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    Linux & Gaming Rig 2016 - Build Log

    Hi all,

    It has been ages since I owned a 'PC' - the closest thing I have to that right now is a Raspberry Pi 3. Been on Mac for a good long while but I've been wanting to have a local-linux box (even though I run most of my stuff on the AWS/Linode/DigitalOcean cloud).

    Here's the build I'm going for:



    Wish me luck!!
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    Interesting build. Why the Ubiquiti router?
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    Personally I would probably consider the Core i7 5820K TBH especially with a single card setup,and shouldn't the RAM be in 4 stick sets?? The PSU is probably way too much for the setup IMHO - a decent 500W to 600W would be more than enough IMHO. SLI and XFire do have a lot of issues with current engines - DX12 explicit multi-adaptor might change that but again it depends on how many devs will be bothered too.

    I would probably get a non-reference GTX1070 over an FE GTX1080 too although it depends on what resolution you are running games at.


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    Re: Linux & Gaming Rig 2016 - Build Log

    Quote Originally Posted by Bluecube View Post
    Interesting build. Why the Ubiquiti router?
    This is the second ER-X and I've also got a TOUGHSwitch. Primary ER-X connects to my LTE router (WAN) - from there I'm running one subnet 10.0.0.0/16 and with the second I'm going to run another one in the 172.16.0.0/16 range. The TOUGHSwitch lets me setup VLANs as needed.

    Will be moving my work related stuff into the second subnet, which I want to keep as isolated and secure as possible.

    This way guests etc, can connect to the 10.x network along with family devices etc.

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    Re: Linux & Gaming Rig 2016 - Build Log

    Quote Originally Posted by CAT-THE-FIFTH View Post
    Personally I would probably consider the Core i7 5820K TBH especially with a single card setup,and shouldn't the RAM be in 4 stick sets?? The PSU is probably way too much for the setup IMHO - a decent 500W to 600W would be more than enough IMHO. SLI and XFire do have a lot of issues with current engines - DX12 explicit multi-adaptor might change that but again it depends on how many devs will be bothered too.

    I would probably get a non-reference GTX1070 over an FE GTX1080 too although it depends on what resolution you are running games at.
    Great points there CAT-5th.

    1. Yes, I will replace this with a 4-stick set. Just grabbed this pair for now, to get it booted and running. I can send it back-within 30-days (which I will do). Need to find a retailer that's able to ship to my location that carries the 4-stick sets.

    2. I wanted to leave room for the option of running a second 1080 in SLI.

    3. The store I ordered online only had the FE GTX1080 in stock, and they ship to where I live with the cheapest DHL pricing. Large - 12KG box (high volumetric weight) for around $200. That's bonkers, I used to ship my personal effects to the UK and DHL would charge $400-500 or more.

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    Hmm seems I too had the wrong impression. This thread seems to indicate that as long as the second 'kit' exactly matches the first kit of RAM, then it's fine.
    https://linustechtips.com/main/topic...-2-x-16gb-kit/

    I suppose there's a chance there could be some inconsistencies as the 4-stick sets are properly tested.

    An interesting point is the warranty though. Anyone else done anything similar?

    This is the current 16GB kit I've got:
    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...b_2_x_8gb.html

    And the 32GB kit for the same RAM:
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    Yeah,just get another pair of DIMMs and you can run the CPU in quad channel - that CPU will last you a VERY long time for a gaming rig.


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    Re: Linux & Gaming Rig 2016 - Build Log

    I started around midnight and wanted to get the basics sorted - installing the PSU and radiator/fans.



    I ended up taking the front panel off, so as to remove the caddy holding the 5.24" devices, which I currently have no plans for.



    It didn't take too long to get the radiator installed, and I left the CPU block (AIO cooler) wrapped up to prevent any scratching of the copper side; it came with some goop applied, but before I did the install I removed that and used some nano compound. I normally use Arctic Silver, but tried something different for this build.



    Fast forward to Sunday (14th August 2016)

    I failed to take snaps of installing the M.2 NVMe Samsung 950 Pro 256GB drive into a recessed slot in the mainboard, although this was documented in video. Here's a close up of the Intel i7 6850K in all its glory...


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    Looking at the bottom of the i7 CPU, 2000 or so pads...





    Pretty much done...



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    Re: Linux & Gaming Rig 2016 - Build Log

    Quote Originally Posted by bsodmike View Post
    I started around midnight and wanted to get the basics sorted - installing the PSU and radiator/fans.



    I ended up taking the front panel off, so as to remove the caddy holding the 5.24" devices, which I currently have no plans for.



    It didn't take too long to get the radiator installed, and I left the CPU block (AIO cooler) wrapped up to prevent any scratching of the copper side; it came with some goop applied, but before I did the install I removed that and used some nano compound. I normally use Arctic Silver, but tried something different for this build.



    Fast forward to Sunday (14th August 2016)

    I failed to take snaps of installing the M.2 NVMe Samsung 950 Pro 256GB drive into a recessed slot in the mainboard, although this was documented in video. Here's a close up of the Intel i7 6850K in all its glory...

    Looks niiiiice!

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    Cheers LeBron. So far this has just been a straight up build.

    I'm not entirely sure if I'd look at modding this a bit, unfortunately tad tied up with work at the moment.
    I would have liked to have gone with a full water-cooling setup, mostly for kicks but that may be a side project I'd look at for later.

    Thoughts on AIOs anyone? Supposedly these do not need filling over their lifespan.

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    Found a rather interesting bit of software by Corsair, great for calculating power consumption etc.

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    Re: Linux & Gaming Rig 2016 - Build Log

    Couple updates since adding another pair of RAM into the system to run as Quad-channel DDR4.

    With AIDA64 was pushing around 200W RMS with decent efficiency around 92% running 100% CPU load during the AIDA64 stress test. I've also bumped up the 1080 blower fan to 85% when gaming to keep temps at around 72degC max (stock settings).

    Here are the OC settings:

    * Enabled XMP (Sync all cores)
    * Turbo multiplier set to 40x.
    * DRAM Clocked @ 2,666 MHz + SVID Support disabled.
    * Increased DRAM Voltage (CHA, CHB, CHC, CHD) to 1.3Vdc.

    Thermals: http://bit.ly/2bZiP5K

    Frame-rates aren't too bad,



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