I am putting a home server/workstation together and am having a hard time mounting a Xeon W3680 onto a Supermicro MBD-X8DTH-6F-O board. Its the first time in a good 10 years that I assemble a machine from parts, and this problem has totally got me by surprise.
The root of the problem is that the stock cooling the Xeon shipped with uses a screw-less mounting system, but the motherboard I have uses screws. I see no way to remove the screw holes (and X assembly on the back of the board) and so I wonder whether I should buy cooling that uses such a screw assembly, and if yes, which cooling set should I get? From my searching, it looks like most of the cooling assemblies use this new style of mounting. Any pointers?
The mount on the board:
The base of the cooler itself: