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Well everything got here but the heat sinks and a USB wifi adapter, so I put it together and have Mint 17.3 installed on it.  I didn't have anything that would screw into a 1366 cooler mount so the coolers are just sitting there with a drop of MX4.  I'll get all that cleaned up when the heat sinks get here.

 

@Tex1954 what video driver are you using?  I downloaded one from Matrox and tried to install it, but it complained about my version of Xorg.  For now I am running in software emulation mode, seems OK but claims it will us more CPU.

 

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I used the NVidia driver because I couldn't find a good matrox driver either.

Actually, because I have been going Xeon lately, I needed some cheapo cards anyways... so I got a half dozen of the Gigabyte GT 610 1G Passive cooler things and they work well.

You can find good ones on the cheap here and there...

MSI has cheapos too that would work...

Congrats on getting it up and running!

Also, you can use software driver if you want, it really doesn't eat up much as people think, and mostly only when doing things with mouse/Kybd etc...

Also, keep in mind, Linux won't load the Xorg driver unless it detects a monitor... so I use a VGA jumper plug in case it reboots... That is true of all my Linux installations..


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PS: Don't forget to DL and install PSensors! Then run sudo sensors-detect to make sure it gets them all...


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I almost feel like we need a boinc budget server club... I broke the beast, then fixed it but screwed windows, so I'm on A version of ubuntu with some menus and stuff XD I was on mint but the 32bit version... The auto installer I have only dls 32 bit versions and the 32 bit has a limit of 8 cores. I took the opportunity to try something else.
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I almost feel like we need a boinc budget server club...

 

I can make that happen!  Let me get this thing up and running properly and I will start a thread.

 

It occurs to me that loading the graphics driver for this thing is probably irrelevant, once I get it set up its going some place cool in the basement to run headless anyway.

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Those boards have IPMI 2.0 on them, go into the BIOS and setup IPMI and then download IPMI view from supermicro. Plug in a network cable to the IPMI port and you should be good to go. You can turn the machine on or reboot it or change the bios from IPMI and even logon to the machine with IPMI.

I install open-ssh server and use putty from my PC to connect to the box.

I only install BOINC client on the linux box and I use boinctasks to remotely manage boinc from my PC.
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Those boards have IPMI 2.0 on them, go into the BIOS and setup IPMI and then download IPMI view from supermicro. Plug in a network cable to the IPMI port and you should be good to go. You can turn the machine on or reboot it or change the bios from IPMI and even logon to the machine with IPMI.

I install open-ssh server and use putty from my PC to connect to the box.

I only install BOINC client on the linux box and I use boinctasks to remotely manage boinc from my PC.

 

I am going to run this headless with a USB WIFI adapter so I can put it down in the basement where its cool and I don't have to listen to it. 

 

Meantime I have it running some NFS now, using 12.5G of memory, pretty good temps considering I haven't secured the CPU coolers.  We will see how we do when I get the ones that were supposed to come with the board.  Not sure why my cores are numbered 0.1.2.8.9.10?

 

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Go in the preferences and edit the CORE ID... I made mine 0-5 twice... looks better...

Congrats too! That is exactly how I run mine... on a cheap Asus WiFi USB dongle..

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Now I'm rather curious as to how much it would cost to build up a nice dual LGA 2011 setup with inexpensive 8-core Xeons.... And just how much PPD it would give for Einstein@Home, GPUGrid, and Rosetta@Home.....
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Under $250! ... I'm really impressed! To think I probably spent 3x that, and have 2/3rd the compute power. Oh well, at least I can install 4 GPUs if I wanted. Somthing I was concerned about with Supermicro boards, etc. I'd need to go the watercooled route if I wanted to dive in..

@WhiteWulfe - I was looking at dual 2011 late last year, but the prices seemed to be a bit high for my liking. Ended up going single socket, with a rather pricey board...I guess because its workstation class. cpu-upgrade.com (I think that's the site) said either the Asus P9X79-E or the Asrock X79 Extreme6 supported the E5-2670 that you can pretty cheap right now. No overclocking unfortunately like the X56xx series I have.

.P.S. - I wonder what kind of PSU you need for 4 7970s? 2000W?
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Under $250! ... I'm really impressed! To think I probably spent 3x that, and have 2/3rd the compute power. Oh well, at least I can install 4 GPUs if I wanted. Somthing I was concerned about with Supermicro boards, etc. I'd need to go the watercooled route if I wanted to dive in..

@WhiteWulfe - I was looking at dual 2011 late last year, but the prices seemed to be a bit high for my liking. Ended up going single socket, with a rather pricey board...I guess because its workstation class. cpu-upgrade.com (I think that's the site) said either the Asus P9X79-E or the Asrock X79 Extreme6 supported the E5-2670 that you can pretty cheap right now. No overclocking unfortunately like the X56xx series I have.

.P.S. - I wonder what kind of PSU you need for 4 7970s? 2000W?

How well would a dual X56xx setup handle Rosetta@Home and WCG? Overclockable in combination with the ability to run 24 threads would be a nice.... Doubly so if I gave it a good non-destructive thrashing for HWBot boints first ^_^ *looks at HWBot* Ohhhhkay, thrashing for hardware and team points then tongue.gif
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Intel i7-4770K Gigabyte Z87X-OC MSI GTX 980 Ti Gaming 6G Golden Edition G.Skill Triden-X 16GB DDR3-2400 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Seagate 2TB SATA3 Maxtor 2TB Black LG DVD-RW Cryorig R1 ultimate 
OSMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit BenQ VP2210 BenQ VP2210 Razer BlackWidow Ultimate 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
EVGA SuperNova 1000G2 NZXT Phantom 820 Black Roccat Nyth Steel Series Worgen 
AudioAudioAudio
JDS Labs O2 + ODAC Rev.B AKG K712 Audio Technica ATH-M50X 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel e8400 Asus P5E EVGA 9500 GT ocz reaper ddr2 1200 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Kingston 64GB SSDnow 200 Thermaltake Frio Advanced Windows 7 64 Bit BenQ V2210 
KeyboardPowerMouse
Logitech G15 v2 corsair gs700 Corsair M95 
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