My latest build - Z440

Hello. Just signed up to the forum today. I have been messing around with old workstations for about 10 years. I have built over 20 but have only sold about 5 of them in that time. It's definitely an addiction!

 

This is my latest that I will use for a mix of work and entertainment as usual. 3D CAD, rendering, photo & video editing, gaming and casual browsing. Running dual LG 27" 4K monitors and 2 sets of speakers for side-by-side gaming when a bro comes around.

 

Specs are:

-Standard Z440 chassis with optional fans, duct and 700W PSU

-i7-6950X

-128GB 2400MHz ECC RAM

-4x Samsung 860 Pro RAID0 array

-2x Seagate 8TB RAID0 array

-4x Samsung 970 Evo Plus (about to play with software RAID) 

-RTX 2080Ti

-Basic WiFi and Bluetooth card

-Asus Xonar DG sound card (for the optical output) 

 

I'm enjoying finally being able to play at 4K 60fps with settings maxed or nearly maxed in my favourite games - even if I do have to leave the side panel off to let it breath/run quieter. Still half considering a case swap but that quickly snowballs into looking at PSUs, gaming motherboards etc.

 

Anybody know of software that allows manual chassis fan control on the Z440? I have used SetFSB, Speedfan etc. on previous machines but can't see any controls for this one.

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  • 128GB ECC memory? i7-6950X doesn't support ECC memory, and HP Z440 doesn't support desktop CPU's. You must be joking.

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    • uco73 No joking here. I had read elsewhere of somebody trying other i7s of this socket type and it working with the ECC memory. The top V4 Xeons are still too pricey for my liking so I thought I'd take a chance and put the best i7 in instead. So far so good 馃憤馃徎

      Now I look at the best gaming X99 motherboards and wonder what this thing would be like with a good overclock but it would realistically mean buying the motherboard, PSU, non-ECC memory etc. Plus from what I have read the X99 boards were generally not very reliable.

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  • Michael would you please read my post 鈥淶440 CPU COMPATIBLE UPGRADES鈥 from two months ago.  It is my first and only post.  It has received 37 views, but no replies.  I might, in my ignorance, have written it in an offensive way somehow unbeknown to me.  I鈥檓 kinda old and don鈥檛 necessarily get all the intricacies of web communications. I would like to upgrade my z440.  Thanks for your consideration.

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  • I've built several systems based on the HP Z420v2 motherboard, using a 3rd party 800 Watt PSU with adapter. Is there an adapter for the auxiliary power connector for the HP Z440?  Am I to understand that you used an Intel i7 CPU or did you use a Xeon E5-XXXX CPU? 

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  • 袦邪泄泻谢 褏芯褌械谢芯褋褜 斜褘 褍褌芯褔薪懈褌褜 ,Asus Xonar DG 褏芯褉芯褕芯 褉邪斜芯褌邪械褌 薪邪 z440?

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