Precision T3610 Hardware Upgrade Guide

AWESOME PRECISION T3610 GAMING COMPUTER

The Precision T3610 has all the base components to be converted in to a good gaming computer.  Precision T3610’s are a single socket Xeon based workstation.  They have an optional 685W Power Supply, which gives you lots of options for good Graphics Cards.  Let us show you how you can build an effective Precision T3610 Gaming PC.

Where to buy?

If you haven’t already acquired a Precision T3610 we’d recommend checking out a company called Serverworlds.  They sell the T3610’s cheap and they provide free ground shipping to the lower 48 states.  You can click on this link and it’ll bring you directly to there T3610 Page: Precision T3610 Link.  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 T3610 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.

Recommended Processors:

Up to 1 x QC Xeon E5-1620 V2 3.70Ghz 10MB 0GTs Processors | 3.9Ghz Max Turbo Frequency (SR1AR)

Up to 1 x QC Xeon E5-2637 V2 3.50Ghz 15MB 8GTs Processors | 3.8Ghz Max Turbo Frequency (SR1B7)

Up to 1 x 6C Xeon E5-2643 V2 3.50Ghz 25MB 8GTs Processors | 3.8Ghz Max Turbo Frequency (SR19X)

Up to 1 x 8C Xeon E5-2667 V2 3.3Ghz 25MB 8GTs Processors | 4.0Ghz Max Turbo Frequency (SR19W)

Up to 1 x 8C Xeon E5-2687W V2 3.4Ghz 25MB 8GTs Processors | 4.0Ghz Max Turbo Frequency (SR19V)

 

How much Memory should I get?

The base line should be a minimum of 16GB of memory.  However, 24GB to 32GB would be ideal.

Memory PNs:

4GB 1Rx8 ECC 14900R DDR3 Module (7826W)

8GB 2Rx8 ECC 14900R DDR3 Module (25RV3)

8GB 1Rx4 ECC 14900R DDR3 Module (T0F69)

16GB 2Rx4 ECC 14900R DDR3 Module (12C23)

 

Recommended Memory configurations:

4 x 4GB PC14900R ECC Reg Modules (16GB)

6 x 4GB PC14900R ECC Reg Modules (24GB)

4 x 8GB PC14900R ECC Reg Modules (32GB)

6 x 8GB PC14900R ECC Reg Modules (48GB)

It’s very important to use 14900R modules because they will run at the max speed supported by the system board and processor(s).

 

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:

SSD 2.5″ to 3.5″ Adapter (F767D)

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)

Seagate 3TB Barracuda SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal HDD (ST3000DM008)

Seagate 6TB IronWolf SATA HDD 6Gb/s 256MB Cache 3.5″(ST6000VN0033)

 

*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)

 

Raid Controller:

Integrated Intel AHCI 6GBPS SATA Controller (Supports Software Raid 0, 1, 5, 10)

LSI 9217 6GBPS SAS/SATA PCIe Controller (Supports Raid 0, 1, 10)

LSI 9271-8i 6GBPS SAS/SATA PCie w/1GB Controller (Supports Raid 0, 1, 5, 10)

 

What Graphics Card should I get?

*Make sure to upgrade your Precision T3610 to the 685W Power Supply before upgrading your graphics card*

Recommended Graphics Cards:

EVGA NVIDIA GTX1660 Ti 6GB Graphics Card

EVGA NVIDIA GTX1070 8GB SC Graphics Card

EVGA NVIDIA GTX1070TI 8GB Graphics Card

EVGA NVIDIA GTX1080 SC 8GB Graphics Card

EVGA NVIDIA RTX 2060 6GB Graphics Card

EVGA NVIDIA RTX 2070 8GB Graphics Card

EVGA NVIDIA RTX 2080 8GB Graphics Card

 

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 help you build a high end gaming system using a Precision T3610 Workstation.

 

Sample Configuration:

Precision T3610 Workstation

1 x QC Xeon E5-1620 V2 3.7Ghz 10MB

24GB PC14900R (6 x 4GB)

Samsung 256GB 6GBPS SSD + 512GB Samsung Evo NVME

GTX1080 w/8GB  Graphics Card

1 x 10/100/1000 Network Port

685W Power Supply

DVD-RW

10 Pro 64Bit

 

We have tested this system with games like Dota 2, CS Go, PubG, Overwatch, and The Division.  The frames can range from 90FPS to 200FPS depending on the game and settings that you choose.  The system was tested using a 144Hz 27″ Acer Monitor.

 

Accessories:

SteelSeries QCK Heavy Cloth Gaming Mouse Pad (Click Here)

SteelSeries Apex M750 RGB Mechnical Keyboard (Click Here)

Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum RGB Tunable Gaming Mouse (Click Here)

HyperX Cloud II 7.1 Gaming Headset (Click Here)

El Gato Game Capture HD60 Pro for a Streaming Capture PC (Click Here)

Secretlab Premium Gaming Chairs (Click Here)

 

Videos:

Precision T3610 Gaming Computer Build

How to install Memory in to a Precision T3610 Workstation

How to install a Power Supply in to a Precision T3610 Workstation

How to install a processor in to a Precision T3610 Workstation

How to install a Solid State Drive in to a Precision T3610 Workstation

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  • 1st off I wanted to thank you for this.  Some great info here. 

    I've been using Dell Precisions as gaming PCs for years now.   My kids are each running a T3500 and my main gaming PC is a T3610.  Glad to know I'm not the only one who see's some value in these older Dell workstations.

    I didn't see an install video for a graphics card but I want to add some info from my experience of adding an aftermarket graphics card to my T3610.  On the inside of the side cover of the T3610 there is a handle which I presume some Dell engineer added to make removing the side cover easier.  Once I installed my GTX 960 GPU, the handle was preventing me from closing the lid.  I had to remove the handle with a Dremel so i could close the case again.

    I am considering upgrading my video card in the near future.  My Precision is running the stock CPU, an Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-1620 v2 @ 3.70GHz.  Do you think a faster CPU would be required to run some of the high end GPUs you suggested?

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    • Pinch Thank you for the kind words.  You are right, you have to remove that handle on the inside of some systems to install the upgraded aftermarket gpus.  We made a T5810 graphics card install video that shows how to remove the handle.

       

      The E5-1620 V2 is a good gpu.  You could also consider the E5-2667 V2 or E5-2687W V2 Processors.

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  • Please can you explain if you have to take the old processor out and do you have to use the glue as wondering as watched other videos that did not use it - thanks for any response 

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  • Great post and site. Thank you! ... I have a T3610 with the QC Xeon E5-1620 V2 3.70Ghz and am considering an upgrade to the Xeon E5-2667 V2 3.3Ghz. Do you think the stock CPU cooler is sufficient? If not, do you have an recommendations on upgrading the cooler? It looks like that might be a tricky process in this case and with that socket. 

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    • gregm for most applications that stock heatsink/fan will be sufficient.  If you want better cooling, you can look in to Noctua aftermarket heatsinks.

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      Jbigticket23 Thank you! Noctua makes a great product. Is there a specific heatsink of theirs you might recommend that would fit the 2011 bracket, give the RAM enough clearance and be low profile enough to fit in that case? 

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  • I am sorry I have one more question -- will 2R memory work in the T3610? My current set up has "4GB 1Rx8 PC3 - 14900R 13 13 A1" memory modules. I plan to upgrade them, most likley replacing all the modules rather than just adding on. Regardless, most of what I am seeing for 14900R memory is listed as "2Rx8." I can't find any documentation on whether the T3610 motherboard will work with sticks that have memory chips on both sides. Thanks in advance! 

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    • gregm 

       

      Other community members are using this Noctua NH-U9DX I4 Heatsink: https://amzn.to/3aad5id

       

      You'll have to get some washers from your local hardware store to properly attached the aftermarket heatsink to the motherboard at the right depth.

      Memory:

      8GB 1Rx4 PC3 14900R = https://amzn.to/3aloHPP

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      16GB 2Rx4 PC3 14900R = https://amzn.to/2RZcE4n

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      Jbigticket23 Thank you again! 

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  • Hi - I did a search on your sample configuration, and a couple of the sites that try and predict bottlenecking claim that this CPU is too weak for the card. I know that opinions can vary, and that their computations are based on whatever formulas they use, but I wanted to see what you thought of that. I have a T3610 that I was considering combining with a 1660 Super and 32GB RAM for 1080 gaming, and these sites claim that the e5-1620 v2 is too weak even for that card. I also have an HP z420 with an e5-1650 v2, which would be 6 cores as opposed to 4, and am wondering if I am better off using that one to do the build with the 1660 Super. I lose 200MHz, but gain 2  cores and 4 threads. Any info and insight you can provide would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! :)

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