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Nice job returning an old PC to excellent condition.  Too bad you didn't get to keep it.  

 

I'm trying to start a side business building and repairing computers, so I could definitely relate to fixing up an older computer there.  So far I've only had one customer.  My wife's friend had taken his ASUS ROG G73SW 17-inch laptop to a local PC shop that said they couldn't fix it and wanted him to pay them to "take it off his hands".  He brought it to me and after lots of different testing, found that 2 of the 4 RAM sticks had gone bad.  $20 worth of DDR3 RAM later and a few hours installing Win 10 on the hard drive the other shop had erased and I was able to hand him back a working laptop.  Still a Core i7 machine with Nvidia 460M 1.5GB and two 500GB HDD and beautiful 17-inch 1080p screen.  That other computer shop was a crook.

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I'll let anyone pay me to take old computers off their hands.

After working on that PC a little bit, it got me thinking. It's really crazy that so many people build new PC's and don't realize their old ones are still pretty good. My boss is playing The Division on it and it's running about as well as his workstation here in our office (Sandy Bridge Hexacore + GTX 670). Obviously not quite as good, but still perfectly playable. He could still upgrade the CPU for fairly cheap too and get some longer life out of it.

I am thinking I need to point this out at our work. We have a lot of older HP Z400 workstations using W3550 Xeons. I've seen hexa-core LGA 1366 CPU's running around $100 used here. Definitely would be a good upgrade for our workstations rather than spending $2,000 on a brand new LGA 2011 v3 hexacore workstation.
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Originally Posted by IntoxicatedPuma View Post

I am thinking I need to point this out at our work. We have a lot of older HP Z400 workstations using W3550 Xeons. I've seen hexa-core LGA 1366 CPU's running around $100 used here. Definitely would be a good upgrade for our workstations rather than spending $2,000 on a brand new LGA 2011 v3 hexacore workstation.

That depends a lot on the workload though, it'll probably be a step up from the W3550's depending on which replacements you can get cheap. If they're consumer-grade CPU's, they'll lack quite a few functions that might be necessary for the typical workload though, ECC for one comes to mind.

If CPU performance is an important factor in the applications you're running, keep in mind there's a huge performance gap between LGA 1366 and modern 2011-3. To give you a general idea, the W3550's that are currently in there get a score of ~475cb in Cinebench 15. Since you specified a $2,000 system, and to try and compare apples to apples, the current base HP Z840 workstation sports an E5-2620 Xeon. This is a 12-core, 24-thread cpu (compared to 4-core,8-thread) scoring ~1240cb in Cinebench 15.

Not saying it's a bad idea, not at all, but you'd have to make sure the hardware matches the workloads first. thumb.gif
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post #14 of 15
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I think the 2620 is still only a 6 core... Even the v3 models. My work is a game developer so we do have some need for the latest hardware but I think for most of our work the w3680 would do about as well as the e5 2620.
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Working on resurrecting another old PC. I was sure this build had died and actually built a new desktop to replace it a couple months ago. It was a Q6600 on an EVGA 780 SLI motherboard. I'd thought the mobo had died and built a new build with an i5 6500 on a Gigabyte B150 motherboard to replace it. Discovered that the old EVGA mobo had a lifetime warranty, so tried to set it back up so I could confirm what was wrong with the board and get a replacement. And what do you know, it starts working again...! Now I may just need a case to put it back in... Good news I guess.
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