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linux zron pc for my dad this old I just reused for other stuff

by liammc



Date Published

June 12, 2015

Date Built

June 7, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.9 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

40.0° C


My old all in one gateway pc screen went black because of screen failed and ever one knows its hard to use a pc without a screen and this PC build from March 2015 has taken its place

had some trouble with fractal design Core 1000 usb 3.0 case but it was the first pc I built

Part Reviews


It has done a very good job running my dad's pc


It has very good sound, very good video, have had now trouble with it but only had for a week so I hop it lasts.


it is fast and has done anything to my data


not the beast case but is way better the an some HP cases

Power Supply

The PSU hasn't blown up the pc yet and PC runs almost 24/7

Optical Drive

fast and can burn a cd in two minutes


i like this keyboard but i don't know how to describe it

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ankousmachine 2 Builds 4 points 45 months ago

im curious, why that choice of ram? honestly all you did was pay for brand name lol.

i suppose not bad

ryan2pro 4 Builds 5 points 45 months ago

pretty sure he could've gotten a cheap 8gb stick for around that price.

ankousmachine 2 Builds 4 points 45 months ago

my thoughts exactly, the pc im building right now has 8 gb ram at 1866 mhz for 60 bucks lol.

cilvre 6 Builds 6 points 45 months ago

he didnt edit the costs to show what he actually paid, thats just the current costs according to what pcpartpicker can see online.

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Eltech 20 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

Fair enough, but any reason why it's not a 1866 and why less RAM? 8GB would help more but I totally understand if this is due to budget. The waiting game for buying a single or a pair of 8GB RAM that is below or close to 50 dollars takes quite some patience. Or I guess if you like watching the Stock Market, it feels the same way for watching part prices... Well... Maybe.... In a sense.

I know these series of APUs DO love a pair of 1866 RAM and more RAM since the system RAM is going to be used up. (I have been working on a A6 recently and is below your version) with the A6-5400k alone , no dual GPU or a discrete GPU, will use by a default of 0.7 System RAM. So basically, the RAM will only have 3.2 if 4GB or 7.2 if 8GB of available, usable memory. The integrated graphics alone uses System RAM. So one could also use 1GB of System RAM if one adjusts the video buffer from the BIOS. This has helped some lag issues for those who have experienced it before with these APUs. Not saying you are since I have no idea how it's working for you or your father but sounds like it's working good.

I'm certain you have known this. I just would like to understand a bit better upon your decision. Otherwise it's a good build. I'm sure your father appreciates you for building him a new computer!

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Eltech 20 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

Right System Requirements I do know about but I understand. I was just curious if there was another reason but no worries.

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Peterowsky 2 points 45 months ago

Overall good choice of components (possible exception of the RAM - you could likely get more of it and that helps on heavy multitasking or some cheaper one without any noticeable difference). Though I honestly don't know what you were expecting from a case under $30.
The stuff they praise so often is twice to three times as expensive and does indeed blow the little crippled case out of the water.

syntaxerrur 22 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

Out of curiosity, what was wrong with the Fractal case? I'm planning on getting one in the future so I assume that this is just a single issue with a particular case model? Or perhaps you purchased used?

Lord_Sunday 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Get an R-series case. They are amazing.

liammc submitter 2 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

I had trouble finding which screw went to what and there were stuff missing so and manual is more like book with blank pages it useless but the case was built good

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Lord_Sunday 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Why would you get AMD graphics for a Linux system? AMD has a very bad track record with Linux...

liammc submitter 2 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

AMD said the will start to make drivers soon so most of those problems will be fixed for open source software. AMD works well with zron it runs steam games good and YouTube videos and DVDs at a good fps and has not crashed or given any error with AMD and has ran for days at a time so zron likes AMD just saying that the made driver that works well

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Lord_Sunday 1 Build 0 points 45 months ago

They work, but they don't reach the same level of performance they would under windows. There is a difference between 'working' and 'performing' after all. Seriously, you can look up the performance problems with linux/amd. It's pretty prominent. NVidia cares about us though, which is nice.

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Lord_Sunday 1 Build 0 points 45 months ago

They are decently close together. Intel has the single thread performance market, and AMD has the multicore/thread market.

However, the AMD created drivers on Linux are literally no longer in the software repos because they're that bad. You can build them yourself though. Even the community drivers don't measure up to performance on windows.

A driver is a driver, no matter the OS. It connects the hardware to the kernel, so unless Mint uses some crazily modified, performance enhancing, custom driver, which I doubt, or your performance is probably not as good.

Either way, it won't really matter, if its just for internet browsing and a flash game or two.

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SirJosh3917 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

has the psu blown up yet

liammc submitter 2 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

its been running for almost 24/7 for about 3 years and have had no trouble

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