[rescue] Hardware Recommendations for upgrading sunhelp.org?

Bill Bradford mrbill at mrbill.net
Mon Oct 1 12:59:02 CDT 2018

On Mon, Oct 01, 2018 at 01:45:02PM -0400, Phil Stracchino wrote:
>Two days ago, I would have said "I have never had a problem with an ASUS
>motherboard."  However, yesterday I started trying to upgrade my
>daughter's PC with the Asus B350-Plus and Ryzen 5 2600 that I just
>bought for her, and it appears to have defective fan sensing *and*
>defective voltage monitoring.

I tend to lean towards Gigabyte or ASRock..

Current board is:

        Manufacturer: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd.
        Product Name: GA-880GM-UD2H

It maxes out at 16G and well is just getting old.

>I'm not a fan of Intel for a variety of reasons, and have preferred AMD
>processors for about 25 years.  But having a bunch of DDR3 RAM on hand
>to use may be a compelling argument.  Is there a reason why any
>DDR3-using board should be i7?  

i7 is the best proc I can think of that would still let me use ddr3.

>Or is it simply than any AMD-based board
>newer than what you have will require DDR4?

Anything with a Ryzen will require DDR4.

>Will the board you have take a newer processor with more cores?  Do you
>need more than four SATA ports?  Is there a reason you can't add an
>additional SATA/SAS controller to the existing system?  What's the
>bottleneck on what you're running right now?

Bits of the current system are nearing 10 years old, and I just want to
"forklift upgrade" and build a new box and migrate everything over, then
use the old system for backups.

I'd prefer as many SATA ports on-board as possible, case has eight drive bays
and I intend to fill them all (two SSDs in RAID1 for OS, six more 1TB drives
in some sort of RAID config for everything else).  Linux software raid
preferred; I *might* look at ZFS-on-Linux.

If I have to pop in an additional SATA controller it needs to just be 
a JBOD / non-raid card.

Case is a Fractal Design R5 so anything needs to fit into that.



Bill Bradford
Houston, Texas USA

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