So this build was a passion project of mine. This Xeon E5-2667v2 CPU stood out to me originally when i wanted to add cores to my HP Z620 test bench motherboard. Then i realized its an incredibly powerful CPU all its own that could support being in an awesome build.
Then someone pointed out to me the differences between an HP Z420 motherboard and the Z620 motherboard i had. Some people that follow us from youtube may recall i tried a long time to work my magic to get a Z620 board to clean boot the way i do with my Z400 builds, aka no "press f1 to boot errors." Turns out the differences with the Z420 make it MUCH EASIER to figure out and clean boot from! So my mission began. Long story short, the compromises you'll need to make are minor. Under "device security" in BIOS, turn off the USB 3.0 controller, the front audio controller. Then just plug a PWM fan into the PWM headers for REAR CHASSIS and MEM FAN. And lastly, place a jumper over the sense pin and pin next to that on the yellow USB header as shown in this image (though the pins are upside down, so just rotate the image 180 degrees and its the same thing): https://bit.ly/2K0txcd Also make sure you have a PWM fan (usually your CPU cooler fan) plugged into the CPU header. You may need to try this once or twice as i dont remember if you need to align it to the left or align it to the right, but its not hard at all. and THATS IT. Now you can clean boot with your Z420! X79/c600/c602 on the CHEAP! XEONS, BABY!
So I wanted to use this system as a basis for an even more maxed out RGB system, superseding my previous RGBeast build (https://builds.gg/builds/the-rgbeast-14888) and really wanted to glam it up. I love messing around with Xeons and making unique builds out of unexpected parts, and the HP Z400 and Z420 series have caught my eye as a basis for doing all that. Repurposing this Z420 motherboard was surprisingly easy and also easier than a Z400 as well, which i found a little surprising. Cool stuff. Hopefully you guys like the build!
-Custom V1tech Plates (https://www.v1tech.com/ref/CoalitionGaming/)
-Xeon E5-2667v2 CPU
-HP Z420 Motherboard (way cheaper on ebay than amazon)
-EVGA Geforce 980ti SC+
-32gb ECC Registered DDR3 1600
-Enermax Saberay case
-Thermaltake Floe Riing RBG 360 AIO
-Magnetic aRGB light strips
-Raidmax aRGB Ram heatspreaders
-5 Pack EZ-DIY aRGB PWM fans
-650w EVGA PSU
-Sleeved cable extensions (EZ-DIY-FAB but similar to the Phanteks one linked in the parts breakdown)
-HP Z420/620/Z230 ATX PSU adapter
V1Tech plate artwork by HomeBrewedHero (https://www.youtube.com/homebrewedhero?view_assubscriber%3Fsub_confirmation=1)