- Dec 18, 2000
I got tired of waiting for Zen and picked up some cheap used server parts to play with. Bought an open box Corsair Carbide Clear 400C case at Microcenter for $40 which although advertised for E-ATX only had 3 of the appropriate mounting holes for the Intel motherboard. So I had to use some imagination to get it installed but all is well. It has dual E5-2670 8 Core/16 Thread Sandy Bridge-E Xeons and 32GB DDR3-1333 Registered/ECC RAM. CPU Cooling is supplied by a pair of Cooler Master Hyper 212s with the CPU2 fan mounted on the back side in a pull configuration. Doing that provided extra separation between the two heatsinks that reduced CPU2's max temp by 5C so both run at 65C under 32 thread 100% load. Used some Noctua PWM NA-RC7 Low Noise Adapters to slow the fans down and keep everything nice and quiet. The PSU is a Supermicro 665W server supply I've had for several years powering my previous X79 and X99 builds. Stuck in my mini GTX 1060, a $15 USB 3.0 card and hooked up my USB Sound "Card" to complete the system. A photo of dubious quality is provided for you viewing below.