A Blast From the Past For You Older [H]'ers... DX58SO Smackover Build

Mr. Bluntman

Supreme [H]ardness
Jun 25, 2007
This is a new project I've started work on today... It's one I have been meaning to complete for at least the last 18 months and the (sort of) end is now in sight... Now, the specs:

Intel Core i7 970 CPU equivalent (Xeon W3670), 6c/12t @ 3.2GHz, 12MB L3 Cache
3 x 2GB G.Skill DDR3-1600 DDR SDRAM
Intel DX58SO X58 "Smackover" ATX Crossfire/SLI Motherboard
AMD Radeon HD 6870 1GB GDDR5 (Barts XT - 1120/56/32/256b)
2 x 1TB 7200RPM HDD in RAID0
Corsair TX650 650w PSU
Windows 7 Ultimate


The CPU and GPU were each $20, the PSU was a 1yr/o pull from my main PC after being replaced with the RM850 that is sitting in its place. Everything else I've had for 18 months - 2 years already, just waiting to be dusted off. Just need DVD-RW drive and DVD-ROM drive/Blu-Ray drive. Must be SATA, please... If you have extras, HMU!
The case was so filthy it literally took almost 3 and 1/2 hours scrubbing it clean with scalding hot water + straight ammonia/distilled water in a 50/50 solution. Works well, but the chassis needs a new front with dust filter, 120mm + 140mm 3-pin DC fans, and said optical drives.
I have spent nearly 7 hours (a full work day if you include the hour lunch professionals get...) working on this motherfucker. I just pray it passes the smoke test once again, especially since it's an untested (but previously at last power on working) pull.

The GPU is only temporary, as is the 6GB of DDR3. I plan on upgrading to most likely a Radeon HD 6970 2GB, maybe something similar or a little faster (if you have a 6970 2GB reference card, PM me!), haven't decided for sure yet... It just depends on what I come across for what and how much I have on hand at the moment. But yeah, smoke test tomorrow... Wish me luck!
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So I figured I would post an update... The system works fine, I just need a Windows 7 Ultimate key and a pair of DVD drives (1 RW, 1 ROM). I did want to ask you all which GPU should go in, should it be a...
AMD Radeon HD 6970 2GB?
nVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 2GB?
or an nVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB??
Something, anything that won't stress out a PCIe 2.0 x16 connection too much...
I vote for the 780 Ti
Still have one in service, albeit paired with a 5GHz 2600K

The 6970 and 680 are not retro enough (comparatively)