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Tuesday, January 8th, 2008
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apollo thumbnailapollo is born! (Picture gallery.) The case was shipped from New Jersey and got here on Friday, but I had to wait until Monday for the rest of the parts. They had to come all the way from California Canada. Yeah, I'm not sure why either.

internals thumbnailHighlights: seven 120 mm case fans, quad core, 4 GB RAM, 3 TB disk (software RAID-5). There were a few minor problems with the case and the motherboard. I had to remove the top fan, since the power supply covers part of the fan grate. One of the fan molex conectors had a loose pin. The screwless PCI card holder didn't fit some of my cards. And there was barely enough clearance between any of the regular PCI slots, and I had to use all of them. It wasn't a bad build though. POSTed on the first try, and the end result is nice and organized.

cpu thumbnailI tried to install my OS of choice (Gentoo) on it last night, but I was too tired and inexperienced with linux software RAID, and 64-bit linux. Not confusing ia64 and em64t would have saved me some time. Plus, I was really worried because not every boot disk would detect my SATA disks, and the only ones that did required the irqpoll kernel option. Fortunately, the latest kernel has no such trouble.

disks thumbnailAs I said, I've never done linux software RAID before, but I think what I have will be useful. I have 3 disks with 1TB each. The boot and root partitions are RAID-1 with 1 "spare partition", and the rest is RAID-5 over all 3. The RAID-5 partitions use LVM2, so I can mess with the partitions if I find out that 1TB of movies is too much, or 100GB of music isn't enough.

I let the RAID-5 write its parity data overnight, and installed the rest of Gentoo today. Next up: moving and sometimes recovering my old data. I hope.
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From: ex_md744
2008-01-09 05:38 am (UTC)
Those ram heat pipes are amusing.

Also: Tis the season I guess, I just built a new one too.

Quad Core AMD, with 2 gigs of ram and ATI 2500, asus m3a32-mvp because it was the only quad core board they had.

I can actually run bioshock!

My iMac should be on eBay any time now.
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2008-01-10 08:52 am (UTC)
Cool! Yes, BioShock is essential.
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[User Picture]From: the_chuck
2008-01-09 02:07 pm (UTC)
good lord...
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[User Picture]From: zhaydiddl
2008-01-09 07:10 pm (UTC)
I HAVE EXAMINED YOUR PICTURES, SIR! They make me want to add shiny new things to my desktop PC even though I already did a month ago.
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2008-01-10 08:52 am (UTC)
Heh. PC building time is the best time of the year.
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