Are you looking to breath some new life in to your PowerEdge 840 Tower Server?  You’ve found the best site on the net for hardware upgrade ideas, replacement part numbers, and replacement part videos.  We’ll show you how to get some more quality years out of your PowerEdge 840 Server.  The PowerEdge 840 is a tower server produced by Dell.  It is a single socket Intel based server that supports up to 8GB of DDR2 667Mhz ECC Memory.  Dell provided two hard drive cage options when they released the 840 server, the 4 x 3.5″ Fixed Cage and 4 x 3.5″ Hot plug Backplane.  Let us show you our awesome upgrade ideas for the PowerEdge 840 Server.

Where to buy?

If you haven’t already acquired a PowerEdge 840 Server we’d recommend checking out a company called Serverworlds.  They sell the 840’s cheap and they provide free ground shipping to the lower 48 states.  You can click one of these links and it’ll bring you directly to there Poweredge 840 Pages: Poweredge 840 Hot Plug or Poweredge 840 Fixed.

The goal is to upgrade your processors, memory, and controller to optimize the server for your particular solution.

 


Recommended Processors:

Up to 1 x DC Xeon 3070 2.66Ghz 4MB 1066FSB Processor  (SLACC)

*You must have a Gen II System Board (XM091) to install QC or Faster Processors*

Up to 1 x QC Xeon X3210 2.13Ghz 8MB 1066FSB Processor  (SLACU)

Up to 1 x QC Xeon X3220 2.4Ghz 8MB 1066FSB Processor  (SLACT)

 


Recommended Memory:

The maximum amount of memory supported by the PowerEdge 840 is 8GB.  You must have a 64bit operating system installed if you plan to install more than 4GB of memory.

Memory PNs:

1GB PC667Mhz 2Rx8 ECC  (D6502)

2GB PC667Mhz 2Rx8 ECC (F6802)

1GB PC800Mhz 2Rx8 ECC (KN992)

2GB PC800Mhz 2Rx8 ECC (WM553)

Recommended Memory configurations:

4 x 1GB PC667Mhz ECC Modules (4GB)

4 x 2GB PC667Mhz ECC Modules (8GB)

 


Raid Controllers:

SAS 5iR (0 or 1) (GU186)

SAS 6iR (0 or 1) (JW063)

Perc 5i Raid (0, 1, 5, 10, 50) (Full Kit) (XT257)

 


Recommended Hard Drives:

The PowerEdge 840 Server has 2 different drive cage options, the 4 x 3.5″ fixed cage and the 4 x 3.5″ Hot Plug Cage.  You’ll have to determine what cage version you have before you consider purchasing hard drives.  The fixed drives do not need a tray and the hot plug drives will require a drive tray.  After you determine what drive cage you have you’ll be able to pick the drives that fit your needs and budget.

 

SATA 3.5″ Enterprise Drives:

Dell 160GB SATA 7.2K 3GBPS Enterprise 3.5″ Hard Drive (X464K)

Dell 250GB SATA 7.2K 3GBPS Enterprise 3.5″ Hard Drive (H962F) (GRCT2)

Dell 500GB SATA 7.2K 3GBPS Enterprise 3.5″ Hard Drive (1KWKJ) 

Dell 750GB SATA 7.2K 3GBPS Enterprise 3.5″ Hard Drive (UY042) (JW551)

Dell 1TB SATA 7.2K 3GBPS Enterprise 3.5″ Hard Drive (50XV4) (V8FCR)

Dell 2TB SATA 7.2K 3GBPS Enterprise 3.5″ Hard Drive (2G4HM) (6C10R) (VGY1F)


NL SAS 3.5″ Hard Drives:

Dell 500GB NL SAS 7.2K 6GBPS 3.5″ Hard Drive (6VNCJ) (U717K)

Dell 1TB NL SAS 7.2K 6GBPS 3.5″ Hard Drive (0V8G9) (440RW) (740YX) (7KXJR) (FNW88) (GPP3G) (U738K) (YGG39)

Dell 2TB NL SAS 7.2K 6GBPS 3.5″ Hard Drive (1P7DP) (67TMT) (829T8) (R755K) (VYRKH) (WDC07) (YY34F)


SAS 3.5″ Hard Drives:

Dell 36GB SAS 15K 3GBPS 3.5″ Hard Drive (RY645) (G8816) (MX946) (RT058)

Dell 73GB SAS 15K 3GBPS 3.5″ Hard Drive (XT763) (H8799) (MM406) (GY851) (RW548) (UM837) (WR767)

Dell 146GB SAS 15K 3GBPS 3.5″ Hard Drive (GX198) (M8034) (RY491) (TK237) (TN937) (UM902) (XK111) (XX518)

Dell 300GB SAS 15K 3GBPS 3.5″ Hard Drive (GP880) (H704F) (HR200) (HT953) (N226K) (WR712) (YP778)

Dell 450GB SAS 15K 3GBPS 3.5″ Hard Drive (FM501) (XX517)

Dell 600GB SAS 15K 6GBPS 3.5″ Hard Drive (W347K) (J762N) (W348K)

 


Network Cards:

Broadcom 5721 Single Port Gigabit PCIe Network Adapter (HF692)

Broadcom 5709 Dual Port Gigabit PCIe Network Adapter (G218C)

Broadcom 5709 Quad Port Gigabit PCIe Network Adapter (R519P)

Intel Pro/1000PT Single Port Gigabit PCI Network Adapter (U3867)

Intel Pro/1000PT Dual Port Gigabit PCI Network Adapter (X3959)

Intel Pro/1000VT Quad Port Gigabit PCI Network Adapter (H092P)

 


Popular Replacement Parts:

Poweredge 840 System Board [Supports DC and QC Processors] (XM091)

Poweredge 840 420W Power Supply (TH344)

Poweredge 840 Back Chassis Fan (WH282)

Poweredge 840 Front Chassis Fan [Required with Perc 5I Controller] (RH467)

Perc 5I w/256MB Controller (XT257)

Perc 5I Raid Battery (NU209)

 


Sample Configuration:

Poweredge 840 Tower Server

Xeon QC X3220 2.4GHz 8MB 1066FSB

8GB PC667Mhz ECC (4 x 2GB)

4 x 2TB SATA 7.2K 3GBPS ES 3.5″ Hot Plug

Perc 5i Raid w/256MB and BBU

1 x 10/100/1000 Embedded

420W Power Supply

DVD-Rom

 

Videos:

How to install a Perc 5i Kit in to a PowerEdge 840 (Also how to create raid 5 w/hotspare)

How to replace a PowerEdge 840 System Board 

How to replace a PowerEdge 840 Power Supply

How to create raid 0 or 1 using a SAS 5iR Controller 

How to boot after replacing a SAS 5iR Controller

How to replace a failed hard drive in the SAS 5iR Raid Utility