HP Z600 V2 X5675 build.
I am working (as budget allows) on a Z600 V2 gaming/rendering build. The local electronic recycle shop has had several of the HP workstations come through in the last year, and I picked this one up for CAN $60 through their ebay storefront. (With shipping I don't know if these would be useful deals for anyone. Local pick-up is CAN $5).
It came with X5650's, but the had some sunfire X2270 servers with the X5675's and I talked them out of one for CAN $15 and did the swap. I had an old 130gb ssd that I threw in, but it didn't recognize it. I put in an old (and very shaky) 500gb sata, it "worked" enough that I managed to install an os and update the bios. I found some memory locally, so it now has 48GB ram. I have also found a far more solid 1TB drive which is installed now, but it means I need to re-install the OS.
Going through Kijiji I picked up a solid GTX 570, a shaky GTX 670, and I had a friend at work gift me an HD4850 (which is what I have running now). I still need to pick up power connectors for the GTX cards. I think I will take apart the GTX 670 and re-apply the paste etc. as the fellow I got it from said it would run for a while, then black screen, which he "fixed" by unplugging the monitor and plugging it back in. That would get annoying!
Next goal is to get Win 10 x64 installed and activated, ideally running on the SATA SSD.
- PCIe NVMe SSD
- USB 3.0
- Dual monitors
If anyone is interested I can post a link to the recycling store, though with shipping costs it will likely be less costly to buy local.
Anyone have other suggestions for playing with this kind of set-up? I'm also thinking of playing with liquid cooling, cutting out parts of the case and adding lights etc. First though, I want to make sure it is solid where it counts!