Daniel's Home Computing: oldria
Last Modified Mar 15, 2017
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oldria is the name of the gateway machine I retired on Mar 14, 2017. It replaced ams.

oldria came about as the result of my desktop machine at the time (gwydion) giving up the ghost after 8 years. It was my fault, I fritzed the motherboard while flushing the watercooling system. ams was a dual Xeon machine that's perfectly capable of acting as my desktop machine. Hence I repurposed ams as my desktop machine and replaced it with oldria.

oldria was also part of my plan to downsize and simplify my computing resources. I wanted to get to the point where I had only two or three machines in the rack, all low-power (MiniITX or MicroATX form factor). Preferably all using similar hardware, all with dual LAN and at least 4 on-board SATA ports.

ria hardware

It's worth noting that I didn't pay the total above; NewEgg had a bundle deal on the case, motherboard, Seagate drive and one of the two memory sticks. I paid $68.97 less, for a total of $701.55.

Some hints on the extras...

I bought an 80mm fan to populate the empty fan location in the front of the case. I bought the 92mm fan to replace the rear fan included with the case. The fan included with the case might be good, but it might be junk. The Noctua fans are rated for 150,000+ hours, which is well above most fans available. Reliability is very important here. Since they're not PWM, the 80mm will be connected to a power supply feed and the 92mm will be connected to the PWM FAN1 connector on the motherboard via the Nanoxia PWMX.

The SATA power Y-cables... the power supply in the case only has four SATA power connections. I want six, the Y-cables get me there.

The 12" SATA data cables... those are for the hard drives in the 3.5" hard drive cage.

4G of RAM... the maximum the motherboard will support.

The Xion drive bay cover kit and 5.25" to 3.5" brackets... the 10,000 rpm drive is going to be the boot drive, and may be in one of the 5.25" bays. I want some air to be drawn over any drive that winds up there, and at some point there's going to be a drive in there even if it's not immediately.

ria software

As usual for my headless machines, I'll be running FreeBSD. FreeBSD 8.2 is scheduled for a January 2011 release. This will be the first time I've used the amd64 release, but I don't anticipate any problems. Other people are running FreeBSD 8.1 on this motherboard.

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