dafuq did I just do

Posted by Aistarin on Nov. 30, 2016, 12:43 a.m.

So I finally got around to building my first PC, which I plan to use as a development + virtualization server of sorts:



You can check out the specs on my PCPartPicker List.

The actual amount I spent was less than what is listed at the bottom of the list, since a friend of mine who works at Intel was able to get me the i7 6700k at half price. And of course the GTX 1060 6gb was about $250 at Fry's. I estimate the total price to go down to about $1100 after I mail in $70 worth of rebates.

That is, of course if I don't end up replacing the motherboard because my stupid-ass bent a socket pin when I accidentally dropped the CPU cap into the socket itself.

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StevenOBrien 2 years, 11 months ago

> 32GB of RAM

wow OVERKILL

> Motherboard is "Ultra durable".
> Cyrus breaks it.

Aistarin 2 years, 11 months ago

To quote a good friend of mine:

Quote: Josea
I'm going to buy 16 Gb of RAM soon, it turns out that you never have enough RAM.
source

Oh, and I'm not exactly TOO worried about the motherboard because I used my steady hand to carefully bend the pin back into place with a needle, and now I can hardly tell anything even happened. Plus, I was able to successfully install Ubuntu.

However if the CPU stress tests I'll be running this weekend uncover any defects, I'll just use this in-store 2 year warranty I got for $30 which lets me exchange the motherboard for another one, no questions asked.

Cpsgames 2 years, 11 months ago

Is that your only drive? A bit short on space, I'd imagine.

Aistarin 2 years, 11 months ago

Excluding virtual machines and downloaded ISOs, all of my personal files can fit on a dual layered Blu-ray disc. Though what I may end up doing is installing VMWare ESXi on the SSD and storing all of my personal files on an old 1TB WD Caviar Black that has only seen a year of use while I was in college.

StevenOBrien 2 years, 11 months ago

Quote:
Excluding virtual machines and downloaded ISOs, all of my personal files can fit on a dual layered Blu-ray disc.
Oh right, I forgot you don't watch/download porn.

Jani_Nykanen 2 years, 11 months ago

Wait, $50 for a CPU cooler? I have always used the ones that come with the processor, am I doing something wrong…?

DesertFox 2 years, 11 months ago

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Oh, and I'm not exactly TOO worried about the motherboard because I used my steady hand to carefully bend the pin back into place with a needle, and now I can hardly tell anything even happened. Plus, I was able to successfully install Ubuntu.

Ah, I remember when in high school computer hardware class, someone dropped a Pentium 4 CPU and *actually stepped on it* while looking for it, and bent all of the pins along one side. The CPU was going to be tossed but I took some time and fixed the pins, and the CPU ran just fine.

Moral of the story: Those P4 processors were tough :>

Cpsgames 2 years, 11 months ago

@Jani: Aftermarket coolers are almost always way more efficient. Stock ones can do the job, but dropping some extra money for a more efficient one that could result in a longer lifespan isn't a bad idea. Also the "tower" air ones are easier to clean in my opinion since they stick out so much more than the stock ones.

Josea 2 years, 11 months ago

Quote:
To quote a good friend of mine:
Jesus christ, that was almost 6 years ago. Back then I'd have guessed that by now I'd be running 1 TB RAM or something like that. Instead during that time I upgraded my desktop to 16 GB, used it for a bunch of crap including Minecraft and VMs, then sold it. Now all I use is my ~4 year old 8 GB laptop. To be fair, at work my workstation only has 8 GB and with all the VMs and stuff it's barely tolerable.

Around September I was exploring the idea of building a new desktop similar to yours, but the hassle of importing it and paying 20% import taxes put me off for a while. I think I'lll be stuck with this laptop for a while.

Aistarin 2 years, 11 months ago

Well I just ran a Prime95 torture test for ~14 hours with no issues, so it looks like all is good for now. CPU hasn't gone above 29C idle and fluctuated between 43-47C during the stress tests.

I also went ahead and bought a bunch of hard drives to upgrade the ones I have at home. Might use my old desktop from college as a sort of NAS/Private Cloud to facilitate regular backups for all of my siblings' laptops and devices (plus bi-monthly backups to offline storage). Combining everything, I'll have around 13TB of storage to work with on this project.

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