Computer nerds, this is the obligatory "describe your rig" thread

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  1. DoctorWho

    DoctorWho Well-Known Member

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    Dunno, I was running 3 computers full time in the early days of 16.5 kb dialup modems.

    With wireless, it is much simpler, new wireless everything, printers, keyboards, mouse, it gets simpler.
     
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    NZXT Phantom Special Edition Black/Orange
    XFX ProSeries Core Edition 550W PSU
    AMD FX-8350 Black Edition
    ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0
    Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600MHz 15GB CL9
    XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB GDDR5(Upgraded to a Gigabyte AMD Radeon R9 390X 8GB Gaming)
    Intel 335 SSD 240GB(OS and main Disk)
    2x WD Desktop 2TB
    1x WD Desktop 3TB
    Silverstone Tundra TD03(Upgraded to a Corsair Hydro H75 due to the Tundra's internal engine/motor dying)
     
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    I can't believe the changes that have happened over the last 15 years. About 15 years ago, my family of 4 had 1 computer with dial up 28K modem and Netzero. I carried a beeper for work. Today, I have 2 wireless routers connected to a cable modem that also has wireless in it, smart phones, computers, laptops and TVs that stream Netflix and 100 Mb downloads. 20 years ago, I laughed at the idea that we could ever reasonably "download or stream" a show. We had a 32" 4x3 CRT TV. Today, we watch streaming 4K on a 65" Curve. Oh. And an N64 rather than an Xbox 1X. Just crazy. Makes one wonder what is next. (Not really. Next? Within 10 years, the computers and laptops will go away and we will only use a smart phone that will fit into a dock and give us a desktop experience. I have a bud that already does this with a Samsung 9+ but the concept needs some work. That work is going to get done.)
     
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    asus chromebook OS. It sucks.
     
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    I have a cheap Dell laptop with a Ryzen 2500U, an SSD upgrade (came with a 5400 RPM hard drive originally) and Linux installed. It also has a Windows 7 VM for running MS Word for work purposes.

    Why suffer with a Chromebook?
     
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    People once laughed at dick tracy's wrist radio.
     
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    I have an IBM PC. It came with 16K of ram and no hard drive. It boots from 5.25" floppy disks.
     
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    You couldn't even send an email with that now.
     
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    Email and the web didn't even exist yet. It came with DOS 2.0

    I upgraded to 512K of ram and DOS 6.2, eventually. NOW we're living high on the hog! Woohoo!!! I had contacted IBM about the upgrade and they said I had one of the very first PCs ever made.

    One day I was working on a college paper using Multi Mate - an early word processing program. Suddenly all of the letters on my screen fell to the bottom and landed in a pile. THAT was one of the very first viruses. It was harmless but funny as hell! A friend gave it to me as a joke.

    At first I couldn't imagine what was happening!!! No one had ever seen anything like this before.
     
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    Interesting.
     
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    Colleague had to do a thesis to wrap up her degree late 1980s. It was to be saved on a 5" floppy. Something went wrong and she lost months of work in an instant. Unrecoverable.
    Have you tried to game with it? I've heard that chip (though, not the U version) could give one a pretty decent experience, no discrete card required. I think the day coming soon when a discrete video card is as unusual as a separate sound card.

    ITMT: I just received a Samsung Odyssey + VR Mixed reality set. Haven't plugged it in yet. I thought VR would survive. So much free content and you can get a $50 cheap headset and put your phone in it. Now that cheap headset can be got for under $20 at Walmart and rather than take up a whole room with equipment and spend $600, this thing requires no light towers and cost me $300. I hope my RX 480 8 Gig Ram can do it justice.
     
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    I recently moved to using one of its desktop equivalents, the 2200G, as my main CPU on the desktop. I did this in part to go back to using my white Rexgear case (the video card I have for the other Ryzen is too big to fit in there with an optical drive), and in part to save energy since I have this thing running most of the day every day for work and such. I've tried Skyrim on both this and the laptop, and it's just fine. Of course, that is also an old game. I have also run the Heaven benchmark on this, and the results are:

    Unigine Heaven Benchmark 4.0
    FPS: 23.6
    Score: 594
    Min FPS: 10.6
    Max FPS: 45.4

    System
    Platform: Linux 5.0.3-200.fc29.x86_64 x86_64
    CPU model: AMD Ryzen 3 2200G with Radeon Vega Graphics (3499MHz) x4
    GPU model: Unknown GPU (256MB) x1

    Settings
    Render: OpenGL
    Mode: 1920x1080 fullscreen
    Preset Custom
    Quality High
    Tessellation: Disabled​

    I will have to test more advanced games and see how it does. I just don't play games much anymore, and when I do they tend to be old and/or undemanding anyway. I will be happy as long as it can handle Starcraft II and those Truck Simulator games, and I have little doubt that it can. Doom 2016 running in Vulkan rather than OpenGL should also do well. I saw as much on YouTube. I imagine the laptop would perform quite similarly to the desktop.
     
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    American Truck Simulator runs nicely. I dialed the settings up until the frames started to become noticeable. Cranked a lot of things up to high, such as textures, shadow, grass density, reflections, mirror distance, weather quality and so on, and it was still good. Better than my old AMD Redwood-based card, but obviously inferior to the big one, which is an RX 580. Good enough to play on, definitely, and that's on a chip that retails for $100 or less :)

    I'll have to take Starcraft II for a spin now (through Wine, of course). I expect that to be smooth.
     
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    Starcraft II is looking good, as expected, though I only tested it with the campaign (which is usually what I play, anyway).
     
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    MB: ASUS ROG STRIX x470-F Gaming
    CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2600 6-Core (watercooled)
    RAM: 16GB of (I don't remember)
    GPU: Radeon RX 580 (pre-owned, watercooled)
    HD: WD 500GB SSD
    OS: Win10
    Case: random junker from goodwill

    Built by me. Mostly used to play Fallout 76.
     
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    no need to waste money on a pc, i chose to purchase a refurbished hp 8200 elite usff workstation.
    usff = ultra small form factor measures approx 9"x9"x2"

    came with win 7 pro for which i immediately removed the 2.5" spin drive and tossed it in the trash (winblows sucks), i installed a samsung 860 evo ssd & loaded up debian 9.4, sandboxed the sh*t out of it.

    intel i5-2500s 2.70GHz x4 w/ 2nd gen integrated graphics
    16gigs vengeance ddr3 1600 (max for the system)

    system flies, loads in under 9 seconds, shutsdown (a true shutdown, not sleep or hybernate) in under a second...

    apps are all freeware
     
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    I run a business dependant on video editing 4k60 video files. I am also an avid gamer. Both tasks are much easier and better with a discrete graphics card and fast CPU.

    I am also on the frugal side of things. I built this PC i 2008 and have done one motherboard upgrade since. Three graphics cards in total. Not too bad spread over 12 years.

    I have been into Linux in the past. Windows ain't too bad. Compatibility is way better than it used to be. I started out this build on Vista and 7 then 10 were big improvements.

    I'm not too phased. I've even had a Macbook Pro at one point. I can get most things to work. No writing to NTFS external drives for instance isn't as big a deal for me as I can work around it.
     
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    My PC is:
    dual 8-core Xeons
    SuperMicro X10DAI-O server motherboard
    128 GB of ECC Registered DDR4 RAM
    assorted drives totalling about 20 TB of storage
    Windows 10 Pro OS running on nVME SSD
     
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