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CPU Upgrade for old & cheap server

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Arboreal, 6 Jun 2018.

  1. Arboreal

    Arboreal Well-Known Member

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    Evening all, just bought an HP ML110 G5 server on Gumtree, it's sporting a slightly anaemic but power efficient s775 Pentium E2180.
    E7x00 and X32xx and X33xx are listed as possible upgrades, but not E8x00, Q6200 or Q8x00.

    I'll be using it as a lightweight secondary PC for shuffling files and office stuff.
    Recommendations?
     
  2. Zoon

    Zoon Hunting Wabbits since the 80s

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    Thanks Zoon, nice find! :grin:
    Sadly, the E2180 is less powerful than my existing little test rig running a C2D E6400
    If I'm going to dabble in heavier work, that looks ideal; otherwise, maybe an E7600 Core2 Duo for a super cheap option.
    Never had a Xeon, and part of me thinks it's be rude not to on a cheap rig - £19? Lovely
     
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    Zoon Hunting Wabbits since the 80s

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    It took a bit of clever searching to be honest, I got it on "Xeon yorkfield" in the end.
     
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    I'd forgotten the s775 codenames TBH. Just found an X3330 for £15 :p:
     
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    Zoon Hunting Wabbits since the 80s

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    Even better! I had forgotten it too, I was just randomly trying stuff off Intel Ark :)
     
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    I have to look on a Wiki and find a CPU family list, because the number sequences don't always work logically!
    I'll get a mainstream windows install on it tomorrow and then look for some more DDR2 667, as it has 2x 1GB on board and 2 empty slots
    Better make sure it runs OK before splashing out on a Xeon :grin:. The vacuum cleaner impression on startup is always a laugh when you've got used to desktop and custom PCs...
     
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    Zoon Hunting Wabbits since the 80s

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    I found a post that said the Xeon X3x00 series all work. The link to the server specs in the post was dead though.

    Try “proliant ml110 g5 quickspecs”.
     

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