On 12/27/2017 04:50 PM, Marco Silva wrote:

Pretty much any server hardware will work fine, personally I'm running a Tyan 
S7050 motherboard with a couple of E5-2667 V2 CPU's and 64gb of samsung ddr 3 
ecc ram a couple of ssd's in (fake) raid 0 and 2 AMD gpu's. Unless you're 
pretty paranoid I wouldn't go with really old and slow hardware. If you have a 
decent amount of ddr4 I would look for an AMD Ryzen.

https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=AMD-PSP-Disable-Option

ME/PSP can't be disabled peroid - that article is inaccurate and the "disable" option simply shuts off part of the OS visibility of PSP (the PCI device) ME cleaner only nerfs ME, the companies like dell, system76 and the purism scammers are lying to make more money - ask anyone with serious firmware engineering skills it CANT be disabled bottom line.

The Opteron 6386 is faster than your E5-2667 and it lacks the ME/PSP virus - it can also play new games at high settings in a VM via IOMMU-GFX.

https://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Xeon+E5-2667+%40+2.90GHz
https://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=AMD+Opteron+6386+SE

If you weren't "pretty paranoid" aka security conscious you wouldn't be using qubes would you?

The CIA created the term "paranoid" so that people could say "oh don't be a paranoid weirdo" - which was silly as there were so very many soviet spies back then so people should have been more paranoid.

On 12/27/2017 04:29 PM, Wael M. Nasreddine wrote:

On Fri, Dec 22, 2017 at 8:48 AM taii...@gmx.com <taii...@gmx.com> wrote:

I would buy the RAM and CPU off of ebay, there is no reason to pay
$80/ea for that ram or $172 for a 6380 ($100 on ebay) you could get a
6386SE for that price. (needs 140W cooler FYI) No reason to get the
"protection plan" for anything either its a waste of money.

The cheapest I found the 6380 on ebay is 129.95
https://www.ebay.com/itm/372177489204 I found cheaper but with higher
shipping fee. I wasn't ablet to find a good/cheap 1600 DDR3 sticks. I did
find a cheaper board https://www.ebay.com/itm/132447255551 I'll buy the
board for now and continue looking for the rest. Your help would be
appreciated, are you anywhere on irc?
Don't buy a used board dude get a new one.
All RAM is the pretty much the same FYI there are only so many OEM's the only difference is branding no more "good ram" or "bad cheap ram" these days, and when it comes to server RAM ECC will let you know of any issues before they cause trouble.

I am not on IRC but as always you can email me personally for libre hardware buying advice.
Hey I am curious are you from the middle east?

On 12/27/2017 02:49 PM, Wael M. Nasreddine wrote:

I have a 1U server and it's pretty loud, unusable as a Desktop machine, are
the 4U also loud? Any suggetions on a specific case?

4U always is recommended as you can use larger fans, with decent fans and running fancontrol or the OpenBMC firmware on the KCMA-D8 and KGPE-D16 they are almost silent and one can watch a film without complaint.

Coreboot doesn't do fan control so the fans are set at 100% thus one needs to either one of those.

On 12/27/2017 09:05 PM, Wael M. Nasreddine wrote:

I currently have an ASRock Z170 Pro4
<https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157635>and an
i7-6700k <https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819117559>
and I found it crashing from time to time for no particular reason, I might
give the AMD Ryzen
<https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113447&cm_re=Threadripper-_-19-113-447-_-Product>
a chance but I'm not sure if it'll work better. I also have my eye out for
the 2018 XPS 15 laptop which will come with 6 cores CPU; I'm honestly bit
lost on what to choose for the best compatibility with Qubes. I prefer a
laptop (if it's strong enough but also has to be light) and I can go with a
Desktop if it would be the most compatible.
A KGPE-D16/KCMA-D8 for a server/workstation, or a Lenovo G505S for a laptop would be the most compatible as they have a version of coreboot with open source hardware init any problems can easily be fixed. You can play games in a VM on all three via an attached graphics card (or an EGPU for the laptop).

Honestly man I feel hurt that you want to get a ryzen or some new intel laptop instead of a libre firmware supporting board :< why even ask for advice if you don't wanna listen to the expert?

With a KGPE-D16 one can have 32 cores and 192GB RAM total for not much money at all plus the OpenBMC libre secure remote management firmware - it would be a lot better.

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