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ASRock Sandy Bridge Motherboard notes

I have pieced together two Sandy Bridge machines. This entry contains my notes on the two machines. Mostly for myself to refer back to later, but it might come in handy for others along the way.

Machine 1 - Overkill HTPC

  • Mythbuntu 10.10 initially but upgraded to full 11.04 when it was released
  • i5-2500k CPU
  • ASRock H67M LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
  • Seasonic PSU
  • G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL
  • Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC064MAG-1G1 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC SSD
  • Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EARS 2TB SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" HD
  • ASUS ENGT430/DI/1GD3(LP) GeForce GT 430 (Fermi) 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Graphics card
  • AVS Gear GP-IR01BK Windows Vista Infrared MCE Black Remote Control
  • SilverStone Aluminum/Steel Micro ATX HTPC Computer Case GD05B (Black)
  • SiliconDust HDHomeRun HDHR-US Dual Tuner
  • RCA ANT751 Outdoor Antenna (installed in attic - see http://flic.kr/p/9iFKer)

Machine 2 - Dev Box for the office

  • Ubuntu 11.04
  • i7-2600k CPU
  • ASRock Z68 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
  • G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL
  • G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
  • Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
  • 2 x SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 HD204UI 2TB 5400 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" HD
  • CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 CMPSU-430CX 430W ATX12V Active PFC PSU
  • Old Antec case I had lying around

I went scouring slickdeals and other deal sites for most of these components, so there are some mismatches. Like the slightly mismatched ram in the second machine, and the fact that I am using a 2500k in an H67 (B2!) board. No real point in an unlocked cpu in a locked board, but the k was cheaper than the non-k at the time, and who knows, I could swap the motherboard. And yes, it is a B2-stepping board, so the SATA2 ports are iffy. But since I am not using them it doesn't bother me.

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