Mike1158 wrote: ↑Mon Dec 12, 2022 12:17 am
Thanks Pepe, as built by the supplier with five years warranty. The price of £5k was for another monster system which had 128gb ram etc. Essentially I ticked just about every top price item I could.
I could not build a pc now if I wanted to. Thanks again mate.
I did the same "thick everything" on the Apple store for the current Mac Pro and it reached about 60k €
Fletch wrote: ↑Sun Dec 11, 2022 11:49 pm
Where did you order your parts from?
I found several offers during the Cyber Week, but probably could spend less during the black friday. There's a shortage on this stuff.. RAM disappeared as soon as I decided to place the order, so I had to spend some more than expected. I am still waiting for the CPU and power supply to be shipped
surprisingly Amazon has higher prices on pretty everything.. nowdays specialized e-shops have better offers.
What shocked me was the price of video cards (I knew they were expensive but not so much) and the price of motherboards.. also I thought current desktop motherboard had a lot of PCIe lanes because the CPUs are capable to handle it, but found that manufacturers decide to restrict it in order to differentiate between desktop (i5-i7-i9) and workstations (Xeon). This is really a nonsense.. I had to choose a RGB fan-boy gaming PC in order to have some horse-power at a reasonable price, while back in 2016 I paid about 2000€ for a reconditioned IBM server (new it was > 10k€), including about 600€ of import fees and shipping costs from USA to Italy.
It has a dual Xeon configuration capable of 768GB of RAM, 24 SAS/SATA HDDs/SSDs and 6xPCIe 3.0 full lane. Recently I saturated the max available bandwidth by mounting two PCIe adapters for NVMEs in order to get a small RAID 1, and it still manages a RAID of 6 SSDs connected to a HBA PCIe adapter and has room for two PCIe GPU. That server was born when SSDs were still a dream and NVME didn't exist at all, but it can handle them easily. And it has 2 power supply, just like any real-world enterprise server. I use it for crunching big-data and Databases because it can handle a lot of tons of IOPS. On the hardware I just ordered I am expecting the same performance, nothing more except from 2 x bandwidth from the NVMEs (PCIe 5.0 vs PCIe 3.0 limited to a maximum of 4 NVMEs on the new Z790 motherboard - premium desktop motherboards have a maximum of 5 NVMEs).
My suggestion is to look in the refurbished market for this kind of solution (on ebay there are several professional shoppers specialized in this kind of stuff). My choice at the moment is to build a multi-purpose high performing and long-term upgradable workstation-like machine.