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Offline Rusch69

Re: Post pictures of your computer area...
« Reply #885 on: September 14, 2016, 10:56:22 AM »
Made some progress during the last half year. I just need to paint some stuff (pallets, speaker absorbers & desk panels) in white and I'm finally done I think. :a-cheer:
I might paint the wall behind the TV in some lime green some time too.



Swapped my GTX 970 with an RX 470 in order to be able to use AMD FreeSync. I think about replacing it with an RX 480 tho.

Offline Max_

Re: Post pictures of your computer area...
« Reply #886 on: September 14, 2016, 11:35:39 AM »
looks comfy

Offline MeetMyMeat

Re: Post pictures of your computer area...
« Reply #887 on: September 14, 2016, 12:00:42 PM »
can i burn your house

Offline Rusch69

Re: Post pictures of your computer area...
« Reply #888 on: September 14, 2016, 01:11:00 PM »
Yup, let's scam my insurance :jajaja:


Got a new chair by now too, but it's not in the pic.

Offline Blaze

Re: Post pictures of your computer area...
« Reply #889 on: January 10, 2017, 01:57:29 PM »
Rig finally somewhat done complete with zip tied fans on the GPU.





Intel Xeon X5650 @4.4Ghz, Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB, Gigabyte GA-X58-UD5 Rev1, 12GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600Mhz, Corsair H50 AIO, 64GB Sandisk SSD/500GB Seagate Drive, Enermax Liberty 500w Semi Modular in a CoolerMaster 690 II case. Xigmatek XLF fans in Push/Pull on the H50, NZXT fans on the GPU and CM/Corsair fans as intake and exhaust all wired to a Zalman ZM-MFC1 fan controller.







Dell P2312Ht Monitor, Fujitsu S26381-K297-V165, Intellimouse 1.1A and an OG Kustom PC's mousepad, and some shitty Logitech Speakers/Turtle Beach headset (yeah they're on the upgrade list). Hitatchi 48inch LED TV and two 360s; one the 360 Slim E which is stock and I use for playing proper games, movies, etc and the second is a classic elite JTAG modded so I can just dl games and stick them on the drive; all those connected to an Edimax ES-3124RL switch.

Hardware wise I'm pretty solid apart from wanting to swap the H50 fans out with SP120's, swap case fans with some quieter ones and some bigger drives I'm happy. Really need a new TV stand/desk though, definitely not enough space plus the fact the TV stand fascia popped off and my PC is currently stood on my old NZXT case :P Hoping I can find a solid desk that reaches from one side of the wall to the other and just stick cable baskets underneath the desktop to hide everything.






Offline Rusch69

Re: Post pictures of your computer area...
« Reply #890 on: January 11, 2017, 08:37:05 AM »
Awesome price/performance ratio on that PC. Those old hexa core Xeons are still crazy good at rendering.
Personally I wouldn't feel comfortable with those 1,4 Volts. Anyways, I'm curious about your CPU temps & single core score in Cinebench (File/Advanced benchmark).

A nice looking and fitted worktop would make a great desk in your space imo.



Edit: I've never shown my machine's inside I think. Nothing overkill, just clean as fuck.


Edit2: Could've made it a whole lot easier:
https://youtu.be/Hng26zE6FuA?t=53s :lol:
That clip shows the newer chair too.
« Last Edit: January 11, 2017, 09:09:24 AM by Rusch69 »

Offline Nem

Re: Post pictures of your computer area...
« Reply #891 on: January 11, 2017, 08:51:55 AM »
That place looks perfect Rusch, the TV perfectly replaces the usage of multiple monitors

Offline Blaze

Re: Post pictures of your computer area...
« Reply #892 on: January 11, 2017, 09:05:27 AM »
Awesome price/performance ratio on that PC. Those old hexa core Xeons are still crazy good at rendering.
Personally I wouldn't feel comfortable with those 1,4 Volts. Anyways, I'm curious about your CPU temps & single core score in Cinebench (File/Advanced benchmark).

A nice looking and fitted worktop would make a great desk in your space imo.

Yeah those Xeons are probably the best price/performance chips you can buy used at the moment (provided you have the LGA1366 board for them which tend to be expensive), the X5650 was 50 and a solid upgrade from an i7 920 and the whole thing was about 337 iirc. 1.4vcore is a little on the high side but it keeps it stable at 4.4GHz, definitely didn't do well in the silicone lottery for that chip as I've seen people with the same board have it stable at 4.4GHz and 1.35vcore. That being said the general consensus on those chips is about 1.4vcore for everyday use so it should be fine and if not I'll drop it down to 4.2Ghz which is still a solid OC over 2.67 stock.

Temp wise it's usually the low 40s idling and the highest I saw was about 76c when running prime95 to test it. Realistic load temps like when running RealBench or playing GTAO for a few hours is the mid 60s. Single core benchmark is 132 which isn't the best but it's nice to see a 2010 chip still keeping up with newer ones like the 3930k/4770k.

I've been looking at finding a desk with solid leg supports so that I can then replace the top of it with a cut to length worktop so I need to take some measurements. Still want to replace the GPU before that though as the 7950 is kinda lacking, waiting for Vega to see what kind of cards come out and then I'll make a decision.

Offline Rusch69

Re: Post pictures of your computer area...
« Reply #893 on: January 11, 2017, 10:19:14 AM »
It kinda comes down to what you're looking for. I considered going dual Xeons for a workstation alike machine on a cheapo board by SuperMicro when my 3570K died. That would've been mad compute performance for the price, but unfortunately games wouldn't utilize it. High OCs as yours still make those oldies solid performers for gaming too. The dude from Tech City builds coolio budget rigs including them from time to time. And about the silicone lottery: I know that feel bro

The idle temps look a lil high for an AIO to me, are you running the Voltage fixed? Unfortunately Vega still isn't around the corner, but I'm also looking forward to it (successor to 390 pls). Especially because C4D will have native GPU accelerated rendering in the upcoming version. At the moment the GPU market just sucks dick.

And thanks Nem. With an AMD card dual monitors kinda suck tho. Whenever both screens are running, the memory clock boosts to it's max and the card draws like 3x more power compared to idle lol.

I updated my previous post while you guys replied btw.
« Last Edit: January 11, 2017, 10:21:43 AM by Rusch69 »

Offline Blaze

Re: Post pictures of your computer area...
« Reply #894 on: January 11, 2017, 10:56:26 AM »
Yeah I basically just wanted to get solid performance on a budget, ended up selling my PS4 as I didn't use it much and bough a bundle from a guy consisting of an i7 920, the gigabyte board, 12gb of DDR3, the H50 and the CM case with some fans for 160. Sold off the 920 later and replaced it with the X5650 recently. Bryan from Tech Yes is basically the reason I ended up with an X5650, I've spoke to him a few times on Twitter/Livestreams for advice and he's a really nice guy plus his videos are a good reference. One of the few tech youtubers who isn't annoying, other good ones you should check out are Green Ham Gaming and RandomGamingInHD; GHG focuses on random slightly themed tech videos and RGHD is more budget orientated stuff.

The fact it's an old used H50 probably contributes to the temps being high as do the fans as they aren't the best, eventually I'm gonna get around to replacing the H50 fans with Corsair SP120's and the case fans to AF120's/140's. The voltage is fixed, I wouldn't feel safe letting it auto adjust when it's already at around 1.4V. There's a guy on OCUK who had to restrict his X5650/Asus board to 4.0GHz as using a 22x multiplier would turbo to 23x and put him at 4.6GHz and fuck with his voltages. I'm still waiting for another guy with the same board/chip as me to send over his settings so I can hopefully bring my vcore/temps down but remember it's an X5650 95w TDP 32nm so the temps will seem a little higher compared to newer stuff on lower TDP's/22nm. The i7 920 ran even hotter since it's a 45nm chip!

The X5650 should keep me happy for the next few years but yeah the GPU market is lacking at the moment, hoping to see some nicely priced midrange cards from Vega. Even the CPU market is kinda iffy at the moment, 7700ks not offering much over the 6xxx counterparts aside from higher clock speeds at stock and 10-bit HEVC decoding on the chip.

Solid build btw, was the red/black/silver colour scheme intentional or did it just sort of happen? :P I'd like to get around to getting some cable extensions (probably BitFenix Alchemy cables) and sleeving the ones that come out of the PSU so it looks nice but I still need to replace my card/fans and some other stuff like aforementioned desk and a chair.

Offline Blaze

Re: Post pictures of your computer area...
« Reply #895 on: December 03, 2017, 10:50:47 AM »
work in progress lol


Offline Seeker

Re: Post pictures of your computer area...
« Reply #896 on: December 03, 2017, 11:16:29 PM »
wow so funny

Offline Rusch69

Re: Post pictures of your computer area...
« Reply #897 on: December 04, 2017, 01:31:23 AM »
Going dual X5650s now eh?! Looking good :a-cheer:

Solid build btw, was the red/black/silver colour scheme intentional or did it just sort of happen? :P
Half a decade ago, when I started the build, I had red on the outside (LED fans) and blue (RAM & PCBs) on the inside. After my Z77 platform died I went for matching internals. So yeah, it sorta happened, but was intentional too to some extent! :P
By now I re-arranged some of the fans (CPU cooler now runs push-pull) and replaced the RX 470 with MSI's RX 480 (8 GB). I flashd it's BIOS to the 580's for testing (multi monitor idle power draw), but reverted back, cuz it sucked way too much under load. Fortunately I picked it up before the mining boom. I'll stick with it at least until the custom Vega models are available.

Edit: I also got rid of my speaker setup. I wanna get 7"/8" nearfield monitors instead. :P

I'm currently building a super low budget system for my oldest niece - also based on a Xeon (X5472). It just needs a GPU now and it's pretty much done. I might be picking up a cheapo GTX 470 locally later today. The PSU sucks ass (non-modular, 400 Watts only & has just a 20pin plug for the MB)! I wanna have some fun OC'ing/tweaking this a bit, so I'll replace it most likely :lol:

« Last Edit: December 04, 2017, 01:45:59 AM by Rusch69 »

Offline Blaze

Re: Post pictures of your computer area...
« Reply #898 on: December 04, 2017, 03:49:20 AM »
It'll be dual x5650s eventually (or maybe x5670's I'm not sure), the Gigabyte board started acting weird in that previously stable OC's (4.0 solid passing IBT) started being unstable, dropped the volts/oc down and it was fine, bumped them back up and it was fine then one day on boot it spun up for a second, powered off and got that smell (you know the one I mean) - burn/scorch marks around VRM's and one of the caps looked fucked. Have a few spare boards so I tested the ram/gpu/psu/drives and it was all fine so I ended up selling those off, unsure if the cpu is fine or not and I don't really feel like testing it.

Got the Supermicro X8DTL-i board and two E5530's for 50 quid, only drawback is it's PCIE 2.0 x8 electrically in a 16x slot but the margin of difference is pretty low - grabbing a 970 for 120 after Christmas off a friend. Got another 4gb ram and a heatsink coming in the post so I can use the second socket, going to pick up a PC off a fella on gumtree this week; some old kt3 ultra board in a fairly good condition Chieftec case I'm guessing from 2002 for 20 and it also has a sound card/usb card which is nice. When it's done in January it should be dual x56x0's, 24gb ram and gtx 970 although I'm still on the fence about that card too.

If that's just a no name 400w supply I'd be concerned about sticking a 470 on it, those unbranded PSU's never really deliver anything close to what they're advertised as plus those 771 xeons (presuming you did 775 to 771 mod? good stuff) have a fairly high tdp at stock (120ish iirc) and those Fermi cards pull something like 200w. If you wanted to chuck a 470 in there and OC a bit I'd probably go for something like an EVGA 600W 80 Plus; while it's not modular they're fairly cheap, have two PCIE 6+2 and 49a on the 12v rail.

Offline Rusch69

Re: Post pictures of your computer area...
« Reply #899 on: December 13, 2017, 04:35:00 PM »
Unfortunate to hear about your previous build. I guess those 1.4 V were a lil too much in the long term. We all love the good smell of troubleshooting :euro:

That new system would be pretty beefy for the money. The GPU market is a joke currently tho. The 970's chip still holds up very well, but the memory can certainly become an issue. The GTX 970 (4 GB), RX 470 (8GB) & RX 480 (8GB) I had are roughly performing in the same region and the memory made a noticable difference. The average FPS weren't much apart, but the additional VRAM on the RX ones had the FPS dip way less (=smoother overall) in some circumstances.

Some guy was offering Sapphire's HD 6950 (2GB) custom including shipping for 15 on ebay-kleinanzeigen (GER classified ads site), cuz he couldn't test it's functionality. I took the risk and it paid off. It works just fine, so I cleaned it, applied new paste and flashed it to a 6970. Additional overclocking crashes the system tho. In combination with the CPU, which indeed has a TDP of 120 W, it draws just too much - the PSU just can't handle it. Will try to get a better PSU soon'ish to get this thing done. I did the mod the other way round - modded the 771 CPU (pin sticker & milled notches), not the 775 socket.

I calibrated my main monitor again recently and I'll build myself a monitor hood based on KAPA boards soon, cuz I couldn't find a reasonably priced one for 29" and 21:9. Well yea, I love deep blacks :cheersad:
« Last Edit: December 13, 2017, 04:37:16 PM by Rusch69 »