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Nothing too fantastic. I got me a Spotswood Small Tech Station and now want to move my cardboard box boinc rig onto it and across the room. I am quite excited to build with a @spotswood case.

Full disclosure: All Parts have been paid in full by myself and there have been no sponsered parts.

Case: Spotswood Small Tech Station

Hardware:
CPUs: 4x AMD Opteron 8439 SE
GPU: Gainward GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1024MB "Phantom"
RAM : 60GB DDR2 Regestered ECC
Mobo: SuperMicro H8QM8
HDD: Scavange HDD from somewhere...

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So firstly, things progressed far differently than expected.

Due to my own mistake the EATX board I have uses a non standard layout for the mobo mounting points. This has meant I had to use the superb flexibility the Spotswood case offers. Unfortunately the way I work is mainly trial and error so checking placement and taking photos of this process slipped my mind. THis is more of a picture dump than a build log...
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Im glad the case was well wrapped, some loose screws...
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It's half built! THis was the point I realised the mobo wouldn't fit...
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The soloution? Makes something up out of the bits...
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Now I could fix the overhang, but that would require me moving the motherboard and I'm lazy so not yet. Maybe when I decide to do things proper.

Just some Heat Sink shots, I might need to get them lapped they're fairly well worn now.

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The Grizzly thermal paste is great, but really doesn't spread well...
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Attempting to spread it out, giving up and going with liberal application of TIM.
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This workes, I previously had one CPU with two cores that were far too hot, this liberal application fixed that.
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Annoyingly red PSU Jumper Switch.
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The mess of cables...
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I quite like the PSU mounting solution. Really flexable(as with this enitre case)
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Not it's intended use but it works...
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And TheBeast works...
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It's not quite finished, or finalised. I need to fix the GPU mount, find a way to mount the other 4 Mobo Mounts and move it across the room to its intended location. I could also add on some spare fans, but Well see how hot that corner gets.
 

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Always fun upgrading from a cardboard box to a nice metal structure ^_^

How's it handle various projects and all that fun stuff? Do the chips run cooler now that you switched to thermal grizzly?
 

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Always fun upgrading from a cardboard box to a nice metal structure ^_^

How's it handle various projects and all that fun stuff? Do the chips run cooler now that you switched to thermal grizzly?
Yes they do, I don't hit thermal limit anymore, compared to the old paste. It's the second application of Grizzly as one of the CPUs had issues, the paste didn't spread properly and 2 of the cores were running way hot. The excess this time seems to have fixed it.

WU wise it's slower than the newer intel rigs, but it's still puts out respectable times.
 

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Yes they do, I don't hit thermal limit anymore, compared to the old paste. It's the second application of Grizzly as one of the CPUs had issues, the paste didn't spread properly and 2 of the cores were running way hot. The excess this time seems to have fixed it.

WU wise it's slower than the newer intel rigs, but it's still puts out respectable times.
Good to hear the rework helped out.

And while they might be slower than Intel stuff, I might have to pick one up at some point just because of...Various... Reasons. I promise they tooooootalllllly have absolutely no reasons to do with wanting more cups on HWBot - it's definitely, and only, because I eventually want to have two of the 1366 2P blades, two 2011 setups (one using E5-2670's, one using E5-2690v4's, and BOTH already have spousal approval as the v1's will be bedroom HTPC, and v4's will be my vr rig), and at least one 4P setup..... Not that I'd ever be able to run all of that in the current place. Something about a 60A main breaker that's locked away in an area I can't easily access, and of course wanting to still be able to do various things in our place without tripping any breakers.
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Good to hear the rework helped out.

And while they might be slower than Intel stuff, I might have to pick one up at some point just because of...Various... Reasons. I promise they tooooootalllllly have absolutely no reasons to do with wanting more cups on HWBot - it's definitely, and only, because I eventually want to have two of the 1366 2P blades, two 2011 setups (one using E5-2670's, one using E5-2690v4's, and BOTH already have spousal approval as the v1's will be bedroom HTPC, and v4's will be my vr rig), and at least one 4P setup..... Not that I'd ever be able to run all of that in the current place. Something about a 60A main breaker that's locked away in an area I can't easily access, and of course wanting to still be able to do various things in our place without tripping any breakers.
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I'd stay away from socket F stuff, the G34 stuff is way better and far easier to get CPU coolers for.
 

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I'd stay away from socket F stuff, the G34 stuff is way better and far easier to get CPU coolers for.
Yeah, I was leaning more towards g34 because of being able to be all "wow, sixty four threads on one board!" looks like it's going to be interesting to find a motherboard that isn't full of proprietary this and that once I get to that one on the list.
 
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