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Build A 45nm Octo-Core System Today For $949!

Updated on July 31, 2008
 

Skulltrail... to the computer enthusiasts and insiders, that word does not conjure up images of Golgotha or Many Skulls Trail in Arizona, but something that excites any circuit board propeller beanie head to his or her silicon core. Skulltrail is the legendary and not yet released dual socket system which will allow you to run two 45nm Intel Quad Core CPUs for a superpowerful octocore that would blow any existing system into the weeds. Naturally most people would expect that such a system, when it is finally introduced, would cost several thousands of dollars and they'd essentially be correct. A well outfitted Skulltrail system should tip the scales well north of $3,000 and maybe even $4,000!

What many people don't know is that you can build a very close approximation of the super expensive Skulltrail today, well ahead of its expected launch date of the twelfth of Never. Everything you need for a basic dual socket Intel Quad Core system is available at major computer etailers right now. Let's look at the current prices for those components on newegg.com:

  • ASUS DSBV-DX Dual LGA 771 Intel 5000V SSI CEB 1.1 Server Motherboard - $225
  • Two of Intel Xeon E5405 Harpertown 2.0GHz LGA 771 80W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80574E5405A - $464
  • A-DATA 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 FB-DIMM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) ECC Fully Buffered Server Memory Model SC2VF1B18K - $150
  • Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250310AS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - $55
  • ASUS EAH3450/DI/256M Radeon HD 3450 256MB 64-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Low Profile Video Card - $30
  • Linkworld 3230-18 c2228u Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 430W Power Supply - $25

For less than $950 you can harness the incredible power of eight 45nm Intel cores all humming along. The rest of the system is no slouch either. 4GB of RAM will more than satisfy the needs of any XP or Vista 32 bit Operating System out there, and the Seagate 7200.10 is a great drive. As I have mentioned before, I don't own a video game, I don't use DVD drives, and I only have less than 50GB used up on my hard drive, so these specifications will do me quite nicely, thank you. However, should you wish to get more hard drive space, more video processing power for gaming, or any kind of optical drive, you will find that you could likely do all three and still spend less than an additional one hundred dollar bill.

In fact, if you wanted to tweak the specs a bit to get a massively powerful system that would satsify more than 99% of all computer users for just a bit more money, my choice would be:

  • ASUS DSBV-DX Dual LGA 771 Intel 5000V SSI CEB 1.1 Server Motherboard - $225
  • Two of Intel Xeon E5405 Harpertown 2.0GHz LGA 771 80W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80574E5405A - $464
  • Two of A-DATA 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 FB-DIMM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) ECC Fully Buffered Server Memory Model SC2VF1B18K - $300
  • SAMSUNG Spinpoint F1 HD502lJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - $70
  • SAPPHIRE 100234VGAL Radeon HD 3450 512MB 64-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - $41
  • Linkworld 3230-18 c2228u Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 430W Power Supply - $25

8GB of RAM, Octo Core 45 nm CPUs, 500GB of Spinpoint F1 Hard Drive, a 512MB state of the art video card and the total is still only $1125! There are some etailers selling dual core systems for this price! Just look at what you're getting and don't stampede me in the rush to get one of these systems for yourself!

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    • Hal Licino profile imageAUTHOR

      Hal Licino 

      8 years ago from Toronto

      With the debut of the equally speedy AMD Athlon II X4 620, the price of the Q8200 on newegg this morning was $149. Not bad to get an octo core on a CPU budget below $300! :)

      However, I don't know where you're going to get a dual socket LGA 775. Let me know if you find one as I'm 99.99999999% sure they don't exist! The LGA 771 has the chipset that supports dual sockets. :(

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      ilya 

      8 years ago

      Haha... I'm getting your setup for a server, except I don't want to use Xeons, they are too expensive. I think Q8200 will do just fine. =D. And yea I completely agree shopping @ retail stores for a PC is a bad idea. A complete rip off... Give this system to the marketing crew and they will shamelesly sell it for 4-5K easy... =D.

    • Hal Licino profile imageAUTHOR

      Hal Licino 

      9 years ago from Toronto

      Oh yeah. I'm having LOTS of fun putting that Hub together and I hope you'll have fun reading it as well.

      You, my friend, are a MAD MULTITASKER! :) I truly do envy you as I'm so old and addled that I think multitasking is walking and chewing gum at the same time! :) I love your system! If you ever got tired of it and wanted to donate it to the Hal Institute For Assorted Perversions, it would be much appreciated! :)

    • Misha profile image

      Misha 

      9 years ago from DC Area

      Good! I'm glad it finally got through, and I'm happy you liked it! Waiting eagerly for a labor day to pass :D

      And yes, I do some video on it, too - and it is great for video. :) However I built it for daytrading and options research, which I don't do anymore. Instead I am on the Internet now, and for that I have currently six firefox windows with 10 tabs each and a dozen of other windows open simulteneously, each doing its own job - and it handles this nicely. :)

    • Hal Licino profile imageAUTHOR

      Hal Licino 

      9 years ago from Toronto

      Hi Misha! Got it loud and clear and I'm working on that Hub already. I am holding off publishing any more Hubs in the month of August as I've already blasted my poor suffering Fans' inboxes with way too many with those 188 Car MPG Hubs. However, look for it right after Labor Day! Thanks and I really appreciate your request! It should be a fun Hub!

      Yikes, I LOVE your HD setup! Are you doing video or scientific work? It sound AWESOME and I'm ENVIOUS! :)

      my-hair-tools, of course trying to squeeze an octocore into a sub-$1000 budget is going to call for serious compromises, but it really wouldn't take that much more to come up with a really great all purpose system that would put the majority of PC users into computer heaven. $1200 would likely be a decent budget for it!

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      Misha 

      9 years ago from DC Area

      Hi Hal, I sent you one more email yesterday. Did you receive it? Check what email you have on file with HP, and if it goes to your spam if not. :)

      Oh, and instead of 7200.11 I am perfectly happy with five 15K SCSI320 seagates in RAID 1E on my octocore workstation. In fact, have been happy with them since 2004, when it was quadcore :P

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      my-hair-tools 

      9 years ago from Ohio

      yeah if you really needed the processing power this would definitely give it to you, but i agree, if your going that far with the processor then getting the extra hard drive space and possibly better video card would bring everything up to the same level

    • Hal Licino profile imageAUTHOR

      Hal Licino 

      9 years ago from Toronto

      Hi, Misha. Sorry, but I never got the email! Can you please resend? I know of two separate people who have had their RAID-0s screw up on them and fortunately they had backed up like fiends or they might have lost all their data. I'm perfectly happy with 7200.11s! :)

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      Misha 

      9 years ago from DC Area

      Did you receive email what I sent you through Hubpages "contact the user"? I thought I was pretty clear there that I expected your hub to be "strongly derogatory" :D

      I think it's very similar to lapping in a sense that people risk damaging their expensive property for illusionary gains - that's why I asked you to write a hub on this :)

      Oh, and don't tell me you seriously considering RAID-0 - it's pretty much like Hayabusa, as fast as it's dangerous :D

    • Hal Licino profile imageAUTHOR

      Hal Licino 

      9 years ago from Toronto

      Yeah, it's a budget system, but keep in mind that a few extra bucks will get you a 7200.11 and although it can't be as fast as a RAID-0 is pretty good for most common PC users. Misha, please let me know about your water4gas Hub request. I've been looking into it for days, but I'm having a real hard time coming up with anything that isn't strongly derogatory, and I don't think that is the essence of what you're looking for. I'm trying to find something to be able to hang my hat on, as I will happily write about anything that I can factually confirm, but I have to confess, I'm having a heckuva time accumulating information that would lead me to conclude that it's anything but an illusion. Please let me know. Thanks!

    • Misha profile image

      Misha 

      9 years ago from DC Area

      Well, this setup is severely hadicapped on hard drive side. You need either SCSI320 or SATA RAID with it, and this will cost you another thousand bucks :P

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