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by ncrubyguy


Dinky is my Linux server. It started in 2003 with a Pentium MMX and has undergone many major and minor changes. It is not so dinky anymore at version 7.5. Motherboard, CPU, and SSD were gifts from a very generous friend. Right now it is still primarily a Linux server running Gentoo, and also a HTPC running Kodi. The video card requirements were to have VDPAU and run Minecraft if needed. Latest additions were the case and power supply.

*some photos show the old power supply

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I was debating R4 vs R5 for a while then the R4 went on sale. It wasn't long before I though maybe I should have went for the R5. The first factor was I wanted to replace the clip-on fan with a Hyper 212 and found the rear motherboard opening didn't go down far enough to remove the backplate. Would have had to remove motherboard. The second was I couldn't utilize the SSD mount behind the motherboard without removing the motherboard. Both of these factors are fixed in the R5.

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Trinergy 9 Builds 2 points 32 months ago

Love me some servers. You might want to move the top rear fan to the front. In my testing with the internally identical Arc Midi R2, it decreased temps which also decreased noise as the fans ran slower (case fan was PWM controlled). I used to have both top fans running as intake thinking it would help cool the VRMs but it did nothing and only increased temps probably because the air got blown away from the cooler.

ZygoteConrad 2 Builds 2 points 32 months ago

I love the lines...on the freshly cut lawn!

+1 for a clean build and unique CPU cooler shape.

ncrubyguy submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

i needed a good clip-on for another system and found that one

ajpinton 11 Builds 2 points 32 months ago

A FX system done right, a workhorse. Looks really clean. +1 for sure mate.

FACUNDO 13 Builds 2 points 32 months ago

Very good server! You've a looot of storage there :P

convertedconsolegamer_92 2 Builds 2 points 32 months ago

The Define R4 is still one of the best

Rajenator 2 points 32 months ago

+1 nice build

Matthewtina2015 2 Builds 2 points 32 months ago


Scadoosh118 2 Builds 2 points 32 months ago

Those heatsinks tho

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ncrubyguy submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

Funny you should mention that. I have a Node 304 all ready for Dinky 8.0 when money permits :)


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