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Topcat
Topcat
The Boss Stooge
Last Activity: Today, 04:12 PM
Joined: 10-06-2003
Location: Salem, MO
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  • Here's a 'Systemax' branded Chieftec

    [url]https://www.ebay.com/itm/175492093873[/url]https://Here's a 'Systemax' branded ...92093873[/url]
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  • Again, nice work! I have the black iron version of this case...one of these days I'll make something with it....
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  • My only light hint would be SLI era-specific cards, looks like the board supports it. I was never a huge fan of it, but it's become a thing of the past....and like SLI voodoo cards, in another decade or so the gear will be hard to come by and rare...right now it's plentiful & cheap. A pair of 580's would be fabulous in that!
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  • Very nice! Where did you find that case in that condition!?? Very rare! Most the ones I find are completely ragged out.

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  • I'd flip those roles. Use the smaller 36GB 10k SCSI for boot, it'll perform far better than the 74gb IDE for booting.

    PS.
    I've got a goodie box packed for you....just havent had a chance to get to the PO. I got a quote online and it seems way too cheap....so I want a hard quote from the horse's mouth....
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  • Finished up the Gateway server sleeper today. Not as much of a sleeper as I wanted it to be, it was doomed to period-specific hardware because of the SCA backplane....but it turned out pretty darn nice IMO.

    Tied up the wiring.....

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    Buttoned up and XP installed...

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  • Yes, I still have it.

    I don't know of any other ROM's on the board, I actually have 2 of these. I updated the bios on both of them using the asus utility. Didn't have any issues....
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  • We interrupt your regularly scheduled build to show off Topcat's completely pimped out Precision T7910. This was a freebie from a local resort that survived being hammered because the grunts couldn't find the HDD's, they mistook the optical for a 'hard drive' and beat that with a hammer....no, I'm not kidding!!

    Anyway... It had 64gb RAM spread across 8 of its 16 slots and 2x Xeon E5-2690 v4 CPU's and a big turd of a NVS 310 GPU. I didn't change the CPU's, they are a decent balance of clock speed and core count; 28 cores / 56 threads!! Wowza!! I did however up the RAM to 128GB with...
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  • No, I haven't forgotten about this build....I've just been busy with other crap... I broke down and grabbed a pair of 3GHz CPU's for it, they're not here yet though....but that won't stop me from starting to button this up....but there were a few things that had to be done first....one thing at a time though...

    Shiny & clean!

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    SCA HDD's selected. Pair of 146gb 15,000 RPM....
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  • Depends on the workload and just how much stuff needs to be tested. Not uncommon to bake things in it all night if testing excessively large amounts of RAM or slow stuff.....and of course for longevity testing. If needing to see how well things can handle heat; for example something that'll be in a harsher environment in the real world. I'll run them for hours with the exhaust fans turned down very low or off. Found lots of weird testing derivatives that proven to be quite useful....
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  • The official 1000 hour update.... I ran a board this morning and checked on it a few minutes ago....clock is at 1004.4. Nothing to report other than one more digit rolled from zero to one!
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  • True. I've got nothing in the T7910 workstation. By the time I build it out to my liking, I'll have ~$200 in it.... A barebones T7910 sells on ebay with lesser hardware for $250 and up + ship, this one will be outfitted well above & beyond that. I'll still make a buck on it in the end....but I'd hate to know what the pricetag for this was when it was new! ...
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  • Finally had a little time to see what was in this.... 2x E5-2690 v4 CPU's 14 cores per CPU; 28 total @ 2.6GHz....holy shit, 28 cores + HT! 64gb DDR4; 8x 8GB modules. Weaksauce NVS310 GPU, LSI 9361 SAS card w/ BBU. HDD's were 2x toshiba 1tb sata.

    Not bad!

    The fun has already begun...bought a few things for it......
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  • Had a big dropoff of goodness from a local resort. The pick of the litter is a Precision T7910 dual 2011-3 workstation supporting E5 2xxx v4's. Gonna have some fun with this one.
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  • Swapped out an Arctic Freezer II 360mm for a client that for some reason wouldn't cool anymore despite the fact the pump was running and it didn't leak (no coolant loss). I built the system for the client back in 2020 or so. Client gave me the old one....so I dissected it to see where the failure was.... Drained about a cup of coolant out of it that looked nasty as hell and had clumps of crud in it. It appears that it clogged up the passages in the water block; and restricted flow to so little movement that a ryzen 7 5800 sitting idle was running @ 80*~100*c. Any kind of load on it would send...
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  • I feed M.2's to my commercial document shredder. It chews them up like they're nothing....
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  • Mega score from a medical facility today

    Several 11th gen I5 HP Elitebooks, mint condition & working.
    A bunch of newer HP smaller laser printers
    A box full of M.2 & SSD's ranging from 512gb to 1TB
    Bunch of small workstations; pretty shelled out; probably bad motherboards....but I scavenged RAM and a bunch of gen 8~12 I7 and Xeon CPU's.
    Of course the usual breeder stuff; cables, keyboards, mice, and broken monitors.

    I'm contractually obligated to destroy the drives....kind of a bummer to waste them....but it's what I agreed to do... The...
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  • It's an Emac 550W redundant server supply with a 3.3v rail rated @ 24A. I forget the model number. I haven't been able to replicate the issue with any other 3.3v heavy board I have here... Probably just write it off as a grouchy motherboard....
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  • Weird you say this. I built 3 custom polymer VP6's many many many years ago (like back when the VP6 was still usable in the real world) and sold them to an individual that had some specific use; and they agreed to return them to me when they finished with them and took them out of service. They did return two of them several years ago, one is still MIA. They never would tell me what they were being used for; I did ask. I still have them.

    Back to this build......

    Today was the disassembly stage.

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  • Should have said something....I have a Micronics 486DX4@100 here I have zero plans for...could toss a couple VP6 fixer-uppers in with it....


    Anyway, for today's magic, the beginning stages of this monster Gateway server system. I am not going to reuse the original board, while it's a dual Tualatin, it's otherwise a complete turd....as a server, this thing is useless for anything, so the goal is more of a minor sleeper/gamer/era-specific workstation setup. First step is board selection. The front-runner is this Supermicro P4DCE+; dual skt603 Prestonia Xeon board. One of the...
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