I just updated my home workstation to something much more powerful than what I had in the past. With 8-core hyperthreaded Xeon e5-2760’s going for $60, I decided it was time to upgrade. The following is the build components. All of these parts were either re-used from other systems I had or purchased used from eBay at a HUGE discount.
CASE: Coolermaster 912HAF
PSU: Coolermaster SilentPro 600 watt
MOBO: Supermicro X9SRL-F
CPU: Intel Xeon e5-2670 v1
CPU FAN: Supermicro SNK-P0050AP4 (narrow ILM)
FANS: 3 x Noctua SSO NF-S12B redux-1200 PWM
RAM: 8 x 8GB sticks of Hynix DDR3 ECC RAM (64GB total)
GPU: EVGA 750TI
HD: Intel S3500 300GB
CARDS: Mellanox Connect X-2 10GBe Ethernet with Avago Transcievers and 10 meter fiber to the server in the basement
MONITOR: HP Pavilion 27xw 27 inch IPS LED monitor
This makes for a very quiet, very powerful workstation. The only other things I added were a PCIe USB3 card, and a USB sound card as the Supermicro server board doesn’t have sound built-in. The onboard IPMI, and fan controls make for a very nice setup.
I’m also able to use the 750TI to play emulators with my kids and lightweight Steam gaming (No high-end titles).