HP Z800 Gaming Computer Blog

The HP Z800 Workstation has all the base components to be converted in to a solid gaming computer.  HP Z800's are a dual socket Xeon based workstations.  The Z800 supports up to 192GB of DDR3 memory and 4 Internal SAS/SATA Hard Drives.  It is important to note that it has an optional 1100W Power Supply, which gives you endless options for high end Graphics Cards.  Let us show you how you can build an effective HP Z800 Gaming PC.

Where to buy?

If you haven't already acquired a HP Z800 Workstation we'd recommend checking out a company called Serverworlds.  They sell the Z800's cheap and they provide free ground shipping to the lower 48 states.   You can custom configure an HP Z800 using this link: HP Z800.  You can also try to snag them cheap on Ebay.  However, Ebay can be a bit of a gamble because you never know what you are going to get.

The goal is to purchase the Z800 with a good processor(s) and memory already installed and then you can source the graphics cards, hard drives, and other optional components from other sources.

 

What Processor(s) should I get?

High Clock speed cpu's are the way to go.

In most cases you can get by with a single processor listed below.  If you plan to stream your gaming on youtube or twitch, we recommend getting 2 processors.

Recommended Processors:

Up to 2 x QC Xeon X5667 3.06Ghz 12MB 6.40GTs Processors | 3.46 Max Turbo Frequency (SLBVA)

Up to 2 x QC Xeon X5677 3.46Ghz 12MB 6.40GTs Processors | 3.73 Max Turbo Frequency (SLBV9)

Up to 2 x QC Xeon X5687 3.6Ghz 12MB 6.40GTs Processors | 3.86Ghz Max Turbo Frequency  (SLBVY)

Up to 2 x 6C Xeon X5680 3.33Ghz 12MB 6.40GTs Processors | 3.60Ghz Max Turbo Frequency (SLBV5)

Up to 2 x 6C Xeon X5690 3.46Ghz 12MB 6.40GTs Processors | 3.73Ghz Max Turbo Frequency (SLBVX)

 

How much Memory should I get?

The base line should be a minimum of 16GB of memory.  However, 16GB to 32GB would be ideal.

Memory PNs:

 

4GB PC10600R 2Rx4 ECC Reg Shielded (NN876)

4GB PC10600R 2Rx8 ECC Reg (7H8J8)

4GB PC10600R 2Rx8 PC3L ECC Reg (9J5WF or H5DDH)

8GB PC10600R 2Rx4 PC3L ECC Reg (P9RN2)

8GB PC10600R 2Rx4 ECC Reg Shielded (X3R5M)

16GB PC10600R 2Rx4 PC3L ECC Reg (MGY5T)

*12800r modules will work as well, they will just clock down to 1333Mhz depending on the CPU speed*

 

Recommended Memory configurations:

4 x 4GB PC10600 ECC Reg Modules (16GB)

6 x 4GB PC10600R ECC Reg Modules (24GB)

4 x 8GB PC10600R ECC Reg Modules (32GB)

6 x 8GB PC10600R ECC Reg Modules (48GB)

It's very important to use 10600R modules because they will run at the max speed supported by the system board and processor.

 

What Hard Drive should I get?

Ideally you would want to have a Solid State Drive as your boot device as well an NVME.2 SSD to store your game libraries/large programs on.  If you are limited on budget you could go with a small SSD for your boot device and a larger capacity 7.2K SATA drive to hold your larger files/programs/games.

 

Recommended SSD Drives:

Samsung 860 EVO 1TB 2.5 Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-76E1T0B/AM)

Samsung 860 Evo 500GB 2.5 inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-76E500B/AM)

 

Recommended large Capacity SATA Drives:

Seagate 2TB BarraCuda SATA 6 Gb/s 7200 RPM 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch Desktop Hard Drive (ST2000DM006)

 

*NVME.2 Drives cannot be used as a boot device with this model workstation*

NVME.2 PCIe Adapter (You need this if you plan to install an NVME.2 Drive in to this system):

NVME.2 SSD Adapter *Required to Install NVME.2*

 

Recommended NVME.2 SSDs:

WD Black 512GB M.2 2280 PCIe NVME SSD (WDS512G1X0C)

Samsung 960 EVO Series - 500GB NVMe - M.2 Internal SSD (MZ-V6E500BW)

Samsung 960 EVO Series - 1TB PCIe NVMe - M.2 Internal SSD (MZ-V6E1T0BW)

 

What Graphics Card should I get?

The HP Z800 has a 1100W Power Supply.  This means you can install pretty much any Graphics Card that you want depending on your budget.

 

Recommended Graphics Cards:

NVIDIA GTX 1060 6GB Graphics Card

NVIDIA GTX1660 Ti 6GB Graphics Card

NVIDIA GTX 1070 8GB Graphics Card

NVIDIA GTX 1070 TI 8GB Graphics Card

NVIDIA GTX 1080 8GB Graphics Card

NVIDIA GTX 1080 TI w/11GB Graphics Card

NVIDIA RTX 2080 w/8GB Graphics Card

Graphics Card Power Adapters:

2 x Molex to 6pin Male

What type of Monitor should I get?

Ideally it would be nice to get a monitor with a 144Hz or 244hz refresh rate or better monitor.  However, it really depends on the games you play.  If you play first person shooter games a 144hz or 240Hz or better monitor is a must.  If you play other games that do not require quick response time then a 60hz monitor should work fine.

Recommended Monitors:

ASUS PG248Q Full HD 144Hz 1MS 24" Gaming Monitor

ASUS VG278Q Full HD 1080P 144Hz 1MS 27" Gaming Monitor

ASUS XG258Q ROG Strix 24.5" 1080P 240Hz 1MS Gaming Monitor

 

Recap:

Using the criteria above you can build a good to borderline high end gaming system using a HP Z800 Workstation.

Sample Configuration:

HP Z800 Workstation

1 x 6C Xeon X5690 3.46Ghz 12MB 6.40GTs

32GB PC10600R (4 x 8GB)

Samsung 256GB 6GBPS SSD + Samsung Evo 970 NVME.2 SSD

GTX1080 w/8GB  Graphics Card

1 x 10/100/1000 Network Port

1100W Power Supply

DVD-RW

10 Pro 64Bit

 

We have tested this system with games like Dota 2, CS Go, PubG, and The Division.  The frames can range from 60FPS to 200FPS depending on the game and settings that you choose.  The system was tested using a 144Hz 27" Acer Monitor.

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  • Thanks I was looking to do casual gaming with my hp z800 but after grabbing 2 gpu cards and they weren't compatible now I'm seeking gpu that work with this pc

     

    I haven't changed anything with pc besides adding more ram grabbed 4 Samsung 8gb

     

    Actually just looking for a descent 4gb gpu atm I'm stuck don't know which ones to get I also have this gpu I'm stuck with cause pc wasn't compatible 

     

    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti this gpu gave me errors beeped 6 times and power button was red once I removed it was fine

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    • Eric djNOS What mfg graphics card did you install?  We recently installed an EVGA GeForce 1660 Ti 6GB Graphics Card in to a Z800 Workstation.  It worked well for us.

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    • Jbigticket23 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti it was the 4gb version there seems to be many types of this model never knew that gpu was specific for board even though it has pci 2 and card was pci 3 should work I'm clueless as to why I'm getting this error code 

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    • Eric djNOS 

      Sorry was gigabyte NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and other variant requires power connector while this one doesn't 

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  • these are the pics of gpu

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      Oded Hi Steve GIGABYTE GTX1050 TI should have 6 pin power connector on top.

      Did you get the card used? if yes looks like someone scammed you if it's on eBay and it's not over 30 days yet complain to eBay you can get your money back.

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      Oded Did you try this card on another PC and did it worked?

      It could be that the second hand card is faulty.

      Can you try a different card on the HP to see if it's happened as well? 

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      Oded Oded Ok looked it up on this youyube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKkDfZDN2PU I think the problem is that this card don't have power connectors sorry require PCI Express Gen3 x16 slot for power and HPZ800 have PCI Express Gen2 x16 slot maybe it doesn't get enough power.

      The video say also that older PC will need a powerful power supply to give efficient power and HP Z800 have lots of this.

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  • can anyone tell me where I can download the HP performance advisor for workstations

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  • Thanks for the link. 

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    • Steve Not a problem. Hope it helps!

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  • I saw the video with 384GB of RAM. Wow. I'm not a gamer, more into design and engineering, simulation.  Just got a Z800 and was trying to figure out how to effectively and cheaply configure the RAM. From the HP config. guide it looks like  12x16GB 1333MHz cards will only run at 800MHz. Your 32MB cards did the same in the video. For now I am opting for 12x8GB 1333MHz cards that will run at 1333MHz. Cheap. The 8 cards I needed were USD130. Cheers from NZ. Gregg.

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    • Gregg MacPherson The 12 x 8GB 10600R aka 1333Mhz modules should be a good fit for you.  Make sure you are using processors that will support 1333Mhz memory before making the investment.

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    • Jbigticket23  I've got two X5675 3.07GHz 6 core CPUs. CNET Quickspecs show them with 1333MHz RAM. I'll double check what the existing four 8GB modules are running at.  Is there a way to get your 12x32GB modules running faster than 800MHz..? Cheers. 

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    • Gregg MacPherson The X5675 cpu's do support 1333Mhz memory.  The issue with the 32GB modules appears to be their rank.  They are quad rank as apposed to dual rank.  I plan to do some more testing to see if less 32gb modules will run at 1333Mhz.  Stay tuned...

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  • Hi guys, loved the Z800 guide an video, right now I'm upgrading mine with faster CPUs and a 1080Ti. I just wanted to point out, there might be different mainboards on Z800 machines. The older ones do not support the 56 series Xeon processors and I guess that should be included in the Blog post. Here's some more info on the topic: https://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Desktops-Archive-Read-Only/Will-HPZ800-take-Intel-Xeon-X5690-CPU/td-p/5084614

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      Alexander Bischel Hello before you spent money on a GTX1080ti view this YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NT9Uj0sgLR4&t=816svideo

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    • Oded Thanks for the video, the used 1080 Ti I wanted to buy is gone already and I was looking into a RTX 2060 8Gb instead...better choice? I wanted to use my Z800 for som triple screen sim racing @ 3x 1080p

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      Alexander Bischel  

      Sounds nice have fun.

      I have both Z800 and Z600V2

      Both have GTX 1060.

      The Z800 have a 10603G and the Z600  with 10606GB work mint.

      I Bought t the Z600 in 2015 for $795aud it came with 2 x Xeon X5660 and 24GB RAM Quadro4000 and 2 x 160GB Intel ssd .

      I bought the Z800 in 2019 for $500au it came with 2 x X5675 48GB RAM and a Quadro 6000 and 256G Intel SSD.

      Before I got the Z800 I upgraded the Z600 to Xeon X5676 and 48GB RAM I’m using 2T Seagate Firecuda.

       

      When I was looking to upgrade I did looked at the X5690 and almost got it until I came across a forum say that Z600 can run up to X5675 the Z800 can go all the way to X5690.

       

      The X5675 sell on EBay for about $45aud each and the X5690 sell for about $150aud and more each the performance deference is not a great deal it’s up to you but I think spent $45 is enough.

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    • Oded I ended up ordering a RTX 2080 since GPU will be more important for my racing sims. My z800 had 2 6 core CPUs which I am switching for two 4 core X5687 since the individual higher clock rate seems to do more for the sims than the additinal cores. Apparently the standard Z800 CPU heatsinks are good up to 95W TDP. Tried to find the high performance ones or even the dual liquid cooling from HP but had no luck. I orderd two of these now: https://www.bequiet.com/de/cpucooler/pure-rock/795 but I guess I will have to modify the memory cooling fans unit.

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    • Alexander Bischel , how did you go using the Z800 for sim racing? I just picked up a Z800 to use for iRacing. It currently has 2x Xeon X5650 CPU's and 12GB ram. I think I'll get an RX580 8GB gpu for it. To get decent in-game performance I believe I should change to a single X5690 (I have the rev2 motherboard) and bring it up to at least 16GB ram. From my research it doesn't seem like theres any point going to dual X5690 as iRacing doesn't really make use of the extra hyperthreading capability. That and my PS is the 850W one. I'm new to this process of picking/finding parts to put into a PC (let alone a prebuilt workstation that was built before USB3!)

      Does all this seem reasonable?

      Thanks,

      Julian 

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      Julian Kenny Hi I the X5690 is still sale for quite a bit but I recommend youto get couple of the X5675 will cost you about same price as one X5690 with no much deference in max frequency and 6more cores. For the GPU I will go with RTX 2060

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    • Oded Thanks for the feedback. Just looking at ebay and comparing prices again for the Xeons, it seems a pair of X5687's might be my best option, I get the even higher clock speed and (from my understanding, could be wrong, I'm still learning about all this) all the extra cores and threads don't matter to iRacing, single core speed is the biggest thing.

      As for the GPU, I'm only going to use a single 1080p screen for iRacing or perhaps upgrade to VR so I think the RX580 8GB should be OK still, particularly given the price difference.

      My main concern is topping out the 850W power supply, I'm not sure how much the CPU's etc draw. I have gone with just a 500GB SSD to try and save some power for the rest of the system.

       

      Thanks again,

      Julian

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    •  Oded Here's an update, I did get the X5687's and also upgraded RAM to 32GB of 1333Mhz (found out the original 12GB was 8500R, thats out now!) Just installed a Radeon RX580 8GB GPU. I do get a warning now when i boot that I have high performance CPU's but not high performance coolers, gives a beep and requires me to hit F1 to continue to boot. Hasn't yet caused any actual issues and I don't think it will just using it for iRacing. I am still using the original 850W power supply.

      iRacing results after these upgrades are fantastic! I've turned up all the graphics settings and still getting around 160fps to my 1080p 40" Sony Bravia TV. Total spend on the system was under $500. Now to sell the ram and X5650 CPU's on ebay.

      Thanks GreenPCGamers for having this blog and opening my eyes to old workstations and their potential!

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  • If you have enough money to buy RTX 2080 why didn’t you got the  Z620/820 or Z640/840 series? They come with the Xeon E5 series they have USB3.0The Z640/840 have the PCIE GEN3 and DDR4 which make your RTX run much more better.

     

    Any how this Xeon X5687 can be found cheap on eBay about $35.

    This high performance fans on eBay are very expensive you can buy a new system with the price they asking for.

     

    I never actually thought about it and not sure what are the fans in my Z800.

     

    I saving my buck for Z840 in few years time they going to be sell for much cheaper.

     

    Which part of the world are you?

    I wonder how much RTX2080 Sell in your country?

     

    Over here in Australia is double the price from the US I watching Tech deal video say you can get RTX2060 for $350us when here the starting price is $578AUD and the RTX2080 start from $1099aud.

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    • Oded The full story is I already had the Z800 workstation from when I was a freelancer and it was basically not being used since then. I got more and more into simracing the last years and by now the consoles simply aren't enough. So I started looking into the possibility of making it a "gaming PC". I got the two X5687 for 80€, the RTX 2080 for little over 500€ new and got myself another used 27" Samung monitor for 100€ matching the ones I still had from work. I'm from Germany btw. and I have to use the Tor browser to get on greenpcgamers.com (that's what we get with the GDPR). So for a around 700€ I now have a pretty solid triple screen racing setup.

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      Alexander Bischel 

      Sounds you all setup and ready looking up on system recommendations for sim racing racing its look like you got more than enough.

      I not really into sim racing I play most of time Fortnite.

      I’m probably the worst Fortnite player out there but I love this game it have all elements game needs and it’s free. 

      I also play Fallout 4, Borderlands, Bioshok, PUBG and other like this.

      I love to take Tech deal advice and get RTX 2060 but it’s so expansive here I decided to wait few years and get Z840 and by than I will be able to pickup RTX 2060 on gum tree for cheaper like I got the GTX1060 6G.

      The system works quite well and I love the industrial look of it.

      Have fun.

      Kind regards 

      Oded

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  • Hello Guys, I'm wondering If I can install the RTX 2070 in the HP Z800, although it says that it is only compatible with PCI 3.0?

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  • Martin We tested an EVGA RTX 2070 in a Z800 workstation.  It worked fine. 

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      Jbigticket23 Thank I decided to go with the 1660 STRIG and I'm installing it this weekend :)

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      Thank God I went with the 1660TI card my Z800 only have an 840w power supply and there were no extra Molex cables to convert for the additional power.

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      Strange when I got my Z800 it came with Quadro 6000that have 8 pin and 6pin.

      The Z800 had 2 6pin and one had a converter of 6 pin to 8 pins.

      Is your Z800 have 2 6pins?

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      Oded Mine only came with 2 6 pins one is already in use, and the other one was being used by a fan for the Hard drives, which I disconnected to use it for 1660 TI.
       

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      Martin 1660Ti should be plenty I have an ex Alienware 1060 6vbr require only 6pin that I got on Gumtree works mint.

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  • I have been running the HP Z800 dual x5690's liquid cooled, NVME2 pcie extentsion. raid 10 SSD with the new NVIDIA RTX 3070 and its a dream. 140fps warzone. So happy with this. I picked up the machine for 200 bucks if you can believe it. Last thing to update is ram from 1066mhz to 1333mhz.

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  • Same I Have a HP Z840 2 x 2690V4, 128GB DDR4 2400MHz, HP512 NVMe ,2T Firecuda  but I was running it with GTX1060.

    Running 3Dmark Port Royal could only do 1-3 FPS and fail the test

    I upgrade the GPU to MSI RTX 3070 OC 8GB Ventus 2x the card so big could not install the GPU covering back to connect power used 2 x 6 pin to 8pin.

    Running Port Royal again got 7617 point better than 64% of all results in the middle between high end PC’s and premium PC’s.

    Runing Fortnite above 240 FPS easy.

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  • Hello All, 

    I had one of these workstations for years and I was using it a VM host, but I will upgrade it to be a gaming PC as well

    Current specs

    2x Intel Xeon X5670 2.93ghz 6-Core CPU (Max Turbo to 3.3GHz)
    6 x 8gb 10600R DDR3 Registered Memory at 1333Mhz

    240gb SSD Drive - Boot

    1x 2Tb 6gb/s SAS Hard Drive

    Radeon 7470 1GB Video card

     

    I have made the following purchases according to this website. I just want to be sure on compatibility:

    6 MORE 8gb 10600R DDR3 modules to make 96GB (will using all 12 DIMMS keep it at 1333 or will it drop to 1066 or 800)?

    EVGA NVIDIA RTX 2070 Super Graphics Card linked from the blog

     

    2x Molex to Male 6pin power

    Dual 6pin female to 8pin power

    PCIe to Nvme 

    1GB Crucial M.2 SSD (planned extra spare drive for VM Partitioning)

    This was a big expense for a PC this old, but cheaper than this would be on a larger rig. So, What do people think?

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    • Just sending in an update. I did everything that I posted here and this thing works like a dream. I added a USB3.0 card and have 10TB of storage in this beast. I am getting such fast speeds with most day to day tasks. This machine even handles VR like a champ. I got it to do VRChat, an unoptimized nightmare and it handles well enough to compete with Modern Ryzen 5 and 7 machines. If there is anything that I would change is the original PCI slot into another PCIe, because I would have more expandability. This is a nice budget build. I have since dusted the case out, but this old machine has a new life until the market for PC parts somewhat normalizes. I am so glad to have stumbled across this blog by chance because this machine which I was thinking to be ewaste soon has just been given an extension on life and I did not need to spend a fortune on parts.

      The EVGA card i got was defective but got a better one. Came to $700 including GPU cost for this machine to be upgraded. 

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  • Has anyone tried and worked in Unreal Engine with Raytracing environments on a Modded z800 2X  X5680 ?? Can I get dual RTX 2070 supers to work with SLI on it?

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  • Hi,
    I read your article of HPZ800 Gamim PC configuration with interest and wondered if you could help with a technical query?
    My HPZ800 has a Nvidea FX4800 in slot 2 and a Matrox M9140 Quad Powerdesk Graphics Card Pcie 16x in slot 5. Both work ok.
    When I insert a third Matrox GPU in any of the other slots it's not recognized in Window 10 device manager. Could you please tell me if and how a third card can be configured, alternatively two Matrox M9140s.
    I tried with just two Matrox M9140s, but again they aren't recognized. Any assistance would be appreciated, thanks for your time.
    Regards
    John 

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  • Nvidea blocks SLI of GeForce cards in the Z800.    They only allow Quatro to be in SLI in a Z800 unfortunately.

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  • Also, if you use a SSD in a Z800 you should use a PCI-e expansion card for Sata 3.   The Z800 mother board has Sata 2 connectors which limit the speed of your boot SSD.

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  • Question for the guys with the Z800's including the RTX 2070 & RTX 3070, have you tested to see if your systems are CPU or GPU limited?   Wondering how premium of a graphics card is needed to maximize the Z800.

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      I'd always buy the best gpu you can afford. It does take a number of years for a high end gpu to be justified in replacement. Even if your cpu bottlenecks your gpu it probably won't bottleneck your next rig. That said I know nothing about fitment or power cabling in a hp z800. Also a gpu is 3 or 4 times it's worth right now sooo ya lol.

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  • Jbigticket23 & Davi Vieira are either of your Z800's CPU limited, or are your GPU's still running at 100% while your CPU's are still not maxed out?

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    • Kohana Coyote Rick In some unoptimized VR environments, I have seen 100% usage on VRAM for my 2070, while CPU was 40%, so it does really well.

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      Kohana Coyote How about on a normal basis.     In gaming does your gpu normally max out prior to the cpus?

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    • Rick I have found that the GPU works hard and I do not notice a lot of lag in most of the gaming environments I have been in. Many modern titles are well optimized enough. I see the GPU usage climb to 100% before the CPU, but be warned, It depends on the game development takes full advantage of threads. For example, VRChat, poorly optimized, can only take advantage of like 4 cores, so even though CPU is not at 100%, it still may lag because of the limitation of the game code. It is a reason why Threadripper is not a great gaming CPU. but most AAA modern titles take full advantage of up to 16 cores or something like that. If I play Overwatch at 1080p, full ultra settings, I get about 150-200 frames during match, but in practice world, i get 300 capped. YMMV, of course

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  • So I upgraded to 12 of the exact same samsung 8gb 10600r 1333mhz ram. And CPU1 Dimm3 has an error and i cannot use any slot from there or beyond. Yet it shows on my cpu that I have 96gb memory installed I still get all the errors on the boot screen and have to press f1 to boot. I checked the ram repositioned them, switch different ones in other slots and its still that slot. I guess im screwed unless someone nows a fix. I tried loosening up the fan screws cuz i read somewhere that that motherboard may have a bend in it. Nope. I have dual x5690's that work great. Guess i need to part it out or get a new motherboard?

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    • Brian Boyd clean the ram contacts and the motherboard ram lanes with a air can, use the red stick to target it! clean the fans as well ,even a layer of dust can cause issues! Disconnect everything from hard drives to GPU, clean with the air can and wipe down all components!

      Delete programs and files you don't want!

      Also if it's not a dust issue you may need a registry cleaner like ,Glary Utilities,  Cc cleaner or Avg/pc tune up, which is a beast, I use glary and AVG in tandem!

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    • djsegwon kithebeats Hey thanks so much for the reply. I'm on my way to get the air can right now and im gonna clean the crap out of this thing completely. Hopefully it works. I'd hate to have to buy a motherboard from ebay but at around $90 i guess its my easiest way out. Also, wouldn't  this just be a hardware issue? How would cleaning my registry and using a program help with a booting up dimm slot error? P.s. its a fresh install of windows 10 spectre superlite. 

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    • Brian Boyd again update manually!!!!! Especially since it's a fresh install, remember Microsoft controls sum of needed drivers and other firmware protocols needed for your other components like MOBO/Ram/SSD to all outboard gear, external HD, keyboard, mouse to wifi/Bluetooth adapters to work!!! Windows 10 doing this makes the computer more stable!!!! Imo! I'm a audio engineer, so constantly have to read & tinker do to trial-and-error!

      It might not be a dust thing, but still clean it,lol

      Also check for the right firmware update from hp, download the hp assistant!!!!!! They have their own definition updates specifically for the Z, remember its server not a regular consumer PC!

      When doing anything on your pc ,specifically installing updates, it cause those cache files to compile and clog the system! A registry cleaner will repair broken registry protocol!!! Put files where they need to be, an so much More! Glary is the Swiss army knife of software!!!! You'll see, buy it as it's worth the price + the annual cost of maintaining your PC!

      Get the avg ,ultimate if you can afford it and skip the Glary, or again get Glary and PC tune up, I've been using this method of maintaining for years and trust the software, I've been meaning to do a real tutorial on this, as I run into your issue online from other bloggers all the time!!! Think of the Z like a car at least once a month you give it a wash and check all the Fluids to air tire pressure!!! The Z needs to be treated the same, after all she's a big baby and needs attention like our GFs,lol otherwise they act up and you don't want big baby acting up lol

       

      https://youtu.be/TnwNcKKhlGs

      Remember happy wife happy life!

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      Avg!

      https://youtu.be/gSDswlT2zlk

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    • Brian Boyd one thing you should definitely do is re paste your cpu,s with sum thermal paste since you're doing maintenance! When cleaning the fan take the grills off and get that dust outta there

      ,clean up those pcie lanes with he air can as well!

      Pull out the PSU,and Air can it too, hit those contacts with air!!!!!!!!

      Update Update Update!

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    • Brian Boyd costco,  has the best deal on air cans, if they're out go to another bulk store like bjs, Sam's club!!!

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      djsegwon kithebeats Ya im gonna do a full system hardware cleaning first since thats what i think it would be. Being that I would still get this boot prompt whether or not i had windows installed or not. I am running the latest bios update. And i got some arctic5 thermal paste around here somewhere from another recent processor upgrade. This paste is only a month old but im still gonna break it all down. Im actually taking it completely apart, even detaching the mobo from case. But i gotta go to work now. Thanks for the help ill let you know if i get it going smooth.

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    • Brian Boyd you're welcome bro! A few other things thats come to mind ,go back and read @JB write up on the Z800 ,it can take way more ram than what you have !

      Also if you're rocking the X5690 ,I'd max that ram out! 

      (And even though, jb specifies that 12800 ram will just down clock to 10600, im thinking of getting 12800 ,because I got a feeling it'll still boost in some way cause windows 10 is so smooth and back to those updates Hp is still serving the 1st generation Zs ! I'm sure there's a protocol that can take advantage of 12800, im gonna holla at hp on that!)

      Here's an example why!

      Again I'm a audio engineer and I just started using Cubase again from Reason!

      Cubase with Vst, can hog cpu + ram!

      So I run a Firewire 400 DSP Audio Interface,

      Hpz600 c2!

      Windows 10 pro

      2/X5675 3.06gcan!

      96gb of ram!(Dell ram ,I'll speak more on this in a bit!)

      Hp sata ssd(non dram)!

      Ok, so since we know software is more powerful than hardware, I've been having issues adding instruments to FX to more than 10 channels with playback and all plugins running without freezing any tracks to just to save Cpu! 

      So I opened the task manager to see if anything is taking up cpu other than I may keep the internet on!

      (An yeah the Z seems to work better with internet/wifi on,but that's not good when recording and making music even with plugin developers going full digital where you must login to use the software) 

      So sure enough, the cpu,s are doing their thing and the ram is barely hitting over 10% ! So all in all I know JB did his homework cause the computer is really eating the processing of the playback, so what's the issue? The audio interface, firewire is old tech that never took off, so it's time to upgrade to new hardware! 

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    • Brian Boyd so look into other ram brands other than Samsung, I've never seen a Samsung desktop server, ever! The reason I choose the Dell ram was the genuine hp ram was just to expensive, but I'm gonna look back into it again!

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  • Compressed air in cans will produce some moisture. Be careful using it.

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    • Gorilla Warfare that's why you use the red straw!!! Concentrate the air, but a lil frost ain't gonna hurt nothing, remember these components run hot, they need a cool off,lol 

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  • Red straw causes drips.

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  • So an update on my situation. I'm all good and it's working 100%. After a little more research about the dimm3 error on the boot screen but still showing up as usable in my operating system, I was led to investigate the pins under my cpu. With very careful observation and a magnifying spot light, I did notice one of the pins was crooked. Grounding myself, I used a long sharp needle with a self bend at the tip and was able to perfectly reposition the pin, gave it a subtle blow, properly replaced my clean 5690. Started it up and the bios immediately recognized the new install and successfully updated to 96gb of ram with zero problems now. And Samsung server ram is very good ram. Samsung is known for quality control and making top of the line components. Thanks so much for all your input. I'm so happy I didn't have to resort to a new MOBO. It's not the $85 really, just the hassle. I'm most happy about.

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