Which Linux distro is it, and which desktop environment?
Nice to see a more modest machine here. The old FX isn't as bad as people often make it out to be.
Nice, what is this going to be used for?
I've been on Linux for a long time now, though for desktops I prefer Fedora and Arch-based distros these days. There have been a few situations for me where Windows would've been nice to have, but they haven't been showstoppers. Linux gaming is getting pretty good nowadays, as long as you avoid DRM and Epic Games. :)
What kind of development do you do? I spy what looks like VS Code on that monitor.
Hah, this is a goofy build. I dig it.
Ew, Jessie, no thanks. I find that GNOME is fine with extensions, though.
I generally prefer Arch-based distros and Fedora/Silverblue for the recent driver stacks. The Steam Flatpak runs great for me on Silverblue.
Honestly, I think this is a better approach than the Steam Link. With a small PC, it's more manual work, but you can fix issues more easily, whereas the Steam Link is pretty locked down.
I personally just use whatever Linux I want and install Steam on it. So I haven't really used SteamOS myself, how is it?
I like what I see; I have an appreciation for these tiny builds.
I see a GNOME desktop.
Nah, I'm waiting for DDR5 to be mainstream. If this board can last me until then, I'll keep using it.
Lol, this board is cursed. I'm hoping it can at least last me until DDR5 begins hitting the mainstream.
I've seen much worse cable management, for what it's worth.
Funny you say that, I've actually been considering a 3700X or similar as a future upgrade. The motherboard's been giving me a lot of trouble, so I'm going to replace it in the long run anyway, haha.
A lot of the time, front panel audio ports and their cables just aren't properly shielded from electrical interference. Unfortunately common problem.
Hah, I have a similar machine to this one, too. It's not being used for anything at the moment, but I have thoughts about using it as a router.
I dig it! It's kinda similar to my own home server. I run OpenMediaVault on a 1700 and a random low-end GPU (currently an HD 3450 but previously a GT 710)
Why? You can always add a PCIe SAS or SATA card and get a bunch of drives that way.
Gotcha. So what Docker images do you run on this, and for what purposes?
You can use Windows for a NAS, but it's not recommended to use regular Windows - you should probably use Windows Server.
That said, learning FreeNAS or OpenMediaVault is very easy. You never have to touch anything in the command line, it's all done using web-based administration interfaces.
Have you been following the debacle about WD and SMR drives?
Ubuntu's alright, and certainly one of the most convenient distros. No knocking that!
I presently use Fedora on desktop, it's never let me down before and strikes my preferred balance of usability and being up to date. I would never use it for a server, but I like it for desktops and workstations. Just need some bits of extra setup, like setting up RPM Fusion, and letting Steam through the firewall.
Nice, I like the form factor a lot. Since you ended up getting a dGPU, maybe a Ryzen 5 1600AF would have been better, but eh.
So I assume you're running Linux of some kind. What distro are you running?
Old FX still doing alright. Good to see old hardware still alive and kicking.
If you want to push that CPU further, I would go for an even better cooler. The Apline 64 isn't that much better than the stock cooler.
Nice build, simple and effective.
There's a lot of stuff on that floor.
Gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous.
Always good to see a fellow Linux user. What are you using to connect the floppy?
Welcome to the mini-ITX club. Hope the PC serves you well for a long time to come. :)
Thoughts: I see a GT 1030 in the pics, not a GTX 1050. I personally would've chosen different thermal paste - Arctic Silver 5 is electrically conductive, so you have less leeway with it than something like Arctic MX-4.
I just realized, your rear fan is mounted as an intake fan. Shouldn't that be an exhaust fan?
What kind of temps are you getting on that GPU?
No problem. It's a common thing that comes up for new builders.
Nice build, good pictures. Decent cable management, could be better for sure, but seems to be your first attempt at doing it? I've definitely seen (and done) worse myself.
For your RAM to run at its rated speeds, you need to go into BIOS and load up the RAM's XMP profile. By default, your motherboard will run your RAM at JEDEC standard speeds, which for DDR4 I believe is usually going to be either 2133 or 2400 MT/s.
I like GNOME, after applying the right extensions. Not a fan of its defaults and its applications.
I currently run Manjaro with GNOME on my desktop, as it's one of the only environments with good Wayland support.
I have three listed - one is a kit of two. Originally, when I built the system more cheaply, I had just one DIMM. I later upgraded it by buying the kit of two, and never bothered to fill the last slot.
Really good! I like small builds that pack a punch.
Mainly my own silliness. I decided I didn't want to use the RGB cooler on a server so I bought a cheapo cooler to replace it.
The RGB cooler is in my main desktop now.
I see a GNOME desktop, is that Ubuntu?
Darkest pictures I've ever seen on this site, haha.
Nice build. Seems like cable management could be a bit better, but otherwise it's all solid.
I've always liked these little ITX builds. They're some of my favorites.
Veeeeeery minor suggestion that may not matter for you, maybe put the mouse/keyboard adapter on one of the rear USB 2.0 ports so you free up that front USB 3.0 port.
I will do my best, haha.
Nice, simple, effective. Glad everything's been working out well so far!
Haha, good luck!
For NVMe, you can use PCIe adapters (since NVMe is really just PCIe). They go on Amazon for pretty cheap.
That's unfortunate. Might be better to just go all-NVMe and M.2 SATA drives, so you can eliminate the cables entirely. Maybe use your PCIe slots for extra slots. For my part, I definitely think that SATA cables are going to go the way of the dinosaur in the future. :)
Your system's great, too - I'd be happy with a PC like that. It's more "balanced" than mine, I would say.
Yeah, my PC was built when Ryzen was new, so a bunch of the prices are high compared to what you get today, haha. Even so, I don't regret this system - I can game at 4k60 comfortably. If I need more performance, the motherboard can always take a 3950X, and I can wait for prices to inevitably fall.
My 1600 is a dud, can't OC well at all. 3.7GHz is as far as I can go before I have to push voltage and temps to uncomfortable levels (only stock cooler). Also gonna wait for 5.6 to go through a couple of RCs before committing to it. Need some packages to be built against 5.6 first. Mesa-git fixes lockups I've had, too.
Re: Cable management, you can see that my build pics have 4 SATA drives ;) Granted, I have experience with other builds, so I know my way around decently. Plus, my case is pretty solid for cable management.
Imagine not cleaning your PC. :P
Great find, always nice to see an old timer get a second chance.
I use Linux myself and things are great here! I still hear about regular issues with Windows.
If your PSU has been good so far, I wouldn't bother changing it out. But for future budgety-budget builds, assuming that used part prices are good where you live, I would consider getting a used SeaSonic SS-500ET or something from eBay. Such PSUs have often still got a lot of life left in them, and I would trust a used SeaSonic more than say a brand-new Apevia.