The Precision 3630 has the capability to be converted in to a excellent gaming computer. Precision 3630’s are a single socket Intel Xeon E-21XXX, I3, I5, or I9 (8th and 9th GEN) based workstation. There Precision 3630 is a small Mini Tower workstation, making it a very powerful option for small workspaces. Let us show you how you can build a High-End Precision 3630 Gaming PC.
Where to buy?
If you haven’t already acquired a Precision 3630 we’d recommend checking out a company called Serverworlds. They sell the 3630’s cheap and they provide free ground shipping to the lower 48 states. 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 3630 with a good processor and memory already installed and then you can source the graphics cards, hard drives, and other optional components to supplement your build.
What Processor(s) should I get?
High Clock speed cpu’s are the way to go.
High Performance Heatsink (T57JF)
I7 & I9
Up to 1 x 6C I7-8700 3.20Ghz 12MB 8GTs 65W Processor | 4.60Ghz Max Turbo Frequency (SR3QS)
Up to 1 x 6C I7-8700K 3.70Ghz 12MB 8GTs 95W Processor | 4.70Ghz Max Turbo Frequency (SR3QR)
Up to 1 x 8C I7-9700 3.0Ghz 12MB 8GTs 65W Processor | 4.70Ghz Max Turbo Frequency (SRG13)
Up to 1 x 8C I7-9700K 3.6Ghz 12MB 8GTs 95W Processor | 4.90Ghz Max Turbo Frequency (SRELT)
Up to 1 x 8C I9-9900 3.1Ghz 12MB 8GTs 65W Processor | 5.0Ghz Max Turbo Frequency (SRG18)
Up to 1 x 8C I9-9900K 3.6Ghz 12MB 8GTs 95W Processor | 5.0Ghz Max Turbo Frequency (SRELS)
Up to 1 x 6C E-2186G 3.8Ghz 12MB 8GTs 95W Processor | 4.70Ghz Max Turbo Frequency (SR3WR)
Up to 1 x 6C E-2246G 3.6Ghz 12MB 8GTs 80W Processor | 4.80Ghz Max Turbo Frequency (SRF7N)
Up to 1 x 6C E-2286G 4.0Ghz 12MB 8GTs 95W Processor | 4.90Ghz Max Turbo Frequency (SRF7C)
How much Memory should I get?
The base line should be a minimum of 16GB of memory.
4GB 1RX16 2666Mhz UDIMM DDR4 Module (CND02)
8GB 1Rx8 2666Mhz UDIMM DDR4 Module (Y7N41)
16GB 2Rx8 2666Mhz UDIMM DDR4 Module (TP9W1)
32GB 2RX8 2666Mhz UDIMM DDR4 Module (983D4)
Recommended Memory configurations:
4 x 4GB 1Rx16 2666Mhz DDR4 (16GB)
2 x 8GB 1Rx8 2666Mhz DDR4 (16GB)
4 x 8GB 1Rx8 2666Mhz DDR4 (32GB)
2 x 16GB 2Rx8 2666Mhz DDR4 (32GB)
4 x 16GB 2Rx8 2666Mhz DDR4 (64GB)
2 x 32GB 2Rx8 2666Mhz DDR4 (64GB)
4 x 32GB 2Rx8 2666Mhz DDR4 (128GB)
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.
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)
Samsung 860 EVO 4TB 2.5 Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-76E4T0B/AM)
Samsung 860 EVO 2TB 2.5 Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-76E2T0B/AM)
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)
*The Precision 3630 has 1 x NVMe M.2 Slot onboard*
Recommended NVME.2 SSDs:
Samsung 970 EVO Series – 500GB NVMe – M.2 Internal SSD (MZ-V7E500BW)
Samsung 960 EVO Series – 1TB PCIe NVMe – M.2 Internal SSD (MZ-V6E1T0BW)
Samsung 860 EVO Series – 2TB NVMe M.2 Internal SSD (MZ-N6ET0BW)
Sabrent Rocket – 2TB NVMe M.2 Iternal SSD (SB-ROCKET-2TB)
What Graphics Card should I get?
The precision 3630 supports a 300W, 460W, or 850 Power Supply. Make sure you double check your GPU wattage requirements before you purchase an upgrade Graphics Card
Precision 3630 460W Power Supply (0FFD6)
Precision 3630 850W Power Supply (9XG5C)
Recommended Graphics Cards:
We recommend the 460W PSU for the GPU’s below:
EVGA NVIDIA GTX1660 Ti 6GB Graphics Card
EVGA NVIDIA RTX 2060 Super 6GB Graphics Card
We recommend the 850W PSU for the GPU’s below:
EVGA NVIDIA RTX 2070 Super 8GB Graphics Card
EVGA NVIDIA RTX 2080 Super 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.
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 3630 Workstation.
Precision 3630 Workstation
I7-8700K 6C 3.60Ghz 12MB 8GTs (4.7Ghz Max Turbo Frequency)
32GB PC2666 Non-ECC (4 x 8GB)
2TB Sabrent Rocket NVMe M.2 SSD
EVGA GTX1660Ti Single Fan w/6GB Graphics Card
1 x 10/100/1000 Network Port
Stock 460W Power Supply
10 Pro 64Bit
We have tested this system with games like Dota 2, CS Go, PubG, Overwatch, and The Division. The frames can range from 30FPS to 60FPS depending on the game and settings that you choose. The system was tested using a 144Hz 27″ Acer Monitor.
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