Welcome to my computer build. I’ll continue with the build.
So, I purchased the T7400 board with a tray.
The two processors dropped in with no problem. I paid 20.00 per processor, not bad.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’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.
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.
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…