MP 1,1-5,1 Single to dual CPU tray upgrade 5,1

Peet_B

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I’ve been having some thoughts about upgrading my 2010 5,1 with single X5690 to a dual CPU one. The slight problem is, wherever I look, these things go for $600-$700, money which I simply do not have.

Do any of you know where to buy these cheaper, or have an alternative solution?
 

MacUser2525

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I’ve been having some thoughts about upgrading my 2010 5,1 with single X5690 to a dual CPU one. The slight problem is, wherever I look, these things go for $600-$700, money which I simply do not have.

Do any of you know where to buy these cheaper, or have an alternative solution?
Yes give up on the illusion of needing an extra .133 of a ghz in clock speed for hundreds of dollars extra. The increase in speed of calculations done are minuscule, about 4% if my quick calculations are correct (3.33x.01=.00333 ghz for 1 percent, so x4 would equal ~ .133). Get one with 3.33 chips installed and save the money for something else, I just watched four whole machines 5,1 with the stock 2.4 and 32gb of ram go for at most $450 the cheapest for $350 on Ebay Friday. Add about $150 for a pair of 3.33 chips and the screwdriver plus thermal compound to change the processors and you have whole machine spare.
 

Peet_B

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The actual problem is that my machine only has a single CPU tray, which I'm wanting to upgrade to a dual CPU tray. The processors aren't the biggest problem (Got my x5690 for just €40,-), but the tray's themselves are way too expensive, and when I do come across a reasonably priced one, it's almost always a flashed 4,1 tray. Next to that I live in The Netherlands, so to buy a machine from eBay will cost me about $150 extra in shipping costs... the only thing I need is the tray, with or without cpu's
 

aclarubicin

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I've got a spare dual CPU 2009 4,1 tower if you're interested? Also located in the Netherlands
 

flyproductions

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The actual problem is that my machine only has a single CPU tray, which I'm wanting to upgrade to a dual CPU tray.
I doubt this to make any sense, as in most cases it will likely be cheaper to look for a good offer of a complete dual-machine and sell your single, once you found one. I got my 5,1 dual for just 550 and have yet to see one of this trays for less than 300. Way too much, i think!

(Got my x5690 for just €40,-)
Where in the world did you get a 5690 for 40 euros from? The cheapest offer i have ever seen has been 150 for a matching pair. And those came from china!
 
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MacUser2525

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I doubt this to make any sense, as in most cases it will likely be cheaper to look for a good offer of a complete dual-machine and sell your single, once you found one. I got my 5,1 dual for just 550 and have yet to see one of this trays for less than 300. Way too much, i think!


Where in the world did you get a 5690 for 40 euros from? The cheapest offer i have ever seen has been 150 for a matching pair. And those came from china!
Indeed I sold my dual 5,1 tray for over $500 USD a few months back now it had the dual 3.33 and 48gb of ram I think, lowest would have been 32. Just like the flashed 4,1 I have for sale in the same configuration at this moment on Ebay. And yes that is amazing price for a 90 chip sounds more like the price I got the 80, 3.33ghz, varieties for.

Edit: Then the buyer contacts me telling me the fans run on high all the time, I tell him you bought the wrong tray you have a flashed 4,1 machine. Heard from him once more to tell me the link I provided allowed him to get the chips into his old 4,1 tray, damn expensive way to buy the chips.
 
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flyproductions

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And yes that is amazing price for a 90 chip sounds more like the price I got the 80, 3.33ghz, varieties for.
Yes, there is a huge difference in money one has to spend between the two variants...which IMHO is in no way represented in the difference in performance they deliver. I payed 139 € for two X5680, including thermal compound and the tool needed for removing the heatsinks, from the european seller indioX set the link to. At the same time the same pair of 5690 is 275! If i had been willing to order from China i would have been able to get the 80s for less than hundred at this time!
 

MacUser2525

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Yes, there is a huge difference in money one has to spend between the two variants...which IMHO is in no way represented in the difference in performance they deliver. I payed 139 € for two X5680, including thermal compound and the tool needed for removing the heatsinks, from the european seller indioX set the link to. At the same time the same pair of 5690 is 275! If i had been willing to order from China i would have been able to get the 80s for less than hundred at this time!
When I got my 3680s they were $60 USD each shipped free, the Torx T15 screwdriver was under $10 Canadian at a local hardware store. It costs more to buy the Allen (hex) key most tell you to use instead of the proper screwdriver as you have to buy entire kit of them to get the one you want.
 

skizzo

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so does anyone actually buy these insane dual CPU trays listed on eBay for $600+ ?

I literally bought a base dual CPU system for $380 just so I could get the dual CPU tray. Initial plan was to part it out. I end up keeping it as a 2nd system though :)

Seems insane some folks are listing individual parts for more than the system as a whole.

Moral of my story, consider buying a new system rather than just the individual part. It will be cheaper because it's being sold for cheaper, but also as long as you're not like me, you can part it out afterwards to make even more money back
 

s.m.t.

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I only paid $200 for my 4,1 dual cpu tray... If you look at sold listings, there are those who are spending that much...