It all started with getting an x5650 as a backup for my girlfriends rig which is out of an EVGA SLI board combo I bought for 80 dollars, not realizing it came with an i7 960. So sense I had a spare processor I went and grabbed an asus workstation board in the hopes it would work with the accursed blue ECC ram I had extra. It did not, long story short. So we ended up getting some corsair vengance memory new off of amazon as a quick fix. Cpu was overclocked to 4.8ghz at 1.385v originally but had issues with blue screening in league (and for some reason, only in league) so we had to drop it all the way to 4ghz before it became stable. Now the cpu performs great, and with the intel instruction emulator its able to run pretty much any game at 70-80fps at medium/high.
Still a champ, able to keep an X5650 cool even with it pulling just shy of 300w
Still a decent motherboard. Im fairly certain that this motherboard never got the software support it needed, as it has all of the physical requirements to run ECC memory but could not run even 1 dimm of the 6x4 kit I had extra unlike the EVGA board I have in another build.
Was able to get the ram to 1866 at stock timings + some from an fsb OC
Still a quality ssd, with good reads and writes over a normal hdd.
Is now slowly falling apart, so we switched to an ssd as the main boot drive.
With a slight OC it still stays at stock temperatures and is extremely quiet.
This case, even though it was obsolete years ago is still able to house this ever growing heap of a computer. Even though it doesnt say its possible, we have a 240mm aio mounted to the fan mount to cool the cpu.
Even though the unit in this pc is near 8 years old it is still managing to keep this extremely OC system in check.