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Re: Bought this (Modern) hardware today

Postby bjwil1991 » 2019-1-03 @ 19:54

That's one pretty system.
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Re: Bought this (Modern) hardware today

Postby oeuvre » 2019-1-04 @ 13:46

Thanks! I'm not exactly sure what to do with it now since installing MacOS didn't work out very well... Hackintosh is still quite a PITA
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Re: Bought this (Modern) hardware today

Postby xjas » 2019-1-06 @ 21:34

I put a little more work into my OptiPlex 7010, getting it ready to take over the jobs of the two other Windows 7 PCs I have so I can sell them off.

Firstly, my drive caddies came in:

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^^ I'm sure glad they packed these in an antistatic bag to prevent ESD damage.

When installed properly these mount the hard drive upside-down. Not sure how I feel about that.

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Dell saw fit to equip this thing with a 275W power supply, because it was clearly 1997 in 2014 when they made it. Just as a reminder, this has a quad core i7 3770k with hyperthreading; it is not a low-end model.

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Re: Bought this (Modern) hardware today

Postby xjas » 2019-1-06 @ 21:40

Getting rid of this and swapping the GPU turned into a bit of a project. Here's a before pic:

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^^ Pretty tidy in there, but unfortunately that's not going to last.

While I had it open, I cloned the drives one of the other PCs in the jankiest way possible:

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Here's the old versus the new GPU. You can see why I want to upgrade the power supply. I'm actually fine with the performance of the FirePro, but I need it for my rackmount PC. I bought two of these GTX 460s a while ago for an SLI build that failed; they've been sitting in my closet doing nothing ever since, so I may as well use one here.

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This machine will eventually get the GTX 750Ti out of my Core2quad system (on the right, above) but I'm still using that thing for now. This is the kind of needlessly overcomplicated problem that I have all the time & nobody else seems to.

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^^ With the new PSU (and GPU) installed. Unfortunately after messing around for most of an hour, I decided there was no way my Antec EA-750 was going to fit (it's physically longer than the stock one by about 3cm, and I had to remove the case door latch to even get it in there.) This EA-380 was the next-best one I had my stash so it'll have to do. It's not a great PSU (these are known for cap deterioration, among other things), and 380W is kind of pushing it with a GTX460, but it seems to be doing the job alright. I had to sacrifice two Molex connectors to get a second 6-pin for the GPU.

Incidentally the GPU looks like it fits in pretty neatly, but it's actually blocking all four SATA ports. Why do they always insist on putting them behind the PCI-e slots?? I can still use them, but I'm going to have to remove the graphics card if I need to unplug or plug anything else in, which is kind of a pain in itself.

Let's not talk about the rat's nest of cables above the hard drive bays.

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^^ I'm also not happy with how close the two-slot GPU sits to my VisionRGB Pro. It's really only about 8mm away and covers ~75% of the fan area. But I only have one “old-PCI” slot so this is my only option. I really hope it can still suck enough air through that narrow space.
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Re: Bought this (Modern) hardware today

Postby xjas » 2019-1-06 @ 21:47

Anyway, with that done & the drivers installed, I left it running Unigine Valley for a while, and it seemed to go fine despite the 380W PSU & restricted airflow. Performance is a bit better than the FirePro, and the GPU temp stabilized around ~66° with the case closed, so I’m calling it a success. Knock on wood.

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BTW this benchmark/tech demo is gorgeous and you can even stop the camera and walk or fly around in it, and play with the weather. I could seriously mess with this all day. I didn’t know about it until this project, but it’s good stuff.

That's it for now... I want to find a couple 8GB DDR3 modules to bump it up to 24GB :evil: but I'll wait for a deal. And yes, I'm still using spinny disks rather than SSDs, because I have a bunch of them on-hand. It has a 500GB boot drive and a 1TB data drive which will be enough for my purposes.

So far my entire expenditure on this rig has been:
$30 for the system
$20 (seriously!) for 2 x 4GB G.Skill PC3-14900
$6 shipped for two drive caddies
$20 for one GTX460 (I bought two for $40 back in November)
$0 for hard drives & PSUs; had them all lying around, mostly from dumpster finds or free pickups.

Seventy-six bucks (CAD) in for a fully modern system that blows anything else I have out of the water is pretty good in my book.

Edit: argh, meant to post all of the above in the "modern activity" thread. I can't move three posts with pictures cleanly, so guess they're here now. Too many threads to follow.
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Re: Bought this (Modern) hardware today

Postby spiroyster » 2019-1-06 @ 22:47

xjas wrote:Anyway, with that done & the drivers installed, I left it running Unigine Valley for a while, and it seemed to go fine despite the 380W PSU & restricted airflow. Performance is a bit better than the FirePro, and the GPU temp stabilized around ~66° with the case closed, so I’m calling it a success. Knock on wood.

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BTW this benchmark/tech demo is gorgeous and you can even stop the camera and walk or fly around in it, and play with the weather. I could seriously mess with this all day. I didn’t know about it until this project, but it’s good stuff.

That's it for now... I want to find a couple 8GB DDR3 modules to bump it up to 24GB :evil: but I'll wait for a deal. And yes, I'm still using spinny disks rather than SSDs, because I have a bunch of them on-hand. It has a 500GB boot drive and a 1TB data drive which will be enough for my purposes.

So far my entire expenditure on this rig has been:
$30 for the system
$20 (seriously!) for 2 x 4GB G.Skill PC3-14900
$6 shipped for two drive caddies
$20 for one GTX460 (I bought two for $40 back in November)
$0 for hard drives & PSUs; had them all lying around, mostly from dumpster finds or free pickups.

Seventy-six bucks (CAD) in for a fully modern system that blows anything else I have out of the water is pretty good in my book.

Edit: argh, meant to post all of the above in the "modern activity" thread. I can't move three posts with pictures cleanly, so guess they're here now. Too many threads to follow.

That is a cool demo. Reminds me of Anteworld which, incidentally, you should be able to run on your system :happy:
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Re: Bought this (Modern) hardware today

Postby oeuvre » 2019-1-09 @ 14:21

Optiplexes never came with a 3770K... unless you upgraded it yourself. The best it came with was a 3770.
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Re: Bought this (Modern) hardware today

Postby pote2639 » 2019-1-16 @ 18:11

I'm still regret that I bought a 1070 3 months ago, should've waited for rtx 2060. eek.
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