just a couple minor nitpick problems with that config....
you're using 5000v chipset, apple never used 5000v..... and 5000v was worse than the 5000x that apple used in the original mac pro..... (only dual channel FB-DIMM instead of 4 channel)... board has no PCIe x16 slot for graphics cards, just two x8 slots (x4 electrically)
Processors that won't work on the older board.... board only takes dual core processors, and I believe it to only support 5000 series (Dempsey) and 5100 series (woodcrest)
then you've got an EATX board...... and an ATX case.....
Ram that won't fit the board (you mentioned that one)
Again, thats nitpicky stuff from someone thats been looking at Xeon stuff for quite a while.......
Anyways, I threw together something a lot more like what I want to build (In two steps.... current plan is to do a cheap core2 and decent core2 board + graphics+drives+case+power supply..... then later come back through and drop in xeon board and xeons and FB-DIMM)
Monster Beefy 5400 chipset (same as new mac pro) Tyan board, with SAS... supports 1600mhz FSB/800mhz FB-DIMM.... just like new mac pro, but in this case, we'll be going 1333 FSB/667 FB-DIMM (for $$$ reasons.... by the time I get to phase 2, the 1600/800mhz parts will most likely be cheaper... other possibly option is 1333FSB processor, 800mhz FB-DIMM and try the pin mod so it thinks the chips are 1600 FSB.... that would take the 2ghz chips below to 2.4ghz and 1600 FSB.
Pair of Harpertown E5405's, 4 cores each, 12mb L2 cache each, 1333 FSB.
Total of 8 cores, 24mb L2 Cache (almost as much L2 cache as my quadra 950 had in RAM!!!)
Nice beefy Pedestal/Rackmount convertable case. Very nice looking case.... Newegg doesn't sell all of the featured stuff, but you can replace the two screw in bays with hot swap SCSI or hot swap SATA or hot swap SAS bays.... it is also possible to buy a redundant power supply setup for this case. (either a fairly rowdy double, or a nice decent tripple) then you can have a power supply fail, and the machine doesn't even turn off......
This budget doesn't include extra loot for the fancy redundant power supplies though.... so lets just throw in a nice Antec 850.... modular cabling, ATX/EPS12V standards.... nice stuff.
8 gigs of ram... 4 two gig sticks. Yes, they are dual rank sticks..... Yes we'll be filling all 4 channels..... and YES... we have TWELVE slots left. (Nice future upgrade would be another matching four 2 gig sticks to use the first two slots in each channel to get more bandwidth, as well as to bump ram to 16 gig.
A pair of XFX 8600GT's.... Yeah, I know they're not 8800's... and they only have 256MB VRAM.... but oh well... should be more than plenty... unless I ever decide to get into multi-monitor gaming at 2048x1536 per monitor across 4 heads.... Another good possible option here would be a single 8800, or waiting until we find out more on the 9600 and if it runs in OSX86 because of how closely related it is to the 8 series cards.
Four 500 gig western digital SATA drives, 16mb cache each, they're RE2 series... rated for 24/7 usage in machines with multiple hard drives and in rackmount systems (vibration can become a real issue, as can long term heat for many drives), with 5 year warrantee. (NOTE: the only drives I'll spend real money on.... are Western Digital Enterprise grade drives... (RE/RE2, etc) or Seagate Enterprise grade drives (ES, ES2, etc). If you've ever had a drive fail with very valuable data on it... its worth the extra $20-40 per drive in my opinion. Drives that have SMART status that work are also essential. (To anyone reading this that doesn't know what SMART status is.... Its worth finding out.... most drives will outright TELL YOU before they die. Listen to them. If a controller doesn't support SMART status, its pretty much not worth using.
And we'll throw the same superdrive in that Mtotho used.
(Ideas on future upgrades for this kind of setup:
Use 800mhz ram if you can to start with, then you can always either pinmod if you want to overclock, or later buy 1600mhz FSB Xeons.
onboard SAS controller for ultrafast storage if you need it down the road (or if someone figures out how to boot off of other controllers, or if we figure out how to possibly run the bootloader from 1 drive... and kick the boot to read filesystem and boot off of the faster drive (or possibly RAID)... OR if SAS is too pricey.... then you can always just use the SAS controller as 8 more SATA ports.
1 PCIe x8 slot open (x4 electrically) for future growth
2 PCI-X133 slots (In my case, my LSI U320 card... also, most PCI cards will work in PCI-X slot as well.)
1 PCI slot
Here is the newegg wishlist:
1 CHENBRO SR10769-BK-H Black SECC Pedestal and Rackmount Convertible Server/Workstation Chassis - Retail
Model #: SR10769-BK-H
Item #: N82E16811123126
1 TYAN S5397WAG2NRF Dual 771 Intel 5400 Extended ATX Server Motherboard - Retail
Model #: S5397WAG2NRF
Item #: N82E16813151167
2 XFX PVT84JUDD3 GeForce 8600GT XXX 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
Model #: PVT84JUDD3
Item #: N82E16814150229
1 Antec TPQ-850 ATX12V / EPS12V 850W Power Supply - Retail
Model #: TPQ-850
Item #: N82E16817371009
2 Intel Xeon E5405 Harpertown 2.0GHz LGA 771 80W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80574E5405A - Retail
Model #: BX80574E5405A
Item #: N82E16819117151
4 Transcend 2GB 240-Pin DDR2 FB-DIMM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) ECC Fully Buffered Server Memory Model TS256MFB72V6U-T - Retail
Model #: TS256MFB72V6U-T
Item #: N82E16820208074
4 Western Digital Caviar RE2 WD5001ABYS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA-300 Hard Drive - OEM
Model #: WD5001ABYS
Item #: N82E16822136205
1 LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model LH-20A1L-06 - Retail
Model #: LH-20A1L-06
Item #: N82E16827106072
And the TWO things that aren't on the wishlist because Newegg doesn't carry them, but are almost must haves in my book:
(Yes, those are Swiftech's.... fins on pins.... slammed into a half inch thick solid copper base... then lapped within 0.0003" of perfectly flat with a surface finish of 8. (Near godly).... and they weigh about a pound and a half each.... DEFINATELY better than the stock intel heatsink setup... and lets you run a whole lot more quiet.
Really you've got $1400 in one of the nicest Xeon boards out there.... and 8 cores and 8 gigs of ram.... plus all the fixins.
If you've already got all the fixings... well, that makes it a whole lot more semi-affordable.