Jan. 12th, 2017

dmilewski: (Macbeth the Usurper)
I finally scraped up enough to build a new PC. I figure that I've been saving since June. My current PC is over 4 years old, which means that it's time to rebuild. My old PC will go to my daughter, who is terribly excited to get off her 10 year old PC.

I build PCs every so often just to keep my skills up. To be honest, there's some great deals out there on mass built PCs and used PCs, and did they ever tempt me, but skills are skills, and this is my currently highly-paid one (far more so than writing novels).

Here's the parts list:

Video: EVGA GeForce GTX 750Ti with G-SYNC Support 2GB GDDR5 128bit, Dual-Link, DVI-I, HDMI, DP Graphics Card (02G-P4-3751-KR)
Windows Drive: SanDisk Ultra II 480GB SATA III 2.5-Inch 7mm Height Solid State Drive (SSD) with Read Up To 550MB/s- SDSSDHII-480G-G25
Motherboard: Asus ATX DDR4 Motherboards H170-PRO/CSM
CPU: Intel 3.70 GHz Core i3-6100 3M Cache Processor (BX80662I36100)
CPU Cooler : Cooler Master Hyper T4 CPU Cooler with 4 Direct Contact Heatpipes RR-T4-18PK-R1
RAM: HyperX FURY Black 16GB Kit (2x8GB) 2133MHz DDR4 Non-ECC CL14 DIMM Desktop Memory (HX421C14FBK2/16)
Case: Thermaltake Versa H22 Plus
Drive Tray: ICY DOCK ToughArmor MB992SK-B 2 x 2.5? SATA HDD/SSD Full Metal Mobile Rack in 1 x 3.5 Device Bay
Power Supply: Seasonic SSR-450RM ATX 12V/EPS 12V 450-Watt 80 Plus Gold certified PFC Power Supply
Windows 10
Wireless Card: TP-Link Wireless Dual Band PCI Express Adapter (TL-WDN4800)

Remaining To Be Bought
Ubuntu Drive: SanDisk Ultra II 240GB SATA III 2.5-Inch 7mm Height Solid State Drive (SSD) with Read Up To 550MB/s- SDSSDHII-240G-G25
DVD Drive
Really nice, more comfortable headphones.

This PC is unique for having an ejectable drive tray so that swapping OSs becomes that much easier. If Windows gives a fit about there being a Linux drive, I just pop the drive instead of taking apart the PC.

Right now, I'm still running on my old Ubuntu drive, which is a nice Western Digital 1TB. (The black one.) It will eventually become my data drive, where I'll share data between Linux and Windows. I haven't figured out how I'll shuffle that piece yet. Eventually I'll swap Ubuntu over to an SSD as well.

I chose an i3 because of it's price/performance. Cheap and effective.

Overall, the build cost far more than I wanted, but the Intel parts kept costing too more than AMD. In hindsight, I may have been able to forego the fancy CPU cooler, as the i3 came with a very nice cooler included. I would have gone with AMD if their CPUs had kept up, but their single-thread speed hadn't improved much since I built my last PC, and I mostly run single-threaded applications. Intel had done far better on the single-thread front.

Also this time, since my old PC was going to my daughter, I couldn't strip it of parts and its OS license. I had to come out with two operable PCs.

So, yeah, this wound up complicated.

Last night, I got the last of my parts in and built the sucker. By the time that I went to bed, I had Windows 10 running and updating. Ubuntu had booted just by moving the drive, so that was easy.

Between POST and login is 3 seconds. That's a 2-3 second improvement on my last PC.

In addition to the complications of this transition, I'll need to transition my daughter's data. My aim is to recycle the SSD on her old computer, possibly me taking it for the new build's Ubuntu drive, and possibly me forcing onto my wife's laptop. I haven't decided on that yet.

I have yet to create a disk image of it, but I will tonight. Clonezilla is my friend.

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