Originally posted by: Zozio
What do you charge in terms of rates?
Labor is usually 15% of the price of the hardware. Most custom builds are $10K+.
It is not that difficult to build on your own. The most difficult part is matching RAM, power supply, and motherboard. The components I use are server grade. I don't put in consumer grade. Depending on the size and complexity of the build it usually requires $500+ in electrical work to be done. Each chassis requires 20A circuit for safe input current and voltage. Server grade UPS for mission critical on a 30A-70A circuit. Separate cooling for the room. You need to upgrade software to current levels. I use Tripp Lite Line Conditioners to protect my workstation. I also installed tape drives for a backup solution. This year the Exabyte VXA-4 320GB 24MB/s tape drives are coming out for around $1000-$1200.
I usually recommend a HP Proliant server for a normal build. If it needs alot of custom, then I build it. I usually use Tyan Server boards, Corsair ECC Reg. RAM, AMD or Intel Server CPUs, LSI Logic SCSI RAID controllers, ATI graphics cards, PC Power and Cooling power supplies or N+1 power supplies. All HP Proliants have two power supplies, redundant fans, all Compaq components, Carepaqs, and etc.
I will not overclock and choose components that won't overclock. I build for highend server grade performance. A pair of dual core AMD Opterons and boards that support NUMA memory management.
When I get done, you won't be slow. My next upgrades are waiting for the electrician. A pair of 280s (dual core 2.4 Opterons), ATI X1950 Pro (single slot PCI-E x16 solution). It was around 47,000 MIPS and over 20,000 MFlops.
I build a complete solution that is fault tolerant and can backup and recover fast.
Even my workstation has issues that the upgrade to K8WE will solve. I probably will have issues with K8WE. I run HP Proliants at work in the server rooms. They have issues. Today, I am running chkdsk on all the Windows servers. My workstation downtime is less than most users. Projects can be done faster. Upgrades are usually $3K each time. I spend $2K a year on software maintenance plans for upgrades and support.
Tyan Thunder K8WE
Dual AMD 280 Opterons
8GB NUMA enabled DDR333 2.5-3-3-7 RAM
PCI-X SCSI RAID