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Comment reply on Forum Topic "AMD Ryzen 3990x vs EPYC 7742 need an explanation..."

  • 14 days ago
  • 2 points

My personal experience with enterprise vs consumer/enthusiast gear, is that, if this is for work, just go with the EPYC system.

Consumer/enthusiast systems always seem very beta in implementation until about 1-2 years after release and several BIOS updates, and then the BIOS updates totally stop, no more security updates or compatibility updates for most consumer/enthusiast platforms from mainstream motherbord vendors after about 3 years. Enterprise motherboards from SuperMicro, Dell, HP, etc, will get updates for 7-10 years to keep them secure and compatible.

If you want a trouble free, plug-n-play, stable experience that is well supported in linux, EPYC ROME is awesome. We're running a 4 node proxmox (kvm/ceph) cluster at work with Epyc Rome servers from SuperMicro and they have been completely trouble free.

I would also point out, that if you're in the market for a 7742, then you're paying a huge premium for what is perhaps the most important distinction between the 7742 and a 3990X, dual socket capability. If big core count is important, why not go 128 core on a dual socket?

If you truly only want this to be a single socket rig, consider the 7702P instead, save $3000.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "How to erase all data on hard drive."

  • 16 days ago
  • 1 point

Smelters work pretty good for this. When you can poor the aluminum off you're good.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Windows server 2012"

  • 16 days ago
  • 2 points

Achieving >1Gb/s routing or file serving is not a task that requires a cluster of servers. Even a very basic computer with a 10G network card could accomplish that if properly configured and connected to other 10G devices.

The purpose of clustering, is to virtualize the server infrastructure for easier management, easier backup/recovery, hardware failure tolerance, etc...

Unless you have specific software that is designed to distribute a load to multiple computers, and you spin up that software on all of the nodes, then you're not going to "scale" the performance of a virtualized server across multiple nodes. It doesn't work that way.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Windows server 2012"

  • 16 days ago
  • 1 point

Check out old supermicro Fat Twins. They are arranged with 2 nodes side-by-side in 2U, so you get 4 nodes in 4U space, but cooled by 80mm fans rather than 40mm (quieter), and 24 drive bays in 4U rather than only 16, and better PCIE expansion options than 1U servers.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Windows server 2012"

  • 16 days ago
  • 1 point

You can do that, but it's a huge mess. Rack mount computers, switches, etc, will consolidate the mess and be easier to service and upgrade.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Windows server 2012"

  • 16 days ago
  • 1 point

Honestly you'll get way more for your money and time buying refurbished servers from awhile back.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Windows server 2012"

  • 16 days ago
  • 2 points

CPU's and RAM are available to virtual machines running on their respective nodes. Any single VM can only use CPU and RAM resources from a single node at a time.

With Ceph storage, storage pools spanning drives across many nodes can be defined.

The idea is that you have say 4-5+ computers, arranged in a way that you can spin up virtual machines anywhere there is available resources to do so, and with ceph, a virtual machine's virtual disks are accessible to all nodes at any time, so VM's can be migrated from node to node to keep services up through maintenance or hardware failure, etc.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Windows server 2012"

  • 16 days ago
  • 3 points

Sounds like what you want is a hypervisor. While windows server can do this, it's pretty expensive.

Check out proxmox. Community edition is free. Configured with Ceph it's a very capable hyper-converged "single pane" solution for hosting virtualized servers from. At home I run my firewall on it (pfsense), fileserver (freenas), a couple instances of security onion (to practice SIEM), VM's for BOINC and FAH, an instance of debian to host my ubiquity wifi controller from, and a couple windows server evaluation instances for learning/practice.

I have a 4-node cluster made up of 2 X SuperMicro Ivy Bridge era Fat Twins on a 12U Rack. Works beautifully. (total cluster is 48 cores, 320GB RAM, 12 X 500GB SSD, 8X 1TB HDD and 8 X 4TB HDD).

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Thoughts on COVID-19..."

  • 17 days ago
  • 2 points

Good thoughts and thanks for sharing on this.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Thoughts on COVID-19..."

  • 23 days ago
  • 1 point

Hi Xizt!

When I get sick with familiar colds, flu, sinus, allergy, I normally have no anxiety response to these because they are familiar.

I have some actual food, medicine, and chemical sensitivities that cause a spike in blood pressure and/or allergy response that can feed an anxiety cycle for me. I avoid these "reactions" by avoiding the triggers for them best I can, but once and awhile I stumble into something that "triggers" this, so I've developed a bit of a hypochondriac like mentality when faced with new symptoms or unknowns.

This week, I have very very mild, but familiar physical symptoms that I would normally associate with a very mild cold or allergies. Normally this would not cause me any concern at all. Normal for this time of year, but with all this fuss about covid19, I keep worrying about this being the first symptoms of a covid19 contraction. I shouldn't worry at all about this. I'll be fine if I get it. If you have tips for calming the worry I'm open ears. Always looking for new ways to find calm.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Thoughts on COVID-19..."

  • 23 days ago
  • 2 points

Just watching an interview with Professor Lawrence Gostin on a youtube channel "channel 4 news."

I don't know anything about Gostin but he certainly sounds convincingly intelligent on the matter and does seem to have a good knack for "spotting" the politicization of this outbreak.

In a question about what we should have done better here in the US, he pointed out that we are WAY behind the curve on testing this thing, that the signs point to this thing having already been spreading in the US population for quite some time now.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Higher GHz or More Cores"

  • 24 days ago
  • 3 points

You can only compare clock speed of CPU's with the same architecture.

More clock speed is good, but sometimes a CPU with lower clock speed still achieves higher throughput per core/thread because it has a wider instruction pipeline per core.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Thoughts on COVID-19..."

  • 24 days ago
  • 1 point

Haha! Yea it's just a theory. This thing could spread like wildfire and infect 70% of the worlds population by the end of April, heck, 30% of us might already have it and be waiting for symptoms to begin. Myself, being a bit hypochondriac, feel like I already have it though it's probably just allergies.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Thoughts on COVID-19..."

  • 25 days ago
  • 2 points

Unfortunately, while it is immoral, it's probably not illegal for them to refuse to refund the ticket. Airlines are basically broke right now so probably won't be able to refund your ticket without a too-big-to-fail bailout, which might be coming, so you may be in luck, but you'll pay for it in the form of inflation over the long haul, so really, it doesn't matter if they refund you, you're going to pay for that ticket one way or another. Yay right?

I actually winder if having a cold might make you better situated to fight off covid19. Your immune system will already be cranked up. I'm not sure how that would play out, but in my experience it's pretty unusual to get sick twice in a row or have 2 similar sicknesses at the same time, because once the immune system is cranked up in response to a major invasion, there's no way for a new invasion to take up residence.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Thoughts on COVID-19..."

  • 25 days ago
  • 2 points

Hi Xizt!

All very valid and well thought out points. It's cool to hear more about this from people really putting the thinking cap on and digesting and trying to understand this. Thanks for contributing to the discussion!

I do agree that this very likely came from bats in China. I believe it's possible that the epicenter is Wuhan, but also possible that some other neighboring village or other place in china was the original transmission to a human. I didn't mean to imply that this originated in a totally different country or something, just that there's a lot of possibility here for this to have been in the wild long before it "blew up" in wuhan and was identified/named, and as such, likely had already found its way into many other countries and began taking up residence around the world.

The main point I meant to convey on that part of the topic was just that I would expect the data to have a lot of lag and thus, be potentially misleading. The "explosive" nature of this thing is partly due to the catch-up of data to existing case load, making things look like they are moving faster than they really are. For example.... since we're way behind on testing in the US, when we finally ramp that up it's going to be everywhere and appear to be "exploding" everywhere, when in fact it's been more steadily spreading here for many weeks, maybe months.

I think it would be very easy for this to be spreading more slowly in many places around the world with less ideal conditions for covid19 to spread in, and be easily mistaken for an up-tic in flu cases, since flu is rarely tested/confirmed since testing doesn't change treatment for the symptoms anyway.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Thoughts on COVID-19..."

  • 26 days ago
  • 1 point

Yea these are very interesting to watch.

I wish they would include some "estimated undocumented" figures to consider. Lots of professionals in the industry admitting that the documented case load is probably only a small fraction of the total number of people infected who are resolving at home without medical attention.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Thoughts on COVID-19..."

  • 26 days ago
  • 2 points

More thoughts:

I don't believe we will see trajectories mirroring Wuhan or Italy here in USA overall because those locations have multi-generational family living as standard. Also, in Wuhan, like half the population smokes and they have very poor air quality in general.

I do expect we'll have isolated pockets that spread fast and strain local care response, especially in dense cities.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Thoughts on COVID-19..."

  • 26 days ago
  • 2 points

I'm diverting ~75% of my income to 401K over the next several months through this dip. I expect the market to plunge further in coming weeks and might not recover to its previous high for months or years. This is my "buy the dip" strategy. When the market bounces back I'll return to more normal contribution levels.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Thoughts on COVID-19..."

  • 26 days ago
  • 2 points

nice ;)

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Thoughts on COVID-19..."

  • 26 days ago
  • 2 points

Takes up the most space for the least money so itches the scratch for feeling like the "strategy" is having a "big impact....." Some percentage of people are susceptible to this sort of "itch." Not sure but I'd guess ~25%...?

Also.... TP is already a product that is run on a very tight "just in time" inventory strategy, moreso than many other products because it is so bulky and so low density in terms of shelf space per profit margins, so all it takes is a very minor uptick in sales from a small percentage of people who are "soothed" by the feeling of buying something big to fill that need to "prep," and the inventories run dry.

As soon as some shelves are shown empty from this mild effect, a much larger number of people respond with a need to buy it, even if they already have plenty, just because they have valid concerns about not being able to get it. This compounds the issue....

Then, with everyone filling their pantries and freezers anyway for a few weeks of possible isolation if needed (I'll admit, I've done this), the delivery trucks are already more full than usual... less room for TP. Compounds the problem further.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "3600x 3700x , 3800x vs 9900K for gaming"

  • 27 days ago
  • 0 points

The 3600X/3700X/3800X all perform about the same for most gaming workloads, but the 37/38 models (8 core) will have more compute headroom for workloads to grow into and work slightly better for streaming or background tasks while gaming.

The 9900K is capable of slightly better performance, but at 1440P this is only going to show up if you're reducing visual quality settings a fair bit.... For modern games at high/ultra settings expect almost no difference in performance:

https://www.techpowerup.com/review/amd-ryzen-5-3600/16.html


I don't agree with gilroar on the point about more cores not being useful for the long haul. He's pointing out that games that run bad, run bad on CPU's with a wide variety of core counts, and using that as the evidence that more cores doesn't help longevity. This seems very misleading and disingenuous at best.

It's the wrong data-set for the question at hand. Forget about games that run bad on everything, that doesn't prove anything.

There are many examples of modern games that run great on a CPU like a 6C/12T i7-4930K or E5-1650 V2, but terrible on a 2C/4T or 4C/4T CPU from the same era like an i3-3220 or i5-3470. These are 7 year old CPU's. Core count makes a difference here in lots of games and applications.

I don't expect core-utilization to grow rapidly for gaming, but steadily as it has over the last 10 years or so. Assuming a similar trajectory, something like a 3900X today is likely to offer 2-3 more years of useful "staying" power for future games and workloads than a 3600X.


If you're in the market for a 9900K, I'd consider the 3900X instead.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Paid off my credit card debt. Should I get a better one?"

  • 27 days ago
  • 3 points

Anything over 740 is treated about the same in terms of loans and such, so if you're already there, awesome work!!!

Last I checked I think I was ~840... Last time I was at the bank and they pulled it she was like.. "Okay you're just showing off with that..."

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Paid off my credit card debt. Should I get a better one?"

  • 1 month ago
  • 5 points

Don't be afraid to keep multiple credit card accounts rolling all the time, but pay them off in full each month. Forget about APR. If you need money you don't have, get a loan, don't carry balances on credit cards. An active credit card with a $0 balance and a big spending limit is to your benefit for credit score!!! Don't close credit card accounts!!!

Some people have many credit cards. To be honest as long as they are all managed properly there's no reason you can't have dozens. Every credit card is another opportunity to demonstrate responsible financial habits and improve credit score, but you need to find a balance of hassle that works for you.

Lots of places will offer a credit card and it will often come with some up-front benefit or even long term benefit. If you only ever cash in on the benefit and never pay interest (pay off every month or don't use), then you win both the benefit and the credit rating that comes from a larger pool of trust in your financials.

A huge part of your credit score, is determined by how much credit line you have been entrusted with that you're not currently using. Closing a credit card account will only hurt this.

Another big part of credit score, is the length of credit history with your various accounts. Closing a credit card account will only hurt this.

I advise getting numerous cards with various benefits and using them wisely. Then pester the card issuers at least once a year for a spending limit increase. The spending limit increase is not used for spending, it is used to demonstrate a larger degree of trust (higher credit score will come from it if you don't tap into it).

Do this well and your score will rapidly climb towards 750-800+.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "A clean-looking PC for basic-gaming"

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Hi nobofthefuture,

What all does your $1000 budget need to include?

PC only?

With Windows license?

Monitor? Keyboard? Mouse? (or any other peripherals like speakers/headphones)

Comment reply on Forum Topic "HP EX920 vs 950?"

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Long answer: https://www.anandtech.com/show/13759/comparing-adata-sx8200-pro-vs-hp-ex950 <The EX920 results are also shown in this review.

Note: the EX920 starts to look a lot better when the drives are compared in full states, especially in write performance. When empty, the EX950 looks better, and more so in more read intensive workloads.

Short answer: Doesn't matter, they are both good SSD's and it won't be possible to notice a difference unless you're comparing benchmark results.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Half NAS half small server"

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

If you can get good performance without the cache, then there's less concern of data corruption in the event of power failure.

Pretty sure most enterprise SSD's are "cashless" designs. Their random write IOPS is very often lower than the consumer alternative for this reason, but they are suitable for use where data integrity is more important.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Half NAS half small server"

  • 1 month ago
  • 4 points

Hi kalsan

I think you're on the right track. Consider ProxMox as your hypervisor... nice web interface for management, nice clean debian stable based OS with no frills other than a good KVM/ZFS/Ceph implementation.

Skylake gen Xeon D options in this class are X11SDV-4C-TLN2F and X11SDV-8C-TLN2F

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Half NAS half small server"

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

The pro is more likely to have full data path protection, which is important for servers, though I'm not sure if it does. Years ago, the Pro line was popular for use in servers because of this (and easier to get than purchasing channels for enterprise gear which is often more convoluted than just buying something off the shelf). I don't know if this is still the case but if it is I'd rather have the Pro over the EVO for this reason.

At work we use SATADOM SSDs as boot drives for servers. They have very poor price/performance and very poor price/capacity, but they are very reliable and have pretty decent endurance and sync-write performance and proper data-path protection and don't take up any space.

Comment reply on Forum Topic ""Upgrade" from 32gb 3200 to 16gb 3600?"

  • 1 month ago
  • 3 points

An 8GB DIMM is single ranked.

A 16GB DIMM is dual ranked.

When you step down from 2 X 16GB to 2 X 8GB, you'll still be dual CHANNEL but you will be going from 2 ranks per channel down to 1 rank per channel, so you will loose RANK INTERLEAVE.

This would be a big downgrade in memory access performance that would NOT be made up for by higher speeds, so you'd be downgrading both quantity and performance.

Don't do it.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "3600 vs 9600k (The Ryzen Rebuild?)"

  • 1 month ago
  • 3 points

I wouldn't "side-grade" to a 3600, but would consider taking the opportunity to upgrade to a 3700X if I were in the market for a motherboard swap in your position.

The 3700X closes the gap on the gaming performance discrepancy against the 9600K to a negligible (~2%) difference, and takes things to 9900K territory for productivity performance. (actually beats the 9900K in many encoding/transcoding/encryption/compression/rendering tasks)

Comment reply on Forum Topic "PSU only has 4 pin cpu, mobo has 8 pin cpu"

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

4 pin power should be fine for a 1600/1700/2600/2700/3600/3700X.

These are all pretty low power CPU's. Lots of CPU's with similar or greater power draw have been run from 4-pin power over the years.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Building a PC for WoW"

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

It is as anti-AMD as it gets.

Same guy from my link later tested a 3600 in WoW...

Higher FPS than a 9700 in WoW.

Zen and Zen+ might not be ideal for WoW, but it looks like Zen2 is fine. Lots of examples of traditionally intel favoring software where the 3600 is neck and neck with a 9700. (Most adobe software, for example).

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Gaming pc for ~400"

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Source the monitor locally from either craigslist, facebook classified, or if you have a discount electronics type vendor.... Here where I live we have this place called "TechForLess" that does giant factory buyouts and buys up all the open-box returns from other retailers and sells them at fantastic prices.

They often have 21-24" 1080P monitors for $50-75 that are much better quality than a septre or something along those lines.

Also, I've scored great 20-22" 1080P displays for $40/ea on craigslist or other similar local classifieds.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Building a PC for WoW"

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5fHtDZehmw

Looks like with some of the performance/core-scaling patches over the last couple years, a 2600 can do more like 80+FPS on raids and such in this title.

Since he only paid $50 for the 2600, I'd say he's going to have a very good value rig for the intended use.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "What processor is good with the rx590"

  • 1 month ago
  • 3 points

You should technically select a CPU based on the games you want to play and the FPS you expect to play them at, which is driven more by monitor selection and performance goals. GPU shouldn't really be a driving factor here for CPU selection other than perhaps trying to keep the value-merits of the build in tact.

Keeping on a budget, hard to go wrong with a Ryzen 2600/2600X/2700/2700X/3600 or i5-9400F for gaming, period (doesn't matter what GPU),

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Building $300 Budget PC"

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

All good points.

I wouldn't expect todays CPU upgrade prices for either platform to really be relevant by the time an upgrade for either is in the works. Honestly, doubt the 1650V2 would be upgraded... the platform will have to be replaced for other reasons after 3-4 years anyway so the upgrade path is more of an academic consideration.

There's merit to the AM4 direction too, especially if OP can just spend a few bucks more and start off with a 1600/2600, which will last MANY years before performance issues arise.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Time to upgrade an i7 4790k?"

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

If it helps...

I deploy lots of computers into a business environment with CPU's that technically have less performance than a 4790K. Most are laptops with 2-4 cores and small thermal/power budgets (low base clocks).

For everyday computing (office/web), they all work great. Plenty of umf.

That might help put things in perspective a bit. Lots of new computers are purchased every day that don't have 4790K performance. (Most are portables, but still....)

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Building $300 Budget PC"

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

I think it would only last for about 3-4 years

ONLY 3-4 years?

How's that an "only?"

That's an amazing run for a $300+GPU computer. I don't see anything wrong with that.

I don't really recommend getting x79 in 2020, because the 4930k is the fastest the socket has to offer

The 1650 V2 and 4930K are basically the same CPU.

The T3610 can be upgraded to an E5-2697 v2 (12 core 2.7-3.5GHZ), E5-2690 v2 (10 core 3.0-3.6GHZ), or E5-2667/2687W (8 core 3.3/3.4-4.0GHZ)

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Building $300 Budget PC"

  • 1 month ago
  • 3 points

32 GB DDR3 RAM

Quad channel DDR3 @ 1600MT/s has the same bandwidth and latency as dual channel DDR4 @ 3200MT/s. Upgrade path to 128GB is double the upgrade path of AM4.

an LGA2011 Xeon released more than half a decade ago

The 1650 V2 is basically a 4930K with ECC/Registered memory support. Similar performance to Ryzen 1600. If you're saying that this Xeon can't hack it as a gaming CPU in 2020, then a 1600 would also be useless, and that would make the 2200G even more useless. Is that what we're saying here?

With a B450/2200G you can just slap in a 3600/faster GPU down the line and see an immediate 40-50% perf. increase.

Only reason to do that, is if we basically create a requirement that the machine needs to exploit an upgrade path because it is starting off with way less CPU power. It's an artificial advantage created by intentionally starting off with less CPU.

It's a disingenuously presented advantage that requires a misinterpretation of what an advantage actually is. People rarely actually upgrade CPU's in builds once they settle in anyway. When CPU performance becomes an issue for either of these machines, a new platform is the more likely next step, and the 1650 V2 is honestly likely to offer a longer useful life than the 2200G.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Building $300 Budget PC"

  • 1 month ago
  • 3 points

Then, I’d have a e5-1650 v2 and RX 570 combo. Wouldn’t that handle most any game at 1080p?

Yes.

The 4930K and E5-1650 V2 are basically the same CPU. These CPU's run games about like a Ryzen 1600, which can run games just fine.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Building $300 Budget PC"

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

In Dell cases, even those that are ATX standard, they often pre-run power cables all over the case for each drive bay, and they have channels and tie-downs used to hide them away. Pulling the cables out of all those nooks and cranies, and then getting some of them back in place is not a wiz bang job.

Then there's the issue of the quality difference. Buying a used machine from 5+ years ago comes with some increased risk that any component could die an age related failure. I'd put my money on the T3610's industrial/enterprise roots for longevity over the more commercial/residential roots of the optiplex.

The 7010 is sold out now, so I guess it's a moot point.

With that said, I have no doubt that a better deal on something like the 3610 (or an HP Z800 series) could be found on eBay as well.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Non-gaming PC setup (best value parts)"

  • 1 month ago
  • 4 points

You're creating upgrade path for the sake of upgrade path. This is like digging a hole for the sake of filling it back in. Makes no sense.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Need help in deciding the right CPU for gaming (AMD vs INTEL)"

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I'd be tempted to get a nice X570 board, 3600, and a 2060S.

Just plan on using the 3600/2060S for about 2 years, then upgrade to a 12 core 4000 series CPU when their prices bottom out in about 2 years from now. Upgrade the GPU around that same time to a next gen PCIE 4 option, then use the build for another 3-5 years thereafter.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Need help in deciding the right CPU for gaming (AMD vs INTEL)"

  • 1 month ago
  • 3 points

If you stick to modern AAA's, big graphics requirements, you will probably wont get to see frame rates approaching 155fps.

There's no requirement to run any game at the highest available visual quality settings.

AAA games can have their visual quality adjusted to run more like eSports games in terms of FPS.

2070S is more than enough GPU to run any game at ~144FPS @ 1440P, provided there isn't a software or CPU bottleneck else-ways. Just requires tuning the visuals.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Building $300 Budget PC"

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Still be a tough sell for me when the T3610 comes ready to rock an 8-pin GPU without having to rewire the whole thing or pay for another PSU.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Building $300 Budget PC"

  • 1 month ago
  • 3 points

Far as GPU's are concerned, the render throughput drops off dramatically below the RX 570, but the prices don't, so anything less than an RX 570 is taking a huge compromise to save a few bucks. Jumping off the value cliff so to speak. The RX 570 has the most render throughput per dollar of any GPU out there, best deal in GPU's.

The Ryzne 1200 is like $35 less than a 1600, or, ~35% less, but offers 50% less computing power. Again, jumping off the value cliff.

With that said, have you thought about maybe a 3200G instead? At $90, it at least offers quad core class computing, which has some life left, and could get the ball rolling on the build without a discrete GPU.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "1080p Gaming mAtx or ATX build // need help."

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Pick a different PMR drive?

Am I actually answering this? This doesn't make any sense.... what kind of question is this.

Do what you ALWAYS do when selecting hardware, pick something that offers good price/performance, all things considered!

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Computer to be On 24/7 sorta server"

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

0 fans? The case comes with 2... and they will be required for that build.


You're missing the point entirely. The amount of computing power per dollar is not an important factor for this sort of computer.

You're also missing the serial port requirement.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Building $300 Budget PC"

  • 1 month ago
  • 3 points

and a completely obsolete chipset.

Obsolete in what way? What specifically is the issue you're concerned with? The chipset in a T3610 has more I/O than most brand new consumer builds suggested on this forum.

If you're concerned about long term support: https://www.dell.com/support/home/us/en/19/product-support/product/precision-t3610-workstation/drivers

Dell is STILL releasing security / driver / BIOS updates for these machines after all these years.

No gigabyte/asus/asrock/msi board will see a single BIOS update after it's about about 2-3 years old. Dell has way better long term support than any of the board manufactures we buy from for custom builds.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Building $300 Budget PC"

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I doubt the 7010 comes with a PSU with any 6/8 pin PCIE power, so may require major modifications to support any sort of respectable GPU upgrade, which is often difficult as Dell uses proprietary connectors on the PSU's and motherboards for power.

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