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About TopHatProductions115

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    Destroyer of Universes

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    Edge of the Void
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  • Occupation
    Hat of Destruction


  • CPU
    2x Intel Xeon X5680
  • Motherboard
    Dell 6FW8P + H236F OEM Motherboard
  • RAM
    48GB (12x4GB) DDR3-1333 PC3-10600R ECC (removed the 16GB DIMM)
  • GPU
    nVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB (removed the GT 520)
  • Case
    Dell Precision T7500 (OEM)
  • Storage
    (4x2TB) HITACHI HUA722020ALA330 HDDs
  • PSU
    Dell W301G H1100EF-00
  • Display(s)
    MSI Optix MAG24C (removed HP ProDisplay P17A)
  • Cooling
    Dell Precision OEM cooling shroud(s)
  • Keyboard
    Logitech K120
  • Mouse
    Logitech M325
  • Sound
    Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS SB0350 (removed SB Audigy 2 SB0240)
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Enterprise (Windows Server 2016 Datacentre coming soon)
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    HP ProBook 6475b + Black MacBook (2008)
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  1. Okay, I have bad news and good news. I'll get the bad news out the way first.


    Project Personal Datacentre is being heavily delayed, due to lack of funding. Parents made the decision for me to get unpaid technical training, in addition to the other two certifications that I'll already have by the end of this year (and two Associate's degrees). And I just found out that I wouldn't be able to work this summer - today. So, any stable source of disposable income, to power the new ESXi build is currently non-existent. And I'm not expecting them to start helping me buy any high-end parts (because they haven't ever done that). The project is being stretched out over the course of 2019 and 2020, to accommodate for limited resources. The bad part is, I had a job already lined up (since I actually stayed in good standing with my higher-ups at Amazon, and their wages went up recently).


    In addition to not having the income, I am still at the mercy of volatile market prices, so I won't be able to buy anything better/newer after this delay - which only serves to age the target platform (x79/C602) even more, before I even get my hands on it. And I have to hope that the prices of the IvyBridge-EP E5 Xeons don't go up in that 12-month period, or ESXi goes down for good :( I already told them that I'd be going for this project, in conjunction with my expected 2nd certification (VMware). So, this is like getting ignored. If this goes as I think it will, the Threadripper upgrade will be delayed to at least 2021 - and who knows what things will be like by then?!


    The good news is, I have a mass sale going on - on my eBay store :D So, if my inventory gets bought up, I can make upwards of 1k USD on the sales, which would take care of about half of the initial cost of Project Datacentre (assuming that parents don't try to confiscate anything "for College"). The first item to purchase will be the time-sensitive one - the GTX 1080 Ti. The rest can be bought at almost any time (aside from maybe the Xeons - still concerned). I can at least use the GTX 1080 Ti in the T7500 until the rest of Project Datacentre becomes possible again (2020). Still miffed...


    P.S. The best I can hope for is that mom and dad just throw eBay gift cards at me for my birthday this year 😂 



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    2. Razor Blade

      Razor Blade

      Yikes... hope things get back on track soon, it was interested to see what the final result would be. If you're going with Ivy Bridge Xeons then you'll be on X79 as X99 uses the LGA2011-3 socket and Haswell CPUs with DDR4. From what I've been able to find, Ivy Bridge Xeons would be the newest Xeon platform you can still use DDR3 with (up to 1866Mhz RAM on the high end Ivy Bridge Xeons!)

    3. Tech_Dreamer


      i wasn't expecting this when you said there was a huge update. ☹️

    4. TopHatProductions115


      :( Time for another change in plans...