My T7810 Build - So pleasing to see so many people recycling workstations!

First off, so happy that I found this site, its beena wealth of knowledge on my build! I picked up a T7810 that had a single e5 2696v3 cpu with 16Gb ram.

I've since added:

* an additional cpu - x2 E5 26936 v3 = 36 cores 

* doubled the ram to 32Gb (i'llsoon go to64Gb) 

* added a pcie nvme ssd card (looking at the asus x4 nvme with RAID in the future)

* replaced the old quadro with a GTX 1080ti

* added x3 WD RED 6tb to be in RAID 5 on the dell h700 adapter with a 240gb ssd cache (used a "hot swap" 3.5" bay in the 5.25 emptybaynear the dvd drive

* added a500Gb sata ssd for VDISK storage for VM's


It's been a labour of love, and just waiting on 1 more SAS cable to arive for the H700and it will be finished!

She doesnt look pretty right now, but once the final pieces come, she'll be all wrapped up and ready to go

Planning to look into throttlestop and attempting to boost the core freq to around 3.0GHz 


This has all been so much fun so far..



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  • Sweet build! You finding that 1080 ok with the 685w PSU? I hope to get a Geforce as soon as funds and/or luck allows!

  • Thanks! yeah so far so good wotj tje 685w PS. I've only tried some light games so far but I'll soon get my TopGun on and install DCS World and see  how it goes! 

    I think my next mod might bearound CPU temps. The stock is ok, but idling is around the 50 mark. 

    As you said, as soon as funds/luck allows!

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  • Mine was getting a little warm. Have you seen my dual exhaust fan mod? Might be a bit tight for you though with your cards, but may help. 

    • Toecutter I did see it! I Added 1 extra fan to the hdd fan header with a 3 pin cable adapter and seems to pull a fair bit of warm air out. Everything seems to be running nicely which is the main thing!

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  • Nice!

    I'm glad to see people exploiting the capabilities of this beautiful machine. I know that the internal controller allows me to create RAID`s but it does not support cache disks for the raid`s created, is that correct?, but reading your post I found out that you can add a cache disk to the RAIDs with that controller PCIe RAID you've added.

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    • Eduardo Gonzalez Hey Eduardo, i hadn't tried the onboard raid, but I knew that i wanted hardware raids so that it didn't take away cpu cycles. Yes, the H710 card ($50Aud) has ability for a cache drive but you need to get the card with the 1gb memory module. It was really simple to set up, found a great YouTube video to follow (

      So far it's been running flawlessly. I've been using it as my onedrive folder as a backup of all my online storage and the raid redundancy is just that extra bit of peace of mind

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    • Paul Chapman 

      Thanks for the recommendation.

      After studying the controller and others that are out there. I have selected the LSI Nytro MegaRAID 8110-4i. It is a controller that has 1GB of Cache, PCIe 2.0 8x and 2 internal SSDs of 93GB each.

      NytroCache is a technology similar to CacheCade Pro 2.0. In this case, use the pair of integrated SSD`s to use them as a read and write cache for one or more additional RAID volumes that you create with the disks that you finally connect to the controller (4Max SATA or SAS).

      My Dell T8710 is getting more powerful every day.


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