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msddos

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I'm planning to build a home server multi capabilities for home use. I plan to use KVM/Libvirt/Qemu as the host and my home network has multiple VLANs and IPS running. Now I don't need any of this, I do it for fun and practice for work. I've purchased a
Fractal Design Define 7 which can hold 24 hard drive bays and two 2.5 ssds. I have a retired x99 that I screwed up trying to fix w/ a heat gun and replacing the usb 3.0. I have 4 6TB NAS WD I want to Raid 10, two 6TB drives, and a 18 TB drive NAS Red. I also have a 1TB SSD for the host and a 512 SSD Samsung Pro for caching.

I want to build this to host my own websites, also use it VPN'd in for BitWarden, ownCloud, Gitlab and other such tools. I also will use it as a Samba server for the restricted VLANs. I haven't kept up w/ the current new gen CPUs or mobos in a minute and was wondering what the recommended build would be? I also have a 1660 super and a 650 laying around that I thought I could passthrough for friends in a VM.

So my question is what is the best Intel cpu and chipset current for this kind of set up? Again I've been out of the loop in awhile. I just know they have performance cores and energy saving cores anymore.

My budget is I'd like to stay under 800$.

Thanks.
 

MaddMutt

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Which x99 mb do you have? I have the R5E and it has a crap load of sata connections (14), a nvme slot, 5 x16 slots, and 8 slots for mem. I had it running my home server back in 15/16 w/ server 2008. Do you plan on doing any encoding? The i7-5960x (8c/16t) has dropped in $$$ a lot but the i7-6950x (10c/20t) is stil $150+. You can grab a Xeon 12c/24t or 14c/28t for under $100.
 
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msddos

msddos

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Which x99 mb do you have? I have the R5E and it has a crap load of sata connections (14), a nvme slot, 5 x16 slots, and 8 slots for mem. I had it running my home server back in 15/16 w/ server 2008. Do you plan on doing any encoding? The i7-5960x (8c/16t) has dropped in $$$ a lot but the i7-6950x (10c/20t) is stil $150+. You can grab a Xeon 12c/24t or 14c/28t for under $100.
Hey, thank you for the response.

I have a EVGA X99 Classified. Originally I was using it for GPU passthrough w/ VFIO for gaming in Windows and then Linux sysadmin related stuff. I'm going to try and repair the board but I don't expect much success. The R5E sounds perfect but the lowest price I see for it is over $600. So I'm thinking perhaps it's best just to go for something new, although the prices of those CPUs you mentioned is extremely tempting.

Mostly I only planned on placing the GPUs in it because I have them laying around as spares and I thought I'd use one of them for rendering for 3d printing and the other just to have a second VM when friends are over they can use for gaming (passing through the 1660 Super). The server side I'm looking for a dedicated NIC and have it all partitioned off from the rest of the network. Most services I'll require a VPN to access, but I do want to host some web content just to share some insights I've uncovered using Gentoo all these years.

So I guess then I'm questioning just purchasing a new CPU and mobo or replacing the board? If I got a new CPU/mobo I'm not against AMD or anything. I just haven't kept up in a few years on what's the best value out there. I'm currently running a i9-9980XE and a ROG Strix Gaming II, but I use that as my primary computer again (VFIO passhthrough windows gaming), gentoo host side and gpu passthrough for a kali VM. But that is the last snapshot I have of when I did any research on what was available. And I know Intel at least has changed architecture significantly w/ this new Performance vs Efficiency core design.

Any insight would be greatly appreciated.
 

MaddMutt

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Not sure of what CPU’s you have on hand. You can find several x99 mb at around $200 and will allow you to keep your equipment. You can grab another x299 mb for ~ $275-$300 and a XEON w-2175 (14c/28t) for under $300. The W-2155 (10c/20t) is ~ $400 and the W-2195 (18c/36t) is ~ $500. The Xeon W-22xx = starts at $900 for the 2255 and over $1500 for the 2275.

^ I just found a listing for a XEON E5-2699-v3 (x99) 18c/36t for $140 on e-bay. The seller has 4 in stock -> https://www.ebay.com/usr/central_valley_computer_parts_inc <-

-> I do not know anything about the AMD side so I’ll leave that to JOE to give advice :cool: :thup: