Description

( A.K.A "The Ultimate Budget Gaming Build" )
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Refer to above link for more pictures, benchmarks, and more! ^^^^
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Upgrade List
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Why is this build named "Samson"?

"3 But Samson lay there only until the middle of the night. Then he got up and took hold of the doors of the city gate, together with the two posts, and tore them loose, bar and all. He lifted them to his shoulders and carried them to the top of the hill that faces Hebron... 8 Then the rulers of the Philistines brought her seven fresh bowstrings that had not been dried, and she tied him with them. 9 With men hidden in the room, she called to him, 'Samson, the Philistines are upon you!' But he snapped the bowstrings as easily as a piece of string snaps when it comes close to a flame. So the secret of his strength was not discovered... 12 So Delilah took new ropes and tied him with them. Then, with men hidden in the room, she called to him, 'Samson, the Philistines are upon you!' But he snapped the ropes off his arms as if they were threads... 28 Then Samson prayed to the Lord, 'Sovereign Lord, remember me. Please, God, strengthen me just once more, and let me with one blow get revenge on the Philistines for my two eyes.' 29 Then Samson reached toward the two central pillars on which the temple stood. Bracing himself against them, his right hand on the one and his left hand on the other, 30 Samson said, 'Let me die with the Philistines!' Then he pushed with all his might, and down came the temple..." Judges 16:3-30

I named this build "Samson" because, like Samson, this build contains great strength +------------------------------------------------------------+
Why the Intel DX58SO motherboard?

I chose the Intel DX58SO because it had plenty of USB ports for my devices, enough room for plenty of ram, it got good reviews, runs cool, and because there aren't many cheap motherboards with the right socket for my Xeon
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Why the Intel Xeon X5650?

I chose the Intel Xeon X5650 because it has plenty of potential to easily overclock to 3.8GHz, it has 6 cores (12 logical cores), and it runs great
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Why 8gb of DDR3 instead of 16gb of DDR4?

I chose 8gb of DDR3 because the motherboard only supports DDR3 and 8gb of ram is plenty
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Why the AMD Sapphire R9 290 Tri-X instead of a NVidia GTX 1060?

I chose the AMD Sapphire R9 290 Tri-X because it runs better than a GTX 970, has a decent amount of vram, and it has plenty of fans for cooling
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Why only a 1TB HDD instead of an SSD?

I chose a 1TB HDD over an SSD because, to me, an SSD wasn't worth the money; Having a quicker boot/load time isn't worth an extra $200, and, my computer is mostly on 24/7, so boot times don't affect me
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Why an EVGA 550w?

I chose an EVGA 550w because it runs efficient and provides plenty of power for my setup
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Why the Rosewill REDBONE U3?

I chose the Rosewill REDBONE U3 (USB 2.0) case because from the moment I saw it, I was in love with its looks, it provides plenty of space for my rig, and it came with 2 pre-installed fans
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Why Windows 10?

Because I love it...
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Comments

  • 36 months ago
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Its always cool to see Xeon gaming pc's. +1

  • 36 months ago
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Thanks! The benchmark(s) for the stock build will be up tonight, I'll msg you when I upload them

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you send them to me too? Thanks.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Np. The benchmarks are in the fourth section https://pcpartpicker.com/b/kMZRsY

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Looking good. I like the BIble references. ;p

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! The benchmark(s) for the stock build will be up tonight, I'll msg you when I upload them

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Difference between Original and Updated: One looks zoomed out. Am I right?

  • 36 months ago
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lol yeah noticed that too

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

That, and the fact that the GPU power cable isn't straight in the center of airflow

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  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

It has great strength until its hair is cut.

nice build m8

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 36 months ago
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I would definitely build something like this because of how cheap it is for the amount of great stuff that is in it, but I'm a little worried about the fact that there's a Xeon and not something like an i5. Does this old, cheap processor actually affect performance in any way?

  • 28 months ago
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Sorry for the late response, PCPP never notified me of a new comment, I just happened to see it now.

If you leave it stock, it does act as a huge bottleneck for the gpu, but overclocked to 3.8GHz provides a 258% increase in the max FPS reached in a Heaven Benchmark on ultra settings. I have read things about people getting a stable overclock at 4.6GHz, but with my setup, I was unable to reach anything higher than 3.8GHz. I am still satisfied with how well it performs. There is still probably a difference between the performance of an i5 and the Xeon X5650, but for me, it works absolutely amazing for $30. Plus, the difference between the two can't be worth $170.

Granted, the Xeon X5650 does run hot. I hit an average of 80°C under load, so getting an i5 would definitely be cooler, with an average of around 50-60°C (according to build on PCPP) under load.

  • 28 months ago
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Wow... So, I just realized you asked this on the other build page, and I answered it there, but here's a more solid answer anyway.

  • 28 months ago
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Don't worry about it. Actually, about a month after asking the question, I built a Ryzen 5 1600 based PC.

  • 35 months ago
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Nice build!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!