HP Z420 Gaming Computer and other Upgrades
HP Z420 GAMING COMPUTER AND OTHER UPGRADES
The HP Z420 has all the base components to be converted in to a high end gaming computer. HP Z420’s are a single socket Xeon based workstations. They have a standard 400W Power Supply with an optional 600W Power Supply. We have a video that will show you how to upgrade the power supply if you need more wattage for your graphic card of choice. Let us show you how you can build an effective HP Z420 Gaming Computer.
Where to buy?
If you haven’t already acquired an HP Z420 Workstation we’d recommend checking out a company called Serverworlds. They sell the Z420’s cheap and they provide free ground shipping to the lower 48 states. You can configure a custom HP Z420 using here. You can also try to snag them cheap on Ebay. However, Ebay can be a bit of a gamble because you never know what you are going to get.
The goal is to purchase the Z420 with a good processor and memory already installed and then you can source the graphics cards, hard drives, and other optional components from other sources.
What Processor(s) should I get?
High Clock speed cpu’s are the way to go.
If you have system board PN 619557-001 aka 618263-001, you can only install V1 Processors
Xeon QC E5-1620 3.6Ghz 10MB 130W Processor | 3.8 Max Turbo Frequency (SR0LC)
Xeon QC E5-2643 3.33Ghz 10MB 8GTs 130W Processor | 3.5Ghz Max Turbo Frequency (SR0L7)
Xeon 6C E5-1650 3.2Ghz 12MB 130W Processor | 3.8Ghz Max Turbo Frequency (SR0KZ)
Xeon 6C E5-1660 3.30Ghz 15MB 130W Processor | 3.9Ghz Max Turbo Frequency (SR0KN)
Xeon 6C E5-2667 2.90Ghz 15MB 8GTs 130W Processor | 3.5Ghz Max Turbo Frequency (SR0KP)
*If you plan to install a CPU that utilizes more then 130W, HP recommends that you install the liquid cool heatsink assembly.*
Xeon 8C E5-2687W 3.1Ghz 20MB 8GTs 150W Processor | 3.8 Max Turbo Frequency (SR0KG)
*You Must have System Board PN: 708615-001 to support V2 Processors*
Xeon QC E5-1620 V2 3.70Ghz 10MB 0GTs 130W Processors | 3.9Ghz Max Turbo Frequency (SR1AR)
Xeon QC E5-2637 V2 3.50Ghz 15MB 8GTs 130W Processors | 3.8Ghz Max Turbo Frequency (SR1B7)
Xeon 6C E5-2643 V2 3.50Ghz 25MB 8GTs 130W Processors | 3.8Ghz Max Turbo Frequency (SR19X)
Xeon 8C E5-2667 V2 3.3Ghz 25MB 8GTs 130W Processors | 4.0Ghz Max Turbo Frequency (SR19W)
*If you plan to install a CPU that utilizes more then 130W, HP recommends that you install the liquid cool heatsink assembly.*
Xeon 8C E5-2687W V2 3.4Ghz 25MB 8GTs 150W Processors | 4.0Ghz Max Turbo Frequency (SR19V)
How much Memory should I get?
The base line should be a minimum of 16GB of memory. However, 24GB to 32GB would be ideal.
4GB 1Rx4 ECC 14900R DDR3 Module (712381-571)
8GB 2Rx4 ECC 14900R DDR3 Module (715273-001)
8GB 1Rx4 ECC 14900R DDR3 Module (731657-081)
16GB 2Rx4 ECC 14900R DDR3 Module (715274-001)
Recommended Memory configurations:
4 x 4GB PC14900R ECC Reg Modules (16GB)
6 x 4GB PC14900R ECC Reg Modules (24GB)
4 x 8GB PC14900R ECC Reg Modules (32GB)
6 x 8GB PC14900R ECC Reg Modules (48GB)
It’s very important to use 14900R modules because they will run at the max speed supported by the system board and processor(s).
What Hard Drive should I get?
Ideally you would want to have a Solid State Drive as your boot device as well an NVME.2 SSD to store your game libraries/large programs on. If you are limited on budget you could go with a small SSD for your boot device and a larger capacity 7.2K SATA drive to hold your larger files/programs/games.
Recommended SSD Drives:
Samsung 860 EVO 1TB 2.5 Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-76E1T0B/AM)
Samsung 860 Evo 500GB 2.5 inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-76E500B/AM)
Recommended large Capacity SATA Drives:
Seagate 2TB BarraCuda SATA 6 Gb/s 7200 RPM 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch Desktop Hard Drive (ST2000DM006)
Seagate 3TB Barracuda SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal HDD (ST3000DM008)
Seagate 6TB IronWolf SATA HDD 6Gb/s 256MB Cache 3.5″(ST6000VN0033)
*NVME.2 Drives cannot be used as a boot device with this model workstation*
NVME.2 PCIe Adapter (You need this if you plan to install an NVME.2 Drive in to this system):
NVME.2 SSD Adapter *Required to Install NVME.2*
Recommended NVME.2 SSDs:
WD Black 512GB M.2 2280 PCIe NVME SSD (WDS512G1X0C)
Samsung 960 EVO Series – 500GB NVMe – M.2 Internal SSD (MZ-V6E500BW)
Samsung 960 EVO Series – 1TB PCIe NVMe – M.2 Internal SSD (MZ-V6E1T0BW)
Integrated Intel AHCI 6GBPS SATA Controller (Supports Software Raid 0, 1, 5, 10)
LSI 9217 6GBPS SAS/SATA PCIe Controller (Supports Raid 0, 1, 10)
LSI 9270-8i 6GBPS SAS/SATA PCie Controller (Supports Raid 0, 1, 5, 10)
What Graphics Card should I get?
*Before upgrading your graphics card you should verify what wattage power supply you have installed.*
Recommended Graphics Cards:
EVGA NVIDIA GTX1050 TI 4GB Graphics Card
EVGA NVIDIA GTX1060 6GB Graphics Card
*If you upgrade your power supply to 650W or more.*
EVGA NVIDIA GTX1660 Ti 6GB Graphics Card
EVGA NVIDIA RTX 2060 6GB Graphics Card
EVGA NVIDIA GTX1070 8GB SC Graphics Card
EVGA NVIDIA GTX1070TI 8GB Graphics Card
EVGA NVIDIA RTX 2070 8GB Graphics Card
EVGA NVIDIA GTX1080 SC 8GB Graphics Card
EVGA NVIDIA RTX 2080 8GB Graphics Card
*If you upgrade your power supply to 800W or more.*
EVGA NVIDIA GTX1080 TI 11GB SC2 ICX Technology Graphics Card
EVGA NVIDIA RTX 2080 Ti 11GB Graphics Card
What type of Monitor should I get?
Ideally it would be nice to get a monitor with a 144Hz or 244hz refresh rate or better monitor. However, it really depends on the games you play. If you play first person shooter games a 144hz or 240Hz or better monitor is a must. If you play other games that do not require quick response time then a 60hz monitor should work fine.
ASUS PG248Q Full HD 144Hz 1MS 24″ Gaming Monitor
ASUS VG278Q Full HD 1080P 144Hz 1MS 27″ Gaming Monitor
ASUS XG258Q ROG Strix 24.5″ 1080P 240Hz 1MS Gaming Monitor
Replacement Power Supply:
Replacement HP Z420 600W Power Supply (Spare PN: 632911-001)
Using the criteria above you can help you build a high end gaming system using a HP Z420 Workstation.
HP Z420 Workstation (Gen 2 System Board)
1 x 8C Xeon E5-2687W V2 3.4Ghz 25MB 8GTs
32GB PC14900R (4 x 8GB)
Samsung 256GB 6GBPS SSD + 512GB Samsung Evo NVME
EVGA GTX1060 w/6GB Graphics Card
1 x 10/100/1000 Network Port
600W Power Supply
10 Pro 64Bit
We have tested this system with games like Dota 2, CS Go, PubG, Overwatch, and The Division. The frames can range from 90FPS to 200FPS depending on the game and settings that you choose. The system was tested using a 144Hz 27″ Acer Monitor.
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SteelSeries Apex M750 RGB Mechnical Keyboard (Click Here)
Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum RGB Tunable Gaming Mouse (Click Here)
HyperX Cloud II 7.1 Gaming Headset (Click Here)
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The stock fans are OK, but there is much more noise than the z220 that I had earlier. I did some messing around and found the culprit to be the memory fan. I did some looking at that fan and saw it has four wires instead of the normal 3. I googled the part number to see if I could get a replacement and all I could find were three wire fans with the same part number. I understand that three wire fans are for PWM signal to adjust the RPM. What's the fourth wire?
Not sure if this is the correct place, but I'm trying to move a Z420 into a new case, I've installed a new power supply and graphics card and I am getting an error that seems to be common to those attempting this:
921- Front USB not connected
939 - Front USB 3.0 Not Connected
940 - Front 1394 Not Connected
I've taken the Blue USB connector from the new case and plugged it into the Z420 Blue USB connector port and attempted to boot up, getting the above errors.
I've read that you can "short out" two pins on the blue USB port to resolve USB errors, but I was hoping to be able to use the USB ports on the new case, rather than fooling the motherboard into booting (by shorting the pins) and then not being able to plug the cases blue USB connector into the motherboard if I short out the pins and take up the space the connector requires to connect to the motherboard.
Currently, I can't get the Z420 to get past this error, hitting the F1 key to continue bootup appears to do nothing, the computer remains frozen, and I have officially hit the frustration point ;-)
Can someone direct me to the "fix"?
Jason Kimball You should hit up our discord channel. There are multiple community members that have successfully swapped a Z420 in to an ATX case. They might be able to provide more info.
Discord Channel: https://discordapp.com/invite/m4suddv
I've been using A Z420 for a few years now.
Xeon E5-1620 (stock w/ liquid cooler)
32GB DDR3 ECC RAM (stock)
250GB Samsung Evo SSD (upgrade, boot)
2x WD 1TB RAID 1 (stock, data)
600 watt PSU (stock)
Asus 1060 6GB Turbo (upgrade)
Runs all my games with high settings on a 34" ultrawide monitor (2560x1080) at 60-120 fps. Looking to pass this down to my kid who's just got into PC gaming, currently on a 4th-gen i7 & GTX 750 ti.
I'm looking at the HP Z440 as my next platform.
The best graphics cards for these chassis types are those with blower-style shrouds. Hot air is forced out the back, while typical aftermarket cards just circulate the hot air, and it's up to the single CPU/chassis exhaust fan to expel the extra heat.
Another idea is to get a liquid cooler graphics card, such as the EVGA Hybrid series. Then you can cut an opening on the side panel to mount the radiator and fan. This is my plan for my next rig.
With 16GB x 8, you can achieve a max memory of 128GB, but because of registered ecc module design, the speed of the memory will clock down.
However, the z420 also supports load-reduced registered ecc modules (LRDIMMs), and there's two distinct advantages I've found. One is that you can exceed 16GB modules and use 32GB ones for a total of 256GB (I have this installed in my z420), and the second is that the modules will run at full speed with no clocking down.
Pairing this much memory with a high core count cpu can make for a nice system for virtual machines.
Hi there, I've got a HP Z420. Can anyone tell me how i can find out which version motherboard i have, PN 619557-001 aka 618263-001 :V1 or PN: 708615-001 : V2 I cannot find it in bios or printed on the Motherboard. I'm guessing i've the V1 as my CPU is E5-1620 but don't know for sure and therefore don't know if i can upgrade to faster V2 CPU's. Any advice welcome and Thanks in advance
I recently ordered a 860 EVO 2.5 500GB drive for a Z420 that was given to me last week. Good ole Amazon shipped me a 860 EVO SATA M.2 1TB drive instead. I see that it isn't possible to boot to the NVME drive via the PCIE adapter as mentioned above, but is it possible for the machine to boot to this SATA M.2 via a 2.5" adapter in the usual HDD spot? I'd rather not return the 1TB drive for a smaller drive, and I know I came out ahead in the deal. If anything, I'll just order another 500GB 2.5" and hope I get the right one next time.
Something like this?
Thanks in advance
Hi, I'm getting ready to swap out the stock graphics card in my z420 for this: GeForce GTX 1050 Ti DirectX 12 GTX 1050 Ti GAMING X 4G 4GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready ATX Video Card I've been reading up on how best to do this and I've run across some sites that say I'll need to get a 2x6 pin to 1x8 pin adapter. Is this correct? Also, I'm not upgrading the 600w power supply. Will it work with this card? Thanks for your help.
I wanted to give you a heads-up about your video for installing a new GEForce 1050 graphics card in the HPz420. I think you should redo it. You should let people know that if they have Bitlocker encryption on their MS account, they won't be able to boot up without the encryption key. None of the videos I viewed from anyone said anything about this and now I can't use my computer because the encryption key is on a file in the computer. I tried retrieving it through my tablet in my MS account and it acts like it doesn't even know hat I'm talking about. Being someone who is used to using computers and not doing a lot with hardware, etc., I had no idea i'd need that information before doing the upgrade. Now I can't even boot the machine up and i'm looking at a $200 to $400 repair bill I can't afford. Oh, and I also use this machine to work remotely due to COVID. It's really dangerous to throw a video out there thinking the person viewing it is educated enough to know about the hidden dangers. By the way, the card went in successfully, all of that info was correct. I just wish it hadn't cost me my livelihood.
I'm building budget pc up from scratch my components are below
hpz420 618263-001 mobo
E5 1620, not v2
Cooler Master Case
Evga 600 PSU from Best Buy with 24 to 18 pin converter
Logitech Key Board with usb connection
I have no Ram fan,
When I turn psu power both graphics card and cpu fan jiggle a bit but never start spinning full revolutions. The blue light by the Mem Fan turns on twice. I can get video later. Any solutions or anyone with similar problems?
Hi! I'm new to your website and was drawn to it because of the information you offer regarding graphics cards. But upon further investigation, I am unsure if my processor is compatible.
I have a HP Z420 that is multi-core with Intel Xenon E5-1680 v2 @3.70 GHz. Would I need an upgrade in CPU for one of the cards you listed above? Would I be better off buying a new computer?
Waiting for your reply. Thank you in advance for responding!
Not sure about which gpu. There are many listed there and they aren't the newest models out there. That cpu is a great one. Should actually be able to overclock that a bit using throttle stop or atleast get an all core 3.9 turbo. I would imagine any restrictions you may have with a gpu is going to be space and power requirements. But if you can do an all core 3.9ghz you can still bottleneck it with something but I wouldn't worry much.
Thank you for your prompt response!
Perhaps, I should explain my current situation. I recently downloaded SONY Vegas 18 software. My current graphics card is the Nvidia Quadro K2000 which contains 2 GB of memory. I became interested in upgrading my card because I need at least 4 GB for 4K editing and rendering.
Hope this helps.
I'm a bit confused with the board numbers quoted, where do you find that number?
I have a v2 board 2013 bios, updated to the latest version 3.90.
The computer came with an E5-2650v1 chip and I found from documentation I could put a v2 in, so that's what I have now, with 32GB ram - not sure of the speed.
Your list shows a number of v2 processors, all much faster than mine, so which would be the best one to get?
Will the 8C 2687W be any better than the 6C 2667 with the higher clock speed?
I'm not sure what the power supply is offhand but I'm running a 1050ti with no problems just now. Ideally, I'd like to put a 1660 in. I have a 6 pin connector, currently unused, of course, so the 1660 should work OK or the ti version with an 6 to 8 pin adapter cable.
I'm most interested in upgrading the chip first though, so any advice will be gratefully received.