Desktop

This is my dualboot Wintendo/mini compiler farm, running Windows 10 and Debian Stretch (pre-release).

Hardware specifications

  • Corsair Obsidian 550D
  • AMD Ryzen 7 1800X
  • Noctua NH-U14S AM4 cooler
  • 16 GB Corsair DDR4 3000 RAM (running at 2933 MT/s at the moment)
  • Asus B350M-A Prime
  • BitFenix Whisper BWG450M
  • Club3D Radeon HD 6950 CoolStream Edition
  • Samsung PM951 256 GB NVMe SSD
  • Samsung 850 512 GB SSD
  • Plextor PX-891SAF
  • Dell Ultrasharp U2717D
  • Dell KM636 keyboard/mouse combo

Setup

The Windows 10 installation merely got migrated from the old Phenom box; the Linux installation got a fresh install on the NVMe SSD, which came from my Dell XPS 13 (the Linux setup had been through a Wheezy to Jessie to Stretch upgrade after all...). The new Debian installation being UEFI and the existing Windows 10 still being a legacy BIOS install made GRUB2 integration a bit of a hassle; but it can be done.

AMD rushing their Ryzen release means problems like incorrect temperature offsets and memory compatibility issues, resulting in loud CPU coolers (my motherboard thinks the CPU is hitting 80° C while it should be 60° C, kicking the Noctua into overdrive), and RAM running initially at the minimally supported 2133 MT/s instead of its rated 3000 MT/s... Of course, such is the curse of the early adopter; with newer UEFI versions, the RAM has stabilised at 2933 MT (which is what the XMP specs in the BIOS set), so it is running 'as advertised'.

I have replaced my crappy NEC DVD writer with the Plextor, which seems to be a way better drive to rip my CD collection.

The box is mainly booted when I have some Windows-only stuff to do, or when I need to compile heavier stuff (like a LEDE checkout, for example).

Updated: 2018-06-11