I’m planning to update my current VM/Container host. (its a old P55)
It’s a multi purpose machine: NAS, Router, DVB TV, Plex, etc.
Right now I have two HBAs, a 4 port NIC and a Graphic card (To boot the machine; in a remote future I will use that for Plex).
The two HBAs are used by my NAS VM.
So as you can see I need some pcie ports. In future I would migrate my PCI TV card to a more mdoern one with PCIe. So a x1 slot is also needed for that.
My initial idea was to go with a x470 MB but on reddit a guy told me about the southbridge chipset assign the same group.
I’ve been suggested to go with a x570 MB, but thats a bit too expensive. And I would end up with a better performing server than my main PC
Anyway I’ve seen that the x99 Xeons are quite cheap on used market. So also an x99 with 40 lanes would be a possible choice.
The HBAs are x8 (Dell Perc h310), the intel NICs are x4. So a MB with 2x8 and a x4 would be perfect. I don’t care about the NVME, so my idea was to use a riser to connect the Network card to one of the NGFFs.
(The x99 MB should have the slot available, but i don’t know the IOMMU group situation)
The Graphics, and the DVB Tuner card doesn’t need a dedicated IOMMU since I would use a docker container on my host for Plex/tvheadend.
What would you suggest? My budget is not huge, someone suggested me to get a x399…
My current system is a P7P55D Deluxe, 8GB DDR3. and a unknow Xeon I got for 5 buks. My main reason to move is due to the lack of ECC. DDR23 memory stick prices are going up and I’m filling the ram quite often now.
(If I could only use my Dell 1950… electricity bill )
As some of you will note, the P55 does not have VT-d. Right now I’m using the scsi pass through via Quemu.