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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.

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  • 48 months ago
  • 7 points

Not usually a fan of windowed side panels, this one on the other hand :)

  • 48 months ago
  • 4 points

Haha, I call it "air flow optimization"

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

This is so ghetto, but I love it +1

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

holly crap this is unfrigenbelievebly awesome

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol, I did my best!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

lol I started looking on ebay for used xeons and if I ever find a good deal, I think Im going to try to do a build similar to yours

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha! Absolutely lovely. Deserves to be featured.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

One of the more creative builds I've seen. Definitely worthy of a +1.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I am so utterly intrigued by this, it's amazing. Please tell me you're doing a full build guide at some point, and possibly also show us some performance figures such as FPS/load for Borderlands (possibly including power draw?)

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

I definitely will add more as I get more info! Im still working on navigating this whole website with its new layout XD, but Ill try to set up a build guide since im sure others would love instructions for a cheap "business minded" pc as well!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

This needs to be at CES 2017

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

If only! Maybe I'll call the event organizers and tell them about it lol.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

THE BEST IO SHIELD FOR ALL MOBOS

Nice Job! Love the case!

Ghetto yet amazing, I love it! +1

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Cardboard > Anything else

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

:)

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol did you watch Linus's video?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epIlB49SNTI

+1 for sure, run benchmarks and stuff a nice GPU in there

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks and yeah! a friend showed me that video a little bit ago. He makes it look so easy XD, Linus is truly awesome.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing right? Do put in a modern, good GPU and run some benchmarks XD

Enjoy good sir

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

It's an interesting budget build.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

sniff sniff

I smell a feature.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I WISH!!!!! Thats like, my biggest dream ever lol.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, isn't it everyone's? But honestly, though, this has to get featured! The staff said they feature unique builds and this is about as unique as it gets!

I'm calling it now!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

When I first saw this I hoped it was in a cardboard box for some reason...

Cardboard box>Caselabs any day.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Cardboard box can do anything!!!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

That is awesome! what kind of case fan are you using?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

im not really sure. I have one nzxt 140mm fan that Im using but idk what the rest are.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

nice case. love the air cooling system it have.. +1 for that. eco-case

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude nice i want to build a system like this but with x5660 and make it look more legit but this build is awesome i love it.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Im definitely gonna upgrade to 2 x5680's if I can find them for ~120 each, but IDK if ill ever find them for that low of a price.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah just make sure that cpu works on that motherboard because there are motherboards that do not work with those cpus

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  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

$$

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

You have 12 hyperthreaded cores. It's a good start.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Very unique build that I've seen in a long time. +1

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

lol this is pretty awesome, top work. Is that a lid from a vegetable crisper??

Don't listen to the generic i7 robots! Via the... eerrr.. MOAR threads than an Egyptian cotton throw rug!!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

This thing is hilarious and you deserve cookies for it. I love cardboard box builds.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Best f* build ever. I want to try something like this as well :)

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

This is an amazing build. I've always had the idea to do this but wasn't sure whether it would be feasible or not. In the near future, could you post a guide about this? Thanks.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

marry me!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Would the Dual Xeon be any good in gaming? I'm assuming it would similar in performance to an i5 4460.

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  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, now I just need to find a use for all that ram, possibly a ram disk

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