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…computer that is.

After 4.5 years the old Dell was starting to act slow and senile; so I figured I better replace it before the Dell puked. The new one has more CPU power, 4x the memory that the Dell had, 3x the disk space, 2x the number of cooling fans, 2x the video memory, all in a nicer and non-proprietary case.

https://picasaweb.google.com/110106108324823291002/DailyDriverPC#

How is this tractor related you ask? Without this new 'pute, it would be tough for me read and post on this forum.



Thanks for looking at my latest time and money waster.
J

 

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New computers are fun. Its nice to clean out and start over!
OOOOO! I disagree! (Respectifully of Course) I hate 'change', always manage to lose something in the process, and the software loading (?), I have to bring reinforcments in for! Fortunately I have a neighbor that helps me out! Looks like a nice rig! Wish you years of success with it! ~Scotty
 

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…computer that is.

After 4.5 years the old Dell was starting to act slow and senile; so I figured I better replace it before the Dell puked. The new one has more CPU power, 4x the memory that the Dell had, 3x the disk space, 2x the number of cooling fans, 2x the video memory, all in a nicer and non-proprietary case.

https://picasaweb.google.com/110106108324823291002/DailyDriverPC#

How is this tractor related you ask? Without this new 'pute, it would be tough for me read and post on this forum.



Thanks for looking at my latest time and money waster.
J

Is that custom made? Sweet looking computer, hopefully it works out well.

Things like my cars, trucks, and tractors last me years and years of service and when something comes up I'll gladly get it fixed. When my computer craps out, I just run right to the store and grab a new one. It seems like they need to start making these things that last longer than a year at time. I hate how it seems in technology you walk out of the store and there's already something better or improved, even the average car will last 5-7 years in production. Amazing to think that in 4.5 years, you can have a computer that is that much better.
 

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I did the same thing last February. Haven't looked back. Congrats and good 'puting.
 

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Thanks everyone.

Is that custom made? Sweet looking computer, hopefully it works out well.

Things like my cars, trucks, and tractors last me years and years of service and when something comes up I'll gladly get it fixed. When my computer craps out, I just run right to the store and grab a new one. It seems like they need to start making these things that last longer than a year at time. I hate how it seems in technology you walk out of the store and there's already something better or improved, even the average car will last 5-7 years in production. Amazing to think that in 4.5 years, you can have a computer that is that much better.
Yep, I spec'd out the components and built it on the kitchen island as my shop is a dusty pigsty not meant for 'pute building. This is my third build in about a year. The first one I use exclusively for graphics, so it has no email, or other crap on it to clog it up. The second one I built I call the GRF 'pute that I built for an architect turned electronics inventor friend of mine.

I started building my own after Dell sent me a dud workstation for graphics use. Like a custom home, a custom 'pute has what I want in it, not what Dell or HP or Gateway got a deal on for buying in bulk. Also, my last two Dell's had less than upgradeable cases, which I figure was done in order to get people to buy a new PC instead of putting new components in an old case. Of course this sales technique has been done for ages on all sorts of products.

I've come to the conclusion that all consumer electronics are obsolete the day you buy them. When I got into CAD in 1979, the Auto-Trol (not Autodesk's AutoCAD) software was updated maybe every 2-years or so unless they had a major bug to fix, then a patch was applied. It was possible to become an expert on the software since the upgrade cycle was spread out over a decent period of time. Now the upgrade cycle for Autodesk software is every 12-months whether one likes it or not, and it's become almost impossible to keep up with the changes, new features, new bugs, etc, and still be proficient at design work. Autodesk is not the only software house to do this rapid upgrade cycle, and the hardware manufacturers are just as bad.

I commented on TBN one time that Deere and other manufacturers have been bitten by the cell-phone rapid product cycle bug by releasing new models of tractors on a frequent basis instead of making evolutionary changes to tried and true models until it didn't make any sense to upgrade the tractor anymore; thereby requiring a fresh start from scratch. I know it can be argued that the 4210 is just an incremental upgrade to my 4200.
 

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Did the same thing a few months ago and I hate it......
Looking good!
 

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Thanks for sharing the pics. I know to some this sort of project is second nature, but to me its cool to see someone custom build their computer.

Since my wife has gone Mac I get all the PC's in the house so I have a couple of spares to play and learn with. My old work horse is an old Gateway running XP, very reliable. I lost the hard drive during a lighting storm a few years back, changing that is the extent of my internal tinkering experience. That also gave me an appreciation for back ups on the external drive.
 

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I use portatec and build my own starting with a bare bones system. I think I'm on my fourth one now. I just love the free shipping too since I'm in Alaska.
Lets try this again.
 

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Thanks for sharing the pics. I know to some this sort of project is second nature, but to me its cool to see someone custom build their computer.

Since my wife has gone Mac I get all the PC's in the house so I have a couple of spares to play and learn with. My old work horse is an old Gateway running XP, very reliable. I lost the hard drive during a lighting storm a few years back, changing that is the extent of my internal tinkering experience. That also gave me an appreciation for back ups on the external drive.
You're welcome regarding the pictures. My old Dell ran XP, which was a damn good OS in my opinion; but 32-bit OS'es can only use just under 4gb of memory, and 64-bit XP was hit and miss with good drivers for some peripherals.

All my PC's except for my wife's laptop have their own UPS, and the same goes for our TV's and stereo system. I've had more electronics go south where we live now than any other place I've called home. Our PC's are backed up to an external NAS (Network Attached Storage) device with 2tb of RAID 1 capacity. Since hard drives are getting so cheap I question how much engineering and QA/QC effort is put into them, so I build my 'putes with 1tb of RAID 1 capacity. That way if a hard drive pukes, I can pop in a new one and not lose any data...at least that's the theory.

I use portatec and build my own starting with a bare bones system. I think I'm on my fourth one now. I just love the free shipping too since I'm in Alaska.
Lets try this again.
I typed in www.portatec.com and got the Broadcom home page.

I'd like my next 'pute build to be an entertainment system/file server and I have my eye on a case for it; but I'll have to wait for the money pot to fill up again before I build that puppy.
 
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