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What's your computer specs? (+what electronics do you have)

Started by CKH4, January 18, 2015, 03:36:37 pm

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Streetwalrus

Quote from: DJ Omnimaga on July 17, 2016, 03:43:30 pm
That's a lot of RAM Caleb O.O

It's not that much anymore really. For current games more than 8GB isn't necessary yet, but the upcoming ones are probably going to require at least 12GB.
I've had 16GB since 2013, but that's mostly because I use it for compiling software. I'm definitely going for at least 32GB of RAM in my next rig.

ben_g

I currently have 20GB of RAM in my computer. But the main reason behind this is that I bought a 16GB kit when I built my PC last year (To be able to run heavy software like Unreal Engine and Inventor without swapping, and then I found 2 extra 2GB in an old PC and I just put those in because there were still 2 slots free and who doesn't like free extra RAM?

It does actually get used almost completely when doing heavy lighting building in Unreal Engine or when rendering in Inventor.

Caleb Hansberry

Yeah, I could have made it fine on 8GB, but I really enjoy the peace of mind knowing no matter how many tabs and programs I run (I don't like closing programs/tabs  <_<) I'll never run out of RAM.

Streetwalrus

July 18, 2016, 06:33:49 pm #183 Last Edit: July 18, 2016, 07:01:13 pm by Streetwalrus
Quote from: ben_g on July 18, 2016, 02:32:31 pm
I currently have 20GB of RAM in my computer. But the main reason behind this is that I bought a 16GB kit when I built my PC last year (To be able to run heavy software like Unreal Engine and Inventor without swapping, and then I found 2 extra 2GB in an old PC and I just put those in because there were still 2 slots free and who doesn't like free extra RAM?

You might be limited in bandwidth by those extra 4GB if they are cheaper than the 16GB you bought. Each memory channel is constrained by the slowest stick you put in. Of course, for your use case which is mostly caching large amounts of data, it's actually beneficial since otherwise that data would be swapped or re-read from disk which would be much slower, even with an SSD.

Quote from: Caleb Hansberry on July 18, 2016, 03:34:44 pm
Yeah, I could have made it fine on 8GB, but I really enjoy the peace of mind knowing no matter how many tabs and programs I run (I don't like closing programs/tabs  <_<) I'll never run out of RAM.

That's a fair use case, but under normal use I rarely exceed 4GB of memory usage (I also tend to have a good amount of tabs open, usually in the 15-20 range and more). That's on Linux and I use a pretty lightweight desktop setup though so obviously on recent versions of Windows you'll need a little more, but 8GB should be enough. Plus considering your CPU, your computer is not very good at multitasking anyway. :P

I'll update my specs since my rig has changed a little bit since I first posted about it.
Quote from: Streetwalrus on January 20, 2015, 06:24:44 am
So um. Akatsuki (my desktop) :
i7 3770k (with a coolermaster hyper 612s, which is good enough to handle 3.9GHz turbo but I'll have to upgrade to watercooling if I oc, already tried to but I eventually noticed that it ends up throttling under load).
16GB pc3-14900 ram
Asus p8z77-v pro
AMD 7970 GHz edition (sapphire board with a dual x cooler)
Akasa cobra 750w modular PSU (cable management ftw)
Zalman z11 plus case
HDD is a Seagate barracuda 2TB/7200 rpm

What has changed is the following:

  • Added 3x64GB sandisk SSDs in raid0 for my Linux root+home file system, including the large CyanogenMod source tree which I compile on a regular basis. I still use my HDD for Windows and mass storage (games, music and anime mostly). Yes I run my games from the HDD. It's a pretty fast disk (can sustain sequential reads at ~170MB/s), and with caching, loading times besides the initial launch for some games (Portal 2 <_<) are more than short enough.

  • Delidded my CPU and upgraded the cooler to an Arctic Freezer 240, which is a prebuilt water loop with a huge heatsink. I overclocked my CPU to 4.4GHz and am quite happy with it.

  • Swapped my PSU fan for a Noctua 140mm, I did that to make it quieter but the ultra low noise models weren't in stock and the default speed of the fan makes it as noisy as the slowed down original so I need to fix that.

  • One of my GPU's fans has died, but it seems to do just fine in-game with a single fan so I don't really care for now. After all, my custom model has a much better heatsink and fan than what comes with reference models.



What I want to upgrade next:
  • CPU + mobo + RAM ? Maybe. I'll see how worthwhile upgrading to AMD's upcoming Zen architecture is gonna be for me. If I do, I'd like at least 8 cores and 32GB of ram. I also want to escape Intel's business model which forces you to upgrade your motherboard together with your CPU since they change the socket every <2 years.

  • GPU. I'm awaiting AMD's Vega family, because my 7970 is starting to age and there are some new games I want to play but that it will not run on high quality settings.

  • Case. I'm getting tired of my current case. It's bulky and not particularly pretty. Looking at the NZXT h440. Another reason is that my water cooler doesn't fit properly in this case, so I had to make some slight cuts to the top of the case to allow for the screws to go through, and yet the rad still makes the top of the mobo inaccessible, in addition to one fan not being mountable because my RAM sticks are in the way, and having two exposed fans at the top of the machine.

  • Extra SSD for my Windows dual boot. I'm getting sick of how slow windows is on a hard drive. The fast boot feature will unpredictably not work and when it doesn't, booting is very slow. Then add how long it takes for Steam to launch after I've booted, regardless of whether fast boot worked. I might end up buying one of those fancy new NVMe drives for Linux and recycle my current raid0 array for Windows, maybe keeping one of theme as cache for data stored on the HDD.

  • Another monitor. My current setup is a pair of Dell ultrasharps, one IPS at 1680x1050 and one TN (has s***ty colors and viewing angles) at 1440x900. I wanna add a 4k monitor in the middle, and I'd love to play games with freesync. LG is making a seemingly great model which @Vijfhoek bought recently.

I don't have a particular order of priorities for these but I think the GPU will come first.

I've also mentioned I was using a nexus 4 and a 2012 nexus 7. Both are now sitting in my drawer as the tablet is too slow and I got a oneplus 2 for my birthday. Maybe I'll find something cool for those.

DJ Omnimaga

Quote from: Streetwalrus on July 18, 2016, 09:02:58 am
Quote from: DJ Omnimaga on July 17, 2016, 03:43:30 pm
That's a lot of RAM Caleb O.O

It's not that much anymore really. For current games more than 8GB isn't necessary yet, but the upcoming ones are probably going to require at least 12GB.
I've had 16GB since 2013, but that's mostly because I use it for compiling software. I'm definitely going for at least 32GB of RAM in my next rig.
Well, most computers they sell in stores here still only have 4 GB of RAM. Only the higher-end ones have 8 or 12 GB and 12 GB is still very rare. I rarely use more than 22% and during games I might use up to 60% at most, but yeah I agree that for newer games I would probably need to build a PC myself (even though it's much more expensive in Canada if your parts don't come from one single store and that the store doesn't combine shipping)

ben_g

Quote from: Streetwalrus on July 18, 2016, 06:33:49 pm
Quote from: ben_g on July 18, 2016, 02:32:31 pm
I currently have 20GB of RAM in my computer. But the main reason behind this is that I bought a 16GB kit when I built my PC last year (To be able to run heavy software like Unreal Engine and Inventor without swapping, and then I found 2 extra 2GB in an old PC and I just put those in because there were still 2 slots free and who doesn't like free extra RAM?

You might be limited in bandwidth by those extra 4GB if they are cheaper than the 16GB you bought. Each memory channel is constrained by the slowest stick you put in. Of course, for your use case which is mostly caching large amounts of data, it's actually beneficial since otherwise that data would be swapped or re-read from disk which would be much slower, even with an SSD.

Actually,  the extra 4GB has exactly the same specs than the original 16GB (apart from the capacity off course). And yeah, I think software like Unreal mostly use that much RAM to cache stuff, since it seems to always try to use as much RAM as it can without causing swapping (as long as all of it is needed). My guess is that it temporarily loads as much from rendered levels and lightmaps as possible in the RAM because reading/writing there is much faster than doing it from the hard drive (especially since most people store Unreal Engine projects on an HDD, since they can get quite big).

DJ Omnimaga

Regarding RAM specs, what I got right now is DDR3 RAM, which is all that my mobo supports. All sticks are from late 2009. Would that be very outdated nowadays?

Streetwalrus

Quote from: DJ Omnimaga on July 18, 2016, 09:01:38 pm
but yeah I agree that for newer games I would probably need to build a PC myself (even though it's much more expensive in Canada if your parts don't come from one single store and that the store doesn't combine shipping)

Aren't there physical shops ?

Quote from: ben_g on July 18, 2016, 11:54:23 pm
Actually,  the extra 4GB has exactly the same specs than the original 16GB (apart from the capacity off course).

Oh that's nice then.

semiprocoder

July 19, 2016, 06:43:31 pm #188 Last Edit: July 19, 2016, 06:45:26 pm by semiprocoder
Heres the gist of my desktop PC specs(all of which except for the SSD were bought sometime in 2013):

CPU: amd fx 8320, sometimes overclocked to 4 ghz to match the stock 8350
GPU: Sapphire HD 7950(radeon)
Motherboard: dont remember
RAM: 8 gb ddr3 clocked at 1600 mhz
Storage: 128 gb SSD for OS and 2 tb drive for everything else
Case: something cheap from Asus
PSU: 650 watt semi modular 80+ bronze
My cemetech username is awesommee333.

DJ Omnimaga

Hm interesting. Is it quite fast for high-end stuff Semiprocoder? My main issue right now, hardware issues aside, is that my hard drive is very slow, so most games take forever to load, such as map loading in Starcraft II.

Also my new graphic card is not compatible with Windows 10, unlike the previous one, but by 2019 I'll most likely have replaced this PC or upgraded it anyway :P

grosged

I'm now so happy to use a Raspberry Pi 2 model B  (bought a few weeks ago)

- 900Mhz Quad Core Broadcom 2836 processor (technology Armv7),
- 1 gb ram,
- Ethernet rJ45,
- 4x usb 2.0,
- hdmi video out,
- jack sound out.

I've also began to learn Arm assembly language : I develop assembly programs on my raspberry Pi, then transfer them to my TI nspire CX CAS (wich also have an ARM processor inside : ARM926ej-s) :) (see https://tiplanet.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=18830 )


DJ Omnimaga

Nice grosges. :D I can't wait to see what you have in store for those platforms. :) Also I am curious about how advanced an ASM gamr would be on the HP Prime. :)

DJ Omnimaga

So it seems that the Nexus 5 can "emulate" iPhone 6's bending feature. I just noticed last night that my Nexus 5 was bent. That might explain why it was wiggling when typing stuff when the phone was sitting on a flat surface (it did it long ago due to the camera, but it became worse recently).



As you can notice, the screen is not as bent as the rest of the phone. It's not cracked either, yet. Hopefully it's safe until my mobile contract expires on August 24th (and I hope I can get another rebate like two years ago so that I won't end up with a crappy Alcatel phone)

Caleb Hansberry


DJ Omnimaga

July 25, 2016, 08:02:17 am #194 Last Edit: July 25, 2016, 08:04:21 am by DJ Omnimaga
Erm, HTC phones are notorious for having faulty USB/charging plugs, though, at least the lower-end phones. I would prefer staying away from them unless my phone plan includes a warranty.


As for my Nexus 5, I suspect that the bending happened while I went to Quebec City last week and wore shorts with small pockets. I had to put the phone in a way that it won't fall off my pockets. Or it could be when I did some work at my grandmother's home the other day, but I did even more rough work in the past and never had any problem, so I think it might be the small pockets thing. Else maybe it just slowly ended up that way over time and I didn't notice until now.

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