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Help with first PC Build, what's the right cooling option for the Xeon E5-2697 v2?

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October 11, 2013 1:51:19 AM

Hi all,

I am wondering if anyone can shed some light on which one of these will be compatible with a single Xeon E5-2697 v2 12-core, I've been told either one of these two should work?:


Dynatron T318 135 Watts Vapor Chamber CPU Cooler

Also I'm hoping someone experienced can have a look at this list to see if there are any incompatible components? I'm really happy with the Tower, Motherboard, CPU and GPU choice. And I'll be adding another Xeon + three more GTX Titans to this as I can afford it:

1 x Corsair Obsidian Series 900D Case/Tower

1 x SILVERSTONE ST1500 1500W Power Supply

1 x ASUS Z9PE-D8 WS Motherboard

1 x Intel Xeon E5-2697 v2 2.7GHz 12-Core CPU

1 x Crucial 32GB Kit (16GBx2), DDR3 1600MHz ECC RAM

2 x EVGA GeForce GTX TITAN SuperClocked 6GB SLI Ready

1 x StarTech 4 PCI Ex PCIe SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Controller

1 x Rosewill N900PCE Wireless Dual Band Adapter PCI Express

1 x ICY DOCK 2.5" to 3.5" SATA 6Gb SSD Converter (for my 2.5" Vertex SSD)

1 x AFT PRO-55U All-in-one USB 2.0 Card Reader

1 x ASUS Black Blu-Ray Burner

1 x Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

2 x Tower Interior Light

1 x Zip Ties

1 x ORICO 1M Velcro Cable Tie

Any help is greatly appreciated!
October 11, 2013 4:44:12 AM

allanitomwesh said:
Deep pockets there.
Save some cash and go with gtx 780,and that way you can put more now,at same price,for more performance.
The dynatron is probably better,with 2 cpu's in the sockets.

Well, the Titans are 6GB RAM each which means A LOT when doing GPU rendering + they are supposed to benchmark better than anything else currently (incl. the 780) when rendering with Octane (which I'll be doing), according to this:

Like I said, I'm very happy with the main components (Tower, Motherboard, CPU and GPU), but I need help with the other ones. So I should go with the Hyper 212 EVO then?

I appreciate the input!
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October 11, 2013 7:30:39 AM

Yeah,the 212 evo is a very capable cooler.I really don't see any problem parts,it should build well.Any suggestions would just be for cost cutting,like on the psu you can get away with an efficient 1000w flat,since the processor isn't power hungry at all.
October 11, 2013 10:15:04 AM

Good, I'll go with it then :)  Thank you!

The PSU is needed I think, since I'll be upgrading the system with a 2nd Xeon (making it a total of 24 cores) + 2 more GTX Titans (total of 4 GPUs) later on. I'll also switch to water cooling as I upgrade it, not sure if this matters watt-wise, but just thought I'd mention it.
October 12, 2013 5:35:02 AM

You should be good even with watercooling and the board maxed out all its ram and pci lanes. All the best
October 12, 2013 11:24:49 AM

Good to know. Thanks a lot for the advice :)  I appreciate it!