This is my dual Xeon e5 2670 build with 64 gigabytes of RAM the processors 120 bucks on eBay so here’s our situation we’ve got a server that’s basically been retired and had some super crap Xeon e5 2600 CPUs we’ve already pulled the CPUs we popped our new 26 70s in now we need to reapply the thermal paste and reinstall our heat sinks then once we’ve made sure that everything is working and operational we get a transplant our CPUs and motherboard out of the case of this refurbished servers.
how is a Norco you know 25 drives something or other from a long time ago into this new corsair 780 T now this corsair 780 t is a great case for this although strictly speaking the motherboard that we’re using here the Asus is z9 does not fit so we need to go into a DIY mode for a second now quick note about these heat sinks this heat sinks our server?
he thinks they’re made for a very loud airflow they’re made for building a compact used servers so I can start with its only 2 or 3 rack units tall if you’re going to do this I would suggest replacing these but because I’m going to keep using these things but if you’re having to get new heat sinks don’t get heat sinks like these to get actual reasonable heat sinks.
if you want a good heat sink on the cheap the hyper 2 1 2 Evo is still a good choice for builds and layouts like this won’t crowd the RAM slots too much that’ll work fine on this particular board also has some cooling solutions but you know again just depends on your preferences if you’re getting something that is not a clear brand just try to make sure that it’s got a copper base and copper heat pumps and here we can see that even though these heat sinks are modest they do actually have heat pipes to help conduct the heat up into the heat sink and so this will probably be good enough although these would be louder than I like and depending on where I put the computer.
if it is loud and annoys me I’ll replace these later one thing about this giant board that was exactly designed to fit in here is that I’m going to have to reroute these cases I don’t think that this is going to work with these cables like let’s do a test fit real quick it might work get a little bit of clearance at the bottom there probably stuff them down here I’ve had it be fine so strictly speaking this motherboard wasn’t really designed to fit in this case so if you find a different motherboard you have to do a lot of searching and careful lining up of pictures and stuff make sure that your motherboard will sit I happen to have this case which is leftovers from another project this case was actually damaged by UPS.
Then I got another case later that somebody dropped and so I sort of combined two parts and it’s like tonight case again go ahead so again the name of the game here is to do test fit so you don’t want to drag the motherboard around on your pegs that would be bad okay so we can see a few of those line up but not many now since we’re going to have to mount our own holes there’s a bunch of things with that one you have to be really accurate you you’ve got less than a millimetre of tolerance here to deal with and so I’ve got a piece of scrap steel that’s basically a hard drive cage from another case and we’re going to use this as kind of a test and so I’ve already located the stuff that we’re going to need and the stuff that we need is we get an 8 inch drill bit this is actually just a hair less than 1/8 of an inch because it’s designed for tapping but I think at a 10 inch drill bit will work fine and then we’ve also got our tap this is from just a sometimes called a tap and die set basically this just takes a hole you drilled out and puts threads in it and then we’ve got our motherboard stand off so I’ve sort of kind of already done this test so basically you just start by putting your drill bit in your grille and then you know don’t erupted it because if you rush it you’ll accidentally break your drill bit now these little tiny pieces of metal are bad you’re going to want to vacuum those out of your case because if one of these tiny little pieces of metal makes its way onto your motherboard.
The motherboard is destroyed and that’s bad now I would suggest that you tap by hand meaning that you turn this by hand you don’t put it into a powerful tool and what that does is that adds threads to the hole now the next thing that you’re going to need is a screwdriver that fits those really well you don’t have to but I just find this step is really useful and so now we’ve got our test motherboard standoff we’re just going to see if it threads into the hole without too much headache now sometimes it can’t be problematic to get it started but once you get.
if we’re going to run to a graphic start-up probably use one graphics on full high and you see this motherboard has seven expansion slots but you know a graphics card is dual hi what are we going to do so we could use all seven cards because we’re actually going to have a lot of expansion cards here you know we’ve got our sound card we’ve got our USB 3 card we’ve got our intel SSD you know we’re starting to get kind of full here and you these guys will take it to slots what do you do so well that’s the other reason this is corsair case is awesome is because you can actually have the card hang off the bottom of the motherboard so you’ve got these extra slots here at the bottom and so we’re goanna put the graphics start in the very bottom now the wide slots use cpu 0 and the black slots use cpu 1 so we’ve got a total of 80 PCI Express Lanes here so it literally doesn’t really matter we can just slam this stuff in anywhere and basically it’ll be fine alright so check out another possible card layout we’ve got our USB 3 adapter here along with our front panel cable it’s going off to the front panel and then we’ve got our double-height slot here so we can stick another graphics card or sound card get a spot here for SSD and then we’ve got our second full-size graphics card if I was going to use a smaller graphics card for the primary grant graphics card or I was going to use the on-board VGA for Linux then I would still have plenty
PCI Express connectivity and the rest of the system check it out even an SSD is supported even for a bootable device but the Intel SSD does work in this as long as you’ve got the CSM parameter set and BIOS get out from the BIOS setup utility now I had to set legacy only for the video option ROM but in order to work with the UEFI I set the UEFI only for all the other things and then once I set that up come over here I’ve got our boot override now overall I love this thing yeah it’s not the fastest and yeah a skylight system can run circles around it if you’re going to run the Adobe suite or whatever but may I brother in Linux I’m going to run Windows under a virtual machine the gaming performance is fine for what I’m going to be able to squeeze out of a you know 390 or an RX 480 or maybe even a fury it’s completely fine I think it’s great you know GTA is fine all the other games that I play operate pretty well I can do a boot back into Windows if I really want to the works I got no complaints it’s a great system it’s a great system and it’s a really good deal but yeah it is used hardware and you shouldn’t necessarily run out to buy one you should only really do this if an opportunity presents itself you can get a good deal on a good motherboard if you build something like this or you’re having fun or thinking about it or touring with the idea hell maybe you’re going to go hybrid you’re going to put one of these 26 70s at an X 79 motherboard you could do that too that gives you a little bit more overclocking options.