Some of you may recall my x58 build
. As much as I like that system and now that I have the CPU pushing 4.4ghz. the ram at 2ghz 10-10-10 and the second GPU install I find myself wanting something new for once, No not NOS, new new. But I want to keep the case and sleeper vibe.
Having recently payed off my credit cards and having gotten a new credit card with a welcome bonus of 20% off amazon it was a no brainer, now is the time to build a new system. Oh and yes the 20% is capped, so wile it sounds grate its only good for 150$
On top of that amazon messed up and refunded me nearly 1200$, and oddly they don't want it back. I tried to pay them back but they stated the seller refunded me and the seller looks to be no longer on amazon. The seller was from over seas so I can't see them coming back at me its been 6 mouths anyway.
So I went over to amazon and picked out a rather good mid range z590 setup, 32gb of 4000mhz ram, a i5 and a more budget motherboard, all in all it was a under 500$.
But I got cold feet and canceled the order.
After doing some digging for a better deal I found a new in box x299 dark for 400$. With the 20% off and a few gift cards I more or less got the board for 300$. Now a smart guy would have passed but I'm not smart. So yeah I bought the x299 dark... Next I needed a CPU, boy was I shell shocked when I saw the prices on CPUs, I payed 275$ for a new 9800x for a client a few years back at micro-center, now folks are wanting 300+ for a used 9800x ? I thought x299 was a dead end and well hated platform? Well the cost of a CPU was just the start of things. I need a new PSU, some new cooling bits, I may need to do a few mods to my old case, I need a new GPU. yeah, yeah, yeah, lots more to spend.
So amazon kept messing up the order on the x299 dark motherboard, the whole idea was that I would get 20% off the motherboard with a new credit card that had a welcome bonus of 20% off amazon purchases. But since amazon would not get my address right and lost not one but 2 boards in the mail I gave up on that. After scrolling eBay I found a deal on a Asus p9x79ws, 3930k and 16gb of ram for 160$, I could not pass up on that TBH. So for the time being the build will be a x79 system.
So here are the parts I'll be using.
Case: mid 90s Pentium pro server case
Motherboard: Asus p9x79ws.
CPU: xeon 1680v2
Ram: 64gb Ripgaw X 2133mhz cl10.
Display: 20" 2k CRT.
Cooling: Heatkiller iv CPU block. 1/2tubbing 240mm rad and d5 pump.
PSU: FSP Hydro PTM Pro 750W.
Storage: 4 2tb HDDs raid 5, 2 250gb SSDs raid 0 boot drive.
Other parts: 70% white alps switches POS keyboard and early x7 mouse.
Cost so far.
Motherboard/ram/cpu combo: $160
CPU block: $70
Cost of the system so far: $668.41
Cash flow from selling my x58 system: $140
Cash flow from selling the ram/CPU that came with the x79 board: 50$
Wired Amazon refund: 1200$
Money left over: $894.87
On to the build.
I'm still in the planning phase so hold on for the good stuff.