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It's actually quite fun in a "learning to think differently" kind of way - and surprisingly handy. It does take up quite a bit of space though - my box around it is basically a 0.5m cube, to keep the noise down, provide ABS fume extraction, and most importantly keep the cat away from it ...
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Thinking differently - probably a parallel route of thinking came from the combination of machine shop and drafting courses required in my high school (even for college prep).
Drafting gave you the view of items and what's in front vs. what's behind. In layers.
Machine shop gave you the perspective that you don't request what were (then) impossible things, such as drilling a 1/2" hole and the requesting a 1" hole be drill internally with the hole that is 1" wide. Now, using a cutting laser, this is doable. Then, however, you could not put 1" drill down a 1/2" hole, nor even it were a partial wing-shaped cutter, swing it to that 1" dimension.
Oddly not wasted - even for chemistry grad school: When I needed a piece of equipment made, the machinist ("instrument maker" level) always appreciated my diagrams and design plans with the only complaint being that I was taught the European convention for the top view.
Most people, as you infer, never had to think in layers - and even with what I already have it's still going to be quite different. Also, we did our drafting with pencils and paper.
Been a few years since dug into the details of putting together a new desktop rig, and thought to ask and share what some of the basic versions of components should be for 2019?
NVMe supported Motherboard
AMD Ryzon cpu over Intel something (price vs performance)
DDR4 - DDR5 is expected for 2020.
Graphics card still look to be easily swap-able regardless of motherboard
Any issues opting for a card with just HDMI ports?
Still drooling over 14TB hdd. But with NVMe as OS drive, any harm doing 2x HDD raid 1 (seperate dedicated nas for more long term storage, this just to boost internal storage with some level of backup. or is performance drain?
For use with gaming, light video editing, and software development.
Any other newish technologies in last 5 ish years, that should be looking out for?
USB-c ports - are these practical on a desktop?
Depends.... there's a lot of apps that aren't games but use your GPU extensively (World Creator, Gaea, game engines) and if you are into scripting/plugin development, you may want to test on the same machine.
Built mine about 2 months ago -- parts from Micro Center
I highly recomend the AMD Chip. So amazing and price saving.
I run dual boot Win10/ Ubuntu but run Ubuntu 95% of the time. I do Android development and the Android emulator starts instantly and Android Studio builds are really fast.