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IBM/Lenovo ThinkCentre Ryzen 7 Sleeper Build

#1 Post by oeuvre » Tue Jan 22, 2019 8:48 pm

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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.
NetVista Sleeper i7 3770, 16GB, GTX750, 2xSSD + HD, XP/7/MacOS 10.13.6
ThinkCentre Sleeper Ryzen 7 2700, 32GB, RX580 8GB, NVMe SSD + HD, 10

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Re: IBM/Lenovo ThinkCentre Ryzen 7 Sleeper Build

#2 Post by axur-delmeria » Wed Jan 23, 2019 8:14 am

Nice build. It may be harder to pull off in an older casing (P4 era Thinkcentre/Netvista) due to them not having good air intake vents at the front.
Daily driver: X220 4291-C91 i7-2620M

Backup: X601 Core 2 Duo T8100
Toy: X60F Core Solo U1300
On loan: X220 4291-P79 i5-2520M
In pieces: two retired but working X61Ts
RIP: 760XD 9546-U9E; X61 7676-A24; and a BOE-Hydis HV121P01-100 in failed SXGA+ mod
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Re: IBM/Lenovo ThinkCentre Ryzen 7 Sleeper Build

#3 Post by oeuvre » Wed Jan 23, 2019 8:47 am

Thanks! Yeah, the IBM NetVista towers had that weird power supply next to the I/O shield so that would be a major limitation.
NetVista Sleeper i7 3770, 16GB, GTX750, 2xSSD + HD, XP/7/MacOS 10.13.6
ThinkCentre Sleeper Ryzen 7 2700, 32GB, RX580 8GB, NVMe SSD + HD, 10

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Re: IBM/Lenovo ThinkCentre Ryzen 7 Sleeper Build

#4 Post by axur-delmeria » Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:25 am

oeuvre wrote:
Wed Jan 23, 2019 8:47 am
Thanks! Yeah, the IBM NetVista towers had that weird power supply next to the I/O shield so that would be a major limitation.
True. But there's also Netvista mini-tower casings with the PSU on top like your Thinkcentre. I bought a few when building PCs for my clients, as I preferred the thick steel compared to the el cheapo tin can casings that were locally available. Their biggest drawbacks were the lack of front panel audio ports, and the USB ports being too close together, making it difficult to plug in oversized USB devices like wifi adapters and some flash drives.
Daily driver: X220 4291-C91 i7-2620M

Backup: X601 Core 2 Duo T8100
Toy: X60F Core Solo U1300
On loan: X220 4291-P79 i5-2520M
In pieces: two retired but working X61Ts
RIP: 760XD 9546-U9E; X61 7676-A24; and a BOE-Hydis HV121P01-100 in failed SXGA+ mod
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Re: IBM/Lenovo ThinkCentre Ryzen 7 Sleeper Build

#5 Post by oeuvre » Wed Jan 23, 2019 5:02 pm

Theres also the NetVista and ThinkCentre desktops which are mATX but they're pretty small so cooling would be an issue on high TDP processors.
NetVista Sleeper i7 3770, 16GB, GTX750, 2xSSD + HD, XP/7/MacOS 10.13.6
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Re: IBM/Lenovo ThinkCentre Ryzen 7 Sleeper Build

#6 Post by axur-delmeria » Wed Jan 23, 2019 6:06 pm

oeuvre wrote:
Wed Jan 23, 2019 5:02 pm
Theres also the NetVista and ThinkCentre desktops which are mATX but they're pretty small so cooling would be an issue on high TDP processors.
I have a slim mATX Thinkcentre casing, a Type 8994 like this one:

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It's hard to make a powerhouse machine from it due to the 220 watt PSU that's neither ATX nor SFX. Also, the expansion card slots are low-profile, so high-end GPUs are out of the question unless I modify the casing, which I'm not interested in doing.

It currently houses an ITX board with an AMD E-350 APU, and only used when diagnosing HDDs and other stuff.
Daily driver: X220 4291-C91 i7-2620M

Backup: X601 Core 2 Duo T8100
Toy: X60F Core Solo U1300
On loan: X220 4291-P79 i5-2520M
In pieces: two retired but working X61Ts
RIP: 760XD 9546-U9E; X61 7676-A24; and a BOE-Hydis HV121P01-100 in failed SXGA+ mod
:cry:

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Re: IBM/Lenovo ThinkCentre Ryzen 7 Sleeper Build

#7 Post by oeuvre » Fri Jan 25, 2019 11:17 pm

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

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Original + ThinkPad variants

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Re: IBM/Lenovo ThinkCentre Ryzen 7 Sleeper Build

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