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#1 Ravenbar

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Posted 19 January 2016 - 07:29 PM

Looks like I'm going to have to buy a motherboard/CPU/memory.

 

I have:

 

Case: salvaged from a  SysteMax BAX4200, (4) 5 1/4" external bays (2) 3 1/2" external bays and a 3 1/2" internal bay, fits ATX motherboard. Floppy drive one of the  3 1/2" external bays

 

Power Supply: Thermaltake TR2-430w

 

Hard Drives:

Seagate Barracuda 3200.12 - 320Gb - 3 1/2"

Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 - 500Gb - 3 1/2"

Western Digital WD5000BPVT - 500Gb - 2 1/2"

Seagate Momentus Thin - 320Gb - 2 1/2"

Fujitsu - 320Gb - 2 1/2"

I'm sure if I dig around I'll find even more.

 

Optical Drive: Toshiba Samsung DVD Writer Moder TS-H653

 

Video Card - Dual VGA version of the NVIDIA GeForce 6600 GT, Came from the same SysteMax system as the case

 

CPU Cooler - Silenx Ixtrema IXC-120HA2(hoping it will fit, designed for AMD Socket 754/9xx/AM2 and Intel 775)

 

Operating System - Some flavor of Linux with KDE

 

 

Buying:

 

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3(Rev. 6.0)

 

CPU - AMD Athlon x4 860k Kaveri Quad-core 3.7Ghz Black Edition

 

Ram - G.Skill Ripjaws series 8Gb kit(2x4Gb) - 240pin DDR3

 

(2) Bytecc Bracket 25525 - To mount 2 1/2" & 3 1/2" drives in 5 1/4" bay. (holds (2) 2 1/2" or (1) 3 1/2" drive)

 

 

Purpose for the system will normal use(lots of internet video) and data storage. I've got a number of older systems and I'm sick of having to remember which system has what I'm looking for on it. The CPU is probable extreme overkill for the use but I don't want to have to worry about it not being fast enough down the road. Usage may change.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Desktops: "John2" Custom, Gigabyte F2A88Xm-D3H, AMD 6A-5400K Trinity 3.6Ghz Dual-Core APU, 16Gb DDR3  HyperX Fury 1866Mhz RAM, 120Gb Crucial Force LS SSD OS) Linux Mint 17.3, 320Gb Raid1 array consisting of (1) Seagate ST320LT020-9YG14 & (1) Fujitsu MZH2320B

Francisco: HP pavilion p7-1080t upgraded with 16Gb ram. Windows 7. Used only for Gaming

Server.GaltsGulch: HP Elite 8300 Small Form Factor, i7-3770, 16Gb ram, Kingston SSDNow 120Gb SSD, 3Tb storage HDD, Fedora Linux/Avahi, Headless

 


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Posted 19 January 2016 - 09:27 PM

What is your question?

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Posted 20 January 2016 - 05:31 AM

What is your question?

Just looking for thoughts on anything I might be missing. Haven't put a system together from scratch before although I've rebuilt a number of DOA systems.


Desktops: "John2" Custom, Gigabyte F2A88Xm-D3H, AMD 6A-5400K Trinity 3.6Ghz Dual-Core APU, 16Gb DDR3  HyperX Fury 1866Mhz RAM, 120Gb Crucial Force LS SSD OS) Linux Mint 17.3, 320Gb Raid1 array consisting of (1) Seagate ST320LT020-9YG14 & (1) Fujitsu MZH2320B

Francisco: HP pavilion p7-1080t upgraded with 16Gb ram. Windows 7. Used only for Gaming

Server.GaltsGulch: HP Elite 8300 Small Form Factor, i7-3770, 16Gb ram, Kingston SSDNow 120Gb SSD, 3Tb storage HDD, Fedora Linux/Avahi, Headless

 


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Posted 20 January 2016 - 08:18 AM

All looks ok. Happy computing!

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Posted 20 January 2016 - 05:57 PM

I'm not a fan of Thermaltake PSUs as they typically don't make the top tiers on the PSU Tier List. Other than that, though, seems like a decent system to me, at least for what you want to use it for.

Edited by ScathEnfys, 20 January 2016 - 05:57 PM.

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Posted 24 January 2016 - 07:22 PM

The buy list has changed.

 

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A88Xm-D3h

CPU: AMD A6-5400k 3.7Ghz Dual core APU

RAM: 1x8Gb HyperX Fury Black Series DDR3 1866

Other: Bytecc Bracket (install (2) 2.5" drives in a 5 1/4" bay.


Desktops: "John2" Custom, Gigabyte F2A88Xm-D3H, AMD 6A-5400K Trinity 3.6Ghz Dual-Core APU, 16Gb DDR3  HyperX Fury 1866Mhz RAM, 120Gb Crucial Force LS SSD OS) Linux Mint 17.3, 320Gb Raid1 array consisting of (1) Seagate ST320LT020-9YG14 & (1) Fujitsu MZH2320B

Francisco: HP pavilion p7-1080t upgraded with 16Gb ram. Windows 7. Used only for Gaming

Server.GaltsGulch: HP Elite 8300 Small Form Factor, i7-3770, 16Gb ram, Kingston SSDNow 120Gb SSD, 3Tb storage HDD, Fedora Linux/Avahi, Headless

 


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Posted 30 January 2016 - 07:40 PM

Got it built Wednesday night and have been getting the OS(Linux Mint 17.3, KDE Flavor) installed and other programs set up.

 

I didn't have any thermal compound around so I used the stock CPU cooler as it had it and the aftermarket one didn't(I installed it right before the system died). Picked up some thermal compound today and got the aftermarket cooler installed.

 

System specs:

Gigabyte GA-F2A88XM-D3H Motherboard

AMD A6-5400K 3.6Ghz Dual-core APU

Kingston HyperX Fury Black Serries 1x8Gb(planning on upgrading at some point, dual channel board but running on single channel)

Silenx IXC-120HA2 CPU cooler with Arctic Ice 5 Thermal compound, on stock fan controller running about 900rpm

250Gb Seagate st9250315as 2.5" HDD, partitioned in half, Linux Mint on one partition, PeppermintOS on the other

320Gb Fujitsu MHZ2320B HDD & 320Gb Seagate ST320LT020-9YG14 HDD, set up in a RAID1 for storage(a bit of insurance as all the drives are salvaged)

120Gb Western Digital WD1200JS-22N - exdtra storage, not being used as of now, may install another OS on it

160Gb Hitachi HDP72501 - more extra storage, not being used now

Optiarc DVD RW AD-7203S(DVD burner)

Generic Wireless network card

Thermaltake TR2-430W Power Supply

 

 

Benchmark numbers (according to HardInfo(System Profiler & benchmark in linux):

CPU Blowfish: 17.50

CPU Cryptohash: 104.29

CPU Fibonacci: 6.42

CPU N-Queens: 12.55

FPU FFT: 7.86

FPU Raytracing: 10.45

 

 

One problem I'm running into is I can't get accurate temp sensor readings from within the OS, unless the CPU is running far below room temp. (Getting readings of around 8deg C)


Desktops: "John2" Custom, Gigabyte F2A88Xm-D3H, AMD 6A-5400K Trinity 3.6Ghz Dual-Core APU, 16Gb DDR3  HyperX Fury 1866Mhz RAM, 120Gb Crucial Force LS SSD OS) Linux Mint 17.3, 320Gb Raid1 array consisting of (1) Seagate ST320LT020-9YG14 & (1) Fujitsu MZH2320B

Francisco: HP pavilion p7-1080t upgraded with 16Gb ram. Windows 7. Used only for Gaming

Server.GaltsGulch: HP Elite 8300 Small Form Factor, i7-3770, 16Gb ram, Kingston SSDNow 120Gb SSD, 3Tb storage HDD, Fedora Linux/Avahi, Headless

 


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Posted 31 January 2016 - 12:22 PM

Noticed the CPU was running at room temp so I boosted the CPU multiplier from 36 to 40, boosting the processor to 4.0Ghz.

 

Benchtest numbers(4.0 Ghz)

CPU Blowfish: 10.50

CPU Cryptohash: 126.43

CPU Fibonacci: 3.24

CPU N-Queens:4.53

FPU FFT: 5.23

FPU Raytracing:3.71

 

I may dial it back to a multiplier of 38 as the manufacturer listed max turbo speed is 3.8Ghz. I also can't read sensor values from within the OS so I have to be conservative.

 

Benchtest numbers(3.8 Ghz)

CPU Blowfish: 11.58

CPU Cryptohash: 146.99

CPU Fibonacci: 3.02

CPU N-Queens:5.80

FPU FFT: 4.93

FPU Raytracing:3.77


Edited by Ravenbar, 31 January 2016 - 12:31 PM.

Desktops: "John2" Custom, Gigabyte F2A88Xm-D3H, AMD 6A-5400K Trinity 3.6Ghz Dual-Core APU, 16Gb DDR3  HyperX Fury 1866Mhz RAM, 120Gb Crucial Force LS SSD OS) Linux Mint 17.3, 320Gb Raid1 array consisting of (1) Seagate ST320LT020-9YG14 & (1) Fujitsu MZH2320B

Francisco: HP pavilion p7-1080t upgraded with 16Gb ram. Windows 7. Used only for Gaming

Server.GaltsGulch: HP Elite 8300 Small Form Factor, i7-3770, 16Gb ram, Kingston SSDNow 120Gb SSD, 3Tb storage HDD, Fedora Linux/Avahi, Headless

 


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Posted 31 January 2016 - 04:22 PM

Most people who overclock use HWMonitor to monitor temps while in OS and Prime95 to stress test the CPU for max temps + instabilities.

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Posted 31 January 2016 - 06:16 PM

Most people who overclock use HWMonitor to monitor temps while in OS and Prime95 to stress test the CPU for max temps + instabilities.

 

 

I dialed it back to 3.7 as it became unstable after a couple hours(system crashed) at 3.8.

 

The system is exclusively a Linux box and the Gigabyte board and linux don't talk all that well. If I try, it gives be readings far below room temp.


Desktops: "John2" Custom, Gigabyte F2A88Xm-D3H, AMD 6A-5400K Trinity 3.6Ghz Dual-Core APU, 16Gb DDR3  HyperX Fury 1866Mhz RAM, 120Gb Crucial Force LS SSD OS) Linux Mint 17.3, 320Gb Raid1 array consisting of (1) Seagate ST320LT020-9YG14 & (1) Fujitsu MZH2320B

Francisco: HP pavilion p7-1080t upgraded with 16Gb ram. Windows 7. Used only for Gaming

Server.GaltsGulch: HP Elite 8300 Small Form Factor, i7-3770, 16Gb ram, Kingston SSDNow 120Gb SSD, 3Tb storage HDD, Fedora Linux/Avahi, Headless

 


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Posted 31 January 2016 - 09:14 PM

If 3.8 is unstable turn the vcore voltage up a little and try again.

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Posted 31 January 2016 - 09:33 PM

I ended up putting it back to stock. I'm coming from old XP era machines so that's probably fast enough for now while I learn a bit about modern stuff.


Desktops: "John2" Custom, Gigabyte F2A88Xm-D3H, AMD 6A-5400K Trinity 3.6Ghz Dual-Core APU, 16Gb DDR3  HyperX Fury 1866Mhz RAM, 120Gb Crucial Force LS SSD OS) Linux Mint 17.3, 320Gb Raid1 array consisting of (1) Seagate ST320LT020-9YG14 & (1) Fujitsu MZH2320B

Francisco: HP pavilion p7-1080t upgraded with 16Gb ram. Windows 7. Used only for Gaming

Server.GaltsGulch: HP Elite 8300 Small Form Factor, i7-3770, 16Gb ram, Kingston SSDNow 120Gb SSD, 3Tb storage HDD, Fedora Linux/Avahi, Headless

 


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Posted 01 February 2016 - 08:57 PM

Ok. Good plan.

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