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Amazon: http://geni.us/4CaQ

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Can you build a badass gaming rig on the cheap using old server hardware?

 

 

This looks really interesting (well it did last week when i watched it on Vessel. But apparently we have nowhere to discuss videos...)

 

Only problem is, now all of LTT's subscribers know, so that's a bummer. I'd like to look into this, not as a serious budget PC. More as a cheaper (than getting two new xeons....) PC, that would be capable of doing what you guys did with Unraid, 2in1pc virtualisation.


 
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gg I r8 8/8 m8 dont h8 or you wont get c8ke... 

 

But in all honesty it seems fishy to me  :P


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I personally would have went for LGA 1366 Xeons. You will get about the same power as a 5820k in cinebench. Not sure about games though.


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That sawing... Ouch...


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I personally would have went for LGA 1366 Xeons. You will get about the same power as a 5820k in cinebench. Not sure about games though.

I want to see this done with Opterons. 12 core used for $25~ per pair at 2.1GHz :P (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Lot-of-2-AMD-Opteron-6172-12-Core-OS6172WKTC-EGO-2-10GHz-12M-Processor-CPU-G34-/151657673560?hash=item234f807358:g:x38AAOSwrklVN3Gy)


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This looks really interesting (well it did last week when i watched it on Vessel. But apparently we have nowhere to discuss videos...)

When we post topics about Vessel videos non-Vessel people complain, when we don't post topics Vessel people complain... Can't really win either way :P


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When we post topics about Vessel videos non-Vessel people complain, when we don't post topics Vessel people complain... Can't really win either way :P

When a Vessel video is released, create a thread for it titled [VESSEL] _________. And then ________ for youtube.

 

The fact is, people are going to hate. So go with what makes sense. I'm not sure if it's just me, but it seems as if you guys are trying to please everybody, or something along those lines...


 
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On YouTube, the link here always says "Pricing & discussion:" but I don't see any pricing to speak of...

 

It's happened for another video too. Surely in the first post with the video link you should have links to all the things Linus bought on eBay, or at least a model number and how much he paid?

 

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Ermm, @LinusTechTips, you gave us an offer code that was valid until December 1st 2015...ON DECEMBER 1ST 2015. Anyone else notice something wrong here? :P


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Hi I'm new here and I really enjoyed video and the idea it presented. I want to tackle this project but I'm not too experienced in these sort of things. I've been able to find the same cpu and ram, and I've found a different motherboard that might work well if not better than Linus'. I need help in choosing what power supply would be good and where can I get a case/stand similar to his, also if everything would even work cohesively. Any and all help is greatly appreciated :)

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You could likely find a comparable setup without going this rote and actually getting components that aren't obsolete. 

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Doesn't make a lot of sense to me. Modern high end GPU with 7 year old cpu/motherboard that won't fit in a normal ATX case. Interesting experiment, but for most users they'd be better off buying an early gen i7 used if they really wanted to save cash.

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I have played with such configs so I'll shed some light to the ones wanting to try and tackle such system:

 

1) Try to buy everything from one seller - if he has such board for xeons he might have additional part required. Get stuff that at least let you launch the platform so you'll know for sure it works as a set. Get at least one minor stick of ram for it from him and get the matching memory later.

 

2) Look for E-ATX standard boards and don't touch the ones with weird non-rectangular shapes. Ask/look for ATX power supply compatibility

 

3) Check the performance before deciding on PassMark list here: http://cpubenchmark.net/cpu_list.php . Getting dual quad-cores doesn't necessarily mean they will be faster than a cheap modern quad core like 860K (platform cost <200$) - it might be a bet between saving 50$ or wasting 150$

 

4) Check out known problems of the board you're willing to use. Some of server boards might take a lot time to boot up, others might have problems with non-server operating systems etc.

 

From my experience xeons weren't so fast on dual-processor configurations for gaming. They were made to handle lots of smaller tasks so the communication between sockets might not be perfect and swapping threads between them in gaming might not be the best idea.

 

On the contrary two dual-core opterons I've had for personal rig few years back were mind blowing fast for their times and the boards were made like consumer grade.

 

I'd like to see LTT video on quad core opterons build with multiple gpu's - that would've been interesting.

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I don't get it, you say "only 15 fps less than a 5960x" but when you overclock gpus and stuff you say wow you get an extra 5fps ermahgerd it's amazeballs (example). 

15 fps is a massive difference, regardless if you're at 60 fps or 100 fps. I'm really confused a lot of the time with what people think is and isn't a "massive" gain in performance.


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I don't get it, you say "only 15 fps less than a 5960x" but when you overclock gpus and stuff you say wow you get an extra 5fps ermahgerd it's amazeballs (example). 

15 fps is a massive difference, regardless if you're at 60 fps or 100 fps. I'm really confused a lot of the time with what people think is and isn't a "massive" gain in performance.

15 fps for CPU's over 5-7 years old is really nothing TBH. Especially when the whole platform minus the GPU costs less than a low end i5 right now.


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If anyone is still running the x58 platform with one of the original i7s, the 6-core xeons are real beasts at cheap price points. Definitely worth an upgrade.

They also run significantly cooler at 95w tdp. (Compared to the 1366 desktop variants.)

 

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I had Gigabyte P31-DS3L that was modded to support socket 771 CPUs.

 

I swapped my dual core E5300 for Xeon E5430 on it that I bought for 30 dollars (when Q6600 was still around 100-ish $ here) and overclocked it to 4GHz.

 

Performance boost was drastic and I still see people buying 775 MBOs for that same reason.

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If anyone out there wants to try this I have 2 E5430 Xeons you can have if you pay for shipping. I got em a while back for a server pc I picked up but they were the wrong chips for the motherboard. Just send me a message or something if you want them.


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I don't get it, you say "only 15 fps less than a 5960x" but when you overclock gpus and stuff you say wow you get an extra 5fps ermahgerd it's amazeballs (example). 

15 fps is a massive difference, regardless if you're at 60 fps or 100 fps. I'm really confused a lot of the time with what people think is and isn't a "massive" gain in performance.

For me it has to be noticeable... EG going from HDD to SSD is noticeable... going from SSD to Samsung 950 pro, not so noticeable...


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 I did sort of the same thing but I bought a server/workstation instead of just the motherboard. HP Z800 with 2 x 2.67GHz quad core hyper threaded cpus and 12GB of ECC memory for $400. Heres a link to my setup when I bought it.

 

 

Then I put 2 x Xeon X5672 quad core 3.20GHz hyper threaded cpus that I got for cheap in it. I also added another 12GB of ECC memory and a GTX970. Total with my 240GB SSD is about $1000-1100.

 

Her is a link to the finished setup.

 

 

 

Benchmarks and gaming on the system

 

 

 

Le me know what you guys think about this for a budget setup to game and edit. I couldn't find anything better for the price. 


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I had Gigabyte P31-DS3L that was modded to support socket 771 CPUs.

 

I swapped my dual core E5300 for Xeon E5430 on it that I bought for 30 dollars (when Q6600 was still around 100-ish $ here) and overclocked it to 4GHz.

 

Performance boost was drastic and I still see people buying 775 MBOs for that same reason.

 

I did the same with my Asus P5Q Deluxe. I threw in a Xeon X5470 for $46, after modding the socket. I added a SanDisk Ultra II 960GB SSD and even though it's not running at full speed (SATA II vs SATA III), it's quick enough and extended the life of my old LGA775 platform. 

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