Originally Posted by ZDngrfld
Nice thing about the E5s is that they're 2011, nothing special there. Use whatever you want! I'm thinking I'll probably just use Noctuas whenever I get my AMD 4P rolling. I've yet to see a watercooled Intel 4P, though. I guess that's because they're usually in a proprietary chassis for the most part.
Aren't too many proprietary chassis available, especially when you figure the size of the board, let alone a board that will support these. it's not like you can go out and pick up a Dell motherboard or an empty chassis, not that I would, but but it could be an option if the price was low enough. However, due to the "newness" of the 4600 series that won't happen anytime soon as there aren't any "empty" chassis available on fleabay. So, that leaves SM as the sole provider of mobos and chassis, and their combo offerings are rather pricey though not unobtainable (~$1,930 for a 1U http://www.wiredzone.com/Supermicro-SYS-8017R-7FT+-Barebone-1U-S-2011-for-up-to-4x-E5-4600~10021920~0.htm
I bought two SM chassis for two of my SM mobos, the mobo/cpu/memory combinations were only $50/ea (2x single core Xeon), but the cases were $350. True they offer great cooling (mini wind tunnel fans!), a stout build, and built-in PSU, but the price...you pay for what you get! Forget Norco!!
Anyway, I guess I have to start saving more spare change from breakfast and lunch!