Description

2011 Black Friday dev machine build!

This build was mostly for fun at the time. It had been a while since I put a machine together and the 1100T hexacore looked too badass to pass up. Nowadays this is SUPER useful as my main workstation for software development and CAD stuff.

Design Requirements

  • Good Linux support
  • Firewire support for my external audio recording interface
  • Decent gaming (I haven't gamed for a long time...but just in case!)
  • Fast
  • Quiet
  • Sexy
  • $1000-ish budget

Caveats

I originally bought an Asus Crosshair V motherboard but that one turned out to be bad (it didn't POST sporadically) so I opted for the Sabertooth 990fx instead. For more details check out my Amazon review.

Updates

11.20.2014: My 3TB Seagate conked out so I replaced it with a 1TB WD Caviar Blue.

07.04.2015: I'm still using Fenrir as my main desktop, he's still going strong!

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Comments

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build!! How is it performing with newer games? My older brother has a very similar build that he built back in 2011 also. +1! :)

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks violetrainxx!! Your older brother has good taste!

Haven't had a chance to play any new games on it sadly. Nowadays I mostly use this build as my development desktop. I chose a decent GFX card at the time to support a high-res multi-monitor setup for coding mostly. But I'd like to take it for a spin on some newer games to see how its holding up! Any suggestions?

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Try the witcher 3, I see alot of people playing it

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet! I would try GTA V, Battlefield 4 or Arma 3!

  • 57 months ago
  • 0 points

you might need to flip the cooler to the other direction

your cooler is fighting with the rear fan for air

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Not if it is in pull where it drags air through out into the exhust fan and out the back. If it is in push then you are correct and it wont cool as well

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  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, very observant--I'm impressed that the folks here take the time to look closely at builds! Wish I had found this site sooner!

And yes, you guys are correct. The CPU fan is opposing the rear fan. I double checked after seeing this comment.

I BELIEVE that when I built this in 2011 I had a clearance issue with the leftmost DIMM heatsink when installing the fan on the correct side of the cooler. As LeMMingSlayeR noted though, I tested the system under heavy load with Prime95 and confirmed that temps were well under control so just stuck with it. I haven't had any temperature related issues whatsoever over the past 4 years.

Next time I dust out my case I'll try to flip it over again though! I'm curious if it can improve my temps even further. Major props to the guys at AMD regardless, the 1100T runs cool!

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  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks LeMMingSlayeR! The Phenom IIs were a great line eh?

Nah man, never got a chance to OC! Though given that she runs so cool stock and is a BE I may just bump that multiplier a bit... I'll report back here if I do! My gut tells me she can hit near 4 GHz at reasonable temps given my current setup.

Did you ever OC that Deneb? :D

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