The Precision T5600 has all the base components to be converted in to a high end gaming computer.  Precision T5600’s are a dual socket Xeon based workstation.  The T5600 Supports up to 128GB DDR3 1600Mhz memory and up to 2 x Internal SATA Hard Drives.  They have an have an optional 820W Power Supply, which gives you endless options for high end Graphics Cards.  Let us show you how you can build an effective Precision T5600 Gaming PC.

Where to buy?

If you haven’t already acquired a Precision T5600 we’d recommend checking out a company called Serverworlds.  They sell the T5600’s cheap and they provide free ground shipping to the lower 48 states.  You can click on this link and it’ll bring you directly to there T5600 Page: Precision T5600 Link.  You can also try to snag them cheap on Ebay.  However, Ebay can be a bit of a gamble because you never know what you are going to get.

The goal is to purchase the T5600 with a good processor(s) and memory already installed and then you can source the graphics cards, hard drives, and other optional components from other sources.


What Processor(s) should I get?

High Clock speed cpu’s are the way to go.

In most cases you can get by with a single processor listed below.  If you plan to stream your gaming on youtube or twitch, we recommend getting 2 processors.


Recommended Processors:

Up to 2 x QC Xeon E5-2643 3.33Ghz 10MB 8GTs Processors | 3.5Ghz Max Turbo Frequency (SR0L7)

Up to 2 x 6C Xeon E5-2667 2.90Ghz 15MB 8GTs Processors | 3.5Ghz Max Turbo Frequency (SR0KP)

Up to 2 x 8C Xeon E5-2687W 3.1Ghz 20MB 8GTs Processors | 3.8 Max Turbo Frequency (SR0KG)


How much Memory should I get?

The base line should be a minimum of 16GB of memory.  However, 24GB to 32GB would be ideal.

Memory PNs:

4GB 2Rx8 ECC 12800R DDR3 Module (D65JJ)

4GB 1Rx8 ECC 12800R PC3L DDR3 Module (N1TP1)

8GB 2Rx4 ECC 12800R PC3L DDR3 Module (RVY55)

8GB 2Rx4 ECC 12800R PC3 DDR3 Module (RYK18)

8GB 1Rx4 ECC 12800R PC3L DDR3 Module (RKR5J)

16GB 2Rx4 ECC 12800R DDR3 Module (JDF1M)

16GB 2Rx4 ECC 12800R PC3L DDR3 Module (20D6F)


Recommended Memory configurations:

4 x 4GB PC12800R ECC Reg Modules (16GB)

6 x 4GB PC12800 ECC Reg Modules (24GB)

4 x 8GB PC12800R ECC Reg Modules (32GB)

6 x 8GB PC12800R ECC Reg Modules (48GB)

It’s very important to use 12800R modules because they will run at the max speed supported by the system board and processor(s).


What Hard Drive should I get?

Ideally you would want to have a Solid State Drive as your boot device as well as storage for faster read speeds.  Depending on your budget you could go with a small SSD for your boot device and add a larger capacity drive to hold your game libraries.


Recommended SSD Drives:

Samsung 860 EVO 1TB 2.5 Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-76E1T0B/AM)

Samsung 860 Evo 500GB 2.5 inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-76E500B/AM)


Recommended large Capacity SATA Drives:

Seagate 2TB BarraCuda SATA 6 Gb/s 7200 RPM 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch Desktop Hard Drive (ST2000DM006)

Seagate 3TB Barracuda SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal HDD (ST3000DM008)

Seagate 6TB IronWolf SATA HDD 6Gb/s 256MB Cache 3.5″(ST6000VN0033)


*NVME.2 Drives cannot be used as a boot device with this model workstation*

NVME.2 PCIe Adapter (You need this if you plan to install an NVME.2 Drive in to this system):

NVME.2 SSD Adapter *Required to Install NVME.2*


Recommended NVME.2 SSDs:

WD Black 512GB M.2 2280 PCIe NVME SSD (WDS512G1X0C)

Samsung 960 EVO Series – 500GB NVMe – M.2 Internal SSD (MZ-V6E500BW)

Samsung 960 EVO Series – 1TB PCIe NVMe – M.2 Internal SSD (MZ-V6E1T0BW)


What Graphics Card should I get?

The precision T5600 supports a 635W or an optional 820W Power Supply.  We strongly recommend using the 820W Power supply to give plenty of power for your Graphics Card and other components.


Recommended Graphics Cards:

EVGA NVIDIA GTX1660 Ti 6GB Graphics Card

EVGA NVIDIA GTX1070 8GB SC Graphics Card

EVGA NVIDIA GTX1070TI 8GB Graphics Card

EVGA NVIDIA GTX1080 SC 8GB Graphics Card

EVGA NVIDIA GTX1080 TI 11GB SC2 ICX Technology Graphics Card

EVGA NVIDIA RTX 2060 6GB Graphics Card

EVGA NVIDIA RTX 2070 8GB Graphics Card

EVGA NVIDIA RTX 2080 8GB Graphics Card

EVGA NVIDIA RTX 2080 Ti 11GB Graphics Card


What type of Monitor should I get?

Ideally it would be nice to get a monitor with a 144Hz refresh rate or better monitor.  However, it really depends on the games you play.  If you play first person shooter games a 144Hz or better monitor is a must.  If you play other games that do not require quick response time then a 60hz monitor should work fine.


Recommended Monitors:

ASUS PG248Q Full HD 144Hz 1MS 24″ Gaming Monitor

ASUS VG278Q Full HD 1080P 144Hz 1MS 27″ Gaming Monitor

ASUS XG258Q ROG Strix 24.5″ 1080P 240Hz 1MS Gaming Monitor



Using the criteria above you can help you build a high end gaming system using a Precision T5600 Workstation.


Sample Configuration:

Precision T5600 Workstation

2 x 8C Xeon E5-2687W 3.1Ghz 20MB 8GTs

24GB PC12800R (6 x 4GB)

Samsung 256GB 6GBPS SSD + 512GB Samsung Evo NVME

GTX1080 w/8GB  Graphics Card

1 x 10/100/1000 Network Port

820W Power Supply


10 Pro 64Bit


We have tested this system with games like Dota 2, CS Go, PubG, and The Division.  The frames can range from 70FPS to 200FPS depending on the game and settings that you choose.  The system was tested using a 144Hz 27″ Acer Monitor.



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