Saturday, January 08, 2022

Asus Z590-E gaming motherboard, i7-11700K 11th gen (LGA1200) build

After a series of issues, I decided to build a new box.  This is my first build since 2013, so a lot of technology has changed.  Since the issues revolved around spinning disks, I thought I'd remove that problem entirely by buying only SSDs.  This turned out to be a fun build.


CPU Intel Core i7-11700K Desktop Processor 8 Cores up to 5.0 GHz Unlocked LGA1200 $354.00 1 $354.00
MOTHERBOARD Asus Z590-E Gaming WiFi 6E LGA 1200(Intel 11th/10th Gen) ATX Gaming Motherboard $359.99 1 $359.99
MEMORY Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 32GB (2x16GB) DDR4 3600 (PC4-28800) C18 $152.99 1 $152.99
DISK1 PNY XLR8 CS3040 4TB M.2 NVMe Gen4 x4 Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $549.99 2 $1,099.98
DISK2 SAMSUNG 970 EVO Plus SSD 500GB - M.2 NVMe Interface Internal Solid State Drive $69.99 2 $139.98
VIDEO CARD NVIDIA - GeForce GTX 970 4GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 Graphics Card $364.92 1 $364.92
FAN Corsair iCUE H100i Elite Capellix Liquid CPU Cooler $149.99 1 $149.99
POWER SUPPLY Corsair RM Series, RM750, 750 Watt, 80+ Gold Certified, Fully Modular Power Supply $82.21 1 $82.21
CASE NZXT H510i - CA-H510i-W1 - Compact ATX Mid -Tower PC Gaming Case $134.99 1 $134.99

TOTAL $2,839.05

OS Specs

  • POP-OS Linux
  • RAID0 of system drive
  • RAID1 for data drive

Things learned along the way:

  • UEFI through and through for future proofing
  • Needed to manually enable M.2-4 slot in BIOS
  • Great article on formatting RAID set for Linux:
  • Rsync is your friend: rsync -avxHAX --progress /myFiles/* /backup/
  • NVMe drives can load so fast that mdadm doesn't have time to settle down.  Have to add x-systemd.device-timeout=0 parameter to /etc/fstab
  • RGB Lights are pretty

That's it for now.  Cheers!


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