It's not all fun and games for the PC building gurus over at a AVADirect. The boutique system builder also caters to the enterprise crowd with a robust line of server system and storage solutions, and the company's newest piece of work-related equipment is a monstrous 36-bay SATA/SAS 4U rack manufactured by Supermicro and powered by up two Intel Xeon 5600 or 5500 series processors.
Inside the belly of this storage beast is a Supermicro X8DTU-F motherboard built around Intel's 5520 series chipset with support for socket 1366 processors. It can handle up to 196GB of RAM (depending on the OS) and can be configured with either a 3Ware or LSI RAID controller (two are required).
If you really want to go nuts (beyond owning a 36-bay 4U rack), AVADirect says you can combine a high-end graphics card for heavy-duty rendering work.
The Supermicro 36-bay SATA/SAS 4U rack is available now; pricing starts at precisely $5,788.44. Overkill? AVADirect also sells less pricey 1U rack servers from Supermicro found here.