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!
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