Aren't new builds a HOOT! LOL.Part of my concern on the processor is the heat generated (an 85W TDP processor will likely generate less heat than a 140W TDP), the power draw (less heat usually indicates less power being used), and the noise level (less heat means the fans could run quieter). That's part of the reason I leaned towards the E5-2600 8 core processor versus the E5-1600 6 core processor. I was considering the "L" variant for a while but a friend talked me out of it as it was slower (1.8Ghz versus 2.4Ghz cores) and it wasn't much lower in TDP rating for the same price.
I hear you regarding the E5-1650 v3 being a faster CPU. The Passmark scores are pretty close though, so I'm not sure it being faster outweighs my other concerns on heat/power/noise. I am currently trying to confirm if Hyper-V will benefit more from 6 cores at a higher clock speed versus 8 cores at a lower clock speed (but with slightly more cache). I have until the end of the day to change my mind because I can cancel my order with Microcenter.
Meanwhile I'm still interested if anyone has experience buying used motherboards off of Ebay. How does the manufacturer warranty work in that scenario? I see the reseller of the one I linked gives a 14 day warranty which isn't much.
Gecko,Just out of curiosity... What model backplane is in that SC846? Also, what model power supplies are in the SC846?
I've got four Supermicro servers of different generations at home, and it took me a little while to become accustomed to reading model numbers before I learned which backplanes and power supplies are desirable. Now, when I go shopping on Ebay, really great deals turn out to be a waste of money after I read the fine print.
Is the alcohol for me or the chassis? (LOL as I sip on some imported Puerto Rican rum a co-worker had his wife bring in for me as a thank you).Magic Erasers + alcohol make the chassis look new again Just be prepared for a haze until you get that off with a paper-towel and some alcohol.
I normally do that to remove all the 'warehouse gunk' that some of these chassis have from being transported, and stored in not so clean environments.
I'm sure you could take it a step further and buff them out to make them shine again even LOL