Friday, July 30


To Market To Market To Buy A Fat Pig In A Poke

So now that I'm going to have more money in the bank going forward I'm figuring out how to spend it all in advance.

I really do need a new PC though.

I'm thinking at this point of going back to having two systems for Windows and Linux.  Current specs I'm looking at are either:

  • Intel 11500
  • 64GB RAM
  • 2 x 2TB WD Blue SN550 SSDs
  • 1x 8TB WD Red Pro
  • RTX 3060 on the Windows box
  • Ryzen 5600X
  • 64GB RAM
  • 2 x 2TB WD Blue SN550 SSDs
  • 1x 8TB WD Red Pro
  • 6700 XT on the Windows box
  • GT 710 with 4x HDMI on the Linux box

And two - maybe three - 27"-32" 4K monitors.  I could use the Dells all-in-ones for that, but they only have one input and the brightness, contrast, and colour gamut are very different between the two I bought a year apart.  I'd like to get screens that actually match.

AMD solution works out to about A$600 more - the CPUs and motherboards cost more, and I need an extra video card unless the 5600G shows up very soon.  But both CPU and graphics on that config are faster, and if I want to run three monitors off the Linux box I would need that GT 710 on the Intel config anyway.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at 10:29 PM | Comments (7) | Add Comment | Trackbacks (Suck)
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1 My thoughts on building a new system to get around the inexplicable Bluescreens has been hampered by finding out that Washington state has the same high end gaming machine ban that California instituted.

Posted by: Mauser at Sunday, August 01 2021 06:25 AM (Ix1l6)

2 From the sound of things, Dell's cost-cutting measures screwed them nearly as much as California's stupid legislation or Washington state's stupid adoption of sad legislation.

You should be able to buy or build a system almost anywhere else.  There's still the GPU shortage to navigate, but other than that it should be doable.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Sunday, August 01 2021 07:31 AM (PiXy!)

3 *said

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Sunday, August 01 2021 07:31 AM (PiXy!)

4 *sad

Also, it's not that hard to buy all the bits (except GPU) and build your own, is it?  It's not like the 1990s when setting the wrong voltage (and maybe multiplier) on the motherboard jumpers would fry your CPU.  Or maybe I'm just some old, grumpy drunk squeaking into a series of tubes.

Posted by: normal at Sunday, August 01 2021 07:48 AM (obo9H)

5 Yeah, I've built a bunch of systems myself.  The only problem is if there's a faulty part - rare these days - you don't have another one on hand to swap in right away.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Sunday, August 01 2021 02:14 PM (PiXy!)

6 And the thing is, Washington has tons of cheap power. I think I pay, seasonally, between 8-10 cents a kWH.
They sell excess to California.

Of course, environmentalists want to blow up the dams.

Posted by: Mauser at Monday, August 02 2021 09:09 AM (Ix1l6)

7 Power costs here in NSW are insane, though South Australia is even worse.

The only Australian state with lots of cheap hydro is Tasmania - the entire western half of the island is a dream zone for hydro facilities.  In the rest of the country most of the suitable sites are already in use.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Monday, August 02 2021 10:36 AM (PiXy!)

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