Build a computer Part 2

Welcome to my computer build. I’ll continue with the build.

So, I purchased the T7400 board with a tray.

I purchased 2 of these boards for ten bucks each. Bare bones, this one is the one I began my build on, so I put dual 5460 quad processors in it.
Intel Xeon X5460 / 3.16 GHz processor Specs
Number of Cores. Quad-Core.
Processor Number. X5460.
64-bit Computing. Yes.
Clock Speed. 3.16 GHz.
Bus Speed. 1333 MHz.
Type / Form Factor. Intel Xeon X5460.
Cache Memory Details. L2 – 12 MB.
Processor Qty. 2
Socket: LGA771

The two processors dropped in with no problem. I paid 20.00 per processor, not bad.

These are four pin fans on these towers. I order two adapters to convert them to the DELL MB 5 pin plugins, so they would run from the BIOS.

The two fans were made for a LGA771 socket, just a server application instead of the Workstation board. The other towers are higher and depend on fans blowing across them to cool them, not built in. These fan/towers are good for up to 140 watts each, so no problem. About $25.00 each.

This is the 240 GB B-KEY M-KEY SSD HD. These are returns, open product, full warranty, I ordered two for about $20.00 each.
These are popular for servers, the SAS or Serial Attached SCSI drives.

The drives, as well as everything else, I ordered from eBay and or Newegg. These are warranted, reconditioned 1 terabyte drives I picked up for $30.00 each.

I ordered a standard Tower case.

This is a basic $30.00 case. I cut the backing plate out and then, after slight trimming, I drilled and then riveted the server tray in, in place of the backing plate for an ATX case.
The backing ATX plate removed and the EATX tray inserted. I removed the back half of the drive mounts so that the board/tray could extend into that area. I still have the one standing side to mount the SSD drive and the 2 SCSI drives on, with room to spare.
I used rivets, same as the original, to mount the new backing plate and then shot it with some flat black. A lot of dust kicked up, but the case is fully open front to back. Lots of room for the board, the drives, fans and the long Graphics Cards.

The rest was putting it together and cobbling up a front case cover/setup since I wanted dual 120 mm fans on the front pushing air in, and another at the back pulling it out. The board itself has dual processor fans (Built into the towers) it also has a memory fan that mounted above the memory in the old DELL cases, or on the top cover in the server case: And a drive fan that mounted in the drive case; a piece that swung out on the old case and did little to cool the drives at all.

I used to plastic wall mounts, the kind you sink into sheet rock to allow you to mount light duty screws. I mounted two corners of an 80 mm fan with these, screwed in from the opposite side and tightened up. These plastic sheet rock anchors I was able to press into the memory, between the sticks, they fit snugly, it allows the fan to pull heat directly off the memory.

A used 5 pin server fan for a DELL server. About 5 bucks. Press fit. The connections are plastic, and these modules have heat sinks on the memory. Plug it in and the BIOS controls it to keep the memory cool.

When I can I buy used parts. These parts for these DELL server boards are cheap and plentiful. Those are 8 4 GB sticks of ECC Server RAM. About $20.00.

Here I reconfigured the drive mount wall I removed, cut it, and made it into a small cage, drilled and riveted it together, mounted it from the bottom of the case and made it the home for my dual Terabyte SCSI drives.

This was easy to make. I also had to move the Power supply to the front, as the DELL 1000 Watt P.S. is much larger than a Modular ATX PS, so I put a piece of heavy open black grill in here to close the old power supply opening and allow air flow for the drives.

I mounted the two cooling towers and fans, and using the adapter cables hooked them in, so they would be controlled by the BIOS.

I’ll mention here that I also went on-line and downloaded the latest BIOS update for the DELL T7400 board, so that once I am up and running I can flash the BIOS to upgrade it. This is necessary because I am using processors that weren’t built at the time this board was built.

You can see the mesh closing off the old PS opening, also the cards are mounted, the rear fan is in, and I test booted to board just to see if it would start; it did. I shut it off to finish the work, satisfied I had cleared all the codes from the intruder switch, the fans, and setting the bios the way I wanted it for the cards to be used as SLI configuration.

I also mounted the SSD drive at the top of the case, and a spare 600 GB drive as a secondary. The SCSI drives will be storage and work drives.

The 2 graphics cards mounted, and the SLI bridge in. These are older cards, but they should work very well in this system for what I want

Okay. Next I have to build a face and button everything up and get it set up to use as my daily machine. That’s next time, Dell…

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