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My little Xeon workstation / First build

by MyBuildsTest



Date Published

Sept. 25, 2015

Date Built

Sept. 23, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

33.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

55.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

990 MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5.5 GHz


This is my journey as an amateur PC builder.

I'm a student in accounting and I really enjoy programming. I was becoming more and more demanding of my venerable ThinkPad and the need for a more powerful machine arose. I didn't know weather to buy a completed build or do mine. I found out it was cheaper to just build your own. Thanks to this website, compatibility of the parts were not an issue. My needs were :

  • Enough RAM to run multiple apps and virtual at the same time
  • Great CPU for that data crunching ! ;)
  • Okay GPU ... Not my main focus, but I could use the opportunity of having a good PC to play games a little if you know what I mean. (I personally like first person shooters)
  • An SSD for fast booting and loading
  • Good looking case (Why not ? after all, I'll be looking at it for a couple of years)

I started building and I had a few issues. Mainly, I didn't install my 212 Evo correctly... Yeah, that's the price to pay for going to fast I guess. Anyway, I just reinstalled it and now it's fine. This build can deliver more than I need it to. It's overkill for what are my needs but I tried to be as future proof as possible so I won't need to upgrade anything for a couple of years.

Part Reviews


Powerful and reliable CPU. If you don't need to overclock and you intend to buy a GPU, there is no need to spend more on a i7.

CPU Cooler

At this price point, it doesn't get any better than this. Word of advice, take your time at the installation because you don't want to do it again.


No problem with this board. The BIOS is good. Cheapest H97 available.

Video Card

Best card between 200 and 300$ at the moment. & with XFX you can't go wrong.


Looks good and it has great cable management capabilities. However, the air filters are a little on the cheap side.


Perfect monitor for playing FPS games with that 144hz.

Comments Sorted by:

tomamitai 1 Build 4 points 41 months ago

You've done well! Btw that gpu is more than "ok" haha, great choice of parts! Always great to see a xeon build here, this should serve you good. +1 from me!

MyBuildsTest submitter 2 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

Indeed, I tried to pick the best value graphic card out there for my devalued canadian dollar. (At least right now)

TheMeezak 1 Build 2 points 41 months ago

I'm yet another Xeon fan in the comments... very nice build! This might be the answer to the high end build I'm planning - I was conflicted between a xeon and a skylake cpu. I don't think I am anymore!

MyBuildsTest submitter 2 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

You can't go wrong with a Xeon. Plus, a discrete graphic card performs better than a GPU on the CPU die.

DS4130 3 Builds 2 points 41 months ago

Good call with the Xeon and the Seasonic, great build for the budget +1

MyBuildsTest submitter 2 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

Reliability is a key factor

Copado 2 points 41 months ago

Nice build!

MightyHammer 1 point 41 months ago

are u running with the 2 stock case fans only? how are the temps?

MyBuildsTest submitter 2 Builds 3 points 41 months ago

Yes, I did not replace the stock fans.

Idle temps : CPU - 33 GPU - 41 MOBO - 32

CS:GO (Max settings) : CPU - 41 GPU - 57-60 MOBO - 41

All temperatures in degree Celsius.

MightyHammer 2 points 41 months ago

Thanks, nice case btw

PatrykGameplays 1 point 37 months ago

Good build! Well done. The only thing that you did a little bit wrong is the ssd, you can get a 250GB ssd for 80 dollars from kingston (i would do it), that's only 20 dollars more and double the amount of GB. And i would get a 80+ platinum PSU, so you have less to pay if you use the pc for a few hours.

damon110 0 points 38 months ago

Do you notice any slight screen tearing with the r9 380? I have the same gpu but I am experiencing some tearing...

MyBuildsTest submitter 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

I did not experience any tearing. Try installing the updates for the drivers, that may be the problem.

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MyBuildsTest submitter 2 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

It's a monster. It can take everything I throw at it.

Copado 1 point 41 months ago

My 1246 should be delivered next week. Will depend on the iGPU, so stay tuned for my post! :)

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