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Old August 22, 2007, 01:10 PM
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Question Xeon Workstation Build

Having been spoiled with a Xeon WS @ work, It's time for one at home....

Tenative config:
Motherboard: Asus DSGC-DW
Processors: 2x Xeon 5355
Memory: 8GB PC2-5300 (667Mhz FB-DIMM)
PSU: 850W+, 80 Plus Cert, TBD
Graphics: Prob an 8800 but not certian yet... (My apps don't require a Quadro or FireGL). I don't game much so SLI / CF is not required, just something to drive 2 24" displays, and float Vista's boat doing it.

:help: My questions for the above configuration are:

1. Recomendations for aftermarket S771 Coolers for X/E5355 procs? Something quieter than the Intel reference ones... The HP machines I'm used to have large-ish heat pipe towers but they appear rather proprietary...

2. Case recomendations?
A few options: Tagan CS Black Perl, Lian Li PC 2100B Plus II Any other sugestions?

Thanks for your feedback,

Dan
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Old August 22, 2007, 01:24 PM
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CPU Cooler:
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...re=THERMALTAKE

Pretty sure it is not that much quieter than the Intel stock HSF. As a matter of fan, they might be louder.

Case:
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...ufacture=ANTEC

PSU:
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...facture=ETASIS
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Old August 22, 2007, 03:51 PM
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CPU Cooler:
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...re=THERMALTAKE

Pretty sure it is not that much quieter than the Intel stock HSF. As a matter of fan, they might be louder.

Case:
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...ufacture=ANTEC
Have seen the Antec 650 used for a WS build before. Think I Prefer the 'inverted' configuration more after working with a couple P182s ...

Wondering if I'm better off waiting till X54## CPUs in November and investing in a water cooled setup ...
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Old November 24, 2007, 08:43 PM
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Default maybe too late, but I've built 3 of these xeon boxes...

I've used the Titan 650 twice, but the most recent went into a Cooler Master Cosmos, which right now is on sale at NewEgg: $179, free shipping and a $90 rebate! while supplies last...

I've always used stock coolers--tried a Dynatron, but it was noisier than stock, and didnt cool as well.

Most motherboards (I use the Tyan x2696A2NRF) have fan management, so the fans run at low speeds most of the time.

You don't need water cooling on these rigs, mainly becuase they can't really be overclocked.

If i have any other thoughts, I'll post. I build these for clients who do video editing, animation, 3D graphics, multimedia.

If you have a question, or want to see some photos, just reply to this post.

PS I'm from the states, but my mum born and raised in Sunshine Coast BC, served in Royal Canadian Air Force in WWII...

Be well,

solo
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Old November 28, 2007, 02:19 PM
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Thanks for the reply solo. I ended up building a Q6600 machine temporatily till the 54xx came out.. now considering doing the build again. If you culd post some pics of your builds that would rock
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Old February 8, 2008, 09:57 AM
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Solo, can you give me your thoughts on the 650? The two that you have built, how quiet was it? Did you add in the optional fans? How well did it cool?

It is on my list for a dual xeon build I am looking at.

Thanks

Paul
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Old February 8, 2008, 10:35 AM
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Yeah, use the Titan. It is a GREAT workstation/server case. Nice and big, decently quiet, and comes with a GREAT powersupply.

Anyway, in terms of CPU coolers.... You may need to look in the US, but http://www.thermalright.com/new_a_pa...50aHVzaWFzdA==
Is a KILLER cooler. I believe these guys have stock, and shipping should be a decent price. Thermalright HR-01-X CPU Heatsink For Intel Xeon Prosesors
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