Opinions on best hardware for Opteron build
I recently acquired an AMD Opteron 2.6 for free. Best system board and heatsink/fan for this processor??? Any opinions greatly appreciated.
I agree and I too would recommend the Tyan S2895A2NRF
You will need a case that can accomodate that board an EPS12 PSU and 184pin REG ECC PC3200 DDR SDRAM.
If you are looking for something cheaper check out:
You will still need an EPS12 PSU and 184pin REG ECC PC3200 DDR SDRAM regardless of motherboard.
Keep in mind some of these boards are 12"x13" and require a 12"x13" EATX case but watch out some boards ( including the S2895) are SSI EEB 3.0.
Their two most recent boards for that line are:
You might be able to get a board with very similar performance to the Tyan Thunder K8WE (S2895) but at a much lower cost now. (Not to be confused with the Tyan Tiger K8WE (S2877) board)
Still nForce Pro 2200 + 2050 was the first true dual PCIe x16 chipset :P, out well before all the other nForce 4 ones :P.... but that doesn't make that much difference, it is the other features that do. (eg: Aggregate memory performance between 2 processors).
A 2nd Opteron 200 series CPU (single core like what you have now) will not cost you very much at all.
No doubt all the chipsets and price ranges will sway you, just fire me a PM (Private Msg) or é-mail me, or MSN me. (My details are in my profile and in contact section of my very dodgy website - see my signature).
CASE: Antec Titan 550
- If you check the dimentions you'll notice why, make sure to hook up SATA cables, etc before installing the board, or you'll have trouble connecting the HDDs, etc later.
PSU: Any decent EPS12V of 500+ watts should cover it for awhile. eg: The Antec TruePower II 550 EPS12V that comes with the Titan 550 case. :P
EPS12V is basically a 'server' varient of ATX12V, and should usually, today, include a 8-pin connector for CPU power (2 x 4 pins). Aswell as a 24 pin EPS12V connector. (1 pin has a different function when compared to ATX12V).
Anandtech did report issues with it, but I've never been able to recreate them myself. They prob just got a dud-PSU or pushed it over the edge using nTune to overclock or something. Either way.... they didn't compare 10 of a given PSU to 10 of another PSU.
I was looking at the following case
Interesting design. System board is inverted from normal position. drives and PSU sit near the top of the case and the processors at the bottom with a wind tunnel effect. I was going to use Zalman CNPS9500 on the processors. I was going to use this case with the Antec PSU.
The stock Opteron cooler is different from the stock Athlon 64 cooler (at least on the 64 3200).
I am not sure if your 'desired' heatsink will be able to be attached to the board to be honest... but once you see the Opteron cooler with the heatpipes you may change your mind.
I've changed the fans on mine to Panasonic 80mm (using a funnel to get 80mm to 70mm fit). They are known by the PanFlo or PanaFlo name in the industry. Fairly quiet compared to the stock fan, with similar CFM movement.
The CPUs come with HSF anyway, so get them and the board in, then see if your can install the HSF you want afterwards.
http://www.silentpcreview.com - might have some useful info in that respect.
Quote:I added up the cost of building this. It's cheaper to just buy an OEM box. I might just wait until the prices drop a bit.
Well a 940 board will cost you $220-$450 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.asp?Submit=ENE&N=2010200302+1071310162&Subcategory=302&description=&srchInDesc=&minPrice=&maxPrice=&ATTR1=&ATTR2=&ATTR3=2010200302+1071310162&ATTR4=&ATTR5=&ATTR6=&ATTR7=&ATTR8=&ATTR9=&ATTR10=&ATTR11=&ATTR12=&ATTR13=&ATTR14=&ATTR15=&ATTR16=&ATTR17=&ATTR18=&ATTR19=&ATTR20=&ATTR21=&ATTR22=&ATTR23=&ATTR24=&ATTR25=&ATTR26=&ATTR27=&ATTR28=&ATTR29=&ATTR30=&ATTR31=
PSU $90 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817103932
CASE $55 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811125436
VGA $0 for onboard or $40 - $299 for a 6200 PCI-Express thru 7900GT
RAM $278 for XMS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820145476
RAM $220 for VS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820145310
You can certainly run it with only one CPU until you're ready to upgrade it.
Quote:That case you mentioned doesnt play nice with EATX boards. I can get a discount on Kingston memory. Im just trying to keep to a certain $ amount. I should be able to build it in the coming months.
I selected the cheapest case that would ( probably ) do the job. I'm sorry to say even $1000 rackmount cases sometimes do not work that well for some EATX and SSI EEB server boards.
I got burnt before even after doing extensive research.