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Old 04-16-2017, 08:04 AM   #1
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My workstation / rig pics

After the shenanigans of the past couple weeks that had my head spinning (catv/isp interruptions, psu emf's, mom broke her heel, etc...) I finally got a chance to sit down for some benching this morning.

I'm experiencing a sort of second golden age of computing if you will, reminds me of when I first got into overclocking and customizing pc's... not quite as exciting maybe, but still a great feeling.

All this has me eager to share pics of my setup, so here goes!
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Old 04-16-2017, 01:09 PM   #2
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Nice, just fyi I don't think this drive is doing much work or is that one of those top of the line wireless hard drives :P

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Old 04-16-2017, 01:35 PM   #3
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Lol, that's one of my backup/ offline drives. I like to leave it unconnected in the event of surges or psu explosions... It's mostly images and old downloads, software and such.
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Old 04-20-2017, 09:28 AM   #4
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I understand fully what you mean about the golden age of overclocking. lts funny as you get older and have more money how you can buy better parts, but do not put them through the paces like when your younger and poorer trying to squeeze out every ounce of performance...

Yet, that urge is still there to get some more bang for your buck. My main rig became my workstation at the office for CAD (and internet access when logged into a restricted VPN on the customer end on the work laptop) I still have the urge to clock it... just a little.
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Old 04-21-2017, 07:45 AM   #5
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I think you may need to clean your fans.
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No case window equals no micro brush cleaning ftw. I use compressed air to get the majority of the dust that makes it past the case filters out, but over the years some of the fans develop a "tackier" very fine dust that won't come off with air alone. I don't have forced air hvac in my house so there is not much room air filtration to speak of. That combined with lots of natural fiber furnishings and an open kitchen and lots of cooking creates the sticky fine dust that's hard to remove from plastics. It's actually one of the main reasons I went with a windowless case with mesh filtration. Still has fantastic airflow though ;-)
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No case window equals no micro brush cleaning ftw. I use compressed air to get the majority of the dust that makes it past the case filters out, but over the years some of the fans develop a "tackier" very fine dust that won't come off with air alone. I don't have forced air hvac in my house so there is not much room air filtration to speak of. That combined with lots of natural fiber furnishings and an open kitchen and lots of cooking creates the sticky fine dust that's hard to remove from plastics. It's actually one of the main reasons I went with a windowless case with mesh filtration. Still has fantastic airflow though ;-)
But you posted pictures We need to critique the build.
That crap will eat up your fan bearings eventually and they will start to make a bunch of noise.
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I'm not offended kwik, thanks for the input. Trust me, I don't like looking at it either. I often envy the super clean "design forward" type of builds, I just don't have time to obsess over the details these days. Did you ever see the air filtration housing I built for my rads? It's not currently in use but I'll post some pics later. I have "someday" plans for a desk build which will get it's supply air only after going through a furnace filter. That could be years off though, kids and small business/real estate investing eats most of my time these days. There you have it, my life story...
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How do you load software or play dvd or blu ray films etc... without any 5.25" ROM Drives? lol must literally do everything by download or via USB
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Yep, all usb and d/l. I have a bluray / dvd combo drive in my htpc. I do keep a spare dvd combo around in the event I need to make a disk or load some obscenely old software though. It only takes a few minutes to hook it up, although for the life of me I don't think I've ever installed anything from dvd since I got that system built.
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Yep, all usb and d/l. I have a bluray / dvd combo drive in my htpc. I do keep a spare dvd combo around in the event I need to make a disk or load some obscenely old software though. It only takes a few minutes to hook it up, although for the life of me I don't think I've ever installed anything from dvd since I got that system built.
You probably could share your DVD/BD from your HTPC across the network and use this on your workstation. I originally got this idea from the first batch of Macs without a DVD drive (Mac Minis I think?) that had instructions and available software to share the DVD drive from another Mac or Windows computer across the network. I gave it a try using regular Windows sharing toward another computer and while it worked for installing most software and games, it wouldn't work for running games as it was seeing the CD contents, but could not emulate the fact that it was a CD drive.

I have not used an internal DVD drive for like... 5+ years. I do have an USB slim one which I (almost) never use on my personal computer. Windows goes through an USB3 flash drive, old games are copied over from old installations, new games are bought online. Only thing the DVD drive is used for is for burning music and diagnostic disks lol.
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You probably could share your DVD/BD from your HTPC across the network and use this on your workstation. I originally got this idea from the first batch of Macs without a DVD drive (Mac Minis I think?) that had instructions and available software to share the DVD drive from another Mac or Windows computer across the network. I gave it a try using regular Windows sharing toward another computer and while it worked for installing most software and games, it wouldn't work for running games as it was seeing the CD contents, but could not emulate the fact that it was a CD drive.

I have not used an internal DVD drive for like... 5+ years. I do have an USB slim one which I (almost) never use on my personal computer. Windows goes through an USB3 flash drive, old games are copied over from old installations, new games are bought online. Only thing the DVD drive is used for is for burning music and diagnostic disks lol.
yeah we used to do that a lot back in the days on Windows 3.x/9x/etc because back then optical drives (even regular CDROM drives) were expensive.
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