Upgrading my old box

Farewell to 32-bit.

6 years past and I finally renewed my Gentoo box. Nowadays, the price ease of hardwares is surprising. I actually paid 36,000 yen though I estimated 50,000 yen for my new hardwares.

I don’t wait for compiling anymore

Kazuhiro Kunishi's new Gentoo boxKazuhiro Kunishi's new Gentoo box

My new hardwares are nearly one year old from the actual trend. However, I strongly feel the performance increasing comparing with my ex-machine, it was super-legacy. Before, I had been waiting for over an hour to finish compiling X Windows System (xorg-drivers, xorg-server).

Now, it takes only 20 minutes. I bought my precious time by 36,000 yen. Really the valuable buy. I should have been replaced my hardwares as soon as possible.

Compiling was enough painful when I’d been on my legacy box. I consumed about 2 hours for compiling each package such as XULRunner, Webkit, Firefox and Thunderbird with Athlon 64 3000+.

These tasks are not required frequently, but I was well depressed when I must re-compile these packages by changing the flags or upgrading.

And now, I don’t need to wait for such hours, besides my desktop keeps smooth! I don’t need returning to init 3 for compiling because of the system performance anymore.

Phenom II X4 955 with Gentoo amd64

I can bring out enough performance supporting the casual use by Kernel adjustment though I don’t have a latest hardwares. This is the merit of Gentoo for me. I note in bold the hardwares that I upgraded at 12 Feb 2011. I changed my Power Suply last month and I bought Logitech Illuminated Keyboard in addition because I love this keyboard as the necessities. Thus, my new machine cost about 50,000 yen in total.

Parts Before After
CPU AMD Athlon 64 Processor 3000+ AMD Phenom II X4 955
Main Board ABIT KV8-MAX3 Asus M4A87TD EVO
Memory No Brands 2GB (1GB + 512MB + 512MB) Castor LoDDR3-4GB-1333
Hard Disk Drive Hitachi HDS722580VLSA80 80GB (SATA 1.5Gb/s) Seagate ST3500413AS (SATA 6Gb/s)
Video Card HIS HD 4350 iFan Native HDMI DDR3 512MB Sapphire HD5450 1G DDR2 PCI-E HDMI
Sound Card Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Platinum
Power Suply TORICA SPW-420NP Keian KTP-550P
ATX Case Windy Altinum X S-TUNE Anniversary 200000
Display BenQ G920WL 19inch (WXGA+)
Keyboard Logitech Wireless Desktop MK250 Logitech Illuminated Keyboard
Mouse Logitech Wireless Desktop MK250 Logitech LS1 Laser Mouse
Distribution Gentoo 10.1 x86 (Kernel 2.6.36-r5) Gentoo 10.1 amd64 (Kernel 2.6.36-r5)
Desktop Environment Xfce 4.6 Xfce 4.8

Ubuntu works fine too!

Following to the hardware upgradings, I freshly installed [Gentoo amd64] on my new machine. This is my 4th installation of [Gentoo amd64]. Before the installation of Gentoo, I tried 2 distros: Ubuntu and Kubuntu 10.10 64-bit. I’d been using Ubuntu before immigrating to Gentoo, so I don’t need reflecting to myself how Ubuntu is great, I know well its divinity. Unbuntu worked really fine on my new machine, and I felt a little performance difficulty to Kubuntu, but its feature-riches was superb.

I select Gentoo and Xfce as usual though selecting Ubuntu or Kubuntu is also smart and practical. Because my preference is in controlling, customizing and the choice of applications by myself. I think, the distro which has the high liberty of choice is more suitable for the own built machine, even if it’s rather a hard-task.