First post, by flupke11
Probably a tad too recent for most people's taste here, but still about 14 years old. Which would mean, it's almost of legal age here to have a beer. In any case, it will be vintage in a few years' time, so this is for future reference.
Why: I like dual slot/socket systems. I like building systems. Real use is less important that the fun of getting it to work.
Why²: My wife wants to play the SIMS 2 again, what better system than a ludicrous 8-core power beast from the 2006's?
So here is the board, it's EATX, measuring at 304*331 mm.
It comes from an Ebay auction I won, which ended up with me driving back from the far countryside with a vanload of various systems and their peripherals.
The board came equipped with two Xeon 5050's (Dempsey) and a motley crew of FB-DIMM. I'll get it properly stocked with 32GB just like I did with the Dell Precision 490 I got in the same Ebay purchase.
The Xeon Dempsey is the last Netburst-survivor, two 3GHz-dual cores on one S771 chip gave this system 8 threads (HT-enabled) as it stood. Netburst not being the point of this build, I upgraded it by replacing the Dempsey's with two Harpertowns as I want it to go head to head with the Dell.
Here are the two X5460 in their new lodgings:
The Dell can only accept X53xx, so that one got two X5365's.
On to the coolers:
I salvaged the coolers I got with the (now presumed dead) Asus NCCH-DL, as these heavyweights will do a better job of cooling the quads than the flimsy aluminium ones of the 5050's.
Only issue is that I don't have a case with the proper holes to have these coolers attached to. As a temporary solution I made bolts from standard stand-offs by removing the outer thread:
The coolers are now tightly fastened to the mainboards.