Noticed that powerful enough processors for Xeon 771 socket on Ebay are relatively expensive, for example a couple of these
available for $42. Motherboard for them for example this
can be bought for $72, well scored 16 gigs of memory for example like this
for $96. Fans for such station to another will cost more then $40. In the end, for $250 it seems to get quite a decent machine performance: 16Gb memory + 8 is quite powerful cores + 24Mb CPU cache. I think that video card, drives, power supply and case, it will be possible to take any suitable for a specific task, but even if you take new is still somewhere in the $400. Nakin $50 for incidental expenses and the result is a system unit cost of $700 c performance comparable to new, but much more expensive systems.
It is interesting to use this workstation for video editing, rendering complex scenes, video encoding, etc., etc., i.e. for applications that need significant processing power and are able to parallelize the workload on multi-core processors. The configuration I picked up T. S. "on vskidku" may have more beneficial and "right" options.
Actually interesting to know the opinion of people who understand this issue — would it be possible for such a configuration with the processors, the socket 771 to run on 64-bit Windows or OS X? Will there be huge savings in terms of power?
UPD. Because the comments have some misunderstanding of what I'm asking — let me explain my T. C. classification of computers:Office desktop
: "smart" typewriter, able to correct errors in the text and connected to the Internet. Used by one person for office tasks.Home desktop
: universal mixture of office, desktop, gaming console and media center for entertainment of one person, the requirements for proizvoditelnosti in a wide range of tasks maximum, minimum reliability, important to have a lot of FPS in your favorite shooter and easy to "rotate" high-resolution video.Workstation
— a computer for making money by performing it on any of the difficult work is used by one person. The requirements for reliability and performance in its class max task.The server
is the same as workstation, is only used simultaneously by multiple people. Because as a terminal used by client computers no need for any significant graphics system.
Now I'm not talking about desktop or server, namely on the workstation. Please be aware of this in their responses.
UPD2. Thank you all for the comments, the benefit for the money from using CPUs 4-year-old no longer seems to me so significant to justify so build them on a workstation.
Because the other arguments I have not yet, and nothing more, this idea is not supported — I'll just postpone its implementation or do you refuse, and if they do, then perhaps only for fun :-)
The matter is closed!