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Ryzen 5 based server build
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This is "just" going to be a server to host my website, email, maybe a game or two, and a NAS with SSD cache, and whatever else I decide to gallivant around with. Here is my tentative build so far

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/3dbbQV

Any suggestions for a computer case? Other things I should change around?

I'd run folding@home on it as soon as the ROCm drivers starts playing nicely with linux, which was just recently open sourced, but requires some special things to get running.
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Don't go Western Digital?

Sure their harddrives are cheap... but there's a reason :P


I'm no expert on hard drives so.... don't listen to my advice
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Ryzen is super efficient at lower frequencies, The R7 1700 3.0GHz has the same TDP as the R5 1400 3.2Ghz.

Also the Wraith Spire cooler that is included is actually pretty good (and designed for the 95w TDP parts), so there is no need for you to buy a cooler.

I think this is regarded as the best AM4 mobo: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/fZKhP6/...370-taichi
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(2017-06-09, 12:09:12 AM)Spazturtle Wrote: Ryzen is super efficient at lower frequencies, The R7 1700 3.0GHz has the same TDP as the R5 1400 3.2Ghz.

Also the Wraith Spire cooler that is included is actually pretty good (and designed for the 95w TDP parts), so there is no need for you to buy a cooler.

I think this is regarded as the best AM4 mobo: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/fZKhP6/...370-taichi

I don't see much difference between the motherboards...both support ECC memory, both have 10 SATA ports... the gigabyte one actually has two LAN ports... is the firmware better/easier to use?

Also, it looks like I won't be buying this for a while... I will start acquiring parts later on, but the computer won't likely be assembled for another month or two.
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(2017-06-09, 10:07:17 AM)tiwake Wrote:
(2017-06-09, 12:09:12 AM)Spazturtle Wrote: Ryzen is super efficient at lower frequencies, The R7 1700 3.0GHz has the same TDP as the R5 1400 3.2Ghz.

Also the Wraith Spire cooler that is included is actually pretty good (and designed for the 95w TDP parts), so there is no need for you to buy a cooler.

I think this is regarded as the best AM4 mobo: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/fZKhP6/...370-taichi

I don't see much difference between the motherboards...both support ECC memory, both have 10 SATA ports... the gigabyte one actually has two LAN ports... is the firmware better/easier to use?

Also, it looks like I won't be buying this for a while... I will start acquiring parts later on, but the computer won't likely be assembled for another month or two.

Not entirely sure, I think the dual M.2 slots is a big pull for some people.
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(2017-06-08, 03:35:10 PM)Rainboom_Dash Wrote: Don't go Western Digital?

Sure their harddrives are cheap... but there's a reason :P


I'm no expert on hard drives so.... don't listen to my advice

Nothing wrong with WD. I've used Seagate, WD, Hitachi and Maxtor. Never had any issues with any brand. Hard drive quality isn't really something to be overly concerned about.
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Statistically WD has way lower fault rates than seagate or toshiba from my work. Especially on drives 3tb and up.
Edit: HGST Ultrastars still being the best, of course.
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This would be a good place to look for hdd failure rates, https://www.backblaze.com/blog/hard-driv...s-q1-2017/ has lifetime data going back to april 2013 for some drives. Backblaze has mostly been using consumer drives for cost reasons but it gives a large sample size for these drives as a result.
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installed an APC battery backup (UPS) that I bought from costco yesterday. Today I was getting ready to buy a router from newegg only to find they dropped the price overnight from $100 to $70.

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a...6833320329

It's an ASUS AC68U except with a 1.4gighz processor called the RT-AC1900P and sold new at bestbuy only. Very dd-wrt friendly router, and really powerful.

Perhaps next month I'll have a new server built. I'll keep you guys updated.
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http://www.anandtech.com/show/11591/amd-...er-quality

Maybe I'll wait for Ryzen Pro to launch before I build a server. Supermicro better have some AM4 motherboards ready.

[edit - one day later]
I decided I'm not going to wait.
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Changing my build around slightly, going to get three of these hard drives instead https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a...5AD5VX9593
They are a very good price on sale right now... anyone considering a hard drive should get one of those honestly... lol.

I have my AM4 heatsink coming, when I get it, going to use the serial number to get the mounting bracket, and wait another week or two for that to show up.
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(2017-07-12, 03:13:56 PM)tiwake Wrote: Changing my build around slightly, going to get three of these hard drives instead https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a...5AD5VX9593
They are a very good price on sale right now... anyone considering a hard drive should get one of those honestly... lol.

I have my AM4 heatsink coming, when I get it, going to use the serial number to get the mounting bracket, and wait another week or two for that to show up.

Fairly small cache for a drive that size. Most WDs/Toshiba/Seagate have 128MB in that range. Hm.
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A read speed to cache graph would plateau around the 32 or 64 meg area though, wouldn't it? Haven't looked up the info in years, but that was pretty much the information I gathered back then.
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it does not matter for my use-case... I'll have my own SSD for a cache. Also, its a hard drive, they are slow no matter how you cut it.
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I could not resist and bumped the processor up, because folding@home, and added a computer case.
https://pcpartpicker.com/list/KCQvxY
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