"Arsenal": an utilitarian zero-RGB desktop

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"Arsenal": an utilitarian zero-RGB desktop


  • Built for longevity with most resilient "consumer" components in "low-to-middle" price-range.
  • All LEDs are stripped or plastered, except for amp's on/off (to avoid rocking the neighbourhood by mistake).
  • RAM is 4x4GB of ECC (72-bit) unbuffered DDR3-1600 modules that showed to be capable of running at 2000Mhz (2x Kingston KVR16E11S8/4 + 2x Samsung M391B5273DH0-YK0).
  • SSD is actually Apacer Z280 240GB MLC NVMe in PCIe*4-to-M.2 adapter with radiator and fan. SATA HDD boot partition is used to force-boot from NVMe since GigaByte's abandonware BIOS is incapable of finding it.
  • GPU's BIOS is customized to limit power usage to 90-120W in 90-100% load by limiting voltage & frequency but also allow unrestrained current bursts.
  • The secondary, TN-based monitor is actually BenQ GW2320HDB modded from CCFL to non-PWM LED backlight.
  • Audio is Weiliang/Breeze Audio SU0 [32bit XMOS USB + AK4490 DSD/PCM + LM4562 op-amp] DAC + FX-Audio FX502SPRO [TPA3250 + 2x LM4562] Amp + Sven MA-332 [active 2-way 2x20W with open bass-port modded to be passive 3-way 2x70W with sealed bass-port] speakers & Sennheiser HD 215 DJ headphones + stereo lapel microphone from AIWA portable tape player/recorder.
  • The case is pre-USB3 non-plus Z11. It has dust filters on all intakes but tends to have negative pressure (thus sucking air and dust via all holes and cracks) due to its big non-obstructed front panel with 14cm fan slot & empty 5" drive-bay's foam cover and 3x 12cm (+1 empty slot) exhaust fans.
  • Failed Arctic CPU fan is replaced with 92mm TITAN TFD-9225H12ZP/KE(RB), case fans are 2x 140mm Thermalright X-Silent 145 + 1x 120mm Arctic F12 PWM CO + 1x 120mm de-LED'ed Zalman's stock. Case's 80mm side-exhaust fans are disabled. Power limits and custom fan speed curves ensure quiet operation with under 70 degrees Celsius for all components under full load.
  • There is also laptop WiFi module in x1 mPCIe-to-PCIe adapter and PCI analogue A/V/TV/radio capture card.
  • There is supposed to be 1000VA (~600W) UPS but it's out of commission right now.
  • CPU should be upgraded to FX-8320E OEM ASAP and OC'ed to 4GHz on cores & 2,5GHz on cache & MMU.
  • OS is openSUSE Tumbleweed rolling-release GNU/Linux distribution.
Color(s): Black
RGB Lighting? No
Cooling: Air Cooling
Theme: none
Size: ATX
Type: General Build

Hardware

CPU
$ 69.69
AMD - FX-6100
Socket: AM3+
Cores: 6
Motherboard
Gigabyte - GA-990XA-UD3
Chipset: 990FX
CPU Socket: AM3+
Size: ATX
Memory
$ 49.99
Kingston - KVR16E11S8/4
Type: DDR3
Capacity: 4 GB
Memory
$ 49.99
Kingston - KVR16E11S8/4
Type: DDR3
Capacity: 4 GB
Memory
$ 20.00
Samsung - M391B5273DH0-YK0
Type: DDR3
Capacity: 4 GB
Memory
$ 20.00
Samsung - M391B5273DH0-YK0
Type: DDR3
Capacity: 4 GB
Graphics
$ 259.99
XFX - Black Core Edition
Chip Manufacturer: AMD
Chip: GTX 580
Storage
Apacer - Apacer Z280
Form Factor: M.2
Capacity: 240 GB
Storage
$ 53.99
HGST (Hitachi) - Ultrastar
Form Factor: 3.5 Inch
Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
Capacity: 2 TB
Storage
$ 50.00
Samsung - EcoGreen F4
Form Factor: 3.5 Inch
Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
Capacity: 2 TB
Storage
$ 62.99
Western Digital - WD Green Desktop
Form Factor: 3.5 Inch
Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
Capacity: 1.5 TB
Storage
Western Digital - WD Green Desktop
Form Factor: 3.5 Inch
Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
Capacity: 1 TB
Storage
Western Digital - WD Green Desktop
Form Factor: 3.5 Inch
Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
Capacity: 1 TB
PSU
FSP - FSP Hydro X
Wattage: 650
Form Factor: ATX
Efficiency: 80+ Gold
Case
$ 164.59
Zalman - Z11 Plus
Type: Mid-Tower
Side Panel: Acrylic
Case Fan
$ 14.99
ARCTIC - F12 PWM PST CO
Size: 120 mm
Case Fan
Thermalright - X-Silent 145
Size: 140 mm
Cooling
$ 32.95
ARCTIC - Freezer 7 PRO
Type: Air Cooler
Size (WxHxD): 92 mm
Accessories
$ 29.87
Accessories
Monitor
BenQ - G2320HDB
Size: 23 Inch
Panel: TFT
Refresh Rate: 144 Hz
Monitor
$ 129.00
BenQ - GW2270
Size: 21.5 Inch
Panel: VA
Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
Mouse
$ 199.00
Logitech - G400s
Interface: Wired
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