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Upgrade in the works! Hint: more CPUs Complete! Adding pictures eventually. ¯_(ツ)_/¯

We had a spare i7 975 and motherboard lying around, as well as GPU and CPU cooler, so this happened. Before, we rented an ARK: Survival Evolved server, and I figured I could make a dedicated server for it. $173 for a fully functioning server isn't too bad. (It beats monthly payments :P) We originally bought 3x4gb of Avixir core series ram, but the motherboard refused to boot with it, despite having the same timings, voltage, and frequency as the RAM in the original system this was in. It does, however, boot with 8gb per RAM slot, despite supporting only 4. Go figure.

Case built! I'll paint it one day...

While the I7 975 is definitely an older CPU, not only was it free, it still rocks ARK and TF2 server duties. Can't complain there. This computer currently runs an ARK dedicated server, and a TF2 dedicated pub server. Latency is around 0-6, which is crazy for me, going from latency of 60+. As far as temps go, I haven't seen it exceed 40c while under load. For the ARK server, this tool was incredibly useful: https://steamcommunity.com/app/346110/discussions/0/615086038678228443/

P.S. sorry for the foot :P the foot is gone. RIP

Part Reviews

CPU

I got this from someone for free who upgraded to a new i7. Considering how old this processor is, it's pretty dang good. It's basically the equivalent of a modern i5 processor, although with a considerably lower single-thread rating. I use it to host servers, and combined with 16 gigs of ram, can run 2 ark servers and a TF2 pub at the same time, while at roughly 40% CPU usage. Pretty great! Its major downsides are the lower single-thread rating, and a higher power draw because it's 9 years old. Overclocking helps boost performance, but increases voltage even higher.

CPU Cooler

Cools an overclocked I7 975. Hasn't overheated, and is pretty quiet, so it's OK in my book.

Motherboard

It was free. Lots of PCI slots, and good for overclocking. However, only 2 RAM slots work. Does work with certain 8gb modules, though.

Video Card

Had it lying around. Can't play games, but handy for when your I7 975 doesn't have an iGPU.

Power Supply

It can power an I7 975 @ 4.0 GHz. It's good enough for me.

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Comments

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Not bad considering everything was used. But I would have invested in the newer CXM series.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Probably a good idea. I just got that one because it was on sale.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I wish I had a Pentium G4400 for a server at least... and you come with this ultra fast overkill op i7 extreme edition lol

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

The trick is knowing people who will give you that kind of stuff XD

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Really nice. I like getting older hardware and running a small home server on it. (TeamSpeak, Ark, Minecraft,...) How does this one run Ark, i don't really know how hungry an Ark server is.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

It runs Ark very well as a server, even with mods. I have yet to experience any sort of server lag. (Being on a LAN helps though.) As of right now, the server is around 30-40% CPU utilization across all cores running a TF2 and Ark server.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

That's really nice. I think thiania really good. My TS3 and Minecraft Server topped at 90% and runs in average on 10% i think, with a i5-2400

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

For a hand made case not bad but the air flow isnt good for a 24/7 server. Also why a i7 over a Xeon?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Haven't had a problem with heat yet, but noted. :) The I7 was free, and beggars can't be choosers, right?

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

If it was free go for it. But if its that or some thing built for 24/7 and your buying all new parts than a i7 would be my first pick. But your cpu and mobo where free and no use for them so why not. Good build tho cool case keep it blank.

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  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

The foot could not be controlled :P

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