Fill your Intel Xeon LGA1366 Cloud Inexpensively Thread

Notice: Page may contain affiliate links for which we may earn a small commission through services like Amazon Affiliates or Skimlinks.

Jeggs101

Well-Known Member
Dec 29, 2010
1,528
242
63
Put offer in for $80. I'll report back if I win. Don't want to get a $300 C6100 and pay $500 in trays.
 

Toddh

Member
Jan 30, 2013
122
10
18
I don't think you can use these, they say 72GB on them! No wonder they are so cheap. :D


.
 

RimBlock

Active Member
Sep 18, 2011
837
28
28
Singapore
And the Vista deal includes both PSUs, which easily makes up the difference in the costs you noted.
Not if you include trays and rails which the bare bones doesn't.

8x L5520 * $50ea = 400
24x 4GB * $15ea = 360
Chassis * $225ea = 225
4 drive trays * $15 each = 60
8 drive blanks * $8 each = 64
Rails * $50 each = 50
Total: $1160 + tax and delivery for the same build going on best pricing from multiple suppliers.

C6100 loaded with L5520s and 24GB / node = $899
Extra PSU = $79
Total: 978 + tax and delivery for the same build going on best pricing from multiple suppliers.

A 15% ($182) price difference for that set build.

Vista's deal lets you be more flexible with the end product. If you want the "standard" configuration and don't care about running w/out the secondary PSU, no fuss, no muss, then the $899 deal is pretty good. But if you don't want X5520s, if you want more than 24GB/node, or if you need any other deviation, then Vista's deals is better.
Yep that is by far the strength of that deal. You can half populate and bring it up to full population over time saving a large initial cost. Non-L5520 / 24GB configs will also be more cost effective. Best to shop around for the other parts though as I thought the price for Vistas CPUs to be on the pretty steep side.

Besides - once you start the process you'll learn Justin is just a joy to work with. He'll get first shot at any further Dell refurb purchases I make.

Also - Vista/Justin's shipping offer is very reasonable. Make sure you look at the price+shipping, not just the price. Some of the $899 offers that have come and gone have had very high shipping costs.
For my case shipping is moot as I need to use my corporate DHL account which works out much cheaper than seller quotes I have seen. It is, however, a fairly standard mark up method for sellers so well worth noting.

RB
 

RimBlock

Active Member
Sep 18, 2011
837
28
28
Singapore
Also: The Supermicro sleds do not fit, and there are no simple modifications that will make them work.
Great info, thanks for taking the time.

Don't seem to be any 2.5" drive versions on EBay at the moment although Vista had some when I last asked.

@Patrick
How about a list in the first post of trays known to work and verified as not working ?.

RB
 

PigLover

Moderator
Jan 26, 2011
3,199
1,556
113
Yeah, but I don't think you can actually count on that. Its luck of the draw as they pull them out to ship.
 

RimBlock

Active Member
Sep 18, 2011
837
28
28
Singapore
One last **possible** benefit of buying from Vista: Bonus parts! My first C6100 included four Infiniband cards.
Haha, that would be a significant bonus.

I am considering getting them as well for a dedicated storage network not limited to 1GbE.

RB
 

Patrick

Administrator
Staff member
Dec 21, 2010
12,521
5,840
113
Anyone getting $40 or less on the L5520's? Looking around there are now TONS of them on ebay.
 

cafcwest

Member
Feb 15, 2013
136
14
18
Richmond, VA
Negative. I sent a lot of messages and offers to everyone currently selling - the cheapest I was able to get was $44 x 8 from seller "mktllc". This was as of yesterday, 2/26/13.
 

MiniKnight

Well-Known Member
Mar 30, 2012
3,073
976
113
NYC
Last edited:

xnoodle

Active Member
Jan 4, 2011
258
48
28
One person sold 11 L5520's at $40. Got in on the last one. Someone bought 8, haha.
 

cafcwest

Member
Feb 15, 2013
136
14
18
Richmond, VA
Of course someone else's use case is going to vary, but for mine, I don't see the point of upgrading L5520's and using up more power unless I can get more cores with a 5600 series 6-core chip. And the price simply does not support that upgrade yet - cheaper to simply install more nodes.