Go Mine Somewhere Else, Damn You
So I'm finally ready to place an order for my new PC - I'm thinking an AMD Ryzen 1700 - and I just took a look online to see what the situation is with video cards.
On the AMD side, there are no Radeon 580 or 570 cards available, and no 4GB 560 cards either. Only the 2GB model, which doesn't have enough memory for effective mining, and the low-end 550.
On the nVidia side, there are almost no 1070s in stock, and the price has jumped on all of them, stock or not. The cheaper 1080s are all gone. The 1060s are all gone. There's some 1050s and a couple of 1050 Ti cards, and there's some 1080 Ti cards available if I want to spend $1200 on a video card.
I may go ahead and just get a 1050 Ti until the situation improves. I don't have much time to play games at the moment anyway.
Update: Wait, Newegg now ships to Australia. They have some RX 580 cards in stock at non-inflated prices, but only in bundles with the Ryzen 1700X. Hmm.
Update Part Deux: There's also this puppy:
It offers an 8-core Ryzen 1700, 16GB memory, Radeon RX 580 8GB video card, 27" 4K IPS display, and a 256GB PCIe SSD + 1TB spinny drive. It also has HDMI in so it can act as a monitor.
I checked the service manual, and memory, SSD, disk drive, and even the CPU are user-upgradeable. It does cost a bit more than building it myself, but still a lot cheaper than my iMac.
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That CyberPowerPC I bought started crashing regularly while playing GW2. Also, every once in a while I'd start it up and it'd go "hey, you maybe wanna plug in a hard drive?"
So back it went. Sigh
. Guess I'm gonna be ordering from Frys or Newegg, a new set of components.
Posted by: Rick C at Wednesday, July 05 2017 08:44 AM (ITnFO)
In US terms the prices between the two procs are only $50. Then again, my 1600X, while I had it, pretty much ran all 6 cores at 3.7GHz the whole time, so sans
overclocking, there's probably only a 100MHz speed difference between the 1700 and 1700X.
Posted by: Rick C at Wednesday, July 05 2017 09:40 AM (ITnFO)
Sucks that you're still having problems.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Wednesday, July 05 2017 11:15 AM (PiXy!)
Man, it's driving me up the WALL.
I think I'm going to go for a 1600X again. Just not sure at all about the motherboard. Not interested in SLI, don't need a ton of SATA ports. An M.2 capable of doing 4x PCIe and a pair of SATAs will be fine. The ability to overclock even if I don't do it means I don't want the A320; and some of the lowend motherboards don't give you much control over the OC knobs--like there's some Gigabytes that don't let you set the voltages, just offsets. Onboard wifi would be nice.
And then, you know, stability, plus maybe
the ability to either OC the RAM or at least run it faster than 2667.
That doesn't seem like too much to ask for!
Posted by: Rick C at Wednesday, July 05 2017 11:55 AM (ITnFO)
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