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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.

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