So I lurked here for quite a bit as the site grew. Recently decided to finally start a server build as my family is growing older and more media and tech savy (kids these days are so lucky).
Checked prices on NK 4.0/41 and Anniversary variants that would meet what I wanted. Decided to do a SNAFU based builed with SM X9DR3-LN4+. Watching eBay for weeks last night made a lowball, so I thought offer on the board with 2 e52630s. Accepted. Wait, really.
Look at email this morning, whoops its a X9DRi-LN4+. Well I think my offer 120 with shipping is still a good deal so will continue.
So to maybe keep some more snafu’s from occuring a question for yall. Anyone put one of these EE-ATX boards in a Be Quiet Dark Base 900 case? For now my homes tech hub, is also my office, and where I listen to music on my headphone setup, so quiet is a must. I just can’t find anything but the overall case dimension online so far.
P.S. all the info here has been very helpful so far.
Regardless of case - keep to quiet fans like the Arctic 120s. Bigger fans spin slower to move the same air, so tend to be quieter. If the fans on your CPU coolers are loud, replace them with Arctics of the appropriate size. A quiet build with this motherboard is very doable though. The laptop on my desk is far louder than the server on the other side of it.
I’m certainly not trying to tell you that the bequiet! case won’t work - just reporting a successful build that appears to meet your criteria in a different case. The bequiet! case may not support the standoffs for the x9drl-if board; the Phanteks certainly does not. I just used some nonconductive feet under the board where the missing ones were.
Another question. Turns out I have a Hyper 212 EVO CPU cooler left over from an 1151 build 5 years ago. If it fits could I mount a second fan to it pointed at the second cpu and use the stock fanless SM cooler that is already mounted. Just wondering how bad of an idea this is, lol.
It might work, but I wouldn’t do it. By ‘work’ I mean that it might keep the temperatures of the second CPU ‘within tolerances’. But with matching CPUs (requirement of the board) and the fact that the workload will be spread across them - far better off to keep the cooling gear matched as well. Troubleshooting when an issue arises will be a nightmare otherwise.
Cheaper for sure, by about $40, since I have everything already on hand (cpu cooler and extra 120mm fan) to do my kooky idea. The cooler I have should work and allows mounting a second fan. I’d mount and power it from the 2nd processor PWM was the idea.
However, I think it’ll be easier and as @talorgen said better for stability to just get a second matching CPU cooler.
Well a little shopping and browsing I think I’ve got options settled and pretty close to current costs for this build. Thoughts? A little higher than I wanted but not bad considering it’s an all in nearly start from scratch build.