Project: The Ultimate Computer Desk

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  1. Posts : 64
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       #161

    Fan Setup


    PwnFrnzy said:
    Is that a Dual-XEON processor motherboard? It looks evil.
    And congrats on winning the Rig of the month from Modders Inc!
    It sure is! More details about that to come, for sure! Thanks!

    After gluing a few blocks of foam together with a spray adhesive, I trimmed the block down to the appropriate size using a bandsaw.



    Unfortunately, it wouldn't fit in order to do the vertical cut...



    So I took out the trusty hand saw!





    Here's the plan for the fan layout





    At first I tried cutting the holes with a good quality knife, but the cuts were not very consistent and it took a long time. I ended up using an old drywall saw, which worked perfectly.



    Test fit



    Cut some more holes



    Awesome!



    Let's see how it looks in the right-hand cabinet



    LOL - hilarious. It shouldn't fit like that. At least, it didn't during my initial measurements! I'll have to tweak that a bit later!

    On to the crazy fans. I decided to go with 3 instead of 4. There just wasn't enough room for foam between each of the fans, and I figured there would be a lot of vibrational noise if they were touching. I could always go to 4 in the future if this proves to be insufficient.



    Lookin good







    Stay tuned! More stuff tomorrow!
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  2. Posts : 64
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       #162

    Server Setup


    I was in an extremely fortunate position recently. A friend of mine's work was moving from a large location to a much smaller location, and he had asked me if I wanted to come scope out the old office for any old bits of computer stuff that might be useful to me. To my shock and amazement, I was indeed able to pick up some pretty fancy hardware that I would have never dreamed of owning. They must have done some pretty big upgrades to leave stuff like this behind!

    I was able to get a hold of a handful of Socket 775 motherboards with Core 2 Duo processors, a bunch of DDR RAM, a box full of Hard Drives, and some relatively decent (lower powered) power supplies. The real treasure though, was a pair of servers. You can see that I had already disassembled one of them:



    2 Full 4U Antec Rackmount cases, each of them containing a Dual-Xeon motherboard + Processors. Both with FB-DIMM RAM sticks as well.

    This particular one contained a pair of Xeon E5410's, with 16GB of DDR2 FB-DIMM's, 4 1TB Western Digital Blacks (SATA), and the motherboard is an Asus DSBF-DE.





    The other one contained a pair of Xeon E5335's, with 4GB of DDR2 FB-DIMM's, 5 1TB Hitachi Deskstas (SATA), and the motherboard is an Asus DSGC-DW.

    Now - before we go on - someone had queried earlier about the PCI Express slot on the board pictured, and I had said something along the lines of "Ya ya, it's there, don't worry about it". I of course, actually looked at the pictures, and no, it's not. It is indeed a PCI Express 16x slot, but on this particular motherboard, it only runs at PCI8. Now, the other motherboard, the Asus DSGC-DW DOES have a PCIX16 slot. When it was released, it did not support the 54xx series of Xeon processors, but I checked the website and there is a BIOS update to add this functionality. I will have to do a test setup with that board to update the BIOS, and then it will be swapped into the desk with a full video card, both the E5410's, as well as the 16GB of RAM, so keep that in mind when looking at the rest of this update. No, unfortunately, I didn't take any pictures of the other motherboard.

    Cool stuff either way. Never, ever thought I'd have a dual processor motherboard. What an amazing find!

    These dual Xeon heatsinks mount directly into the motherboard tray, so unfortunately, I couldn't use those spiffy motherboard trays from Danger Den. Also, since they are of size "SSI", there's no way it would mount on a regular ATX motherboard tray anyways. Time to drill out a tray!



    It actually came out pretty nice and clean



    This is a bit of a shame, since I took the time to clean the processors, put new thermal compound and remount everything. I'm just going to have to disassemble it again anyways when I put in the different motherboard. Ah well.









    This is a bit of a hack job getting the tray mounted... Since the processors are mounted to the tray, I had mounted it outside of the desk, so when I went to fasten the tray to the desk, I was *gasp* actually lazy and didn't want to dismount the motherboard again... so umm.. I'm going to replace those odd-angled screws when I switch motherboards..



    The power supply looks pretty good there. It's an Antec 650W - an Earthwatts maybe? I forget. I may consider replacing it with a unit that has a 120-140mm fan just to exhaust the air a bit better. The board has a requirement for a 24pin, an 8pin, as well as a 4pin, so I can't just use any power supply unfortunately.



    The cables, of course, are not nearly long enough to reach the connectors on the board. I've already ordered the extensions and hopefully I'll get them at the beginning of next week. Oh, you'll see that I've straightened out the fans as well.



    The cooling solution looks good. There will be two fans directly in front of the CPU's. I may consider putting an additional hole in the door to allow the CPU's and RAM to exhaust directly.



    There is one major issue with the right-hand cabinet setup. The original specifications called for an ATX board, which is significantly smaller, so umm.. I have no idea where the hard-drives are going to fit. lol! Fun times.

    Hope you're enjoying this flurry of updates. I may or may not be able to post an update tomorrow, as I'm going camping for the weekend! At the latest, I'll be posting again early next week!
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  3. Posts : 17,322
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       #163

    Looking good. Nice coming across all those extra parts too.
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  4. Posts : 14,606
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       #164

    Just read the entire thread, somehow i missed it before, What a fantastic job you have done so far and the finish on the wood is spectacular for plywood. will be following this thread with much interest ,good luck
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  5. Posts : 509
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       #165

    So you basically got a Dual-XEON E5410 motherboard, processors and RAM for FREE?!
    I envy you.

    The build seems to be coming together very smoothly, soon the final product shall be reveled.
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  6. Posts : 124
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       #166

    I am so excited to see the finished product.

    As for the hard drives, you could just have the SSD's inside with the computer, then do all of your storage drives externally. That would also help keep the computer cool.

    Something similar to this.
    Computer Desk LED Plexiglass Case Mod | Hack N Mod
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  7. Posts : 53,693
    Windows 10 Home x64
       #167

    Your fantastic desk is attracting free high end PC parts :) They want to live there, lol. Enjoying this thread immensely. A Guy
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  8. Posts : 64
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    Thread Starter
       #168

    Gigabyte Board


    derekimo said:
    Looking good. Nice coming across all those extra parts too.
    Thanks derekimo, I have been extremely fortunate and grateful! What timing as well!

    boohbah said:
    Just read the entire thread, somehow i missed it before, What a fantastic job you have done so far and the finish on the wood is spectacular for plywood. will be following this thread with much interest ,good luck
    Thanks boohbah for joining in and commenting! Stay tuned, there's still plenty to go!

    PwnFrnzy said:
    So you basically got a Dual-XEON E5410 motherboard, processors and RAM for FREE?!
    I envy you.

    The build seems to be coming together very smoothly, soon the final product shall be reveled.
    It's been an incredible ride, PwnFrnzy!! Thanks for the positive comments!

    Maxwell said:
    I am so excited to see the finished product.

    As for the hard drives, you could just have the SSD's inside with the computer, then do all of your storage drives externally. That would also help keep the computer cool.

    Something similar to this.
    Computer Desk LED Plexiglass Case Mod | Hack N Mod
    Mmm, I have certainly considered it.. we'll have to see! I have a few aces up my sleeve still!

    A Guy said:
    Your fantastic desk is attracting free high end PC parts :) They want to live there, lol. Enjoying this thread immensely. A Guy
    Lol yes, that is a great way of looking at it, no? Thanks!

    A huge thanks goes out to Gigabyte for supplying me with this amazing motherboard - a GA-Z68XUD4-B3.

    Without a doubt, the coolest motherboard I have ever owned!





    I could barely wait to open this up when I got it in the mail!





    And this poor motherboard tray that had been sitting for months and months covered in brown paper - finally had it removed. It looks even better than I could have hoped!



    Here is the test fit in the actual desk



    And with the fans in place



    I'm going to trim off the plastic tabs from the motherboard tray to make it a bit easier to build the tunnels for cable management. Also, I'm considering putting a pair of holes beneath the motherboard to pass cables through underneath. Lots of stuff happening in the next few weeks!

    I attempted to boot up the Asus DSGC-DW board (The one with the PCIx16 slot) but it would not boot. I'm afraid that that particular motherboard has gone bad, so I will continue to use the board with the PCIx8 slot. Anyone have any suggestions with regards to determining the best video card I can put in a PCIx16 slot with only x8 bandwidth? I was thinking I could look at the theoretical bandwith of an 8x slot and match it with that of the video card to maximize performance (ie. no point in installing a 5970x2 in an x8 slot).

    Anyways, hopefully will have a handful of updates this week!
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  9. Posts : 509
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       #169

    I don't think that an x16 slot with an x16 card vs. an x8 slot with an x16 card will have any sort of a noticeable difference. You could run just about any x16 card on an x8 slot without issues as far as I know.
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  10. Posts : 334
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       #170

    Glad to see someone else is making a desk too lol. I am going all out on one soon also. I plan to build mine as a 3 piece corner style desk. You wold have the middle segment diagonal in the corner and each side of it running along the walls.

    Essentially it will be one whole desk comprised of 3 pieces that can be taken apart so I can move it easily. I am using heavy materials and the desk is going to be big enough that I need it to come apart easily so I can move it around when I need to.
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