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DAQ PC Configurations

Standard components


Power supplies

Power supply requirements:

  • 120mm cooling fan (longer life, better air flow vs small fans)
  • ActivePFC (no 110/220V switch, high power factor required for use with UPSes)
  • 4 or more SATA power connectors


  • M.2 PCIe SSD not recommended, if there is a glitch, PCIe bus hangs, computer stops without error messages, impossible to debug. also not clear how to recover data from this type of SSD if mobo dies.
  • SATA: WD blue 250GB, 500GB, 1TB, 2TB
  • M.2 SATA: WD blue
  • (obsolete) SATA: Kingston V200, V200+, V300 - 60GB, 120GB
  • (obsolete) M.2: (proposed) Kingston SSDNow M.2 2280 120GB http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104482

Version 2021-Sep AMD big PC

  • AMD Ryzen 7 5700G 8-Core Processor with graphics
  • 2x32GB DDR4-3200 RAM (64GB total with 2 empty slots to add more later)
  • ECC memory is recommended, NEMIX RAM always available on newegg.ca
  • dual SATA SSD for OS (Ubuntu LTS 20.04, install on ZFS)
  • dual HDDs as needed

Version 2021-Jan AMD big PC

  • AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 8-Core Processor
  • 2x32GB DDR4-3200 RAM (64GB total with 2 empty slots to add more later)
  • ECC memory is recommended, but availability and price not clear
  • dual SATA SSD for OS (Ubuntu LTS 20.04)
  • dual HDDs as needed

Version 2019-July-05 Reduced Cost PC

Purchased for MUSR DAQ refresh. $900 per machine.

  • mobo: ASUS TUF Z390M-Pro
  • CPU: Intel i5-9400 2.9GHz 65W
  • RAM: DDR4-3200
  • P.S.: Thermaltake 500W
  • Case: Antec VSK3000 Elite MicroATX minitower

Version 2018-June-29 Intel Socket 1151

Recently bought three new DAQ computers from ELCO, with following MOBO and CPU

  • MOBO: ASUS TUF Z370 Plus Gaming LGA 1151 ATX
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-8700 LGA1151 (3.20GHz, L3:12M, Hex Core, TDP: 65W)
  • RAM: DDR4-2667

Full quote available here.

Version ??? Intel Socket 1151

  • Mobo: Z270
  • Mobo: Z170
  • RAM: DDR4

Version 2017-01-17 Reduced Cost PC

$700 per machine

  • CPU: Intel i3-7100 CPU @ 3.90GHz
  • Mobo: ASUS H110M-A/M.2
  • RAM: single 16GB DIMM DDR4-2133
  • SSD: Kingston 120GB SATA M.2
  • P.S.: Thermaltake TR2 500W
  • Chassis: Antec VSK3000E-U3 minitower

Version 2015-NOV-17 Intel Socket 1151

Version 2014-DEC-8 Intel Socket 1150

Version 2014-May-07 Reduced cost PC

Version 2014-MAY-8 Intel Socket 1150

Version 2014-MAY-8 Intel Socket 2011

Version 2012-OCT-4 AMD-E450 reduced cost PC (PRELIMINARY)

Version 2011-SEP-05 AMD-E350 reduced cost PC

Version 2011-OCT-31 Intel Socket 1366

Version 2011-FEB-08 Intel Socket 1366

Version 2010-May-13 Intel Socket 1156

Version X Intel Socket 775

  • mobo: ASUS P5B-VM
  • CPU: Intel dual core 2.4 GHz
  • RAM: DDR2-800
  • SATA disks

Version X AMD AM2/AM3

  • mobo: ASUS Crosshair and Crosshair II
  • CPU: assorted multicore socket AM2/AM3 CPU
  • RAM: DDR2-800

Version X AMD Socket 939

  • mobo: ASUS A8N-E
  • CPU: AMD assorted socket 939 1-2 core CPUs
  • RAM: DDR400 UDIMMs up to 4x1GB=4GB total
  • up to 4x SATA disks

Version X AMD Dual Socket 940

  • mobo: assorted supermicro, asus, msi
  • CPU: AMD Opteron Socket 940 assorted speed grades
  • RAM: registered and registered+ECC DDR400

Version X AMD Dual Socket A

  • mobo: ASUS A7M266-D
  • CPU: dual Athlon-MP 1.8-2.2 GHz
  • RAM: DDR266

Version X Intel Dual Pentium3

  • mobo: ASUS CUV4X-D
  • CPU: dual Pentium3 1GHz
  • RAM: SDR133

Version X Intel Dual Pentium2 ISA

  • mobo: ASUS P2B-D
  • CPU: dual slot Pentium2 400-800 MHz
  • RAM: SDR100, SDR133