I never checked. How to monitor hard drive temperature?
Hi, thanks! GA-7PPSH2 is wider than a typical SSI EEB board. You will need to be careful when choosing a chassis. For RAM I don't think there is any restriction. Just go with DDR3-1866 ECC REG (PC3-14900R). I believe that both Windows 10 and 7 (except for Home Edition) are compatible with this board.
Note that GigaByte claimed that they are the only server board manufacturer that enables full RAM speed when multiple sets of DIMMs are occupied. For example, when you have 28=16 sticks installed, the frequency will be reduced from 1866 MHz to 1600 MHz in other brands. When you have 38=24 sticks, the freq will be 1333 MHz. However, only on a Gigabyte board can you let all 24 sticks run at 1866 MHz. Therefore, I think you made the right choice!
I can't believe that Gammaxx 400 outperforms NH-C14S... But... do you happen to have two NH-C14S units for sale?
Hi bran, I think S340 is still one of the most compact EEB case. Corsair 400Q or 400C is slightly larger, and perhaps has room for you to "hang" two additional hard drives under the ceiling. Silverstone GD09 is even smaller but may not be ventilative enough for a dual CPU power build.
Hi there, in my experience with 10+ dual Xeon builds, two processors of the same model without being advertised as "matched pair" never caused any problem.
Hi. According to the specs, Silencio 352's clearance is 155mm. Hyper 212 Evo's height is 159mm. I couldn't imagine how I fitted them. But it just worked. You can refer to Silencio 352's non-silent sister: N200, which has 160mm clearance. Please don't expect any notable space between them.
That's quite complicated. One PCIe riser is not going to be sufficient, unless you want to place the card flat. At least two are needed.
I like Saber too!
Thanks! I can handle daily use plus some serious compute works. But if daily use is the only use case, Watts may be bit too high (~100-400 W).
Hi oldschoolhas, Yes this was my build. That huge chipset cooler is for the north bridge (not south bridge). Back in the LGA1366 age, north bridge generates lots of heat. But later when we have LGA2011, there are no more north / south bridges, but only one chipset, which is much cooler. Thus you don't have to worry much about cooling it down.
Hi, I can't tell if that is my build without a link or image. I used to use chipset heatsink and fans. I don't think South bridge is a big issue. Typically it generates very small amount of heat.
Well you can try eBay. Used boards are not that hard to find.
Hi kieru, Thanks! I don't know the answers to your question, unfortunately, since the machine was out of my hand right after it was built. My experience told me that Gammaxx 400 can well hold E5-2670.
Hi jurweer, Actually you need to handle more than two holes. The top edge of the motherboard is completely in the air. In the post https://www.chiphell.com/forum.php?mod=viewthread&tid=1362616 I had a picture showing the holes I punctured and created. Not merely drilling work. But you will like it once it's done.
Yes I happen to know! Check out my other work here: https://www.chiphell.com/thread-1362616-1-1.html. I used Rosewill Rise Glow, because it is small (~55L).
Hello jurweer, thanks! The acrylic sheet was the .093 in one off Home Depot. I had to drill all holes. A 7/64 drill bit plus a 6-32 tap bit will do the job. Hope you enjoy the process!
eBay... Gigabyte boards are not so common. Good luck!
Thank you! :)
You will have to drill a few of them.
Thank! eBay. Availability is merely occassional.
Yes I highly recommend! Dual CPU machine is just COOL! In addition to my works, please check out this link. You will love it!
Thanks! Looks alike!
I do believe that E5-2670 supports VT-d, as almost all server CPUs do, and I am not sure what is sroh8. Whoever they are I do not agree them them.
Thank you! I feel really flattered. You configuration looks great to me. I am sure you will find it helpful with VM and machine learning. Most parts look reasonable. My suggestion is: the memory can be faster. E5-2670 takes up to 1600MHz. The platform (up to E5 v2) takes at most 1866MHz. Also you may consider using ECC REG memory if calculation correctness matters to you.
Thank you! Hope you enjoy building your machine!
Vmware, yes. I don't know about GNS3.
I totally understand your concern. I am used to buying 2nd hand motherboards. To this point I have bought around 20 mobos from eBay, and around 20% of them had minor problems, which I managed to fix later (e.g., bent CPU socket pins, detached capacitors). I think for safety and budget purpose, you may target those "new other" mobos with a low price tag. They are usually manufacturer' stock parts for replacement, that is, they are brand-new. But because the product's service period has expired, there is no point for them to keep the parts. Therefore, you can find them in the market. This is scenario is like i7-3960X, i5-2500K, etc. It is not easy to find those deals, though. Time and luck are important.
These two model numbers differ by stepping code. SR0H8 = C1, SR0KX = C2. The larger the stepping is, the better. Therefore C2 is better than C1. How better? You will not notice any difference unless you are an overclocking enthusiast or a professional computer scientist.
Yes regular consumer's DDR3 sticks will fit! Go ahead and have fun!
It looks great! Phanteks Enthoo Pro is a wise choice. I used it for my third dual E5-2670 build. This case requires least amount (probably none) of modding effort. Its build quality is obviously superior to my other cases. The ASRock mobo looks suitable by its spec. Some people suggest against all non-Supermicro/Tyan brands (ASUS, Gigabyte, ASRock) for workstation builds, but I am not among them. Actually, these 2nd tier brands usually provide more functionality at the same price range. For memory, I always max out the 8 channels (meaning 8 ram sticks). But if you are not doing I/O intensive jobs, merely 2 sticks is still acceptable. Please be confident and proceed. May the force be with you.
Thank you and happy new year too! I have quite a few posts of my other works in some Chinese forums. I will be interested in re-posting them here when I have time.
I am glad that my post inspired you! Good luck with your build!
Hi there! There might be some videos in Youtube. I think I watched a few when I was a beginner. But since then I am being playing around without reference. I honestly don't think you need videos in addition to articles to start up. If you have made a few "regular" computers, you may try certain easy dual CPU workstation configurations. Mines may be bit challenging because they use large SSI/EEB motherboards, which most case won't host. But you can try smaller, ATX/CEB motherboards, such as ASUS Z9PA-D8, with two E5-2670s, two Zalman CNPS9900Maxes, a 650+W PSU that has two 8-pin or 4+4pin EPS12V cables. Then you are ready to roll. There is nothing different from building "regular" PCs.
By the way, dual CPU workstations are superb in video editing. I am not a video editor, but I run Cinebench R15 the 2D rendering benchmarker. Dual E5-2670 could reach the score of 2000, while i7-4770K is merely 822.
Only v3 and upcoming v4 are compatible with Z10 series (or Supermicro X10 series). V1 and v2 are compatible with Z9.
Thanks!! Yes. I used Z10PE-D16. What do you want to know?
No. I have assembled 10+ dual CPU workstations and never had problems with the used CPUs. Even when I occassionally mistakenly ran them without heatsink they did not boil up.
They are even 50% cheaper now. Check out eBay item # 281889330127.
I am not concerned with your part list at all. Defibe R4/R5 is not big enough for SSI EEB, but a regular ATX (or CEB) as you selected is what it's designed for. Go ahead and have fun!
Your part list is good enough! If I were you I will use smaller case or larger motherboard, to make them more fit. But it is a personal flavor.
They are $150, or less. Enter "E5-2670" in eBay and you will see how cheap they are now in Dec. 2015.
Great! Good luck on yours!
Right! I love them too!