Computer is Almost Ready

The computer is almost ready! See more pictures below of the process of putting everything together.

The computer will temporarily be housed in the 4U server chassis, while we work on making a top plate for the Husky. Who knew that a 4U server chassis is significantly cheaper (and significantly bigger) than a full size ATX case?

Computer Assembled

The ASUS Z9PA-D8 motherboard has dual LGA2011 slots to fit two E5-2660 Xeon processors. One huge advantage of this motherboard is that the heatsink mounting plate is integrated into the board.

Asus Motherboard

The copper water cooling blocks from Swiftech are mounted. A little Arctic Silver 5 thermal compound helps transfer heat from the CPU dies and into the heatsink.

Water Cooling Blocks

The lab was quite a mess while we were working!

Computer Assembly

4 thoughts on “Computer is Almost Ready”

  1. Hi, could you post the whole description of the computer parts : coolers, memory ..

    How is it going btw?


  2. ASUS Z9PA-D8 ATX Server Motherboard
    2x Intel Xeon E5-2660
    Intel Ethernet Server Adapter I350-T4
    Samsung 840 Pro SSD
    2x Kingston 4x8GB DDR3 ECC Buffered RAM
    Nvidia Tesla K20

    The cooling system is all from Swiftech. Cooling blocks for the Xeons are the Apogee HD paired with MCR320-XP triple wide radiator and MCP655 pump. We are waiting on a full-size cooling block for the Tesla from EKWB.

    Things are going well. The software team is making significant progress with the overall software architecture. Mechanically, it appears everything will fit in our chassis, but it will be very tight.

  3. Hi,

    I am also in the process of building a very similar computer with the same motherboard and 2 xeon processors. I originally bought 2 cpu cooling fans, only to realize that they are too big for the compact side-by-side cpu sockets. I am thinking that it might be best to switch to water cooling, however don’t know much at all about them.

    Can you please give me a detailed list of the cooling system components.
    Also, I’m curious, does having 2 CPUs mean that i will have to ensure that i have sufficient flow if it is split between them, or do i need two separate cooling systems?

    Thank you,

  4. Hi Namu,

    No, we run one system with one pump. You can either use a barb tee to split the output of the pump or a manifold. If the tubing is of similar size and there are no restrictions in one branch, the flow will be mostly equal in each branch. The most important thing is to ensure that the pump can support the flow rate of two branches.


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