Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Pro Tuner (USD 514.57)

My friend asked me to assemble a system which in 5 years will still be regarded as powerful. He gave me a certain budget, which I was able to stretch a bit to come to this fast and powerful pc, yet silent as a mouse (ball mouses excluded):

  • CPU (USD 153.61 )
    AMD FX 8-Core Black Edition FX-8320
    3.50 GHz; 8 x 1024 KB L2 Cache; 8 MB L3 Cache; Socket AM3+; 125W; 2000 MHz FSB
  • Cooler (USD 33.24 )
    Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
    120mm fan
  • Mother board (USD 99.99 )
    Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3
    ATX; AMD 970 + SB950 Chipset; AM3+ FX/AM3; 2000 / 1866 MHz FSB supported; USB 3.0;PCI Express 2.0
  • Memory (USD 97.74 )
    Kingston HyperX Predator XMP 2 x 4GB
    DDR3, PC14900 (1866 MHz), CL9
  • Graphics Card (USD 129.99 )
    ZOTAC GeForce GTX 560 Ti
    1GB DDR5; PCI Express (PCIe); 2 x DVI; 1 x HDMI; 1 x Display Port


To make it complete with a housing:

  • Tower (USD 28.12 )
    Gigabyte Midi Tower GZ-P5 ATX, No PSU
    No screwdriver needed for peripherals, simply twist to lock devices

  • Power Supply (USD 79.99 )
    Seasonic Voeding M12II 620W, Modulair
    Reviewed as very silent, and it is

  • Hard Disk (USD 110.95 )
    Crucial SSD 2.5" v4, 128GB, SATA300
    Soiid State Disks are much faster than large hard disks. If you want more storage, add an hard disk to it, but do not install programs on it.

  • 3.5" Card Reader (USD 24.73 )
    Rosewill 74-in-1, 3.5", USB3.0
    Since a floppy driver is not used any more, we might as well put a card reader in this slot. When the LED "ACT" stays off after boot, it is defect. Contact Eminent for a replacement.

  • Blu-Ray Burner (USD 59.99 )
    Pioneer BDR-208DBK, SATA, 4MB Buffer, 15X



When you assembled the computer and you first start your PC, you will notice the FSB speed is not the 1688 which we aimed for. Instead, it's running at 1333. (FSB=Front Side Bus, the speed the CPU exchanges data with the memory). This is because the motherboard is not familiar with the timings of the memory, so we have to fill this in manually in the BIOS. So hold F2 at the next start and make the following changes:

Overclock / Voltage Control:

System Voltage Control Manual
DRAM Voltage Control 1.640 V


Overclock / Memory Timings:

Set Memory Clock Manual
Memory Clock x9.33
DCTs Mode Unganged
DDR3 Timing Items Manual
1T/2T Command timing 2T
CAS# Latency 10 
RAS to CAS Delay 11 
Row Precharge Time 
Minimum RAS Active Time 27 
TwTr Command Delay
Trfc0 for DIMM1, DIMM3  160ns 
Trfc0 for DIMM1, DIMM3  90ns
Write Recovery Time 10T 
Precharge Time 
Row Cycle Time  13 
RAS to RAS Delay 
Channel Interleaving Enabled 
Bank Interleaving Enabled 
CKE Power Down Mode  Disabled 
Memclock tri stating Disabled 

 Note that these settings only apply to the memory specified above.



The intended user was not going to need a lot of graphical power. Instead of using the GTX 560 Ti you could select the cheaper and more silent GT640 :

Graphics Card (USD 89.99 )
Gigabyte GeForce GT640
2GB; PCI Express 3.0; 2 x DVI; 1 x HDMI; 1 x VGA