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Old February 6, 2008, 12:39 PM
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Hi folks. I am looking to build a dual socket system with 2 Xeon 5410's on a Supermicro board. I am hoping that someone can tell me the following:

Is building a dual socket system substantially different from a single socket system? Are there special considerations, processes, procedures, that are different or more complicated?

I have been assuming that the only difference was installing two proc's instead of one.

If there are any differences and anyone can point me towards resources/info online, I would appreciate it.

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Old February 6, 2008, 12:46 PM
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Hi folks. I am looking to build a dual socket system with 2 Xeon 5410's on a Supermicro board. I am hoping that someone can tell me the following:

Is building a dual socket system substantially different from a single socket system? Are there special considerations, processes, procedures, that are different or more complicated?

I have been assuming that the only difference was installing two proc's instead of one.

If there are any differences and anyone can point me towards resources/info online, I would appreciate it.

Thanks

Paul
The only major difference your gonna find with building a dual socket board is that they are usually server boards which end up needing ECC memory which can raise the cost.
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Old February 6, 2008, 01:09 PM
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Thanks Enaberif. Ya I have sourced the parts I am going to use, which includes FB ECC Ram. It's taken a ton of research but I think I am pretty good for my parts list. I am more concerned with differences in the actual build process. Any thoughts?

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Old February 6, 2008, 01:11 PM
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Thanks Enaberif. Ya I have sourced the parts I am going to use, which includes FB ECC Ram. It's taken a ton of research but I think I am pretty good for my parts list. I am more concerned with differences in the actual build process. Any thoughts?

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Again no difference at all its just like building a single socket board except you have two sockets :D

Dual socket machines are a riot to work with as its amazing to see two cpus work together.
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Don't forget the cpu coolers! Larger tower heatsink and some of the smaller wider one wont be able to clear one another on the board. So make sure to get two that fit nicely on your board without interfering with eachother. Another thing along the same lines - If you can get coolers that can orient in any direction do so, cause sending the heat "towards the back" of the case will cause one processor to shoot its heat at the second. Instead, if you can get ones that orient in any direction, make them both shoot their heat upwards.
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does the board your getting support overclocking? I've got a Tyan dual socket board its its got Zero overclocking features.
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does the board your getting support overclocking? I've got a Tyan dual socket board its its got Zero overclocking features.
Server boards are designed for stability not performance so in general you will not be able to overclock most server boards.
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There's PSEL mods for some of the CPU's and that's about it. Memory can be tweaked a bit via software but not much of that either. Skulltrail for a 100 bucks more is the best bet for an enthusiast tweakable rig.
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