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post #51 of 83
Nice build, that PCIe x1 graphics card is very cool, didn't know they made those.

I guess for a card that low level, 1 lane is sufficient...
    
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That's a smaller pcb than what I was expecting!
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I want to see how you pull off the lighting for this
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Epic build and Subbed biggrin.gif
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post #56 of 83
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THE ANSWER IS TWO XEONS!


The RMA process for the replacement ASUS motherboard went smoothly, for which I am most thankful. I'm very pleased to report that both CPUs posted cleanly, and the BIOS recognized all 64-GB of ECC memory as well.

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Needless to say, every precaution was followed to ensure things went as smoothly as possible:








I should have taken a shot of the thermal (Artic Silver 5) compound application, but I was totally focused on mounting the cooler and forgot to take a picture. I applied three lines of thermal paste, centered proportionally and aligned with the direction of the heat pipes.





Nylon standoffs were installed to avoid any possibility of a short with the motherboard tray. In addition, red insulating fiber washers were used when screwing the board down. This should prevent short circuit issues.





The PIKE RAID controller, an optional daughter card that really shouldn't be optional-- sort of a hidden cost if a build requires more than 4 SATA ports.





The KingWin PSU was brought into the process early on. First, the PSU itself was tested. Next, the bare motherboard was tested. Thereafter, the first CPU in socket 0 was tested with 32-GB of ECC memory. Lastly, both CPUs were tested together with 64-GB of memory. Thankfully, everything posted cleanly with no suspicious ASUS Q-Codes, beeps or ominous LED indicators.

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post #57 of 83
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Originally Posted by dmanstasiu View Post

I want to see how you pull off the lighting for this

I think this build may ultimately turn out disappointing for you. When it comes to computer hardware, I am pretty darn boring, a stolid believer in the KISS principle, holding function over form, etc.

Therefore, there will be no:

  • Exotic liquid cooling
  • Radical case customization
  • Anal retentive color coordination
  • Fancy cable sleeves
  • Garish lighting effects


I don't mind stock builds at all-- prefer them, actually. I do relish the ugly Noctua fans with their odd brown color scheme, all the while recognizing that cooling performance will be top notch. In the end, the only thing I want to see is a stable platform, decent operating temperatures, and a blinking motherboard heart beat LED!

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Edited by SonicAgamemnon - 2/10/13 at 6:26am
post #58 of 83
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Originally Posted by dushan24 View Post

Nice build, that PCIe x1 graphics card is very cool, didn't know they made those.

I guess for a card that low level, 1 lane is sufficient...

I was also surprised to find a passive Radeon that provided decent 2560x1600 support for a very reasonable price. Although requirements changed and this card was replaced by a Quadro adapter, it will be retained as a back-up just in case the K5000 barfs...
post #59 of 83
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Originally Posted by Citra View Post

That's a smaller pcb than what I was expecting!

Yes, a few others who have stopped by to look at the K5000 have noted that. Some have GTX 670/680/690 gaming hardware at home, and they've mentioned those cards are longer, including the PCB itself. I was told the PCB is smaller despite packing a lot more video memory, mainly because the Quadro K5000 is not hyper-clocked like it's gaming cousins. It only needs one six-pin power connector, for example. Based on the specs, it looks like the K5000 is about 15-20 percent faster than the prior Fermi-based Quadro 5000-- while using considerably less power...
post #60 of 83
Really do like the build and no the love for the xb, no other case I have used has been so easy to completely tear down and reassemble even with full fledged water cooling internally thumb.gif
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