My current desktop CPU dates back to July 2009

My current desktop CPU dates back to July 2009. It’s still quite usable, but when running Oracle and multiple VMs, it would sometimes get bogged down due to limited memory. Since I had maxed out the memory on the motherboard, it was time … for an upgrade!Where do you go after a quad-core? Hexa-core of course! The intel i7 3930K was at a nice price point (well, for a hexa-core), and I could get a motherboard that went up to 64GB for that CPU, so it sounded future proof for a few years.

The 3930K doesn’t come with a CPU cooler, as intel considers this an “enthusiast’s” CPU, so had to look for aftermarket solutions. Most of them consists of a fan and a brick so large that it blocks access to the board. In the end I went with a water-cooled solution, it was just so much neater.

Despite all the research I did, I screwed up on the most basic thing … the motherboard didn’t fit in my existing chassis (full-ATX motherboard vs mini-ATX chassis). So had to leave everything as it is and wait till the next morning, when I went out and got a larger chassis.

The old quad-core motherboard + CPU + RAM will go to my HTPC, and the HTPC setup will be come a test server for work stuff.

It’s been running idle for most of the week, as I’ve been away. Here are the idle temps:

shahada@pc-shahada:~$ sensors
Adapter: ISA adapter
Physical id 0:  +40.0°C  (high = +81.0°C, crit = +91.0°C)
Core 0:         +40.0°C  (high = +81.0°C, crit = +91.0°C)
Core 1:         +35.0°C  (high = +81.0°C, crit = +91.0°C)
Core 2:         +38.0°C  (high = +81.0°C, crit = +91.0°C)
Core 3:         +39.0°C  (high = +81.0°C, crit = +91.0°C)
Core 4:         +35.0°C  (high = +81.0°C, crit = +91.0°C)
Core 5:         +37.0°C  (high = +81.0°C, crit = +91.0°C)

New CPU, CPU Cooler, Motherboard and RAM.

Intel Core i7-3930K … made in Malaysia!

LGA2011 Socket on the motherboard.

Overkill RAM. Enough for many many VMs.

water-based CPU cooling kit.

The Hydro H60 comes with these special mounting screws for LGA2011 … shorter on one side.

Much “neater” solution compared to air-cooling.

Despite all my research, forgot that my old chasis was a mini-ATX one … and the new motherboard was full-ATX … so had to go buy a new chassis.

A water-pump sits on the CPU, which moves water through hoses to a radiator at the back, which is cooled via a 120mm fan sucking in cold air. Unfortunately not enough clearance for a fan on the top of the casing unless I find a really thin 120mm fan.

Everything fully loaded.I relocated the original case fan to the front. Maybe one day will clear up the wiring.

New PC in action. Old quad-core one goes to my TV PC, and TV PC becomes test PC for work projects.

Comments (4):

  • 2013-02-10 23:12:22+0800 S M Sabri Ismail (sabre23t) Oooh …
    But my gaming machines are my sgs2 & sgn10 now 😉
  • 2013-02-11 16:21:04+0800 Hassan Abu Bakar berapa total semua ni ?
  • 2013-02-13 23:05:55+0800 shahada abubakar +S M Sabri Ismail It would be overkill for gaming, and to rub salt in … the last game I played was OpenTTD … which would probably run fine on a Raspberry Pi ! 8-)Got five VMs running right now, one to host oracle for a project, another for a staff to demo an app, and three more to simulate a RedHat Cluster for another upcoming project. This is mostly a memory thing though, CPU being idle most of the time.

    I did manage to max out all the cores converting an album of FLACs into MP3s … took 6 seconds for the whole job. Still overkill.

    A good test would be when I need to build my embedded board linux image … on the old machine it took about 30-40 minutes for a full compile.

    +Hassan abu bakar budget < 4k for upgrade.

  • 2013-02-14 09:27:16+0800 S M Sabri Ismail (sabre23t) OpenTTD runs fine on my SGN10 😉

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