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Ok, I'm a bit bored, and thought I'd post the first computer I built in over 10 years.  I don't have a pic, but maybe I'll post one later.

 

case:  Fractal Design Meshify C TG

m/b:   MSI b450m Mortar Titanium

cpu:   Ryzen 2600x

cpu cooler:  Be Quiet Dark Rock Slim

gpu:  MSI 1660 Super gaming X

ram:  16gb G.Skill Flare X cl14

ssd:  512gb Samsung EVO 970 Plus

hdd:  2tb Seagate Barracuda 7200

psu:  EVGA Supernova G3 650W

monitor:  AOC 27G2 27" w/gsync

 

plus,  set of cable mod psu cables in classic black mesh

plus,  (2) Fractal Design 120mm Venturi input fans

plus,  (1) Be Quiet Superwings 3 exhaust fan

 

Running Linux Pop!_OS 20.04 LTS  (f*ck microsoft)

 

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I've got the same SSD as you.  

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3 hours ago, A_Grand_Tale_Of_Horror said:

How do you find nvidia compatibility in pop? Games running ok?

 

In the latest build 20.04 LTS, nvidia has been great and I have not had any updates do anything hanky.  I haven't installed any games yet, but the game related nvidia posts on the pop os reddit group have been very positive.  I wish I had switched to Linux much sooner.

 

I have Timeshift installed, and I always create a "restore point" before a major update, but I have not had to use it yet.

 

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Cheers @motleyhoo

 

I need a newbuild. Don't do gaming as it wastes my time so basically run of the mill office tasks, browsing.....that's about it.

I do think that quiet fan is a necessity though.

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Eschewing the expensive hobby of  bleeding edge 3d gaming and going for quiet low power internet the 5 inch external usb fan blowing air across the desk here is the only noise with a silent GF 1030 graphics card and a dc socket on the itx m/b  allowing the thing to run off a laptop psu.

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case:  cooler master masterbox mb511

m/b:   MSI b450 pro carbon  ac

cpu:   Ryzen 7 2700

cpu cooler: corsair h80i

gpu:  MSI  vega 56 airboost

ram: 16gb 2x8  corsair vengeance lpx ddr4 3000mhz

ssd:  Crucial P1 M.2-2280 500GB PCI Express 3.0 x4 NVMe Solid State Drive

hdd:  4tb Seagate 2.5 hard drive

psu:  EVGA  750W

monitor:  lenovo  22" w/freesync 144hz

 

windows 10 

 

assorted 120mm fans

 

got most of the stuff when they went eol and became cheaper.   got somebody that buys most of my old pc bits for a decent price otherwise i wouldnt be able to have a nice pc like this.

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mobo: fujitsu d2990 a3 (turd but cheap) 

cpu: i5 3570 ivy bridge 

ram 8gb 12800

gpu: 1650 super 4gb

monitor 144hz 24" 1k

case: red

psu: cit 500w 80+

h/d: adata 256 ssd + 1tb barracuda

 

Counter strike UGC servers/doom / UT  

 

 

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My issue is I don't want to buy a desktop computer because I like to travel light.

 

So while I've got a laptop with a decent real quad core I5 my graphics card is a 4gb Nvidia 1050.

 

I know it's a hardly enough but finding a laptop with a decent graphics card without getting your pants pulled down and bent over for the price of it is near impossible...

 

I've got the Lenovo Legion 520. I got it in a sale and paid about half the usual retail price.

 

But the build quality leaves a lot to be desired and as with most Legions of the range, the hard drive is useless and slow hence my replacing it with the excellent Samsung 970 plus.

 

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i7 9700K

NZXT Kraken x52 CPU cooler
GTX 1080 
MSI Z390 Gaming Edge

8gb Corsair DDR4

Samsung SSD 850 EVO 500gb

Toshiba HDD 2TB

34" Ultrawide LG Monitor 144hz 

2 x NZXT RGB fans, black/white cable mods, Model O Glorious mouse, HyperX keyboard. 

 

I kickass in cs:go, cod:mw, aoe:de

 

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Posted (edited)

This might be a noob question but can a laptop's graphics card be replaced?


Perhaps not since I think it is integrated with the CPU but I'm not sure.

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Ah, this thread takes me back!

 

About 15 years or so ago, I was really into computers, and built my own PCs from scratch.

 

I got lucky for a while, as I got involved with the old MSI forum (when it was a user-to-user community which MSI stayed 'hands-off' from) and ended up a mod, then an admin. As we were 'volunteers' and didn't get any financial reward from MSI, they used to allow us to have 'free stuff' once a quarter, so I had a constant supply of motherboards, graphics cards and the like.

 

About 10 years ago, I sort of lost interest in the whole scene, after MSI took the forum away from us and set up their own one instead.

 

I also ran into financial difficulties, so I lost the ability to be able to constantly upgrade my PC with decent kit.

 

I found myself losing interest in videogames, so I started dabbling with Linux, as games were the main reason I had Windows on my PC.

 

I only went back to using Windows again a few years ago when I started my current job. We use some software at work which only runs on Windows, plus I needed to use Microsoft Office, as LibreOffice didn't have the same capabilities as MS Excel does.

 

So my current PC is an 'off-the-shelf' ASUS PC, which I picked up from PC World one Sunday morning, it was decent spec at a reasonable price, in fact it worked out cheaper than building one myself, and I could use it straightaway. I think all I did with it was replace the PSU with the Corsair one out my 'old' PC, and added in some extra memory. Then later on replaced the HDD with an SSD. It has served me well the last four or five years, and I have absolutely no need to replace it all.

 

I do also have an ASUS laptop, which while I don't use very often, does come in handy when I'm sitting out in the garden, and it has travelled with me on holiday on several occasions.

 

With the exception of gaming PCs, it does seem to me that traditional desktop PCs have reached the end of a line, with very few innovations now. A basic low-end budget PC from Currys or Argos will handle most tasks for simple home users.

 

And yes, unless you have some specialist applications that only run on Windows, Linux is a great 'free' alternative operating system.

 

Maybe I ought to give Linux a try again, and look at using VirtualBox for my work stuff when I'm at home.

 

 

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I took my debian buster work setup home when this Covid nonsense started.

The VPN the company uses only works on Windoze so that is running on VirtualBox.

Everything works, it just makes things harder than it needs to be.

 

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1 hour ago, Truthspoon said:

This might be a noob question but can a laptop's graphics card be replaced?


Perhaps not since I think it is integrated with the CPU but I'm not sure.

 

 

most laptops dont have a separate gpu, some do but they usually very expensive afaik.

 

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1 hour ago, Truthspoon said:

This might be a noob question but can a laptop's graphics card be replaced?


Perhaps not since I think it is integrated with the CPU but I'm not sure.

 

17 minutes ago, eddy64 said:

 

 

most laptops dont have a separate gpu, some do but they usually very expensive afaik.

 

 

Back in the day, I do recall that there were some laptops available, where it was possible to replace the graphics card, but these were mainly gaming laptops.

 

I'm pretty sure this didn't last long though, and the vast majority of laptops and notebooks still have integrated GPUs.

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The rig I have has an AMD FX-6350, a GTX 960 3gb and 16gb RAM. Definitely shows it's age though. Once I have finished my current project in Unity I will probably get one of the new Ryzen chips, not sure what GPU to get yet though as I haven't followed build guides or benchmarks for a while. Might just save for a rendering workstation.

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*i find these threads psychologically help those who have spent £3000 on a top spec rig but only found a times to utilise the power

 

 

 

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HP OMEN 

I7 second gen

SSD 500GB

standard hard drive 3TB 2700

NVIDIA GEFORCE  RTX 2080 super

32 HyperX DDR4

Acer screen wide 27"

Windows 10

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31 minutes ago, zArk said:

*i find these threads psychologically help those who have spent £3000 on a top spec rig but only found a times to utilise the power

 

 

 

 

A few years ago, my mum wanted a new PC to replace the one I had custom built for her years ago, which was on its last legs to be honest.

 

She had retired and didn't need anything fancy now (she used to use AutoCAD software for her work) so I advised her to just get some cheap basic PC from PC World, she ended up paying about £300 for some Lenovo SFF PC. I warned her though not to listen to anything that the salespeople told her, otherwise she'd end up paying about £800 for something far more advanced than she needed. 😉

 

When I left college, I worked for about a year at an independent PC components wholesaler, and learned about building and configuring PCs. I lost my job when the business closed down, and tried to apply for a job at PC World. I got turned down, and I was told that they weren't looking for people who knew PCs inside and out at a technical level, they just wanted 'salespeople'.

 

The kind of people who could 'upsell' a Jeep Cherokee, to someone who only needed a Smart FourTwo. I guess I was just too honest and down-to-earth for their liking.

 

So I have often wondered how many people wander into PC World just looking for a simple PC to read emails and browse the internet, and end up walking away with something that could power an ecommerce website or bitcoin mining operation.

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24 minutes ago, Grumpy Owl said:

have often wondered how many people wander into PC World just looking for a simple PC to read emails and browse the internet, and end up walking away with something that could power an ecommerce website or bitcoin mining operation.

or the other way.. 

looking for a gaming rig for their precious and end up buying a pc with onboard gfx for ££££

 

 

after playing online for a few years, a good pc is essential (144hz min monitor) but more importantly these dayz a good supply of adderall. its the pros choice ;) 

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I have 884 games on Steam, as well as some on GOG and Origin, but I haven't played anything on PC for months, same with my Xbox One. I play the Switch quite a bit, but that's just so I can sit back with it while I'm watching youtube or bitchute. It's basically at the point where I can't concentrate on games unless I have something else on another screen. I do want to get back into PC games when I upgrade my rig soon, but I'm scared of losing my life to them again.

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5 hours ago, chocomel said:

Cheers @motleyhoo

 

I need a newbuild. Don't do gaming as it wastes my time so basically run of the mill office tasks, browsing.....that's about it.

I do think that quiet fan is a necessity though.

 

I have a pet peeve that I challenge myself to achieve, which makes a new build for me like a long term research project to see how much power, at the least amount of noise, and the most efficient cooling I can get at the best price.  I guess it's the Engineer in me.  I spent a LOT of time picking out each component under the stipulation that I might want to play a few decent games (haven't been a gamer since I last played halo 1 on my old xbox), but I don't have the need to be able to play every new AAA game, so 1080p is good enough to me.  I knew I wanted a "mesh" case, so that meant I had to spend about $75 extra for the fans, an extra $30 for the Gaming X card, which is totally silent unless maxing it out,  and $70 for the cpu cooler.  Even under a decent load the entire machine is so quiet it sounds like a single fan.  It's barely a whisper, even though it's right next to my head.

 

I guess I messed up by getting it all right, because now I really have nothing to upgrade and nothing else to research or components to track down.  So, I decided to build another desktop for my wife around a Sapphire rx-580 Nitro+ graphic card.  I'm going to get her the same case I have because I really like it.  And I already have an MSI b450m Tomahawk Max motherboard.

 

Some of you guys above have some really nice components.  I learned to build PC's while doing an internship during college as an IT help desk tech. at a defence contractor.  They were just transitioning over from paper to computers and most people there did not have a computer.  We built all of our PC's in-house and that was one of my jobs, building each PC to the employees needs and then installing and setting them up.

 

I find building a PC a cathartic experience.  It's like a stress relief, and it's so awesome when you get one built and it successfully boots up the first time.  I wish I could just keep building them, but that would be crazy and my wife would disown me.

 

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lol here's my supercomputer:  :classic_laugh:

 

CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600

GPU: AMD ATI Radeon HD 4670 - 512 MB

RAM: 8GB

SSD: 256GB

HD: 500GB

OS: archlinux

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3 hours ago, motleyhoo said:

 

I have a pet peeve that I challenge myself to achieve, which makes a new build for me like a long term research project to see how much power, at the least amount of noise, and the most efficient cooling I can get at the best price.  I guess it's the Engineer in me.  I spent a LOT of time picking out each component under the stipulation that I might want to play a few decent games (haven't been a gamer since I last played halo 1 on my old xbox), but I don't have the need to be able to play every new AAA game, so 1080p is good enough to me.  I knew I wanted a "mesh" case, so that meant I had to spend about $75 extra for the fans, an extra $30 for the Gaming X card, which is totally silent unless maxing it out,  and $70 for the cpu cooler.  Even under a decent load the entire machine is so quiet it sounds like a single fan.  It's barely a whisper, even though it's right next to my head.

 

I guess I messed up by getting it all right, because now I really have nothing to upgrade and nothing else to research or components to track down.  So, I decided to build another desktop for my wife around a Sapphire rx-580 Nitro+ graphic card.  I'm going to get her the same case I have because I really like it.  And I already have an MSI b450m Tomahawk Max motherboard.

 

Some of you guys above have some really nice components.  I learned to build PC's while doing an internship during college as an IT help desk tech. at a defence contractor.  They were just transitioning over from paper to computers and most people there did not have a computer.  We built all of our PC's in-house and that was one of my jobs, building each PC to the employees needs and then installing and setting them up.

 

I find building a PC a cathartic experience.  It's like a stress relief, and it's so awesome when you get one built and it successfully boots up the first time.  I wish I could just keep building them, but that would be crazy and my wife would disown me.

 

 

Will look into a mesh case.

Near total silence? wow....

I think putting all the components are the easiest part....it's choosing which is time consuming...

 

Where do you buy your components in the UK guys?

Apart from Amazon and ebay....do you use ebuyer or anywhere better?

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