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post #1 of 15
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I've been itching to do some work on my own computer after helping a few friends build their rigs. My current sig rig (2500k based) isn't really showing it's age in anything but my head and maybe a little voltage degradation.

Doing some research on the current marketplace I noticed those cheap cheap e5-2670s that are floating around. Only problem being finding a decent motherboard to house them on.


INDEX
  1. Post 1: Sweet Ebay Deal
  2. Post 2: Part Acquisition


Parts I have:
  • Case : ThermalTake Core x9
  • MoBo: Lenovo c30 board
  • RAM: 4x16gb Sticks
  • VGA: R9 290 OC
  • PSU: OCZ 750w
  • SSD: 850 EVO 500gb
  • HDD: 4tb + 2tb

Parts on order:
  • Watercooling Gear
  • 2x Xenon 25-2670
  • FANS!!!


Will update as this build comes along

Changelog:
  • June 30, 2016 Added Parts posted and lists of parts I have/are on order
  • June 22, 2016 Thread Reformat (Added Index), adding pictures of the c30 I'm getting parts from
  • June 20, 2016 Thread Posted

Edited by Mr.Zergling - 6/30/16 at 9:02am
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Hynix PC3-12800R 4x16gb Samsung 850 EVO 500gb FusionIO 320gb PCI-e SSD Seagate Barracuda ST4000 
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Custom Loop OCZ Fatal1ty 750w Thermaltake Core x9 
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Hynix PC3-12800R 4x16gb Samsung 850 EVO 500gb FusionIO 320gb PCI-e SSD Seagate Barracuda ST4000 
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Custom Loop OCZ Fatal1ty 750w Thermaltake Core x9 
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post #2 of 15
Thread Starter 
Post 1: Donor PC and Initial Decision Making

The Conundrum
These e5-2670s are cheap as heck ($65 a piece right now on NATEX), but a dual socket motherboard for them is $350+. Most of those are server boards without full PCIex16 slots, thus totally useless for a Desktop/Workstation application. So I had to find something less expensive to base my build on. Doing some research turned up that Lenovo made some workstations with dual socket motherboards (C30/D30) that might be harvestable. Unlike the Dell dual socket workstation boards there were no weird form-factor things except for the non-standard size (Staggering 14" wide and 12.25" Tall) and mounting holes. Gonna need a big case, so I decided on a core x9 instead of a 900D. Doing some research I could pick up a Lenovo C30 or D30 motherboard for about $225 on ebay.

The Find
In my search I found this newly posted ebay listing and promptly snapped it up! The motherboard I was after and RAM for my build to boot!


Arrived Yesterday


Opened it up to get a look at the guts


Pulled a memory stick


Thoughts
Glad that the memory I got was 4x Hynix 16gb PC3-12800R, These sticks go for about $70 a piece on ebay, and since I have the C30 board (8DIMM slots) instead of D30 (16DIMM slots) it's good for any future expandability. I basically almost broken even on the RAM alone, let alone the motherboard that I'm going to use. Build is shaping up to be well within a reasonable budget, which I am happy about.

Future
I need to wait for payday on friday before I order more parts. Later today I'm gonna update the plan with ones I've decided on and what I already have.
Edited by Mr.Zergling - 6/22/16 at 1:35pm
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Hynix PC3-12800R 4x16gb Samsung 850 EVO 500gb FusionIO 320gb PCI-e SSD Seagate Barracuda ST4000 
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Custom Loop OCZ Fatal1ty 750w Thermaltake Core x9 
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Xenon e5-2670 V1 Xenon e5-2670 V1 Lenovo D30 Motherboard Sapphire r9 290 TRI-X OC 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Hynix PC3-12800R 4x16gb Samsung 850 EVO 500gb FusionIO 320gb PCI-e SSD Seagate Barracuda ST4000 
CoolingPowerCase
Custom Loop OCZ Fatal1ty 750w Thermaltake Core x9 
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post #3 of 15
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Post 2: Part Acquisition
!!Updating as parts come in!!

Case came in 6/30/16


Noice case, plenty of room and very moddable

7/5/16 - Got the motherboard torn out of the C30


Whwatta Layout

Also shot of the CPUs that came in, RAM, and new SSD


Something else special I'm adding that I picked up for free (Yay, More Scrap Parts!)


This is an early generation PCI-e ssd meant for server cache that is unusable as a boot disk due to the fact it has no on-board controller and is basically flash memory plugged into a PCI-e slot. Depends entirely on driver and cpu for I/O operations. Interesting piece of kit that outbenches my 250gb 850 evo. Gonna use it for VM and game storage in addition to my main ssd.
Edited by Mr.Zergling - 7/6/16 at 8:57am
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Xenon e5-2670 V1 Xenon e5-2670 V1 Lenovo D30 Motherboard Sapphire r9 290 TRI-X OC 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Hynix PC3-12800R 4x16gb Samsung 850 EVO 500gb FusionIO 320gb PCI-e SSD Seagate Barracuda ST4000 
CoolingPowerCase
Custom Loop OCZ Fatal1ty 750w Thermaltake Core x9 
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Xenon e5-2670 V1 Xenon e5-2670 V1 Lenovo D30 Motherboard Sapphire r9 290 TRI-X OC 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Hynix PC3-12800R 4x16gb Samsung 850 EVO 500gb FusionIO 320gb PCI-e SSD Seagate Barracuda ST4000 
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Custom Loop OCZ Fatal1ty 750w Thermaltake Core x9 
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post #4 of 15
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Day 1: Motherboard Mounting
(updating a couple days afterwards)

First challenge was getting the motherboard in since it doesn't exactly have standard ATX mounting holes.




First I figured out which holes actually lined up with the motherboard tray (Circled in red), and added standoffs



I was totally prepared to drill my own holes in the motherboard tray until I went looking through my misc. parts and found these old plastic standoffs....



About the right height and with a little cutting and sanding they'll offer support (actual screws will hold it in place)



Motherboard all mounted up! thumb.gif

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Xenon e5-2670 V1 Xenon e5-2670 V1 Lenovo D30 Motherboard Sapphire r9 290 TRI-X OC 
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Hynix PC3-12800R 4x16gb Samsung 850 EVO 500gb FusionIO 320gb PCI-e SSD Seagate Barracuda ST4000 
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Custom Loop OCZ Fatal1ty 750w Thermaltake Core x9 
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Xenon e5-2670 V1 Xenon e5-2670 V1 Lenovo D30 Motherboard Sapphire r9 290 TRI-X OC 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Hynix PC3-12800R 4x16gb Samsung 850 EVO 500gb FusionIO 320gb PCI-e SSD Seagate Barracuda ST4000 
CoolingPowerCase
Custom Loop OCZ Fatal1ty 750w Thermaltake Core x9 
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post #6 of 15
Thread Starter 
Day 2: Cooling and a few Components
(More of a picture dump than anything)










Last picture is where I left off for the night, leak testing had been going for about 3 hours and I'd just realized that due to power supply cable lengths I was gonna have to swap the windowed side to the right hand side and put the power supply on the left hand side. This also involves moving many fans and my drive cage...thankfully with this case that's all thumbscrews!
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Xenon e5-2670 V1 Xenon e5-2670 V1 Lenovo D30 Motherboard Sapphire r9 290 TRI-X OC 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Hynix PC3-12800R 4x16gb Samsung 850 EVO 500gb FusionIO 320gb PCI-e SSD Seagate Barracuda ST4000 
CoolingPowerCase
Custom Loop OCZ Fatal1ty 750w Thermaltake Core x9 
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Xenon e5-2670 V1 Xenon e5-2670 V1 Lenovo D30 Motherboard Sapphire r9 290 TRI-X OC 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Hynix PC3-12800R 4x16gb Samsung 850 EVO 500gb FusionIO 320gb PCI-e SSD Seagate Barracuda ST4000 
CoolingPowerCase
Custom Loop OCZ Fatal1ty 750w Thermaltake Core x9 
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post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 
Day 3

Passed 24hr leak test, got HDDs, PSU, and GPU all in. Booted it up and installed OS to make sure everything works. Task manager is beautiful


Left it in this state for doing cable management and lighting tonight, gonna be pretty by the time I'm done
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Xenon e5-2670 V1 Xenon e5-2670 V1 Lenovo D30 Motherboard Sapphire r9 290 TRI-X OC 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Hynix PC3-12800R 4x16gb Samsung 850 EVO 500gb FusionIO 320gb PCI-e SSD Seagate Barracuda ST4000 
CoolingPowerCase
Custom Loop OCZ Fatal1ty 750w Thermaltake Core x9 
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CPUCPUMotherboardGraphics
Xenon e5-2670 V1 Xenon e5-2670 V1 Lenovo D30 Motherboard Sapphire r9 290 TRI-X OC 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Hynix PC3-12800R 4x16gb Samsung 850 EVO 500gb FusionIO 320gb PCI-e SSD Seagate Barracuda ST4000 
CoolingPowerCase
Custom Loop OCZ Fatal1ty 750w Thermaltake Core x9 
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post #8 of 15
Thread Starter 
Unforutnately the damn motherboard decided to die while I was finishing up my build...Looks like a VRM blew out because any powersupply snaps into autoprotection as soon as it starts whenever an 8pin CPU power cable is connected. Unfortunate, but I already have a lenovo D30 motherboard on order
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Xenon e5-2670 V1 Xenon e5-2670 V1 Lenovo D30 Motherboard Sapphire r9 290 TRI-X OC 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Hynix PC3-12800R 4x16gb Samsung 850 EVO 500gb FusionIO 320gb PCI-e SSD Seagate Barracuda ST4000 
CoolingPowerCase
Custom Loop OCZ Fatal1ty 750w Thermaltake Core x9 
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CPUCPUMotherboardGraphics
Xenon e5-2670 V1 Xenon e5-2670 V1 Lenovo D30 Motherboard Sapphire r9 290 TRI-X OC 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Hynix PC3-12800R 4x16gb Samsung 850 EVO 500gb FusionIO 320gb PCI-e SSD Seagate Barracuda ST4000 
CoolingPowerCase
Custom Loop OCZ Fatal1ty 750w Thermaltake Core x9 
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post #9 of 15
Thread Starter 
New MoBo came in yesterday


Got the build up and running but I'm not gonna have time to work on it again till Sunday or Monday. Just some cable tidying and lighting left to do thumb.gif
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Xenon e5-2670 V1 Xenon e5-2670 V1 Lenovo D30 Motherboard Sapphire r9 290 TRI-X OC 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Hynix PC3-12800R 4x16gb Samsung 850 EVO 500gb FusionIO 320gb PCI-e SSD Seagate Barracuda ST4000 
CoolingPowerCase
Custom Loop OCZ Fatal1ty 750w Thermaltake Core x9 
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CPUCPUMotherboardGraphics
Xenon e5-2670 V1 Xenon e5-2670 V1 Lenovo D30 Motherboard Sapphire r9 290 TRI-X OC 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Hynix PC3-12800R 4x16gb Samsung 850 EVO 500gb FusionIO 320gb PCI-e SSD Seagate Barracuda ST4000 
CoolingPowerCase
Custom Loop OCZ Fatal1ty 750w Thermaltake Core x9 
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