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Old 2021-01-23, 03:49   #2
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Feb 2005
Riverside, CA

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What you've got there is nearly exactly my HP Z620 workstation. They go for about $1000 on ebay in similar configuration (though not with dual 4TB drives, more like a 1TB or 750GB).

I'd trust a used HP for quality and component durability over building my own, especially if I could save $300ish doing so. I've run a Z600 (sandy bridge generation, 6-core per socket max) for about 3 years now, and the Z620 has run for 2 yrs.

If you have the budget for it, Z640 is haswell-generation and DDR4; I'd buy a dual-CPU one of those, or a Z840, if I wanted to spend $1000-1200 on a NFS machine right now. The Z840 is a bigger case with more DDR slots but the same CPU family.

ECM runs pretty well on anything- it's not very memory-bandwidth hungry, and it makes good use of hyperthreads. It's pretty reasonable to get an old Xeon for the tasks you're interested in- and I'm not just saying that because I made the exact-same choice for silicon.
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