Description

Project Diesel is a weird-yet-reliable machine.

It all started when i bought a used non-working Dell haswell server from a company on the neighbour town, i paid around R$500 on the entire machine in order to salvage some parts.

Brought it back home, the machine itself didn't work, but the CPU (Xeon E3-1220V3) was flawless, i kept it. Since then, i built it around a classic Chieftec server case from 2007 that i bought from a friend from the town, an ASRock B85 Killer and some other parts that are listed.

Despite not being recommended for gaming, the Xeon actually performs very well and i really cannot complain about the general performance of the machine.

Currently it's my main machine, i use it for everything, but next year it will be torn apart and the parts will change tables. The vital parts of the system are going to my mother's PC, since she needs a more powerful machine for Photoshop and her i3 machine is getting old. Once i get back on my feet , the next PC adventure will be "Mr. Moon", a portable mini-itx rig based on a Lian-Li PC-TU200B chassis, a build i'm dreaming about for months. The storage devices, graphics card and the PSU are are going to be used on this next project.

Not an amazing system, but has served me well since.

More info on Diesel:

Highest Firestrike score: 9890 (http://www.3dmark.com/fs/9950314)

Highest stable GPU core clock: 1474mhz (reference blower)

Cinebench Score: 490CB

Weight: 22kg (48.5lbs)

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Comments

  • 38 months ago
  • 3 points

Very nice build, I think its got potential to be even better, starting with the management for the cables, but other than the cable management, seems like a great build!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a lot! Managing the cables inside this case is a bit hard, since it wasn't design with the purpose, but recently i came up with a better solution for the cables inside the case, i'll have to shoot some new pictures of it.

  • 38 months ago
  • 3 points

Very interesting build indeed! But is it fast?

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

I really like old cases :D +1

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

They're great aren't they? I tried to use a modern case on this one, it was a Cooler Master N400 with a window, wasn't happy with it, it felt a little bit flimsy. My friend had his old server on this classic Chieftec, he offered it to me and i jumped right in,its a very solid case, the build quality is second to none these days.

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for top mounted PSU

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Original case i like

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

I like it and very clean cables considering the case design.

Thumbs up.

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points
B-b-but... Does it emit carbon monoxide???!!! This is bad for the ambient!!

OK, no. This is cool. Should work a bit more with the cable management, but it's still decent.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Was $500 a good price for a 970 two years ago? How the times have changed...

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

No, it wasn't. Thing is, i'm a brazilian, in here they used to cost this or more in 2015. Notice how some of the prices are a little bit "inflated" as well.

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

That makes sense.

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  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

By keeping it at stock speeds probably.

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  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

How did you get such a high GHz on your CPU?

GPU EFFECTIVE MEMORY CLOCK

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  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

It's the "effective" memory clock, which is 4x the actual memory clock (1753 MHz in OP's card) for GDDR5.

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  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I have to fix that, it was put automatically by the system, maybe it was registered wrong when they added the card. The real number is close to 4ghz