Sunday, 7 April 2013

PhotoStory : AMD Athlon II X2 270 On ASUS M5A78L-M LX V2 (Gosh! Why Can't They Make Simpler Name)

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5-year old desktop PC stop working after my laptop got upgraded with an SSD earlier this year. So I figured, this could be a just reason to do major overhaul. Major I say? Well, depend on how much cash needed to get this going actually. Source of the problem first. 250w power supply unit no longer able to pump required current to the machine. Running Athlon 64 X2 with standard 941 pins AM3 socket motherboard, 3GB DDR2 and NVIDIA 1GB DDR3 discreet graphics. Essentially, I can just put on RM35 for 480w of power supply unit, put everything back together and get over it. But always, heart of man failing in between what a man need and what a man desires. (N'r mind that speech).

This machine ran on AMD CPU, I guessed for sentimental reason I picked up another AMD processor as well for this overhaul. Athlon II X2 270 reviewed as value-for-money processor you can have it both for graphics editing and decent 3D gaming. Now I need AM3 socket 941 pins motherboard to go with it. Let's just list all items in simple point-form.

Processor : AMD Athlon II X2 270 (3.4 GHz)                RM190
Motherboard : ASUS M5A78L-M LX V2                       RM165
Shipping cost :                                                                RM10

New memory : Kingston 8GB DDR3 1600MHz PC3     RM178
PSU : 480 watts generic Power Supply Unit                  RM35 (light at the end of tunnel!)

Dismantling wasn't that hard. A Phillip head screwdriver and an old trusty pair of hands. Go ahead teardown everything and get them cleaned.

Hitachi 80GB 7200rpm HDD, 512MB DDR2 RAM not compatible with new motherboard, NVIDIA 1GB DDR3 graphics card, generic optical disk drive.

Generic USB 2.0 ports, 250w damaged power supply unit, exhaust fan, old motherboard with Athlon 64 X2 CPU.

Bought online, Athlon II X2 and M5A78L-M. Expected to deliver significant increase in performance. After weeks of watching online reviews and comments on the net, I've decided to go with these two.

There you go. 2011 model, within budget. Micro ATX form format (means, small size) will fit in my mini tower casing. 2 DIMM slots will support 8GB of ram, 1 PCIe slot (for my graphic card), bunch of USB 2.0 and Serial ATA 3gigabits (honestly, nothing special considering we're in 2013).

AMD Athlon II processor chip, heat sink and fan. Installing processor on the board pretty straight forward. Align gold triangle mark on the chip to other triangle mark on motherboard. Nopressure needed to insert processor into pin holes located on board. Secure processor chip with lock lever by pressing down, place heat sink and fan onto processor chip and we're done.

Plug in fan power cable to motherboard. We should find the socket right away by identifying 4 pins socket near to processor chip slot. Make sure the cable orientation close to designated 4 pins socket. Let's go ahead and mount motherboard onto CPU casing. It's easier to work around with screws before other hardware come in place. After the board secured, plug in all the cables and hardware.

Mouse and keyboard goes in and fire it up! Boot in existing hard drive that stored Windows 7. Re-run Windows rating assessment see how it performs.

Aaah... 4.7 base score. Not bad. (Is it really worth my RM570?) What do you reckon?

I hope it will endure another 3-4 years of service. Future-proof? Naaah... :)