The Precision T5820 has all the base components to be converted in to a high end gaming computer. Precision T5820’s are a single socket Xeon based workstation.  They have an optional 950W Power Supply, which gives you almost endless of options for High End Graphics Cards.  Let us show you how you can build an effective Precision T5820 Gaming PC.

Where to buy?

If you haven’t already acquired a Precision T5820 I’d recommend checking out a company called Serverworlds.  They sell the T5820’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 T5820 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.


Recommended Processors:

Up to 1 x QC Xeon W-2125 4.0Ghz 8.25MB 0GTs Processors | 4.5Ghz Max Turbo Frequency

Up to 1 x 8C i7-7820X 3.6Ghz 11MB 0GTs Processors | 4.3Ghz Max Turbo Frequency


*The CPU’s below require System Board PN: X75JG and U-Dimm Memory Modules*


Up to 1 x 10C i9-10900X 3.7Ghz 19.25MB Processors |  4.7Ghz Max Turbo Frequency (SRGV7)

Up to 1 x 12C i9-10920X 3.5Ghz 19.25MB Processors |  4.8Ghz Max Turbo Frequency (SRGSJ)

Up to 1 x 14C i9-10940X 3.3Ghz 19.25MB Processors |  4.8Ghz Max Turbo Frequency (SRGSH)

Up to 1 x 18C i9-10980XE 3.0Ghz 24.75MB Processors |  4.8Ghz Max Turbo Frequency


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:

8GB 1Rx8 ECC 2666Mhz DDR4 Module (1VRGY)

16GB 2Rx8 ECC 2666Mhz DDR4 Module (DFK3Y)

32GB 1Rx4 ECC 2666Mhz DDR4 Module (TN78Y)


*The 10th Gen Intel CPU’s Require U-Dimms*

32GB 2Rx8 PC4-2666V-U (983D4)


Recommended Memory configurations:

2 x 8GB 2666Mhz ECC Reg Modules (16GB)

4 x 8GB 2666Mhz ECC Reg Modules (32GB)

4 x 16GB 2666Mhz ECC Reg Modules (64GB)

It’s very important to use 21300 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 NVME.2 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 NVM.2 SSD for your boot device and add a larger capacity drive to hold your game libraries.

The T5820 does not have an NVM.2 SLot on the system board. 

We’d recommend using an adapter like this one to install your NVME.2 SSD:

NVME.2 PCIe SSD Adapter Card


Recommended NVME.2 SSDs:

Samsung 970 EVO Series – 500GB NVMe – M.2 Internal SSD (MZ-V7E500BW)

Samsung 970 EVO Series – 1TB PCIe NVMe – M.2 Internal SSD (MZ-V7E1T0BW)


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)


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)


What Graphics Card should I get?

The precision T5820 supports a 425W or optional 950W Power Supply.  Make sure you are using the 950W Power supply before you upgrade 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 2060 Super 6GB Graphics Card

EVGA NVIDIA RTX 2070 8GB Graphics Card

EVGA NVIDIA RTX 2070 Super 8GB Graphics Card

EVGA NVIDIA RTX 2080 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 or 244hz refresh rate or better monitor.  However, it really depends on the games you play.  If you play first person shooter games a 144hz or 240Hz 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 T5820 Workstation.


Sample Configuration:

Precision T5820 Workstation

1 x i7-7820X 8C 3.60Ghz 11MB 8GTs (Max Turbo Frequency 4.30Ghz)

32GB 2666Mhz (4 x 8GB)

1TB Samsung Evo 970 NVME

RTX2080 TI w/11GB  Black Edition Graphics Card

1 x 10/100/1000 Network Port

950W 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 90FPS to 200FPS depending on the game and settings that you choose.  The system was tested using a 144Hz 27″ Acer Monitor.


Precision T5820 Gaming Computer