Just a quick note, this is not for sale, but if I were to sell it, I would appreciate some guidance to price.
My homebuilt workstation. Built with a no expense spared budget, used as a DB Server and Workstation.
2 x QX9775
3.2GHz quad core extreme (unlocked) processors. 8 physical Cores.
Air cooled with Twin Zalman silent fans. Idle at 21deg ,
maxxed out runs at 59deg. Can overclock to 3.6GHz using BIOS multiplier or even 4.0 GHZ with BIOS voltage adjustment. Completely stable at 4GHz on air
This Chip and Motherboard broke the overclock world record
, remaining stable, and still holds it 3 years later,
such is the stability and quality of engineering on this board. (Spare liquid nitrogen anyone ?)
16GB FB DIMM
s 4 x 4GB Intel DX5400S Workstation Motherboard
,e-ATX, RAID 0/1/10 , Add in USB + SATA3 card.
2 x WD 1TB Green Enterprise (24x7) RAID 10 Boot drive.
External Lian Li EX50
RAID chassis with 5 x 1TB WD 1TB Enterprise drives.
Dell 24" WP2407 digital monitor
Creative 5.1 Sound System
1500W Thermaltake PSU with external server UPS (can handle / easily supply the 1500W PSU under full load for 20 minutes, or 45 minutes of normal usage) Lian Li PC-X2000FB TYR
Case (Huge, plenty of room for Water cooling etc)
This "beast" runs 4 Virtual Oracle Enterprise Linux Servers , clustered
and I can still run a system backup and play Supreme Commander without any jitter or lag and
unzip 8 movies/downloads in the background. Unless I run benchmarks, it is near impossible to get this beast to run maxxed out, there are always CPU cycles available. It has served me well, but now I would like a smaller machine and to start to mess with water cooling and case design given that single chip performance has caught up with me.
The Motherboard supports quad SLI, and is an enthusiast board. Utterly reliable and stable. Everything runs cool thanks to the 3 120mm front fans on the case. Airflow is the best of the best. You can easily fit a WC reservoir inside or even a Phase change cooler.
Anyway, that's all sentimental rubbish. The market will only pay for so much (...and this machine is probably more powerful than the server the forum runs off and is overkill for general PC work. As a Video Editing machine or code compiling or video encoding workstation, very little can touch it. Even today's I7's are just starting to catch up thanks to the 8 cores and the bandwidth of the FB DIMM's)
So, if this was a machine you wanted, how much would you consider is a fair price ?