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To: FUBHO who wrote (794)3/14/2019 3:12:59 PM
From: nicewatch
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The workstation refurbs were all DDR-3 ECC, that was two years ago and a bit before prices got crazy. I think those systems dated to 2012-2013 birth. Most builds were 64gb or 128gb of ram, depending on needs and budget. The last from scratch systems I built were 18 months ago, one was DDR-4, another was DDR-4 ECC and there was already a noticeable bump in ram price.

I called in a favor and got a deal on engineering samples of these, built two dual cpu systems, however my samples had a lower clock at 2.4GHz. Still a killer system now and especially back then:

cpubenchmark.net

If using ECC ram, used ram -usually server pulls- is the only way to go, imo. New ECC ram is always insanely priced compared to used.

What would you guess the performance % bump to be on Intel and AMD moving to 10nm and 7nm respectively? I've read a few articles about it but it seems like educated guesswork until the silicon hits the street and can be independently tested. The AMD Threadripper looks interesting to me if I were to build a system today, which I am not.

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To: nicewatch who wrote (795)3/14/2019 3:30:38 PM
From: FUBHO
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RE:What would you guess the performance %

The performance bump will be negligible. But they will have Spectre/Meltdown mitigation built in. Intel adds a couple Deep Learning instruction boost instructions. Better power. Hopefully more cores for the same money.

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To: FUBHO who wrote (796)3/14/2019 3:32:15 PM
From: nicewatch
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Good to know, thanks!

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From: shadowman5/5/2019 2:16:22 PM
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Microsoft promised to stop installing unstable updates when you click “Check for Updates” and now it’s delivering. Rather than automatically installing such updates, Windows gives you a “Download and install now” button. The button started appearing on PCs today. (MAY 2, 2019)



howtogeek.com





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To: FUBHO who wrote (794)5/31/2019 12:53:43 AM
From: goldworldnet
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I really want a Ryzen 7, maybe in 2020.

Josh

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To: nicewatch who wrote (797)6/6/2019 11:49:09 PM
From: goldworldnet
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Asked a young guy at Racetrack I talk with if he had a computer and he said no.

Anyway, I can put something together for him mostly out of spare parts.

He's a good kid and this is something that will make me feel good.

I told him I would build him a computer.

Josh

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To: goldworldnet who wrote (800)6/7/2019 3:02:31 PM
From: goldworldnet
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His computer will have a FX6300 with an old Visio 32" TV.



cpubenchmark.net

Will put Windows 10 Pro on it.

Currently he has to go to the library to use a computer and he's a smart kid.

All I'm doing is paying forward the good that has been done for me.

Josh

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To: goldworldnet who wrote (801)7/1/2019 5:21:35 PM
From: goldworldnet
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Switching the CPU to a FX-8350 with a Noctua NH-U9S cooler.



cpubenchmark.net

Decided the FX-6300 was too slow.

Josh

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To: goldworldnet who wrote (802)7/5/2019 3:34:23 PM
From: goldworldnet
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Succeeded in installing XP in AHCI mode after wasting time trying to convert an IDE installation.

AHCI mode is also used by SSDs to run wear-leveling TRIM software to extend SSD life.

This is the sequence to install XP onto a SSD running in AHCI mode.
  • Create a slipstream installation disc (Video Below).
  • Turn on AHCI in the BIOS.
  • Next install onto a Hard Drive (HDD).
  • Then clone HDD to SSD.
Note: I tried installing XP directly to the SSD, but it didn't work.



nLite - for Windows XP is free.

My AHCI drivers did come in an EXE file and used 7-Zip to extract them.

Btw, this computer build will run Win 10 with Win XP & Linux Mint on a separate SSD.

Josh

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To: goldworldnet who wrote (803)7/10/2019 11:40:59 AM
From: goldworldnet
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5 SSD setup for new box.

With the DVD drive that will max out the 6 SATA ports on the motherboard.
  • 500GB -- W10PRO with Legacy Software & Made to look like Win7.
  • 500GB -- W10PRO with Minimal Extra Software.
  • 500GB -- Backup Drive for Images.
  • 250GB -- Linux Mint Cinnamon.
  • 120GB -- Windows XP PRO.
XP & Linux were going to share a drive, but that would've complicated backups.

Josh

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