It's been three and a half years, and was about time to replace the hardware. This time it's all new stuff and I've aimed at minimum energy usage.

I've chosen an Athlon X2 240, a MSI 760GTM-P33 motherboard, 4 Gb Kingston 800MHz DDR2 Non-ECC CL6 memory, an 350 watt power supply by Be Quiet (Pure Power BQT L7). All that combined with six hard disks in a case by Antec, the 300

All this ordered at Cool-Prices (webiste and company are gone), who promptly had it delivered to my home.

The transfer from old hardware to new hardware is made with Affa, according to this contrib. It went surprisingly smooth, altough there are some minor deviations from the way-to-go. I have changed the following things in the procedure:

  • included Awstats and Cacti in the backup
  • copied the crontab of root
  • copied /etc/rc.local

The transfer can be made in 20 minutes, but I took the opportunity to clear some mess. I had expected some problems with the NIC on the motherboard (Realtek RTL8111), but to my surprise it just works. That must be made possible by the latest kernel changes.

The new hardware is roughly 6 times faster than the old, and should use a little less power.

CPU usage before and after upgrade.