At the end of the year we start to dream. What if someone randomly gives me $25,000 what will I do with it. I know I will build a super computer. You don’t know the first place to start. So I did the work for you. This can be used as a server, or really anything you want to use it for. It is adequate for a server and beyond your wildest dreams for anything else you would want to use it for. Though as a server you really don;t need that graphics card. As usual I scour for components for various systems that can be built and present them here for your critical analysis, purchase, or request for me to build for you. Links to the parts are provided from Amazon and I will try my best to choose Prime qualifying components. If you choose for me to build the system for you I charge 10% per $100 (a minimum $50). A system that includes water cooling will have an additional $100 for water cooling install. All systems I build are stress tested. And now I present for you the system with the total cost at the end.
Extreme Power 2016 Computer/Server
This build utilizes 2 processors. The Intel Xeon 2687w Haswell based process or has 10 cores each and each processor is 3.1GHz. This is a total computing power of 20 cores at 3.1GHz. The Xeon processor is in my opinion the most powerful and best processor Intel makes. Remember if you order from the above link you must add 2 to your cart.
Intel does not ship an OEM colling device with the processor so purchasing 3rd party cooling is necessary. This heat sink fan combo seems to be the best suited for this build. Please realize I merely look at specs. I tried to pick a cooling system that would not interfere with the surrounding ample memory room on the motherboard. This traditional cooling setup seems to do the trick. I do recommend liquid cooling to maintain open air space cooling. Whatever you choose, remember buy two, because you have 2 processors.
This motherboard is a beast with 24 DDR4 RAM slots. It has your usual set of onboards. Plenty of expansion. If I have counted right (of course I could read the full specs) there are 10 SATA ports for storage. This mother board with support up to 1.5 TB od DDR4 RAM. Nuff’ said.
I really wanted to max out the 1.5TB of ram space on this board. That in itself would have been about $18,909 at NewEgg.com. As cool as that would be, I decided against it. Honestly, this system would have easily been over $30,000 with that setup. SO I went with a more modest 640GB. THis is a bit of a throwback to Bill Gates famous quote that he later regretted saying “640k ought to be enough.” When buying memory remember there are 24 slots. The memory I selected comes in groups of 4. If you want to fill all the slots 6 would be necessary, but the seller limited to 5, so 5 I selected.
I copied this over from last months power system. Why not. I don’t even know what to say about this visual behemoth. MIND BLOWN! This is not only capable of 4k resolutions but it pushes 8k. 8GB DDR5 and utilizes a GeForce GTX 1080 for its GPU. This monster can support up to 4 monitors. I really am speechless. I have seen this card in action and it is well worth the near $700 investment in your rig.
If you want to maintain a speedy system and you have the money to drop on this behemoth of a machine then you might as well go with this 4TB SSD. You won’t be able to think fast enough. Infact the sheer speed this whole system would be is mind boggling. It breaks my brain.
Thermaltake is a brand I love. Their designs tend to blow my mind and I like the look. This case is built for liquid cooling which I would highly recommend for this build. Doing it right would set you back about another $500. With 2 built in fans and room to add more. Plenty of expansion room. All I have left to say is Make it yours!
The power supply is an important part of a higher end build. It needs to be able to handle the system. I use this calculator. It has a good collection of information on different devices and processors. This system requires a 750w power supply and I chosen a quality power supply by EVGA with an additional power toggle on the back. This system as listed here requires a 750W supply but you could always find more wattage if you desire.
So the moment of truth. How much does this system cost?
The charge if I build for you is $1248.44
Total cost of parts and my labor: $13,732.88.
You may have noticed that I did not include Microsoft Windows 10. Many people use other operating systems and they may want to install those instead. In other words the systems I build are about choice. Microsoft prices Windows 10 at about $99 to $119 and it may be downloaded to a USB from Microsoft or a USB drive may be purchased. The computer system here does not include a DVD drive but one may be added if you order a DVD. If you are looking for a free operating system I recommend Linux Mint. If you want to use this as a server I recommend Ubuntu Linux Server Edition which is free.
Don’t like some of my choices? What would you do differently? Let me know in the comments then buy the components above.