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After much debate on the new Conroe cored Xeon processors, I have decided to go ahead and build the system.:

CPU: Xeon Conroe 3060, 4mb, 2.4ghz +327.99$
Mainboard:ASUS P5N32-SLI SE Deluxe Socket T (LGA 775) NVIDIA nForce4 SLI X16 +206.99
Memory:CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500)+364.99
Graphics:XFX PVT71JYHE9 GeForce 7950GT 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP ExTreme Edition +319.99 x2 = +639.98
HDD: Fujitzu 10k rpm 74gb hard drive (forgot price =/)
PSU: Thermaltake toughpower W0105RU ATX12V/ EPS12V 700W +165.95

Total with tax and shipping = $1,998.11

Im planning on going with Liquid + TEC/Peltier cooling


Lets see how this new Xeon conroe compares!

Update:

This system has been running stable for 2 weeks now without problems:

I have the Xeon overclocked to 2.9ghz on stock cooling running @ 35C idle and 43C load.
This thing seems to handle things just like e6600 C2D, except cooler. When I still had windows installed, the Xeon 3060 was comprable to the e6600 in 3dmark scores, but consistently ~.5 seconds faster than e6600's in super pi that were running at similar frequencies.

All in all, I am very happy about this chip. Pics to come!

Oh yeah, I will be writing a hardware review, where would I submit that?

Update LONG in the making: (3-22-08)

I finally got myself a good overclocking mobo and a good heatsink.

XFX 780i
Asus CoolSquare

I lapped the CPU and heatsink and with the new mobo this thing rips. I have 3.4ghz stable and am currently working on 3.6+. I think im gonna need some better cooling =)


So in short, Just thought I would say this first gen b2 stepped Xeon 3060 is still rippin!
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You do know that the motherboard you picked is a lousy overclocker, right?

Also, threre is no information on motherboard for that CPU on the ASUS website, so I am not sure if, and with what BIOS, motherboards will support that CPU
    
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DONT GET IT!!! get a p5b delux do not ever get an nforce bord its not wortht the sli if u must have it get a x975 chipset and run hacked drivers
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You do know that the motherboard you picked is a lousy overclocker, right?
!@?!?! really?

It seemed like it had some nice features.... any recomendations on good SLI overclockers then?
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DONT GET IT!!! get a p5b delux do not ever get an nforce bord its not wortht the sli if u must have it get a x975 chipset and run hacked drivers
Do they have hacked linux drivers too?
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go for the asus pwdh http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131025


used hacked drivers liek sdumper or go crossfire its better anyway imo
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no there are no haked linux there is no sli linux ne way as far as i know
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Pretty good rig, The Xeon should be super duper!
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Quote:
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no there are no haked linux there is no sli linux ne way as far as i know
Apparently there is sli in linux on the newer kernels or something like that. The whole reason I went to nVidia instead of ATI was the linux robustness of nVidia products.
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CPU: Xeon Conroe 3060, 4mb, 2.4ghz +327.99$
Mainboard: Asus P5W DH Deluxe +249.99
Memory:CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500)+364.99
Graphics:XFX PVT71JYHE9 GeForce 7950GT 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP ExTreme Edition +319.99 x2 = +639.98
HDD: Western Digital Raptor WD740ADFD 74GB 10,000 RPM Serial ATA150 $149.99
PSU: PC Power & Cooling Silencer 610 EPS12V EPS12V 610W $159.99
Total: $1,892.93 + shipping

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I would run Crossfire instead of SLI...
Changed PSU. Thermaltakes are not that good.
The HDD you picked is likely SCSI. Unless you have a SCSI controller card, it's a no-go. Changed to RAptor

What games you found that will need SLI under Linux?
    
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