Description

Ok well the first thing I'm going to say is:

Do Not Try This At Home!

If you didn't work it out from the title, you should never put your Powersupply in a highly flammable cardboard box!

Now that I got that housecleaning out the way, may I present Boxy! My $20 masterpiece!

This build pushes the idea of "budget" and high quality gaming and rendering. I built this as a project while I'm saving for an actual PC.

CPU: This is an Intel Xeon E5-2600v2quad core cpu running at a nice 2.33Ghz As it turns out, it is actually a E5-410

Cooler: This is the stock coller that came with the motherboard and cpu. Oh and I forgot to mention, I got the motherboard, cpu and cooler for just $5.50! I had to add a fan ontop due to its passiveness not doing its job.

Motherboard: This is a supermicro motherboard in the EEATX form factor. Thats right, EEATX! That stands for Enhanced Extended Advanced Technology eXtended. This mobo is a wooping 33.1 x 34.7cm! It also has two CPU slots of which only one is occupied. This motherboard also comes with its own intergrated graphics.

RAM: This RAM is very special. Its DDR2 which is old but cheap, its also ECC which is error checking and correcting which is specifically for servers. Its also FB-DIMM, which is fully buffered and lastly it's 677Mh which is really slow. I could get 10 of these for the same price as the DDR4 equivalent.

Graphics Card: Due to it being a SERVER motherboard all the PCI slots are only x8 so most graphics cards don't fit. I am currently in the progress of getting a x8 to x16 adapter.

Case: This was a wonder of a case to build in/on. If i needed more space, i just got my trusty stanley knife out and cut another hole. I actually had screw the psu onto the box which worked really well. If I ever needed to upgrade I'm sure I could find another box.

PSU, HDD and Disk Drive: I had these lying around/my friends did so I chucked them in and It worked.

The hardest part of this build was finding and operating system. Most server motherboards are designed for server operating systems and therefore do not support server motherboards. Another thing was that the ones that are supported, may not support 2 CPUs. I tried Ubuntu, because Ubuntu works with everything right? Wrong, Ubuntu was unsupported. Windows 7? Nope! freeNAS? Not even close!

Thanks for reading my wonderful guild on how NOT to build a safe computer! Please Comment below!

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Comments

  • 34 months ago
  • 16 points

It makes more sense than Intel's X299 platform, so have a +1

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

hahahahahaha

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

finally! someone who gets it.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Hear, Here

  • 34 months ago
  • 0 points

I most certainly agree with you.

Relevant

Someone has to do it. ; )

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

The case is so innovative, it should be in Computex.

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

I know right? And you can get them in almost any colour!

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

CUSTOM: A Shoe Box

Nice ;)

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, its better then just having it lie around. And shoe boxes have a very good structural integrity

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

True

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

I like the modular case! +1 =D

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmm, I'm thinking of upgrading to make room for more drive bays

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

If only real cases were this modular

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

They all claim that they are "Modular" but really? Compared to this? Maybe I should start a company

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

You should!

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Electroman's Shoe Boxes Incorporated

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

MOTHER OF GABEN. THAT NAME!!!!!!!!!

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Well I was going to call it boxy, so this name is better

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

first things first, inb4 feature. but nice build and safety warnings! at least it works lol +23

Custom: a shoe box

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Keyboard error Press <F1> to resume, <DEL> to Setup

And how are you supposed to click that when your keyboard doesn't work? xD

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

For some reason every single keyboard i have plugged into it has worked

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Where you live DDR2 is cheap ? My actual pc has also DDR2 and in France a 4gb DDR2 stick costs almost as much as 8gb of DDR4 ...

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

I got it for $14.47. Thats like 9 euro. I live in Australia

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

I live in Australia

Same, Queensland :)

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Victoria

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh nice, I was born there. It's cold :(

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

What are you talking about? We have a heatwave at the moment: 15°c!

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

All the RAM slots! Great budget build :)

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

So the board can support up to 196gb of ram but most operating systems only support up to 128gb. More ram is on my list of future improvements

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah. To be fair the ram isn't bottlenecking so you should get yourself a graphics card first. Any thoughts as to what you might get?

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

I got a ton lying around but as i said in the description: all the slots are x8 which means i need an adapter to fit a graphics card in. I have a few of the older Radeon series lying about

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah. Some of the older cards aren't too bad even today.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

By any chance did you get those memory DIMMs off Craigslist? Because I saw a listing for the exact same memory on the Richmond craigslist yesterday.

I'm liking the box though, needs some RGB but I can get with it.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

No i got it off ebay. Craigslist isn't as popular in Australia. RGB... I shall try add some RGB to it a bit later

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Kudos to my dumbass for not checking what currency was being used. Yes, RGB must be added.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Where do you live then? I know Craigslist is more popular in the northern hemisphere

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

East coast of USA

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok that makes sense then

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Cardboard's ignition temperature is pretty high, I don't think you would need to worry

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Its a general rule that you should never stick a highly flammable substance near a source of heat and electricity

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

XD what do you mean? cardboard is a magical entity that is treated with the PCMR spray, making all desktop PC builds not end in fires XD

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

I still keep a fire extinguisher at hand and i make sure to donate to the locan fire brigade. Bush fires are more worrying then house fires

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

So im a little confused. You say its a e5 2600v2 a ivy bridge cpu. However your screenshot shows a E5410 harpertown xeon from around 2007. And ddr2 ecc makes sense for the e5410 but is not compatible with e5 2600 series of xeons.

Just asking for clarification. Otherwise cool build.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Well you got me confused. On the motherboards site it says this: Supports up to Dual Intel® 64-bit Xeon®processor(s) of the same type below: Quad-Core Intel® Xeon®Processor 5400/5300LV sequence (Harpertown /Clovertown processor) up to 3.20 GHz Dual-Core Intel® Xeon®Processor 5200/5100LV sequence (Wolfdale/Woodcrest processor) up to 3.40 GHz

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok. Not a big deal it just days e5-2600v2 on the part list instead of the e54xx series of cpus. No worries. Cool build tho. +1

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

It won't let me edit my description though. Thanks for +1

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

According to the boot screen (last photo) it is an Intel Xeon E5410 which makes sense as this is a 2007 motherboard

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

I tried this but had to buy a pair of Reebok Pumps to get the box, which put me 1,000% over budget immediately. THEN it caught fire and I lost my house. Any tips?

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't do what you did. I actually had a voltage constraint on the power lead to stop shorts. I then preceded to start building a much better case using 5mm plywood. Less flamable that way

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Got that plywood life.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Still building case, currently sitting on flatterend sprite box

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Temps?

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Around 50-60°c. I found the temp killer was the RAM. Ended up making a dedicated series of fans for it to keep it reasonable.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

That is a horrible idea my friend, but I love the creativeness. +1

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, thought i saw a spark once and decided to remove the psu from the box, works like a treat since

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Step one of troubleshooting a Cardboard PC

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

I found that making the home for the fire extinguisher near the pc worked well

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  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Its not intentionally but it appears it may be

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  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Who needs to spend $40+ on a case anyway?

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  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, its probably the safer solution

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  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Ha. I am still fiddling with this but you may have more luck then me. I ended up dual booting another laptop with Ubuntu which although is listed as not compatible, worked fine. I took the hdd out and connected it to this one. I am now in the process of transferring the boot drive. I only did this, this way because this motherboard refused to boot from a USB or cd. And questions/queries DM me

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

I have redone the boot OS. It is now booted in just Linux MINT

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