Description

This build is used for BOINC distributed computing. Normally, using old hardware is an inefficient idea, but whatever. I left parts list prices as-is, and the prices may or may not be representative of what I paid, except manually-entered prices.

A friend and relative provided GPU and storage.

I got this computer, originally with Pentium E2180, stock cooler, no dedicated GPU, and hard drive, from a local shop many years ago.

LGA 775 compatibility is convoluted. Motherboard chipset 945GC supports maximum Core 2 Duo.

CPU runs at 3580 MHz (358 MHz × 10), not much higher than default. I presume overclocking is FSB-limited, given that 358-MHz FSB is significantly above the Intel rating of 200 MHz. Cooler runs very well: 50 C with Gelid GC-Extreme thermal interface material.

GPU runs at 870 MHz, but it is not very good in SETI@home. Despite having similar FLOPS to AMD Radeon HD 5570, 4670 takes significantly longer to complete tasks. For GPU compute, I recommend something at or later than AMD Terascale 2, Intel Ivy Bridge (generation 7), or Nvidia Kepler 2.

Newegg had an insane sale on the Rosewill Valens-500 non-modular power supply: 32 USD, after 20% off promo code.

Case model unknown. Can somebody identify?

Comments

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

BOINC'rs

Neat.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

What is that hard drive?

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

If you are referring to the current storage device the computer is using, Cruicial m4 64-GB SSD. The old storage device is a Western Digital 500-GB HDD.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I think Gooberdad hit it right on the head... "neat". I love some old tech.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah it's nice to see.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd never expect to see an 80+ gold rated PSU on a PC like this lol

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

a pc like this runs 24/24 and it must not fail..so a quality psu is great...also..it has to be as efficient as it gets if it runs 24/24 for lower overall $$$

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

i love LGA775 builds

I got 2 PC which are my daily drivers

one is my gaming PC and the other is the HTPC

but the stupid me went to upgrade the HTPC to Windows 10 Anniversary update and it got De-activated

Thanks Microsoft...

need to do an OS re-install.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Very similar to my own build ... Which I am upgrading to an E8400. What's your impression of the E8600?

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

This computer has not run BOINC long enough (30 days) for me to evaluate CPU's maximum potential.

However, CPU is used for world-record frequencies. If you have a motherboard with good FSB, you can likely achieve good frequency (> 4 GHz). See HWBot. Also, CPU has plenty of cache: 3 MB per core, compared to Intel mainstream of 1.5-2 MB per core, and high-end 2.5 MB per core.

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