (1 year ago)
You could try unraid from lime tech if you want but it could be a great nas with lot of features
Jarrod'sTech (1 year ago)
Cheers, I'll check it out!
Dale Pothen (1 year ago)
Jarrod'sTech have a look on spaceinvader channel you might get an idea with out installing if your free
Jarrod'sTech (1 year ago)
Yeah I've heard of it but haven't looked at using it yet, still using Hyper-V Server 2016 and it's working well so might stick with it for now, and I have a QNAP NAS for NAS purposes anyway :)
AudienceOfNone (1 year ago)
Nice mate, I'm looking at upgrading all components in my desktop PC, so any parts I pull out of that will go into my server at some point. Good video!
Jarrod'sTech (1 year ago)
Thanks! Cool, hope the server turns out well :)
Michael Bednarek (1 year ago)
Quality content with a great build. Keep up the amazing work!
Jarrod'sTech (1 year ago)
Cheers!
Robert Mahood (1 year ago)
i got a couple of dell r510 for next to nothing. put duel 6core xeons and 64gb of ram in them run vms for days. free version of esxi has a limitation on cpu cores put windows on both. might look at clustering in the future.
Jarrod'sTech (1 year ago)
Maybe, how much is that? I do about 250 watts at idle, and it's idle most of the time. Yeah ECC memory.
NickF1227 (1 year ago)
Jarrod'sTech whe you are using the same exact CPUs and what amounts to be basically the same board... And you are using registered memory. I have a Dell R710 and I'd bet even with the Dual PSUs I'm drawing nearly the same power you are.
Jarrod'sTech (1 year ago)
That sounds pretty good :) I was looking at some cheap Dell servers, but all the ones I saw would cost me too much in power to run, some of them really eat up the power!
Matthew Adamu (1 year ago)
Hmmmm. I wonder if it's possible to build a dedicated server for graphic work used by multiple clients.
Jarrod'sTech (1 year ago)
That should be possible depending on the application you're using, I don't have much experience in that area yet, but some software will let many clients queue jobs such as renders and just work through them all, would allow you to have a large powerful machine to do all the work that gets sent to it.
Matthew Adamu (1 year ago)
Ohkkk. I wanna do something similar. The idea I had was instead of having separate expensive machines for me and my team, we build one monstrosity that can help us do everything at once. Like rendering, file storage/sharing, etc. That would mean a lot of graphic cards though. Hehehhee
Jarrod'sTech (1 year ago)
Should be, depends how you're doing it though, for instance if you're using virtual machines I think you can only pass through one GPU per VM at the moment, I hope that changes as it will allow me to do a lot of useful stuff, like have a VM to play games in and another to render video.
Jason (1 year ago)
I'm gonna do this!
Jarrod'sTech (1 year ago)
Oh that sounds pretty good, the boards all seemed pretty expensive when I was looking which is why I got the bundle.
Robert Poynton (1 year ago)
Jarrod'sTech ordered the Supermicro X9DRi-LN4F+ Motherboard with 2x Intel X I think I paid $450 aud
Jarrod'sTech (1 year ago)
Oi oi oi! Haha cheers
Robert Poynton (1 year ago)
Jason Smart Aussie Aussie Aussie!! Iv ordered my motherboard and CPU should get it for a media server running plex. YouTube channel byte my bits got me onto it now I'm doing the research. I'll be subscribing to this channel! Always good to support a Aussie channel
Jason (1 year ago)
Thanks! P.S. I'm also an Aussie
freeze area (1 year ago)
Hey Jarrod, though its not related to the video, do you think you could make Star Citizen one of your benchmarks when testing computers/laptops?
Jarrod'sTech (1 year ago)
I just recently added a fair few new games after the steam summer sale, it's hard to get every game that people want as they start costing quite a bit of money and add up, I'll see if I can add it in future, thanks for the suggestion.
Hardcore Hardware (1 year ago)
I don't have a server right now but I do need one I just use multiple systems and multiple drives, nice build mate.
Jarrod'sTech (1 year ago)
Thanks! Yeah I was doing similar before, nice to finally have a central thing to just run everything on though.
07wrxtr1 (1 year ago)
Looks awesome!
Jarrod'sTech (1 year ago)
Yeah it's pretty nice :)
FUTC (1 year ago)
What exactly are you doing on these virtual machines? and why do you need so many vm's?
Ahmed Douban (7 months ago)
i really need something like this to build openstack pratice lab
Jarrod'sTech (1 year ago)
I run a lot of small Windows/Linux environments for posts that I write for a sys admin website that I own, being able to run multiple VMs at once is really useful, my PC was struggling to run more than 2.
FUTC (1 year ago)
Wow I'm early...
Ali (1 year ago)
jesus christ 128gb of ram sounds over kill as hell
PandemicGameplay (2 months ago)
128 GB is pretty standard for server builds. This isn't a "gaming rig" it's a server build to run MANY different things.
Ryan White (1 year ago)
Laughs in 2tb
Jarrod'sTech (1 year ago)
Yeah I have liked being able to assign how ever much RAM I need to each VM and not even have to worry about it :)
troyBORG (1 year ago)
when running multiple VMs its nice to have that much. Like I gave 18GB to my Windows VM, 28GB to my BOINC VM, 8GB to my Plex VM, 2GB to my Teamspeak VM.
Jarrod'sTech (1 year ago)
Yep, just how I like it!

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