Description

This was more of a pet project than an actual build. With the help of a friend, I modified the EP45-DQ6 to fit a 771 cpu instead of the standard 775 of the board by cutting a few pins and filing away bits meant to align the cpu properly in the socket. We paired this with a stick of high voltage ram from Crucial which was set to end up in the trash, and then set to work on the cooling with a spare watercooling kit I had lying around.

The Centurion 5 was a bit of a challenge to work with, given its age. It only fit one 120mm fan and 2 80mm, which was a problem for the enormous 360 rad we wanted to use. Luckily enough, the kit came with its own brackets for mounting the rad outside a case. After drilling a few holes and mounting the brackets to the case, we filled the loop with some distilled water the chemistry teacher was kind enough to give us. Thanks to some bad coolant that had previously been used with the loop's parts, the water was tinged pink.

The x5640 is a monster in every sense of the word. At its stock clock of 3.1 ghz it can perform on par with an i7 920, and is able to come quite close to a 6700k. The x5460's TDP of 120w is quite high, which made us apprehensive about how it'd do heatwise. However, the 360mm rad was able to take it like a champ, and we were able to overclock it up to 4.3 ghz without any thermal issues. The xeon, since it was never meant to reach anywhere near that frequency, started to have stability issues anywhere past that.

Comments

  • 30 months ago
  • 3 points

Screw the people with 4 titan Xps, custom loops, and a case that costs more than most peoples computer. This should be featured just because its unique.

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

one word...zip ties!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

thats 2 words dip sh1t...

zip-ties!!!!!!!!!

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

uh dude, THAT was the joke.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

xD

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I soooo want to do a project like this now!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

It's ironic how my parents iMac performs slower in the sense of the CPU http://cpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Intel-Xeon-X5460-vs-Intel-Core-i5-5250U/m5754vsm24945

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I mean, if you compare TDP, the numbers make sense. The 5250u has only a 15w TDP versus the 120 of the x5460. It's prioritizing power efficiency versus performance.

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Still, a CPU from 2007 beating one in the 2016 iMac is a pretty stupid move. Considering where the CPU sits in terms of price/performance (e.g., I could build a very powerful gaming PC with £1k but the Mac at the same price struggle to run Photoshop)

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Apple is simply a bunch of thieves

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep, I'm not going to pay an extra £500 - £600 for a shiny design, so called "optimisations" and an "easy to use" OS.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

It's worth it to buy their computers if you buy systems from 2012 and older. They're cheap and run well. I've been using a 2008 15 incher since it was new and with a few upgrades it tackles CAD and xCode like a champ.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Yess! A garbage/dumpster build! I love these so much!

BTW, What GPU is this, and what Water cooling kit is that? +1, I want this to be featured!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! The kit was one of XSPC's AX360 kits, and the GPU was an old barebones ATI card to avoid stressing out the PSU.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I've never heard of XSPC, I gotta check them out!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I've read their pumps have a reputation for high noise/failure. Their other components are fairly lackluster. I'd recommend sticking with EK or Alphacool instead. I bought this kit when I first started watercooling, so I didn't really know about all the brands.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

My God this is trash

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Isn't it beautiful?

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for the sketchy paper towels included in the build

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Right now I have 5 unused Xeon E5420 (2.5ghz) but 0 board to use them. And probably over 30 various socket 775 unused cpu's. It's a pitty, if only I could find cheap boards to mod and use the Xeon...

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

All you need is a p45 board. They can be found every once in awhile used. I have 2, and each one was $20.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

lol you disabled the fail warning that's funny

this is cool and you are cool

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

hey man where did you buy that raystorm kit at? can't find it anywhere lol

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Bought it a loooooong time ago off amazon. I can't find it anywhere either.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I love builds like this! Xeons are such good performers for their price. +1

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