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Old 4th February 2012, 11:04 PM
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AMD FX 8-Core Black Edition build

Hello everyone I'm Ernst

I looked and I don't see a thread on this chip so I will start one. Forgive me if I missed it.

I have upgraded my machine and I did so somewhat blindly. I simply have TigerDirect send me the bare-bones.

My experience level is novice and the machine seems to be a monster.

I am currently waiting for the memory to arrive so now is a good time to find kind souls to advise me. I thank you sincerely ahead of time if you help. I know I will not understand all that is now and improved.

I use my computer mainly for writing C programs and general Internet and Entertainment.

I want to install the Latest Fedora and I will skip adding Windows all together this machine.

So, let me start with introducing the CPU. I simply am an AMD man so I asked about the 8-core and it was available and affordable. Here is a link that caught my eye first. There is no other reason for me linking this. http://www.anandtech.com/show/4955/t...-fx8150-tested
In fact I didn't even know it was named BullDozer until I found a thread here and connected the two. There are many threads on Buldozer so you can search.
I see by reading that article I have the current top chip the 8150.

So CPU is the 8150 and the Motherboard is the TA990FXE

This is my first build ever. I have been plug and play for decades. I believe I have things plugged in okay but I have to wait for the memory so I have not turned it on yet.

Now on to Fedora.

I wish to use Fedora 16 and I would like to share my experience with others seeing that this may be the first of many FX 8-Core

If you will be so kind this is what I have to work with.

I have three 1.5 TB drives and one 500 GB drive I am unsure of how I work the RAID and such. I have been reluctant to follow along or as I get older I fail to follow along it's a fair call either way.

I need to be sure my data is protected and I read that RAID drives can do that from the motherboard manual. But as is always true it is a Microsoft point of view that is used.

What I need is safe storage for my programming data and reasonable safe storage for the media collections.
Can I have say 500 GB of redundant data across 4 drives and use the other 3TB for Media? I hope I am asking that correctly. This new system is a Monster and I sure can use some advice.
So for me personally I will fit fine in 500 GB and for media files well more room is better than less.
Is it possible to mix and match RAID and is it possible to divide up the 4 drives into those two configurations?
I think I can make backups to an external 3TB on the media stuff. The code stuff well if there is a failure of a drive then the redundancy seems very smart indeed.

The next part is what about Fedora 16? are there any friends here who have experience with the AMD FX 8150 who can over view? Not just for me but for all. I wish to report my experience as I go.
I'm confident this will all work and I am ever so thankful for all this great technology and that goes triple for RedHat. Every year I access Windows less and less. Mostly now on the Laptop when a movie won't play on anything else but that is an external to Linux issue.

So I plan to install Fedora 16.

The complete system here is the Amd 8150, TA990FXE, Apeiva Xcruiser2 tower,Evga GTX550Ti, Apevia 680w Iceburg power

The only flaw so far is that the 680 power supply came with the old style plugs when the package states SATA style. Easy fix but annoying.

One other thing is this will be the first time I will be hooking up two monitors as well. I have two 28 inch and I wish to rotate one the long way for documents and code display. I am unsure how that works as well.

So once again I intend to add to the content of the site in a hopefully helpful way and also lean on you my friends since in terms of swimming in a swimming pool I am starting out in the deep end for my skill set but isn't it wild that we have such technology today? Just amazing.

Okay, I will be reading more and the expected power up is mid week or later so there is time.


P.S. Moderators : Maybe I posted in the wrong forum? Please move if so. Pardon me if I am in error.

Last edited by Ernst0; 4th February 2012 at 11:22 PM.
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