The HP Z840 Workstation has all the base components to be converted in to a high end gaming computer.  The HP Z840 is a dual socket Xeon based workstation.  The Z840 also has an optional 1125W Power Supply.  We recommend using the 1125W Power Supply because it will allow you to install V4 Processors.  Let us show you how you can build an high end Z840 Gaming PC.

Where to buy?

If you haven’t already acquired a HP Z840 we’d recommend checking out a company called Serverworlds.  They sell the Z840’s cheap and they provide free ground shipping to the lower 48 states.   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 Z840 with a good processor(s) 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.

In most cases you can get by with a single processor listed below.  If you plan to stream your gaming on youtube or twitch, we recommend getting 2 processors.

Recommended Processors:

V3 Processors:

Up to 2 x QC Xeon E5-2637 V3 3.5Ghz 15MB 9.6GTs Processors | 3.7Ghz Max Turbo Frequency (SR202)

Up to 2 x 6C Xeon E5-2643 V3 3.4Ghz 20MB 9.6GTs Processors | 3.7Ghz Max Turbo Frequency (SR204)

Up to 2 x 8C Xeon E5-2667 V3 3.2Ghz 20MB 9.6GTs Processors | 3.6Ghz Max Turbo Frequency (SR203)

Up to 2 x 10C Xeon E5-2687W V3 3.1Ghz 25MB 9.6GTs Processors | 3.5 Max Turbo Frequency (SR1Y6)

V4 Processors:

Up to 1 x QC Xeon E5-2637 V4 3.5Ghz 15MB 9.6GTs Processor | 3.7Ghz Max Turbo Frequency (SR2P3)

Up to 1 x 6C Xeon E5-2643 V4 3.40Ghz 20MB 9.6GTs Processor | 3.7Ghz Max Turbo Frequency (SR2P4)

Up to 1 x 8C Xeon E5-2667 V4 3.2Ghz 25MB 9.6GTs Processor | 3.6Ghz Max Turbo Frequency (SR2P5)

Up to 1 x 8C Xeon E5-1660 V4 3.20Ghz 20MB Processor | 3.8Ghz Max Turbo Frequency (SR2PK)

Up to 1 x 12C Xeon E5-2687W V4 3.0Ghz 30MB 9.6GTs Processor | 3.5 Max Turbo Frequency (SR2NA)

 

How much Memory should I get?

The base line should be a minimum of 16GB of memory.  However, 24GB to 32GB would be ideal.

Memory PNs:

4GB 1Rx8 2400T DDR4 ECC Reg Module (K67DJ)

8GB 1Rx8 2400T DDR4 ECC Reg Module (888JG)

16GB 1Rx8 2400T DDR4 ECC Reg Module (HNDJ7)

32GB 2Rx4 2400T DDR4 ECC Reg Module (CPC7G)

64GB 4Rx4 2400T DDR4 ECC LR Module (29GM8)

 

Recommended Memory configurations:

4 x 4GB PC19200R ECC Reg Modules (16GB)

6 x 4GB PC19200R ECC Reg Modules (24GB)

4 x 8GB PC19200R ECC Reg Modules (32GB)

6 x 8GB PC19200R ECC Reg Modules (48GB)

It’s very important to use 19200R 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 NVME.2 Solid State Drive as your boot device as well as storage for faster read speeds.  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.

 

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:

Samsung 970 EVO Series – 500GB NVMe – M.2 Internal SSD (MZ-V7E500BW)

Samsung 970 EVO Series – 1TB PCIe NVMe – M.2 Internal SSD (MZ-V7E1T0BW)

Crucial P1 NVMe M.2 1TB SSD (CT1000P1SSD8)

Samsung 970 EVO Series – 2TB PCIe NVMe – M.2 Internal SSD (MZ-V7E2T0BW)

 

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)

 

Recommended SSD Drives:

Samsung 860 Evo 500GB 2.5 inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-76E500B/AM)

Samsung 860 EVO 1TB 2.5 Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-76E1T0B/AM)

Samsung 860 EVO 2TB 2.5 Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-76E2T0B/AM)

Samsung 860 EVO 4TB 2.5 Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-76E4T0B/AM)

 

What Graphics Card should I get?

 

Recommended Graphics Cards:

EVGA NVIDIA GTX1660 Ti 6GB Graphics Card

EVGA NVIDIA RTX 2060 6GB Graphics Card

EVGA NVIDIA RTX 2070 8GB Graphics Card

EVGA NVIDIA RTX 2080 8GB Graphics Card

EVGA NVIDIA RTX 2080 Ti 11GB Graphics Card

 

Popular GPU Power Adapters:

6 Pin Female to 8 Pin Male Adapter

6 Pin to SATA Power Adapter

2 x 6 Pin Female to 8 Pin Male Adapter

 

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.

Recommended Monitors:

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

 

Recap:

Using the criteria above you can help you build a high end gaming system using a HP Z840 Workstation.

 

Sample Configuration:

HP Z840 Workstation

1 x 6C Xeon E5-2643 V4 ES 3.2Ghz 20MB 9.6GTs

32GB PC2400T (2 x 16GB)

Samsung 1TB EVO NVME.2

EVGA GTX2080 ti w/11GB  Graphics Card

2 x 10/100/1000 Network Port

1125W Power Supply

DVD-RW

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 250FPS depending on the game and settings that you choose.  The system was tested using a 240Hz 27″ Asusr Monitor.

 

Accessories:

SteelSeries QCK Heavy Cloth Gaming Mouse Pad (Click Here)

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)

El Gato Game Capture HD60 Pro for a Streaming Capture PC (Click Here)

Secretlab Premium Gaming Chairs (Click Here)

 

Videos:

HP Z840 Gaming Computer + Game FPS Testing

HP Z840 Graphics Card Install – EVGA RTX 2080 Ti

HP Z840 256GB of Memory/Ram Install

How to Fix Hanging Black Screen after Reboot for HP Z440, Z640, and Z840 Workstations

HP Z840 Bios Update and Processor Install

HP Z840 NVMe M.2 SSD Install