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post #461 of 575
Hi there
I don't own an SR-2 yet, but I have the components necessary to build one (except the mobo...)
I currently have a Dell T5500 with a 5520 variant motherboard.
It's currently outfitted with two X5690s and 48GB of RAM (non-ECC, but I have 48GB of ECC as well.)
It's got a GTX980 in it

I recently upgraded the CPUs from X5647s to the 5690s:
http://www.3dmark.com/compare/fs/6298408/fs/5568431

So, my question is:
how much is the good price to pay for an SR-2 and what should I look out for?

and

is it worth it?

I feel like this PC is still competitive with even the latest i7.

I mostly use it for gaming, but I'm really hoping to get a new case so I can install more HDDs (I'm limited to 2 3.5" slots, so I use 2x 2.5" in an adapter and one 3.5" in the 2nd bay.)

I have a stack of 2TB WD Blacks that I'd like to use with an LSI RAID controller so I can have a RAID5 or 6 setup to go along with my 512GB SSD and my 1TB SSD

RN2zfMs.jpg

The SR-2 is really the only thing I can think of that will give me the piece of mind and the 'standardization' I'm looking for. The T5500 is all bespoke stuff (BTX-style case with daughterboard). I do worry about all the failures you guys seem to be reporting.
post #462 of 575
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Originally Posted by Chapel976 View Post

Hi there
I don't own an SR-2 yet, but I have the components necessary to build one (except the mobo...)
I currently have a Dell T5500 with a 5520 variant motherboard.
It's currently outfitted with two X5690s and 48GB of RAM (non-ECC, but I have 48GB of ECC as well.)
It's got a GTX980 in it

I recently upgraded the CPUs from X5647s to the 5690s:
http://www.3dmark.com/compare/fs/6298408/fs/5568431

So, my question is:
how much is the good price to pay for an SR-2 and what should I look out for?

and

is it worth it?

I feel like this PC is still competitive with even the latest i7.

I mostly use it for gaming, but I'm really hoping to get a new case so I can install more HDDs (I'm limited to 2 3.5" slots, so I use 2x 2.5" in an adapter and one 3.5" in the 2nd bay.)

I have a stack of 2TB WD Blacks that I'd like to use with an LSI RAID controller so I can have a RAID5 or 6 setup to go along with my 512GB SSD and my 1TB SSD

The SR-2 is really the only thing I can think of that will give me the piece of mind and the 'standardization' I'm looking for. The T5500 is all bespoke stuff (BTX-style case with daughterboard). I do worry about all the failures you guys seem to be reporting.

 

Well they sell normally for around $500 to $750 on ebay sometimes more. I got my SR-2 for $475 brand new off of newegg so they hold their value. It really depends on what you get with the board when you buy used. I would say $500-$600 if its just the board and $600+ if it comes with cpus and ram and such. I probably wouldn't spend more then $800 unless its a full system. You will need some good cooling also if you plan to take those chips to 4ghz+


Edited by ozlay - 10/23/15 at 9:27pm
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post #463 of 575
Is it worth doing though?
It's a pretty old setup at this point.
Would $800 go farther with a new i7 setup?
post #464 of 575
I had an sr-2 + 2x x5650 with both waterblocks for cpus and mobo. It doesnt worth it IMO.

Yes its a piece of art, thats why I got it but all these slow controllers (super slow boot), low fps in some games (high freq > 12 cores) got me "bored" after a while.
post #465 of 575
So from a performance perspective I'm better off selling the CPUs to fund a more modern build?
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So from a performance perspective I'm better off selling the CPUs to fund a more modern build?

yes in general 100% (except if you are relying on multicore apps).
post #467 of 575
Bummer but bound to happen. I'm up over 12000 in 3DMark for now which is good. And my power bill is about $40/mo already to run this thing. wink.gif
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what is direct die cooling? sounds deadly.

You remove the IHS(heat spreader/sink) and the block makes contact with the die.
"Delidding" is another common name for this practice.
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These systems are still unbeatable in multithreaded tasks, last year August I spanked an i7-5960X in Cinebench running at 4.4 GHz with my E5645s at 3.6 GHz. My X5690s are ever so slightly faster clock for clock than those E5645s and they can do almost 1 GHz more with good cooling - the CPUs, coolers, motherboard and 800D chassis cost me less than just an i7-5960X CPU. I do very little gaming (pretty much just BF4), but the rig copes just fine.
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Thinking about using some delidded x5690s and was wondering if I had to remove the cpu retention brackets to do direct die cooling?

The x5690s I am looking at don't have lids

Is that even feasible with LGA1366 Xeons? As far as I know the IHS is soldered to the die, not just mounted
with some glue and heatpaste, in which case you're quite likely to damage the CPU by delidding it (unless you
heat it up so that the solder goes soft).

I haven't read up on this in a long time, so maybe take what I'm saying with a grain of salt, but just thought I'd
mention it to be on the safe side.

EDIT: If the CPUs are already delidded, well then never mind silly old me. biggrin.gif
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So from a performance perspective I'm better off selling the CPUs to fund a more modern build?

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Originally Posted by FireKillerGR View Post

yes in general 100% (except if you are relying on multicore apps).

Agreed. The SR-2 is still an awesome beast if you have a workload which can properly take advantage of
all those cores, but otherwise a more modern build makes more sense.
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