Under $150 Budget Gaming 8 Core CPU, Motherboard & 16GB RAM

Can you build a badass gaming rig on the cheap using old server hardware?

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50 Comments on “Under $150 Budget Gaming 8 Core CPU, Motherboard & 16GB RAM”

  1. form what research I did seems those xeon cpus (711) can be used in a easier to obtain and much better suited for desktop use 755 boards, can even go with easier to find (faster?) ddr3 just requires a little cutting of either the cpu or the socket notches to make it fit then using pencil to jumper a few of the pins on the bottom of the cpu (look it up) and not need a special multi cpu windows license! im surprised they didn't do this tbh

  2. This video is about 2 years old as I write this and I can say that with out a doubt it is definitely worth the time it takes to research systems and motherboard layouts for a gaming build.

  3. This video inspired me to research Xeons for my old X58 LGA 1366 mobo. I received my new (used) X5690 today and almost doubled the performance. Then I overclocked it by 900 MHz to 4,37 GHz. Wow! It gets 13% higher scores than my I7-7700 in Cinebench multi core. There is no better way to upgrade my old 2010 rig for $100.

    Thanks for the awesome tips!

  4. hi .. I Bought S5000PSL with 4X 4Gb ram and 2X Intel Xeon X5355 but the board does not give any vga signal. can you help me to solve this problem?

  5. I built a Opteron 6386 server, and now it's my gaming rig because I needed to sell my normal one. Threw in a 980ti and it's actually a decent gaming rig thanks to the new APIs being able to use more of it's 3.2ghz 16-cores.

  6. Never buy server mobos from big name hp or dell; you can end with all sorts of problems like awkward or missing connectors, crazy specific parts or memory or size, or stupid things like 1 or no pci-e slot. Go for old supermicro mobos which are also standard sized.

  7. 2 years ago I had a good Asus P9 motherboard, for i7. All I needed was a processor and some RAM. i7 was so expensive that I just sold the board and decided to buy an old workstation, HP XW8400 fo about 300 dollars. The prices here are a bit higher here… For that money I got a HP case, PSU 850 Watts (!!), 2x Xeon quad-core 3.0 GHz and 4 GB of RAM. And some old Quadro graphic card. I bought more RAM, now I have 16 GB, nVidia GTX 580 O.C. Lightning II and Intel SSd for my system, with 3 more HDDs for data. What I got is a much cheaper PC that can run any game (that I play) and I run them at Ultra or High specs.

    This kind of PC uses a lot of power, one CPU uses 150W at 100%, so you will feel this on your electricity bill, not much, but it is noticeable. I can not improve this setup any more, except for the graphic card, so I can still use it for years to come, with some newer GPU. Biggest problem and a bottleneck here is the memory, which is Fully Buffered DDR2 ECC that runs on only 667 MHz, but it is a quad chanell, so that helps a bit. Other problem is the expansion slots, there is only one PCI slot for aditional cards and I used it for a better sound card with optical output, because I need it. You can choose to use that for USB 3.0, SATA 3 or like I did, for a better sound card. But you can choose only one of those things… There is one PCI-e 8x, but if you have any gaming graphic card, it will cover that slot. The mother board has 2 PCI-E 16X slots for SLI, so that is an option as well.

    Windows 7 64-bit works great, all the hardware is recognized and there are official drivers on HP site.

    I love my Workstation.


  8. Who else came for ram and graphics driver for their not budget but their gaming pc which coast lees money but get's the job done This is how the world is supposed to run.

  9. It's not really true that it is not able to upgrade able because I got a 865 watt power supply and a xdah+-f for only 100 dollars and it has 7 slots for upgrades

  10. if you move up a little further, x5500 x5600 with ddr3 theY CAN REALLY MOVE! gives you more money for the gpu which is the star of the show and who wants to spend so much on the lates i7 :p

  11. So, yeah, I came back to this video to let you all know that I did this, and it sucked hard ass. I had the opportunity to buy an old IBM server for 20-ish US dollars. Ordered 16 gigs of ram and two 4 core 3.61 ghz xeon cpus off ebay (and also a Pci-e extension cord as I wont saw off a piece from the most expensive part of the build) for 51 USD. Bought a second hand 750 Ti for 96 USD I was looking at those ebay chineseum 55 USD gtx960-s but I didn't had the courage(would like to see a test BTW), and I was set. Or maybe not, there was only one heatsink so I had to make my own from another heatsing by sawing off chunks of it. Or I could have ordered one from india for 50 more dollars (no way, this is a budget build). I had to buy a sound card becouse why would any server need one?So the first one didnt worked in my mobo, fuck you ASUS and your sound cards, so Im not counting that one and I settled for a cheapo Star tech or some shit for 23 USD. After this I put together everything, installed win 10, it works like a charm (a very loud charm, I havn't replaced the fans yet). And then the next day, when I wanted to install games and finally play. The mofo Adaptec Raid controller decided to die, the server won't boot without that even tho I couldn't care less about RAID (a raid card for this server is 100 USD, agan from india for some reason). So I spent 3 days to figure out a way to bypass it and finally get it to boot, I had to update the BIOS but Lenovo decided to rename these old shits form System X to ThinkServer so I could't find any support untill I found this out. Oh and it is crazy heavy. But finally it works and it was worth it, was fun to put it together, caused me some headache. Now Ill be off to play some crysis.

  12. This guy on kijiji is selling a pc build for under 200 cad , and it has 16 ddr3 ram and a gtx 1060 ti I forget the rest

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