This all started with a purchase off of Ebay of an x5650 for 10 dollars before ryzen 2000 was released, back when this platform was still decent price/performance. Even now, the system is still super snappy and is now in a Raid0 config with the two $4 drives I got off of amazon. And no, this is not the final edit of this build, as there is 16gb of ddr3 1866 HyperX cl9 coming that I got for 30 bucks 4gb of it is going to another computer) and there is an R9 380 that I traded from a friend for an R9 285 itx card from a previous build.
That being said, I managed to get a 5.1ghz at 1.45v stable 256 FSB, 4.7ghz stable at 1.38v with a 235 FSB, and a 4.4ghz stable at 1.34v and 204 FSB, and decided for average daily use that the 4.4ghz is more than sufficient. All of those clocks were tested in both prime95 and aida64 for stability with a 6 hour run. I am fairly certain I have gotten yet ANOTHER golden sample cpu, as the 1035T and the 200GE I have used in previous builds were both very good in terms of the clocks I was able to get out of them.
Currently in games, the cpu only hits about 46c and the gpu sits at around 56c, with peaks that hit above 60c.
The original goal of this build was to flip this pc as a profit build with 24gb of unregistered ECC, but the ECC I had I am fairly certain burnt out the first EVGA board I tested, as one of the memory mosfets roasted on the back of the board, and I even ended up contacting Buildzoid trying to track down the specific mosfet and tried my hand at soldering. It worked for a couple of hours before having the same issue. So in the end I got a new board, and took a 4gb stick from a not running system and put it in as a temporary fix as I dont want to kill the new board I got with an i7 930, which I flipped on ebay for 20 bucks
Overall, I spent about 288 bucks on the build, including the R9 380 (which I might try my hand at flashing to a 380x) and new ram, but those have yet to get here.
Benchmark for those who are curious: https://www.userbenchmark.com/UserRun/19320475
And a short video on le RGB: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-uMPjb5CUsygybQdO_3KylYI3mpz8hrI/view?usp=sharing
Updated tests will be posted when the 380 and ram arrive, as well as a build update at that time.
I also apologize for the mess on the desk, we were in the midst of cleaning the room at the time of photos being taken
Somehow was able to keep a 95w 6 core X5650 cool at 1.45v, 66c under prime95 load for 6 hours, and at 39c at idle.
God tier overclocking motherboard, and even has build in easter eggs in the bios, and a feature called "Dummy OC" which does a 1ghz overclock on any cpu at safe voltages with the click of a button. Even with a lower end 450w bronze PSU it was able to achieve a 5.1ghz OC on an X5650. I wish they still made boards like this, all the control without any bloat.
Considering this drive was on amazon for 4 dollars, I snatched as many as I possibly could. These two drives in Raid0 perform admirably, but I dont think they would be that good performance wize on their own.
Considering just how old this card is, it still plays games better than a gt 1030 even though it has only 1gb of vram.
One of the best budget cases out there. I would dare you to try to find a case that is better in the >$40 dollar range. Good airflow, excellent cable management, great thermals, a power supply shroud, and great expansion.
Even though this is a budget offering, this is a really solid PSU. I was able to have a full system OC with an x5650 and an HD 7770 Ghz XFX card with no issues whatsoever with a Unigen Heaven run and a prime95 run with a 5.1ghz overclock on the cpu, and a 1.15ghz OC on the gpu.
For 18 dollars, with an rgb remote and decent CFM, they cool the system adequately.