THIS BUILD WAS ABSOLUTELY THE WORST PAIN IN THE A$$ I HAVE EVER HAD.
But it also saved me thousands of dollars So it was totally worth it.
Heres the Breakdown.
I wanted to build a computer for my room I have no need for 24 cores and 48GB of ram, But I thought it would be fun to build, so I did it
So, first I set my build price: $200 I already had a Quadro FX580 laying around, so graphics was no issue I also Had a 430W PSU and a hard drive, so All I needed was a motherboard, Processors, and ram Or so I thought.
I started by figuring out what processors I could fit in the budget. The LGA 1366 socket 12 thread processors were all reasonably priced, and I found two E5645s for sale for $40 each
The motherboard I picked out was a cool $25 used, so that fit very well into the budget. Ram was $5 a stick for used server DDR3, so naturally I bought 12 sticks of 4GB RAM.
Then I started assembly
The first thing Inoticed was that since the motherboard had 2 sockets, it had two 8 pin CPU power sockets along with the 24 pin connector. This was an issue because the power supply I had only Had one 8 pin connector. To fix this I decided to buy a better power supply, but then realized it would actually be cheaper to buy a new motherboard with the correct power layout. I found another motherboard for $45 that only had a 20 pin connector and no other power ports. i THOUGHT that this motherboard was perfect... boy was I wrong
I got the new motherboard and refitted the cpus and RAM, and plugged in my powersupply. While reading the manual for the new board, so that I could know which front panel header was the power button,I saw a warning "DO NOT PLUG STANDARD ATX PSU INTO THIS MOTHERBOARD".... S**T So I looked through the manual and there was a chart of the correct socket layout for the 20 Pin power socket. I then had to cut and resolder the 20 pin power supply connector to match the one in the manual.
In the end, everything worked better than expected. The cpus work, the motherboard works, and the powersupply has the right layout. My server/workstation is complete!'
Here are some downsides to building your own workstation: - Only 2 USB ports (adapters, ik) - No onboard sound, no easy bios, no OCing, and no power button(only front panel headers - only one PCIE port (once again, adapters) - Strange, non-atx layout
Pros: 24 Threads Cheap up to 200gb of RAM low power draw unique
Problems I still have: Only 40gb of ram is working (probably bad sticks) no sound (need to buy a usb hub and a sound card) no wifi (once again, need a usb hub) My friends still think their I7-4790k's are better
Overall, I love this system, even though literally nothing worked at first.
Also I booted up Borderlands just to test the power of the FX580, and it played pretty well.