Guidance requested regarding upgraded configuration of computer

Navin Talati

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Dear friends,

I am again resuming on this thread – updating after a very big spell of time! This may surprise you too. I started on 29 th Sept-2019 with a question of seeking guidance/help for upgrading my computer. The discussion went almost continue till 03 rd Jan-2020. Unfortunately the outburst of COVID-19 Pandemic all over the world paralyzed the entire life-activities. Naturally, I can’t be an exception! …everything were almost ceased and stuck!

Hope you all will be safe and healthy. I am. Take care of yourself and wear a mask.

Let me brush-up the matter on the thread and brief it as under:

  • I had my system with the following configuration which was running for last decade very satisfactorily.
  • SYSTEM CONFIGURATION:
    Motherboard: Asus M4A88T-M
    Processor; AMDc Phenom (tm) II X2 555
    RAM: 4 GB XMS3 corsair + 2 GB Kingston = 6 GB DDR3
    PSU: Cooler Master 800W Silent pro Gold
    Graphic Card; GT520 Silent 2GB DDR3 nvidia GeForce.
    ODD: LG super multi
    HDD: 2X1TB SATA + 2X250GB SATA + 1X250GB SSD
    Cabinet: iBall (black tall) of about 47cmX43cmX19cm size
    O.S.: I have different operating systems on different HDDs (Win.-XP, Win-7, Win-10, Ubuntu/Linux.
    Booting is through UBUNTU 18.04 LTS
    Printer: HP LaserJet 1005 MFP
    Monitor; Samsung syncMaster 2230
  • Unfortunately, the MoBo (Asus M4A88T-M) failed and could not be available to me as it has been discontinued since long back. Lower versions were some where available – but it is of no use. So I decided to upgrade the machine at present level. My efforts and desire was to upgrade it with some future proof status, as far as possible. Following components and peripherals I want to keep as such. – I.e. I do not want to change them. These are:
  • PSU: Cooler Master 800W Silent pro Gold
    Graphic Card; GT520 Silent 2GB DDR3 nvidia GeForce.
    ODD: LG super multi
    HDD: 2X1TB SATA + 2X250GB SATA + 1X250GB SSD
    Cabinet: iBall (black tall) of about 47cmX43cmX19cm size
    Printer: HP LaserJet 1005 MFP
    Monitor; Samsung syncMaster 2230
  • My cabinet detailed in #18 is also considered to change as to cop-up with air ventilation and heat dissipation more suitable to the new configuration. Over a deep discussion and acquiring experts guidance and help (#2 to 18 and further for few points), it is decided to go with following components :
  • Cabinet.
  • Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 2600.
  • Motherboard: Asus ROG Strix B450-F Gaming.
  • RAM: DDR4 Corsair
  • Graphic card.
  • And following COMPONENTS will remain as such:
  • PSU: Cooler Master 800W Silent pro Gold
    ODD: LG super multi
    HDD: 2X1TB SATA + 2X250GB SATA + 1X250GB SSD
    Printer: HP LaserJet 1005 MFP
    Monitor; Samsung syncMaster 2230

Now, the left activities, I have started resuming gradually and conveniently. First of all I concentrated on CABINET. I discarded my old cabinet (Cabinet: iBall - black tall – Ref: #18). Referred many literature, googled and finally concluded to go for “Cooler Master HAF XB EVO” Model: RC-902XB-KKN2 (mesh version)

https://www.coolermaster.com/catalog/legacy-products/cases/haf-xb-evo/

I found it more specious, well ventilated, horizontal, and have flexibility to accommodate more components as well as little larger size (say ATX) motherboard. Different components like PSU, HDD/SSD, ODD, could be assessed almost without disturbing others. Mount plate of MoBo is detachable – this is a very good convenient facility I felt. I tried to make my system little future proof. Attaching the PIC of it here.

Any one’s comments will be appreciated.

In the next update, I shell give information about how other components (presently I am having) are arranged in it.
CM HAF XB EVO - KKN2.jpg
Navin Talati / 03-12-2020
 

Navin Talati

Posts: 51   +1
UPDATE:

I have following existing components which I have to incorporate into my new upgraded system. These are:
(1).
Power Supply Unit – 1
The PSU is Cooler Master Silent Pro 800W Gold. Works well till date.
More detail regarding the unit is well described in the following link:

https://www.fudzilla.com/reviews/19112-coolermaster-silent-pro-gold-800w?tmpl=component&print=1
OR
https://www.fudzilla.com/reviews/19112-coolermaster-silent-pro-gold-800w?showall=1

(2).
ODD – 1. It is LG super multi. It could be placed in front in the CM-HAF XB EVO.
(3)
HDD & SSD – 4 + 1
I have got 4 SATA HDDs (2x1TB + 2x250GB) and 1 SSD (240GB). All these 5 can be well arranged in the new Cabinet “Cooler Master HAF XB EVO” Model: RC-902XB-KKN2 (mesh version) . 4 HDDs could be mounted in front xbox rack and side rack in the case. The SSD could be placed in the space below ODD or may be anywhere behind it as there is an abundant space in the case is available.

Pictures & arrangement of the above peripherals will be given in the next update.

Regards.
Navin Talati / 04-12-2020
 

Navin Talati

Posts: 51   +1
Arrangement of PSU, ODD, HDD and SSD could be done in the computer cabinet as under. All the pictures are self-explanatory.
Mounting of PSU
PSU Mounted.jpg
Mounting of 2 HDDs (3.5" SATA) made on front side X-Dock.
Two HDD devices into X-Dock.jpg
Mounting of 2 HDDs (3.5" SATA) on the side/back cage which is behind 5.25" ODD cage.
Two HDD into Back Cage.jpg
Mounting of ODD
ODD Mounted.jpg
Additional SSD, 3.5"HDD, or 5.25" ODD/HDD could be arranged around vacancy below one ODD or around back side cage or so.
SSD or HDD or ODD may be accomodated.jpg
So finally only a Monitor and Printer are out side, which could be linked after setting with MoBo, CPU and GPU or APU, and RAM.

Regards
Navin Talati / 04-12-2020
 

Navin Talati

Posts: 51   +1
Friends,

Now I need your help and guidance to go ahead in making my system.
It was decided to configure the machine with following components:

Motherboard: Asus ROG Strix B450-F Gaming
CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2600
RAM : Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB X 2 DDR4 3000
Graphic Card: The old one (GT520 Silent 2GB DDR3 nvidia GeForce)

But this was decision before Pandemic. Now a year has been passed and the situation is little changed. I also came across some of the options while thinking over a period of time. I am not sure to what extent my thinking is valid or feasible – being a non-computer person! So, I seek your valued guidance.

My questions are:

1
If , I opt for Ryzen 7 2700 or 2700x, will it remain better? Will it need additional cooling system? – or the stock cooler will be sufficient? – I am not interested in Overclocking. I prefer a CPU with at least 6C/12T.

2
Recently, Asus has launched a new version “Asus ROG Strix B450-F Gaming II” but the same is not still available in India. Thinking to wait for some time. Is it worth? If I use this MoBo, need I change CPU ?

3
Can I just continue with my old Graphic Card (GT520 Silent 2GB DDR3 nvidia GeForce)? - so that later on after couple of months I may buy more suitable new card on need-base factor.

4
Other following components I want to keep as such
CABINET: Cooler Master HAF XB EVO (Newly purchased)
PSU: Cooler Master 800W Silent pro Gold
ODD: LG super multi
HDD: 2X1TB SATA + 2X250GB SATA + 1X250GB SSD
Printer: HP LaserJet 1005 MFP
Monitor; Samsung syncMaster 2230
ODD, HDD/SSD and PSU, have already been fixed/installed in the new Cabinet.
Will there be any issue in their compatibility with above proposed and suggested confugration?

Your detailed guidance is requested along with additional suggestions which I have not consider or even thought of it. I shell be obliged.

Thanks.

Navin Talati / 21-12-2020
 
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Navin Talati

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Dear Neeyik,
Your feedback is requested for above #30 post. please reply with detailed analysis on/of the questions.
Regards.
 

neeyik

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I think you’re over-worrying about the minutiae details of your build. The 2600 is perfectly fine for your requires and the stock cooler, while not perfect, should work as intended. The same is true for the motherboard you’re intending on getting. The graphics card was covered in another thread.

As for all of the other components, there’s no obvious compatibility problems that stand out but that doesn’t mean there won’t be any problems encountered during the build.

I can only suggest that you get your parts, build your PC, and enjoy the machine you have.