[rescue] [geeks] Hardware Recommendations for upgrading sunhelp.org?

Bill Bradford mrbill at mrbill.net
Mon Oct 1 13:06:18 CDT 2018

On Mon, Oct 01, 2018 at 12:59:37PM -0500, Lionel Peterson wrote:
>First off, sorry about your mother's passing.


>As you know, 32 gigs of DDR4 RAM is $300 retail, that only leaves $300 for
>CPU/MB... And a  current-gen i7 CPU is $300 retail, leaving you $0 for an MB.

I've been looking at this:

"AMD Ryzen 5 1600 Processor with Wraith Spire Cooler (YD1600BBAEBOX) and
GIGABYTE GA-AB350-Gaming 3 AMD RYZEN AM4 B350 RGB Fusion Smart Fan 5 HDMI1.4
M.2 SATA 6Gbps USB 3.1 Type-A ATX DDR4 Motherboard" - $245.08

"Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4 DRAM 2400MHz (PC4-19200) C14 memory
kit for DDR4 Systems" - $279.99

total of $525.07 plus tax.

>A quad-core i5 might be a better choice
>For example, at microcenter, which is in Houston:
>i5-7500 $199.05

Only 4 cores/threads.. doesn't give me much of an advantage over what I've got
now - looking for 4c/8t or better :(

>MB w/ 6 SATA ports $28.99 (after $30 disc when bought w/CPU)
>2x 16 Gig DDR4 lots of 2x 8 Gig DDR4 $139.99/ea
>For a total price of $550.95, incl. $41.99 in sales tax.


>Reusing existing DDR3 ram would be my suggestion, but that forces you into
>older MB/CPUs.

I don't mind older, as long as its better than what I have now.

>I built up a couple nice VM servers for home use with AMD FX-8320E Black
>Edition CPUs and cheap ASUS M5A78L-M Plus motherboards. They used DDR3 RAM
>which I had 8x 8 gig sticks of, so each server has 32 Gig RAM and 8x 3.2 GHz
>cores. After discounts and rebates at MicroCenter, I paid under $100 for
>CPU/MB, but that was over 6 months ago.

I actually have an fx8320 and motherboard for it, for what was going to be the
LAST round of upgrades, that I bought 4-5 years ago - but never got around to
throwing it together, and now at this point just want to get something more
recent.  I may still build that box and dedicate it to VMs.  At least, I think
I still have it.. somewhere...


>> On Oct 1, 2018, at 12:09 PM, Bill Bradford <mrbill at mrbill.net> wrote:
>> Due to my mom's passing, I have some inheritance with which to rebuild and
>upgrade sunhelp.org (which also hosts my personal mail, websites for a
>> few people, a couple of VMs.. it's my main core server).
>> I already have a case and PS.
>> Need recs on
>> 1: ryzen/motherboard/32g ram with as many SATA ports as possible
>> OR
>> 2: i7/motherboard that takes DDR3 (I already have a bunch of DDR3) with
>>  as many SATA ports as possible.
>> Budget: $600 or less.
>> Thoughts?
>> Doesn't have to be current gen, just good for the money - current system is
>> an AMD Phenom II X4 960T with 16G RAM and four 1TB SATA drives so I want
>> something newer than that with at LEAST 4cores/8threads or better.
>> Bill

Bill Bradford
Houston, Texas USA

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