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$350 X79/LGA 2011 build

by Granddy


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Date Published

March 3, 2019

Date Built

March 1, 2019

CPU Clock Rate

2.6 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

36.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

57.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.465 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.5 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

37.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

73.0° C


Backstory: After the Antec Earthwatts 650 bit the dust and the GTX 780 also fell into death's hands 2 weeks later, I started to plan out a x79 build for myself since my i5 4460 and GTX 780 rig was starting too much for me to play it properly (ie stuttering in overwatch, bo3 and PCSX2 emulator)

First, I did purchased a x79 huanan gaming board from aliexpress (this boi right down there if want to buy one)


After researching the quality is good enough to handle a mild overclock from xeons and supporting quad channel but unfortunately, I bought it when Chinese new year, never got shipped and the order ended up being canceled (refund came after a week).

So I started to search on ebay and decided I'll try to win these auctions. Got really lucky with that intel dx79to board on ebay for only 110 (instead of 200-250 dollars for it). It does have some missing features (no heatsinks on vrm, no usb 3.0 connectors and a basic bios) but it'll serve me well thanks to having some overclocking features and having quad channel (just like most x79 boards).

Got average deals on the Xeon E5-2670 (a better FX-9590 in every way), Noctua HD-D14 (has 2 SilenX iXtrema fans on it that gives Nocutua fans a really good run for it's money), and a Fractal Design Arc case that's still pretty decent. I've gotten all these deals from ebay, letgo, cragslist or ebay.

Gotten an absolute steal on the RX 580 8gb for only 40 dollars since a mining from Pueblo no longer needed it. Thermal paste and pads are all in good condition and the fans are still in decent condition.

After everything came together in together, the end result of the price was only 350 dollars (reused my hard drive, keyboard, mouse, dell monitor and headphones) and the performance was staggering.

I've been able to BLCK the cpu to 3.46 ghz (3.14 ghz on all cores), managed to undervolt the RX 580 by -37 mV less volts while still being able to overclock the Core to 1465 mhz and memory to 2125 mhz (8500 mhz effective).

Overwatch no longer stutters thanks to the increased ram count to 16gbs and it scaling on 6 or higher cpu cores and while Team Fortress 2 runs slightly worse due to the lower single core speeds, it also no longer stutters when youtube is playing in the background of the alt tab menu of steam.

I plan to replace the Xeon E5-2670 to a Xeon E5-1650 (aka a i7 3930k, a 6 core 12 thread chip) since it has an unlocked multiplier and is able to reach to 4.5 ghz on these boards thus far more suited for gaming and the 2670 is able to only overclock by BLCK.

Overall, I've extremely happy of the end result of this pc.

Comments Sorted by:

FurryJackman 3 Builds 3 points 1 month ago

Be careful of VRM temperatures on the Huanan once you start unlocked multiplier overclocking. Also, it's not a X79 chipset but a Z77 chipset hacked to make work with X79.

Once you get the 1650, DON'T exceed 1.4V Vcore or your chip will only last for 11 months before dying (First hand experience with that here) also, VTT should be below 1.175 and VCCSA should be below 1.06V.

Granddy submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

I actually ended up with an intel dx79to in the end.

that Huanan board I've linked above has a decent heatsink that's metal that cools properly and is actually a C602 chipset though I'm aware about other x79 chinese boards using other chipsets (like B75)

Here's the evidence for that here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p46hmJwYQoQ

Also, thanks for the advice about overclocking E5-1650. Good to know that 1.4 volts will kill the chip in a year.

FurryJackman 3 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Anything above 1.4 will kill the chip in a year. The C2 revision Sandy Bridge-EP processors degrade FAST.

Granddy submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Got it.

It's also disappointing that this intel board doesn't support ivy bridge either.

FurryJackman 3 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Ooh, got bit with that on a Gigabyte board only supporting Ivy Bridge-E and not Ivy Bridge-EP. Wasted $280 on that one, cost me $650 to replace the Ivy Bridge-EP Xeon with a 4960X.

Imnukinfutts 2 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

(Starts to slow clap)Bravo sir, bravo! Very nice build my dude!

Granddy submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Thank you.

MrThreePik 12 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

Good rig on a good budget +1

Granddy submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago


Aaditya1203 -1 points 1 month ago

uHH, Bro? Where is the RAM?

Granddy submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Under the massive heatsink bud.

Aaditya1203 0 points 1 month ago

What's the RAM Brand bro??

Granddy submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Got no clue. Probs samsumg memory.

Aaditya1203 0 points 1 month ago

k cool