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the song remains the same

2017 Jun 25

I used to custom build my own desktop computers. I built the last one in 2003. Recently I started to use the Raspberry Pi as a WiFi router and that got me thinking about building another desktop computer. I built a mediocre machine to get up to speed with the current technology and to keep the cost down.

The case is a Thermaltake Core V21 Micro-ATX that I bought from Arcadia Express Computers in Guernsey. I like the case: very good access.

I added a second fan after a week to lower the temperatures a bit.

To complete this encore I run SETI@home: very much faster than in 2003!


  • Processor: AMD FX-4300 @ 3.80GHz (4 Cores)
  • Motherboard: ASUS M5A78L-M LE/USB3, Chipset: AMD RS780 + SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0
  • Memory: 4096MB
  • Disk: 500GB Seagate ST9500325AS (already in my spares box).
  • Graphics: MSI NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 2048MB (1702/3504MHz)
  • Audio: Realtek ALC887-VD
  • Network: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411


  • OS: Ubuntu 16.04, Kernel: 4.4.0-81-generic (x86_64)
  • Desktop: Xfce 4.12
  • Display Driver: NVIDIA 375.66, OpenGL: 4.5.0
  • Compiler: GCC 5.4.0 20160609
  • File-System:ext4
  • Screen Resolution: 1920x1080

Machine 20170606, with a Raspberry Pi sitting on it Machine 20170606, Desktop