Category Archives: Computer Builds

Kids Game Build

The goal of this machine was to replace the highly unreliable kids computer (Portable Power Build). First the GPU went, then the HDD started showing errors. Finally the MB voltage started to act up. The net result was that the … Continue reading

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Ubuntu Compute and Storage Build

The goal of this machine was to replace the oldest active computer in the house. This old computer predates – by over three years – the first recorded entry on this blog for computer builds. (First build: core i7). This … Continue reading

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Freenas Backup Machine

The goal of this machine was to be a “small, inexpensive, bring your own HDs, standalone backup solution”. For these purposes, that meant using a small case that still had at least 2 internal 3.5″ bays. For Freenas, 9.2.1.9 was … Continue reading

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Core 4770K Build

Some facts on the CPU: it is currently #24 on PassMark [10,121] cpubenchmark.net. Ahead of it are the Xeon E5-2xxx, the AMD FX-9590, and a few Core i7s (48xxK, 49xxK and 39xxK). A short while ago the 4770K was #17 … Continue reading

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Custom build specifications for Amazon EC2 cr1.8xlarge

Ever wonder what the big Amazon instances would cost if you bought one (instead of rented)? Here is an attempt to answer that question. Note: Amazon EC2 provides more than just the hardware (e.g. network connectivity and bandwidth, for starters), … Continue reading

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AMD Server

After a ten+ year hiatus, I built another (inexpensive) AMD Server machine. That first AMD machine cost less than $400. I didn’t quite match that cost, but I got pretty close. The CPU and the RAM were $20 off each. … Continue reading

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ZFS Machine

I finally got around to building a highly reliable storage system. Currently, that requires two disk drives and ZFS. And ZFS, in turn, requires something other than Linux. I ended up with FreeNAS. With mirror (RAID 1), ZFS will “self … Continue reading

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Portable Power Build

Using pieces from upgrades and from good deals, I put together a new “portable computing platform” machine. It started with an employee discount on the Core i7. It gained momentum after the 12GB to 24GB upgrade of the 920 left … Continue reading

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Core i5 Sandy Bridge Build

Impulsively, I got on the Sandy Bridge bandwagon less than 30 days after release. The motherboard reviews were “not good” (and one had been pulled after 10 days on the market). But, after convincing myself that it was going to … Continue reading

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Core i7 build

After nearly a year of waiting (and accumulating pieces like the case, power supply and video card), I finally bought the “big three” [CPU, RAM, and Motherboard] and built the Tiemens Family Core i7 machine. This machine is intended as … Continue reading

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