Archive for September, 2008

Bye Bye Debian, Hello Arch Linux

Debian has always been there for me. There were times when I tried out Ubuntu, but to me thats Debian with a lot of stuff I don’t need. Anyway I tried out Arch linux and fell in love. First of all it’s very different from Debian… well instead of apt you get pacman 😀 Anyhow it’s easy to install, easy to customize to the needs of your computer, very fast and last but not least the online documentation is very good. Using Arch has also taught me a lot that Debian didn’t. My servers will probably be running Debian, but otherswise I think Arch’s here to stay… sorry Deb.

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Rig update

Here’s a little update on the rig that I built some months ago. First of all everything is running fine, which I am very happy about since it’s my first build. I’ve bought an 120 extra fan with an adjustment nob panel (SilverStone FM121), which replaced the Antec exhaust that came with the case (Sonata III).

I had to play around with the arrangement of the 3 fans before I found the optimal cooling combination. The problem was the great rpm and cfm difference of all the fans. 3 120mm fans: one front, one on the cpu heatsink, and one as rear exhaust. I had to put the new SilverStone as the rear even though I though I’d use it at the front because at full 2400rpm and 110.03cfm it just got all my airflow mixed up (Sonata 3 is quite tight) and reving it up actually increased temperatures slightly.

The Scythe fan that came with the Ninja didn’t have as much punch so I put the Antec on the heatsink and the Scythe up front. I’m still not sure if this is the best setup, but I’ll let it be for now. Temperatures are around 37-38 on idle and 55-60 during Orthos (cpu stress stability test), forgot to say that the e8400 is clocked to 3.8ghz atm… I just couldn’t resist 😉

I also bought a new Samsung hard-drive and moved the old one to my old pc, that I have great server related plans for. Found out something weird about the Corsair TWIN2X2048-6400 ram, their official reported timings are 5-5-5-18 but somewhere else I read that 5-5-5-12 should be fine, and that’s where I’am at now… Maybe I’ll do some proper overclock on them later.