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Re: New Purchases 2019
« Reply #60 on: February 09, 2019, 08:18:40 pm »
Pro tip: don't pay $14,000+ for a DVD drive. ::)

My desktop case literally can't hold one. So, I got one of these a while back:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00VWVZ0V0/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o05__o00_s00

I don't use it very often, but it's nice to have it in case I need it. The internal ones are usually around $20 or less.

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Re: New Purchases 2019
« Reply #61 on: February 10, 2019, 09:06:20 am »
I have one of those, not a Dell but an external USB DVD-R .. always handy to have, specially when you replace the optical drive in all your laptops with Newmodus caddies.

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Re: New Purchases 2019
« Reply #62 on: February 10, 2019, 09:50:05 am »
The only reason I got a Dell drive is because it was the top rated external DVD drive on Amazon. If it had been any other brand, top rated and affordable, I'd have gotten it.

Ironically, I plugged it in earlier to get some screen captures from a DVD. It's very handy. :)

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Re: New Purchases 2019
« Reply #63 on: February 11, 2019, 06:02:33 pm »
I've got everything wired and installed in the case - and, off the bench.

Gotta say, I'm amazed at how much cooler this Q9650 CPU runs, than my previous flamethrower P4 Extreme Edition chip.

I've positioned this machine back on the floor, in its original spot on my computer wall, so the air flow characteristics haven't changed.

I'm used to the Extreme Edition CPU running @ 50-60 C, and the video card GPU running @ 70-90 C.

This rig has been running for a couple of hours, so the temps have stabilized. Case fans are not installed yet. Check it out:

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vindsl@Ulyoth ~ $ uptime
 15:59:00 up  2:37,  1 user,  load average: 0.21, 0.24, 0.18

vindsl@Ulyoth ~ $ sensors
coretemp-isa-0000
Adapter: ISA adapter
Core 0:       +40.0C  (high = +76.0C, crit = +100.0C)
Core 1:       +32.0C  (high = +76.0C, crit = +100.0C)
Core 2:       +39.0C  (high = +76.0C, crit = +100.0C)
Core 3:       +36.0C  (high = +76.0C, crit = +100.0C)

radeon-pci-0100
Adapter: PCI adapter
temp1:        +36.0C  (crit = +120.0C, hyst = +90.0C)

atk0110-acpi-0
Adapter: ACPI interface
Vcore Voltage:       +1.02 V  (min =  +0.80 V, max =  +1.60 V)
 +3.3 Voltage:       +3.30 V  (min =  +2.97 V, max =  +3.63 V)
 +5 Voltage:         +4.97 V  (min =  +4.50 V, max =  +5.50 V)
 +12 Voltage:       +12.26 V  (min = +10.20 V, max = +13.80 V)
CPU FAN Speed:      1222 RPM  (min =  600 RPM, max = 7200 RPM)
CHASSIS1 FAN Speed:    0 RPM  (min =  600 RPM, max = 7200 RPM)
CHASSIS2 FAN Speed:    0 RPM  (min =  600 RPM, max = 7200 RPM)
POWER FAN Speed:       0 RPM  (min =  600 RPM, max = 7200 RPM)
CPU Temperature:     +31.5C  (high = +60.0C, crit = +95.0C)
MB Temperature:      +24.0C  (high = +45.0C, crit = +95.0C)

vindsl@Ulyoth ~ $

I haven't even started tweaking it yet. This is stock, OOTB Peppermint 9 respin 2.

Got a "9 Pin to 7 Ports USB 2.0 Hub 5.25 inch CD-ROM Drive Bay CD ROM Front Panel" coming. Don't want to wear out the USB ports on the mobo's back panel.  ;)


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Re: New Purchases 2019
« Reply #64 on: February 12, 2019, 06:56:19 am »
You can claim to be on the 'green' bandwagon and protecting the polar icecaps now you've dropped NetBurst :)

NetBurst probably NEEDED that GIGANTIC dissipater to stop it going critical and melting through your floor :))

People who say "AMD CPU's run hotter than Intel" obviously weren't around when the NetBurst architecture existed.
(did you notice how the 'Slot 1' plastic cased form factor of the P6 family Pentium II and III disappeared for NetBurst :)))
(and you also saw the birth of copper heat sinks and heat pipe technology)
(and the start of sea level rise .. in fact I'd bet the researchers that came up with "global warming" were all running their climate modelling software on NetBurst equipped server farms becoming a self fulfilling prophecy)
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Re: New Purchases 2019
« Reply #65 on: February 12, 2019, 11:00:22 am »

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Re: New Purchases 2019
« Reply #66 on: February 12, 2019, 01:06:43 pm »
a new monitor, great for my eyes 8)
https://www.benq.com/en/monitor/stylish/gw2780.html


Nice! 27" displays are great!

I've seriously thought about buying three of them, and running them in portrait mode.





Too cheap to lay out that much money - that's all...  ::)

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Re: New Purchases 2019
« Reply #67 on: February 12, 2019, 01:11:27 pm »
You can claim to be on the 'green' bandwagon and protecting the polar icecaps now you've dropped NetBurst :)

NetBurst probably NEEDED that GIGANTIC dissipater to stop it going critical and melting through your floor :))

LoL! Now that I have a (formerly) $1100.00 USD chip laying around, I wonder if my Dell Dimension 3000 would support it.

Kidding...  ;D

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Re: New Purchases 2019
« Reply #68 on: February 12, 2019, 06:02:38 pm »
a new monitor, great for my eyes 8)
https://www.benq.com/en/monitor/stylish/gw2780.html

I'm impressed by the cable management system built into the base. More companies need to do that.

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Re: New Purchases 2019
« Reply #69 on: February 12, 2019, 06:27:56 pm »
"slim bezel design"

Anyone know why we can't have a NO bezel design (at least on 3 edges) ?
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Re: New Purchases 2019
« Reply #70 on: February 12, 2019, 06:49:46 pm »
You'd think they could do it. The controls can be on the back, like they are on my TV. Bezels don't bother me personally (I just ignore them) but I get that some people don't like them.

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Re: New Purchases 2019
« Reply #71 on: February 13, 2019, 02:29:13 am »
And, the project purchases continue...  ::)

During the recent flurry of construction, I've somehow misplaced some of my black #6-32x5 computer case thumbscrews, so I ordered forty (40) of them, last night. Never hurts to have a handful of spares, in the tool box.

On the safety front, I also ordered six (6) 120mm black finger grills. They call them "120mm black finger grills" because:
  • They're black, and
  • They keep your fingers (and shirttails) from getting sucked into
  • The six (6) 120mm case fans.
Aesthetics, safety and functionality...

I was also looking for some blanking plates, to cover up the three (3) remaining 5.25" slots in my front drive bay. This particular Mountain Mods case came configured with two (2) 5 x 5.25" front drive bays and one (1) 5 x 5.25" internal drive bay. I never have used the second 5 x 5.25" drive bay, on the front panel. Who in the hell needs fifteen (15) 5.25" drive slots?  I removed the extra drive bay, on the front panel, and will be installing an acrylic window in that spot.

Anyway, after I ordered the thumbscrews and grills, last night, I started looking for something to cover the three (3) remaining 5.25" slots in the front drive bay. I was looking for black aluminum blanking plates (anodized or painted), but those things are getting scarce as hen's teeth these days. The sellers know it - and are charging accordingly. I was looking at $25-35 USD to cover those three (3) slots.

Don't know about you, but I don't like getting bent over the counter and (use your imagination to fill in the rest).

I started searching for an alternative and found this:



Now there's something I can sink my teeth into - sort of (It's all-metal construction). Aesthetics, form and even more functionality.

Once again, I don't know about you, but I have a butt-load of perfectly good 2.5" & 3.5" drives laying around here, gathering dust. They would be perfect candidates for experimentation - testing Peppermint alpha/beta releases, et cetera.

I measured the opening in my MM case before going to bed, last night, and it looked like it has plenty of room for it.

This morning, I spent a few hours reconfiguring the BIOS on this 'new' mobo, switching the Sata cables around, and so forth, to see if was technically feasible. It is.

If I enable the RAID chip on the mobo, and change its default settings in BIOS, I can run my Sammy SSD as a single primary boot drive, using one of the Sata RAID ports, in "Normal" mode. The other RAID Sata port becomes dormant in "Normal" mode.

That leaves me with five (5) open Sata ports - one (1) Sata port for the CD/DVD burner, and the four (4) remaining Sata ports for the backplane. I'll stick my Sammy 1.0TB spinner data drive in one (1) of the trays - leaving the three (3) remaining trays for feking around.

I ordered the Mobile Rack Backplane a few minutes ago. Aren't computers fun?  8)

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« Last Edit: February 13, 2019, 02:40:33 am by VinDSL, Reason: Clarification »

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Re: New Purchases 2019
« Reply #72 on: February 13, 2019, 05:13:43 am »
You know when they say "hot swappable" .. have you ever had the courage to test the claim ?
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Re: New Purchases 2019
« Reply #73 on: February 13, 2019, 01:37:46 pm »
You know when they say "hot swappable" .. have you ever had the courage to test the claim ?

Nope, and I never will.

I don't even 'hot swap' monitors, keyboards, or any other hardware devices.

I'm certainly not going to try 'hot swapping' a sensitive storage device.

BTW, I was comparing this metal backplane to a comparably priced plastic Rosewill unit from Newegg, and one of their verified purchasers gave it a scathing 1-star review. They said the Rosewill had destroyed three (previously) working drives.

How much you wanna bet, they were 'hot swapping' them?   ;)

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Re: New Purchases 2019
« Reply #74 on: February 13, 2019, 01:40:03 pm »
I destroyed the HDMI output on a stick PC by accidentally hot-swapping it into the monitor. It still functions... as a stick.