synthtel2 wrote:1) DDR4-2400 should be fine for most stuff, even on Z270. The big exception that comes to mind is if you've got a 144Hz monitor and want your games to run at speeds resembling that. If you don't want to overclock, don't worry about it.
2) Kaby will be a big boost (the biggest possible) for gaming, but maybe not such an impressive change for other workloads. It sounds like the gaming machine has some pretty heavy non-gaming requirements if 64GB RAM is on the table. What all tasks would more threads help you with, and how do you prioritize them relative to gaming and power efficiency?
3) If you're thinking tons of RAM already, maybe just RAMdisk? I'm having a bit of trouble envisioning a workload where 64GB RAM + 32GB Optane makes sense. In its Intel-spec cache mode, it won't be doing much of anything useful if placed in front of a decent SSD, and it sounds like you've got plenty of budget for a decent SSD.
4) I personally expect Coffee Lake won't have Skylake-X's various changes and will as a result have much more reasonable power consumption. If 6C12T Kaby sounds like the ticket, it may be worth waiting for Coffee Lake. If you can use SKL-X features like quad-channel memory or AVX-512, just balance those against its power use.
DPete27 wrote:I don't understand why consoles always seem to get drug into conversations about future-proofing.
Doctor Venture wrote:(I'm leaning towards using ESXi for this machine), while others will be Qemu/KVM based.
Doctor Venture wrote:The first question I have about this build, are should I go for two high-capacity SATA 3 HDDs for bulk storage, and a decent 1TB SSD (like the 840 EVO) as the "OS" drive ( I know... ESXi doesn't need an OS), or just use some nice HDDs?
Doctor Venture wrote:The other question I have, is if anyone can recommend a good case (and case fan spitter/controller) that has a TON of 120mm fan mounts?
Doctor Venture wrote:1) I'd prefer 64GB RAM, but from looking at the x270 motherboards, it looks like you'd have to overclock to get above DDR4 2400. Is that going to be an issue, since I don't intend on overclocking this system.
2) I've currently got an old i7-2600K Sandy Bridge on a z79 motherboard, with the max of 32GB DDR3 RAM. Would settling for a Kaby Lake give me enough of a boost to justify buying it, a z270 motherboard, as well as 64GB of RAM, or should I wait?
3) I'm kinda interested in maybe getting a 32GB Optane gumstick, to use as a fast cache. Is it better to use that with a +1TB SSD (like an 840 or 850 EVO), or would it work just as well with a SATA 3 HDD? I was eyeballing the 12Gbps SAS drive, but I'd need to shell out an extra $300 for a PCI-E controller board, since none of the motherboards I saw had SAS as a listed feature
4) Given the heat issues with the newest SkyLake X chips, and the aforementioned VRMs on the x299 boards, would it be better if I just waited until Coffee Lake or Cannon Lake debut?
5) I do need quite a few high capacity HDDs right now. Does anyone have experiences they're willing to share about the 6TB WD Black "Performance" HDDs, the HGST helium filled enterprise HDDs, or even those "hybrid" Seagate Barracudas? I was thinking about getting 4 or more 6TB HDDs, and then save up more money to splurge on one of those Synology 1517+ NAS boxes, one or two of the 517 expansion boxes, and then fill them to capacity with a bunch of high capacity WD Red "NAS" HDDs. Anyone have experiences they're willing to share about the Synology boxes or the WD Red HDDs, as well?
6) If I *can* end up getting one of the better crop of Intel's latest CPUs from Silicon Lottery, and get lucky with a motherboard that's been tweaked to help kill the VRM heat, what kind of cooling solution would I be looking at?