IBM/Lenovo ThinkCentre Ryzen 7 Sleeper Build

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IBM/Lenovo ThinkCentre Ryzen 7 Sleeper Build

Postby oeuvre » 2019-1-22 @ 21:59

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Lenovo/IBM ThinkCentre A60 8991-DGU case
Corsair CX750M 750W semi-modular power supply
ASRock B450M PRO4 mATX AM4 motherboard
AMD Ryzen 7 2700 3.2GHz 8 core processor
MSI AMD Radeon RX580 8GB Armor PCIe video card
Scythe Kabuto 3 cooler
2x Arctic F9 PWM 92mm fans
Samsung 970 EVO 500GB NVMe SSD
TSST DVD+-RW TS-H653A SATA DVD burner
Seagate ST2000DM001 7200RPM 2TB SATA hard drive
Front/rear USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports
Serial port
Windows 10

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Chose this case cause I’ve always loved IBM’s and Lenovo’s business class computers like their ThinkPad, ThinkCentre, and NetVista lines. This one also was in remarkably good shape.

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Tossed in a USB 3.0 front panel module in there. The USB 2.0 ports also work.

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Closeup of the original sticker... It housed an AMD Athlon X2 4400+ with 1GB RAM.

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The rear, ports galore! Serial port works thanks to COM1 header on motherboard.

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Side of the case

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Authentic Windows Vista product key + label.

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Side panel is secured with 2 thumbscrews and easily slides out by pressing the tab on the middle right then gently sliding out the panel.

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All the parts! A tad messy in there. Got a nice black theme going on as well. No lights or RGB or any of that sort here.

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Closer view of the top half of the case

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Lower section... you can spot the 970 EVO right below the cooler.

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MSI Armor RX580 8GB

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Seagate 2TB hard drive

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First run of CrystalDiskMark on the 970 EVO


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The front panel headers for the USB and audio needed some work. The USB one was easy, Lenovo just had 2 extra ground wires. Removed them and it works fine.

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The audio one required some work. Got a 40 pack of Arduino male to female pins like this for less than $3 shipped on eBay.

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First thing was to extend the pins individually, all color-coordinated. Taped it together to be a bit more secure.

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Here it is plugged in correctly thanks to...

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This diagram found on a Lenovo forum

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ASRock UEFI

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System info

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A slew of wallpapers

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IBM world

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Tiled blue IBM

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Tiled RGB IBM

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A ThinkCentre icon

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Here it is running.
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Main Desktop Intel 6700, 32GB, AMD RX580 8GB, NVMe SSD + HD, 10
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Re: IBM/Lenovo ThinkCentre Ryzen 7 Sleeper Build

Postby buckeye » 2019-1-23 @ 14:40

Nice system! Like the "no flashing lights/eye candy" theme.

Thinking about building a new rig with a Ryzen, do you notice any memory issues with it? Maximum PC mag had a few reviews
which mentioned it (for the 1st Ryzen iterations anyway).
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Re: IBM/Lenovo ThinkCentre Ryzen 7 Sleeper Build

Postby oeuvre » 2019-1-23 @ 15:26

Thanks! No issues, just had to fiddle around with my XMP settings a bit in the UEFI to get it to run at 3200.
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Re: IBM/Lenovo ThinkCentre Ryzen 7 Sleeper Build

Postby detritus olentus » 2019-1-23 @ 23:07

I've always loved IBM design style. The later black cases have a very satisfying corporate-dystopia feel to them like something they would have imagined the future looking like in the 90s.
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Re: IBM/Lenovo ThinkCentre Ryzen 7 Sleeper Build

Postby oeuvre » 2019-1-24 @ 13:46

For sure! They also hold their age pretty well.
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Re: IBM/Lenovo ThinkCentre Ryzen 7 Sleeper Build

Postby snorg » 2019-1-24 @ 22:46

Nice system. How the crap are you getting 3000 Mbps disk reads and writes with a spinner? Are you using an NVME drive to cache it?
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Re: IBM/Lenovo ThinkCentre Ryzen 7 Sleeper Build

Postby oeuvre » 2019-1-24 @ 23:51

"First run of CrystalDiskMark on the 970 EVO"
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Re: IBM/Lenovo ThinkCentre Ryzen 7 Sleeper Build

Postby snorg » 2019-1-25 @ 01:45

oeuvre wrote:"First run of CrystalDiskMark on the 970 EVO"



Facepalm -- I think I must have looked at the wrong caption.
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Re: IBM/Lenovo ThinkCentre Ryzen 7 Sleeper Build

Postby oeuvre » 2019-1-26 @ 04:18

Slew of wallpapers I've made/resized/edited.

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Original + ThinkPad variants

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