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    Budget HEDT

    The time has come to post some pics and some more info on my 1st proper project build. This is the first time
    that I was required to perform some customization to complete.

    So I came here looking for a SSD to fit into my media PC (2600K) and got caught up in a fantastic CUD idea that I always wanted to do. Build a workstation from server parts.

    So I got the initial parts bin from ScorpioMan86 and promptly broke my motherboard a week later. Apparently eagerness and alcohol does that. Chalk that one up to experience. After a lot of searching, I found a suitable replacement board on EBay which arrived quite a few stressful weeks later.

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    Arriving present:

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    Test fit:

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    And enter problem no.1 - the matching set of Hyper 212X did not fit as the new board already has backplates built in. Yay.

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    Cooler fitting: I had to rip apart the brackets for the coolers, at least this time I had spare screws/bolts.

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    Enter problem no. 2 - the PWM fans were running at 100% speed due to the board not detecting appropriate fans/chassis. I eventually replaced both fans with CM Pro ones I got from DXXL.

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    The machine was finally up and running, and must admit that the cooling was working a charm. The resolution was terrible since it was running the onboard / integrated display. I was happy, look at those threads!

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    Problem no. 4 - I ended up trashing my software RAID used for my data. Had to rebuild and lost quite a bit of it. Chalk that up to experience too.

    Problem no. 5 - how (and what) to fit as GPU. Decided on a GT710 due to its very small size and adjustable bracket.

    I got a GPU riser from Kav33r and used to mesh on the back of the case to fit the GPU vertically.

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    Problem no. 6 - the board did not come with a I/O backplate and I did not want a gaping hole at the back of the machine. I got a friend to 3D print me a new backplate.

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    Re: Budget HEDT

    Here is the current state of the build:

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    Case: Coolermaster HAF922
    PSU: Coolermaster GX750 Bronze
    Board: Intel S5500BC(a)
    CPU: 2x IIntel Xeon 5540 @ 2.83GHz
    Cooling: 2x Coolermaster Hyper212X with 2x MasterPro Fans (set to silent)
    2x Coolermaster Megaflow (1x in, 1x out) case fans
    RAM: 32GB 10600 (Registered)
    GPU: Gigabyte Geforce GT710 1GB
    System Drive: 1TB Seagate
    Data Drive(s): 2x 2TB Seagate Ironwolf (not raid)
    Optical Drive: Generic DVD+R drive
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    Re: Budget HEDT

    What I learned so far:
    1. It will cost more than estimate
    2. Things will break
    3. Other things wont fit (or work)
    4. Get the rights tools
    5. Do research, think, do more research. Then more research.


    Current cost: ~R3000
    Build time: ~4 months (incl. ebay wait)
    ToDo: Change system drive for SSD
    Experience:
    This things runs like there is no tomorrow, but severely hampered by the system drive. Takes long to boot and load programs, but overall very happy with the build so far. Yes it is far slower than most people's machines and yes most modern machines will run rings around it, but that is not the point of the build. I wanted a budget HEDT and learned a lot from this build. I will definitely do this again.
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    Re: Budget HEDT

    Well done man!!! I think I would've doused it in alcohol & set it alight a while back :P

    Through my own experiance, I now can get into a bit of a state (of overthinking that is) when doing projects, small or big... Currently deciding how to design a stackable DIY frame for a mobo+PSU+HDD so I can stack a few on top of each other so save space on my workbench when testing / stress testing parts.

    WHat ever you think something will cost / how long it will take to do, add ATLEAST 50%, esp when doing something for the 1st time.

    That mahcines much have more PCIe lanes then certain presidents have stolen money, with that said, I'd look @ a PCIE adaptor (Asus Hyper x4 to be exact) with a Samsung 960 Evo. Research wise you'll need to find out if you can inject a NVME module into existing BIOS. Its not rocket science by any means, just a specific thing where you need to pay attention & colour with in the lines

    Quote Originally Posted by Valheru View Post
    What I learned so far:
    1. It will cost more than estimate
    2. Things will break
    3. Other things wont fit (or work)
    4. Get the rights tools
    5. Do research, think, do more research. Then more research.


    Current cost: ~R3000
    Build time: ~4 months (incl. ebay wait)
    ToDo: Change system drive for SSD
    Experience:
    This things runs like there is no tomorrow, but severely hampered by the system drive. Takes long to boot and load programs, but overall very happy with the build so far. Yes it is far slower than most people's machines and yes most modern machines will run rings around it, but that is not the point of the build. I wanted a budget HEDT and learned a lot from this build. I will definitely do this again.
    4770K @ 4.6Ghz | Noctua D14 | Maximus Z97 Hero | 2x 8GB Dominator Platinum 1866Mhz @ 2,1Ghz | 960 Evo 250GB NVME | WD Red 3TB | 620W CM M-Pro semi-modular | Corsair 600T | K95 RGB | Razer Orochi.

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    Re: Budget HEDT

    Quote Originally Posted by souljazk View Post
    Well done man!!! I think I would've doused it in alcohol & set it alight a while back :P
    Thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by souljazk View Post
    WHat ever you think something will cost / how long it will take to do, add ATLEAST 50%, esp when doing something for the 1st time.
    Yes, I know that now, lol

    Quote Originally Posted by souljazk View Post
    I'd look @ a PCIE adaptor (Asus Hyper x4 to be exact) with a Samsung 960 Evo. Research wise you'll need to find out if you can inject a NVME module into existing BIOS. Its not rocket science by any means, just a specific thing where you need to pay attention & colour with in the lines
    Due to previous answer, I think after changing out the system drive for a SSD I am done with this one for now. I will start thinking of what build to do next as I do not want to spend more money on this build. It is seriously good value per core, but the benchmarks are not going to set any records:

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