Kids PC 1 [riker]

The Kids PC [riker] - front

Since there were quite a few PCs in the house, and some pretty much becoming spare, I set one up for the kids. Initially, I gave them the Acer Aspire R3700 as it is small and low power... but low power being the key here it was very slow and stuttery for running Minecraft!

So, with a pile of the spare parts in the house, plus a few bits bought, the kids get a pretty fast PC for not much extra outlay: the processor which was in my Desktop PC before one of its upgrades, the heat-sink that came with that very same upgraded processor, DDR3 which was from an older version (v2.0) of the Server and one of the numerous hard drives that were lying around (just left me to find a cheap case, PSU and motherboard - preferably with built-in graphics).

This all makes a 6 core Bulldozer running Xubuntu 22.04 LTS (Jammy Jellyfish) which is more than capable of running Minecraft (and Steam too) with upgrade paths for when the need arises! Unfortunately the boys are getting into Windows games, so I've had to dual boot :-(

The Kids PC [riker] - inside
The Kids PC [riker] - side

Specifications:

Case: Aerocool QS182
Power Supply: Generic 500W ATX PSU.
Motherboard: ASUS M5A78L-M PLUS/USB3
Processor: AMD Bulldozer FX-6100 (3.3GHz; 3.9GHz turbo)
CPU Heat-sink: AMD Wraith (which came with my Piledriver FX-8350)
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GiB Dual Channel DDR3 Kit CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9
(2 kits, 16GiBytes total, 9-9-9-24 timings)
Graphics Card: MSI GT 1030 AETO ITX 2GD4 OC (nVidia GeForce GT 1030, 2GiByte DDR4)
(also integrated ATI Radeon HD3000)
Storage: Samsung 870 EVO (500GByte SATA root file-system)
Hitachi Travelstar 7K1000 (1TByte SATA, local filesystem)
Optical Drive: LG GH22LS30 DVD RAM (with Light-scribe)
Webcam: Logitech C270 HD
Bluetooth: Sabrent BT-UB40 (v4.0 LE)
KVM Switch: Lindy 2-port HDMI, USB2.0 & Audio
(KVM) Monitor: Dell S2421H (24inch 16:9, 1920x1080 IPS panel)
(KVM) Speakers: (Built into monitor)
(KVM) Keyboard: Generic mini keyboard
(KVM) Mouse: Logitech M510



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