I have been seeing a lot of post about 2p and 4p builds. I just cant see doing a 4p system. The motherboards are $700 and up. The cases are hard to find and cost a lot. Then you have the cost of 4 CPU's and memory as many of those boards need Registered ECC RAM.
The ideal with most of these are that you build into them and not go all the way all in one shot. That's what makes an Opty build chewable for most folks...you can start off with one 16-core machine to even qualify for -BigAdv QRB's and buy another CPU later. With a 1366 build, you chew on SMP units until you have another $600 to spare. With both, that idea is best jumped into at the beginning of the socket and not the end (1366). What if the 16-core minimum is just a temporary hike? What if you build a 2P based from dual 8's like I'm trying? You're out of room and in a dead socket. You build on hope that your faster 16-core stays within requirements for a while!
2U builds are tough. I'm showing my frustrations in the 2P thread currently. Most run nekkid on a shelf or desktop because 2U is pretty tight for loaded CPU's and they opt for tall tower coolers. I'm use to seeing forced draft cases and passive coolers, but for under $200 I'm not seeing that in 2U chassis' (they're loud anyway). My board's ATX and can easily stuff it into an old Soho case, but I do love the idea of racking it in instead of sitting on some floor. I'm sure there's simple and low cost methods out there, I've just yet to see them.
(Forum burp of some sorts...sorry for the split posts)
For those that are interested here is the specs of the computer that I will be building in April
I hope this does not double post. The forum is acting up.
Doh! Not just me then I see
Might want to see the 2P thread and the pondering of deadlines. Those older Opties may net 100K just a few days ago, but they may not currently due to deadlines. Remember, it's not just a core count we're talking about lately. Deadlines could go way down. Hate to see you spend $1,400 on a folding box just to net SMP style points. I think there use to be a 4 day deadline which those CPU's could chug out easily. If it goes to two days, who knows if they can? I don't.
And I'm with ya as far as April goes. This is suppose to be my first good year in taxes (house, wife, kid, cars, bike, etc...) and I spent $500 of it on an experiment instead of parts for the Duc which I could use. I hope it turns out well! I keep running to the mail or online to see if my W2 is posted.