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!
I've managed to get my machine up and running! I tried to use a converter cable to get the second 6 pin for the gtx 670, but it overloaded the molex side of the supply and the power supply shut down! I was worried for a while that I had cooked it, but I suspect it has a self-resetting thermal overload and it came back to life later in the day. I pulled out the PS and opened it up to see how the existing 6 pin was connected and all of the wires came from (different) common points so I cut/spliced the second 6 pin in parallel and voila! Off it ran! I played some Fallout for an hour or so to load it up a bit, it ran just fine. Now I want to reconfigure the drives and get an ssd for the OS as well as one for the PCI bus. I think I will search for some 6 pin connectors with long leads and solder them into the supply, replace the slice job. Maybe configure a couple other options like 8 pin as well for future gpu's.
I managed to get my rig up and running fairly well. I found a pair of GTX 770 cards and have one in right now. The system runs well, though I'm certain benchmark scores are nothing exciting! Cinebench came out at 2333, though that doesn't use the graphics card. The Userbenchmark has it at a Sailboat for gaming and workstation but much higher for a "Desktop". I'll try to get the second 770 installed and bridged, to see if it will work. The only problem will be the 650W power supply! 200W for the cpu's only leaves 450W for everything else and those 770's can ask for over 200W each. Running one isn't a problem, but two might pop it. I'll try throttling them back, see if it makes it worthwhile. I'll keep looking for a GTX 1060 or something similar. Prices should drop once they can get the 3080's flooding the market!