BTF – New PC Alert!

Hello Internet,

You are cordially invited to attend the retirement party of R&D’s workstation, this mustard color case resembles Dwight Schrute (from you know where) is our workhorse doing all kinds of work since 2006. Here are a few photos from Flickr we took back then when we first bought the components.

Throughout the years, most of the components lasted and we only had to replace the power supply and video card.

Front of a completed case

In comes the our new build

CPU: AMD – Ryzen 7 1800X 3.6GHz 8-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master – MasterLiquid 120 66.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler
Motherboard: Asus – PRIME X370-PRO ATX AM4 Motherboard
Memory: Kingston – Savage 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4-2400 Memory
Storage: Kingston – Savage 480GB 2.5″ Solid State Drive (QTY: 2)
Video Card: Asus – GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Video Card
Case: Corsair – Crystal 460X RGB ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: EVGA – BQ 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply
Operating System: Microsoft – Windows 10 Pro OEM 64-bit

Building notes

A glass case with LED glowing fans! Wow, we wanted one when we came across it from Corsair website. A thorough inspection showed the steel case is well designed and nicely painted. OMG, the fans are just regular (3wire, 12V) computer fan with lights!

  • Install Power Supply to case
  • Install CPU to motherboard
  • Install motherboard to case, test fit Cooler Master – MasterLiquid 120
  • Route power, internal cables, audio, USB to motherboard
  • Plan and hook up cooling fans
  • Paste CPU and mount MasterLiquid 120
  • Install memory sticks
  • Install SSD drives
  • Install Video card and plug in power
  • Tie wrap and harness cabling
  • Close panels

Power Up

  • Update BIOS PRIME-X370-PRO-ASUS-0805

Using ASUS X370 on board RAID-1 & Kingston Savage UV480GB drives with Windows 10 Pro 64bit.  (Source)

  • Download PRIME X370-PRO User’s Manual and read up section 4.1.3 (Setting up RAID from RAIDXpert2 Configuration Utility in UEFI BIOS)
  • Download AMD RAID driver V8.1.0.26
  • Kingston Technology SSDNow UV400 (480GB drives x 2), plugged into SATA6G_1 and SATA6G_2
  • Microsoft Windows 10 (Creators Update)

RAIDXpert2 UEFI BIOS procedures

  1. Follow PRIME X370-PRO User’s Manual section 4.1.3 to create RAID set, here are the highlights
  2. Change SATA configuration mode selection to [RAID]
  3. Make sure Launch CSM is [Disabled]
  4. Access RAIDXpert2 Configuration Utility in Advanced menu
  5. Go Array Management select Create Array
  6. Select RAID level and select Physical Disks, apply Changes
  7. Specify Array Size and Create Array

Windows install procedures

  1. Windows will NOT recognize the RAID thus you will be asked to provide and load the driver during installation
  2. First load AMD-RAID Bottom Service by navigate to \AMD_RAID_driver_Win7-10_V81026\PT_RAID\RAID_bottom\WT64A
  3. Second load AMD-RAID Controller [storport] by navigate to \AMD_RAID_driver_Win7-10_V81026\PT_RAID\RAID_driver\WT64A
  4. Your disk created from RAIDXpert2 UEFI BIOS previously should now show up for Windows installation.

Upon completion of Windows installation

  1. Download and unzip \AM4Chipset_9.0.000.8_5.12.0.31_20170531. Unzip and run AsusSetup.exe. This allows Windows to recognize all motherboard features.
  2. Download and install Nvidia driver from

Disk failure simulation

  • Power off system
  • Unplug power cable from one of the drive from the RAID set
  • Power on system and boot to Windows
  • The installed RAIDXpert2 software will report Array 1 has gone critial
  • Power off system and re-connect power cable to drive, restart system
  • Run RAIDXpert2 software and assign the REMOVED disk as dedicated spare
  • RAIDXpert2 software will take the dedicated spare and attempt to rebuild the array, wait for rebuild task to complete
  • RAID set will be back to normal when rebuild completes

So what about the old one?

Yes, our work horse has passed its production 24x7x365 life, it will continue its journey into next stage as a basic Linux platform as the retirement plan. We have plan to transform it using Debain. Hey probably some of this below.

Cheers, Team BTF

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