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drasnor Icrontian


Hawthorne, CA
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April 13, 1984
Hawthorne, CA
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  • Re: Help with Building a PC!

    The new Intel stuff (Kaby Lake, Optane) is coming at about the same time as Ryzen so we'll have brand new stuff from both sides. It's an exciting time to be in the market!

  • Re: Help with Building a PC!

    On a more general note, when you're building a computer you'll want to budget for:

    • The Key Three: Motherboard, Processor (CPU), Memory (RAM). Most people buy these all at the same time for compatibility reasons. Most people have strong opinions about their motherboard and processor manufacturers; I usually buy MSI motherboards. Motherboard selection is all about features you want your computer to have (how many USB ports, what kind, how much RAM, which processor, how many and what kind of expansion cards, how many and what kind of hard drives). For memory, I usually go with Crucial, Mushkin, or G.Skill.
    • Video card: Asking AMD or nvidia is a good way to start a fight. Check benchmarks before buying; $200 is appropriate for entry-level and $300 is the most you should contemplate spending as the price/benefit curve goes asymptotic after that (infinite price increase for marginal performance increase).
    • Case: Holds all your stuff; check sizes and capacity for compatibility with your key three. More expensive usually means higher build quality (less likely to cut you, break things, or fall apart). I'm a Lian Li man but there are lots of lower-cost alternatives that are still perfectly serviceable such as Antec and CoolerMaster. Key thing to check is whether or not the case comes with a power supply and/or fans so you know if you need to buy those separately. If it comes with these check if they're any good on their own before buying the combo.
    • Power Supply: Powers your stuff. Most computer parts sites provide a calculator for sizing them but you will want to get a high-efficiency supply with at least 20% more capacity than what you expect your computer to need. I use SeaSonic but Antec and PC P&C are also good.
    • Hard Drive: Get a 512GB or higher SSD and if that's not enough space for your downloaded music/movies get a 1 TB spinning hard drive to go with it. Install your OS and all your software on the SSD. Can't beat Toshiba SSDs for customer service. Hybrid SSDs are an OK compromise if you need cheap, fast, spacious but have all the drawbacks of both solid-state and spinning hard drives.
    • OS: Windows 10 Home costs a nice chunk of change.
    • Keyboard, Video, Mouse: These are the parts of your computer you interact with the most; don't cheap out and definitely try before you buy if you get a chance. Go to a big box store and scope things out. Don't forget that OEMs (HP, Dell, etc) make very competitive, affordable monitors. Most people who use mechanical keyboards never go back.

    You can usually get the same motherboard (manufacturer, features) in both the larger ATX and smaller micro-ATX form factors; an ATX case will hold either motherboard but a micro-ATX case will only hold the smaller micro-ATX boards. You should check if going smaller makes things cheaper.

    My PC Part Picker pick: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/QrFRCy

  • Re: Cloud Storage 2017

    @Sonorous said:
    Why not something like OwnCloud?

    This is interesting and not something I had found previously. The main limitation I'm seeing is that I still need to run the OwnCloud server on another machine that's possibly independent of where the data is stored (e.g. Amazon S3). If the server is in my home, there is a bandwidth utilization issue wherein my home internet service upstream bandwidth bottlenecks service performance and I would need to obtain some server hardware since I don't have any on hand. If I rent a hosted server, I'm now paying additionally for the service hosting. Either way, I have to set it up and pay for some kind of DNS service. I need to get more detailed costs for all of these.

    There's also the big downside that I'm now responsible for the well-being of this server. Maybe 15 years ago, I used to operate an internet-connected home server and made the hideous mistake of checking the logs for the outward-facing SSH server once. I haven't been brave enough to register outward-facing services since then.

  • Re: Paging Drasnor......

    I make a living exploiting the things you can do with an Earth that's not flat. The fact of the matter though is that it's not round either; it's lumpy and oblong and has these dense parts and floppy parts and the whole mess is just about as not-flat as things can be. Did you know that gravity is not constant? Not only does gravity vary geographically:

    but it also varies over time, both on a 12-hr cycle tracking the tides and on a 5.9 year cycle tracking the variation of Earth's rotational rate. It's very inconvenient.

  • Re: SSD Dead

    Would it be uncouth of me to recommend Knoppix with dd or dd-rescue for drive imaging? These are my go-tos.