The second layer goes on:
I’ve changed motherboards. As outlined in part 1 I bought a motherboard without onboard graphics, which means I’m waiting for a cheap PCI-Express graphics card so I can turn on the first layer. This time I switched to the cheaper, more compact GIGABYTE GA-78LMT-USB3, which comes with on-board graphics. Thanks again Karanbir for this excellent suggestion.
The cost of the second layer is £289.96 (includes VAT and delivery).
I’m going to use the same motherboards etc for the third and fourth layers, so if you were building this cluster the total cost would be:
| GIGABYTE GA-78LMT-USB3, AMD FX8320,
Crucial Ballistix BLS2C8G3D169DS3CEU 16 GB, Corsair CX 430
|Power strip||1||£10 (est.)|
|8 port gigabit ethernet switch, cables||1||£40 (est.)|
|Stand-offs or equivalent||1||£50 (est.)|
|USB keys for booting||4||£40 (est.)|
|TOTAL PRICE OF CLUSTER||£1300|
- All prices include tax and delivery.
- The system is diskless so this does not include a fileserver that you will need to provide.
- The cost per core is around £38.