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Agree with the comment on branded computers. Last time I most liked Dell because they were generous with space/connections for expansion and compatibility (which is why avoided compaq/hp) - built quite a few home systems off 2nd hand ebay Dells, not any more.
These days for me too it's all custom - on ASUS mobo's (still rated best quality & reasonable support).
Only difference [to John] is I go for smallest case footprint possible (internal PSU only)... and today's mobo's give you that choice (another reason to go custom) - same gear inside, different [personal choice] outside.
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Thanks JSOP, Mostly agree with everything you said, though my hardware requirements aren't as great as yours. (as noted, my current workhorse is over 8 y/o with 4GB RAM and still gets the job done quite well!) This marks the first time since I started developing in '98 that I have bought a commodity box for work. (not counting laptops) Over that time including the current one, I have put together at least 4 development systems and a few servers.
That said, the new off-the-shelf system, with a few mods should be more than adequate. One nice thing I'm noticing is how quiet the thing is compared to the one it will replace.
I know the feeling. When I bought my current rig 3 years ago, I took out the HDD of the old rig and bought a $10 thing that allowed that HDD to be like an external drive. And since the new rig had Windows 8 , I had to use a Linux boot via stick to do a repartition on it to put on Windows 7 (which I had downloaded a few years back as a backup to that old system. Somehow, it worked! It is a very long day though to get everything installed!
My SOP on my rig is to have some top level directories for my stuff (with underscores for the first characters, so as to stand out in the list), including the install packages for any applications. This makes backups rather simple as all I need to do is make sure that those directories are the same on the backup drives. However, there is one important directory that is deep in the directory tree that I must be careful to extract - the Firefox profile in the Roaming directory.
I also had a problem once on that old system with installing Visual Studio and some other quirky behavior, so I had to do a complete rebuild without removing the drive, but unfortunately, I had forgotten to save the Firefox profile. Doing the Format Drive operation felt a bit like Indiana Jones taking the step over the gorge to get to the Holy Grail.
BTW, with the current ratio of SSD price per GB, I'm surprised at the lack of SSDs available in off the shelf units...one other more expensive (i7) tower had one but it was only 128GB.
Because a large portion of the populace buying pre-build systems are clueless enough that they only understand bigger numbers and lower prices. Spinning rust gives more of both. The segment that is clued in enough to know better are most likely to build their own systems. People who know enough to prefer a medium SSD to a big HDD but who don't want to build their own system are stuck in the middle. You could get that sort of system from a boutique builder using DIY components; but they can't compete with huge OEMs on pricing. So again you're elephanted in the middle.
And with the way the current cryptomining buzz has made GPUs at anything approaching retail prices almost impossible to buy the group being screwed is larger than normal because buying pre-build from an OEM that has a direct line of supply to the GPU makers is one of the only ways to avoid getting gouged on the card these days.
Did you ever see history portrayed as an old man with a wise brow and pulseless heart, weighing all things in the balance of reason?
Is not rather the genius of history like an eternal, imploring maiden, full of fire, with a burning heart and flaming soul, humanly warm and humanly beautiful?
Training a telescope on one’s own belly button will only reveal lint. You like that? You go right on staring at it. I prefer looking at galaxies.
-- Sarah Hoyt
I don't know or care. But I bought 20 acres last year to make a home for myself, and I'm going in with some signage. First off, I'm calling the lot, 'Nacho Place' because a lot of folks seem to have trouble understanding 'Private Property - No Trespassing.' A second sign over the entrance will read, 'Clothing Optional.' That should give them pause...
This reminds me of my early days living in SoCal, and going to Black's Beach (i.e., a nude beach), thinking that the beach would be packed with California bikiniless babes. I think I counted 1 gal and about 100 guys. There was this one guy somewhat nearby who for some reason wanted to talk to me (and I'm thinking, this sounds pretty gay being naked on a beach and talking to another guy). This guy then said that I reminded him of a performer at the gay theatre in Phoenix, and then I figured it out. I then put on my trunks and went into the ocean, and I realized the situation.
The thing is, just a few years before that, I was on a beach in Greece, and it was loaded with topless babes (of course, the Americans were the ones that kept their tops on. )