After lot’s of research and troubleshooting, I’ve finally completed my first build. This build is based off of one of the Anniversary 2.0 suggested builds.
Motherboard - Supermicro X9DRH-7F
CPU - Xeon E5-2650 v2 x2
CPU Coolers - Supermicro SNK SNK-P0050AP4 x2
RAM - 128GB (16GB x8) Micron 16GB PC3-1200R
PSU - EVGA 750 BQ
Case - Fractal Design Define 7 XL R2
Fans - ARCTIC P12 Value Pack / Fans included with case
Other things purchased for this build
BENFEI SATA Cable 3 Pack x3
Electronics toolkit (this was largely unnecessary but useful nonetheless)
RETERMIT Kapton Tape
TEKTON Magnetic Parts Tray
4" Cable Ties
GELID Thermal Compound
- Windows does not play well with server-grade hardware.
- Probably should have used SAS -> SATA breakouts or gotten longer SATA cables for better cable management.
- The build was not near as daunting as I originally expected.
- This case is freakin’ awesome!
@JDM_WAAAT - His live-streamed build video, as well as all of his other build guides proved invaluable in getting this done.
@DoItMyselfToo_US - Sold me the MOBO, CPU, CPU coolers, and RAM. The communication, packaging, and shipping was more than I ever expected. Everything worked great out of the box, and the MOBO was already pre-flashed so I was able to avoid doing that myself. He also was very helpful in answering all my questions along the way.
Thanks and always open to constructive criticism!