2696 v2 for $16.50. 2697 v2 for $25 or less

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For my money the v3/v4 platform is a lot more compelling and future-proof for not very much more money.

I agree if you’ve already got a 2011 motherboard it’s a cheap upgrade, but for anyone buying into a platform from scratch I think things like PCIe bifurcation, NVMe support and much more consistent SR-IOV SUPPORT are definitely worth having.

the only reason I might consider buying into the ivy bridge platform today is because you can’t possibly get cheaper RAM than DDR3 registered DIMMs :). 16 modules of LR-DIMM can be had for a song these days.
 

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Broadwell CPU's are also 2-3 times faster when it comes to OpenSSL performance, this is especially measurable when you have Nginx as a file mirror.

I still have V2 running, they are excellent for ZFS, NFS and Java applications. But they will all soon get replaced by Epyc Rome.
 
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What kind of board would you recommend to go with?
a good dual cpu 2011 MB would be the most expensive component. The MB depreciates the slowest. There are a few Chinese ones.

The sad part is that performance wise, the cpu upgrade is the dead end. there is no other 2011 cpu faster multicore wise.

for certain application that requires 512GB of ram or even 1TB ram, this is probably the cheapest way? lol
 
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What kind of board would you recommend to go with?
There are variants of the Supermicro X10DRI on ebay for under $200, with 10GBaseT ports and 12G SAS, that would probably be my choice for a v4 board, except if I was building a new system I'd just spend a little more to go with Sky Lake - Xeon Gold 6132s are very cheap and the LGA3647 socket has a lot more potential for upgrades when Cascade Lake parts drop in price.
 
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What would be a good cheap MB to go with this?
I don't know what's available direct from China, that's where the cheapest motherboards can likely be found, I generally go for Supermicro parts from US sellers, the X11DPI or X11DPH are both around $350, which is getting expensive, but still not bad for a dual socket board. I would avoid the slightly cheaper X11DPL because it's pretty compromised and active coolers are quite expensive (which I learned the hard way.)
 
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Socket 2011 (both versions) are the last great Intel platform IMO where consumer and server parts still converged and we can get cheap toys like this.
I really enjoyed passing parts between systems and repurposing them through the years
 
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32G LRDIMM 1866 is still ~11 bucks a piece last time i checked.
34.375cents/GB and this isn't even the cheapest I've seen, which I think was like 19cents/GB. Slower DDR4 is also down to this level so something to consider as well.
 

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Unless you need full control over BIOS or you want a rack mount server I think the unequivocal best deal on a v3/v4 “motherboard” is to just buy a complete HP z440/640/840…you can buy a whole computer for less than the cost of a supermicro X10 motherboard.

I tend to agree that LGA3647 (skylake/cascade lake) is a more long-term buy than a v3/v4 platform and if you’re looking for cheap LGA3647 I’d again point to HP workstations; the HP Z6 is a fabulously good deal.
 
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Ebay has several sellers with 32GB and 64GB lrdimms. Heres one with 64GB lrdimm for $25 each:

Wow, thank you! This is physically close to where I have some servers and that's a great price!
 
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