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PC Upgrade Time 2021 Part 1

What an awful time to build a PC. Just about everything is either out of stock or overpriced. I was somehow able to snag an AMD 5900x CPU and a Strix X570-F Motherboard at MSRP, so here is part one of my upgrade. I still want to get a GeForce RTX 3080, but its basically impossible right now, and these prices are stupid. So that will come later. The only new parts in this build are the CPU, CPU Cooler, Motherboard and PC Case.

Processor: AMD Ryzen 9 5900X 12-Core
CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken X73 RGB 360mm
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 DRAM 3200MHz C16
Hard Drive 1: SAMSUNG 970 EVO 500GB NVMe
Hard Drive 2: WD_Black SN750 1TB NVMe
Hard Drive 3: 256 GB Samsung SSD 840 PRO Series
Hard Drive 4: 500GB Samsung 850 EVO
Hard Drive 5: WD Black 4TB 7200RPM
Video Card: ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 8GB ROG STRIX OC Edition
Primary Monitor: Acer Predator XB271HU Black 27″ IPS NVIDIA G-Sync 165 Hz
Second Monitor: Asus VG236H 120Hz 3D Monitor
Headset: SteelSeries Arctis 7
Headset Stand: Corsair ST100
Speakers: Logitech Z906 5.1 Surround Sound Speaker System
Keyboard: Logitech G410 Atlas Spectrum RGB Tenkeyless
Mouse: Logitech G Pro Wireless
Mouse Surface: HyperX Fury S – Pro XL
Operating System: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
Motherboard: Asus ROG Strix X570-F
Computer Case: Phanteks Eclipse P500A DRGB
Power Supply: CORSAIR AX Series AX860 860W 80 PLUS PLATINUM Full Modular

Games Tech Video

Joe Rogan Experience #1342 – John Carmack

I could listen to John talk all day, so I was pretty excited to see this 2 and a half hour interview.

John D. Carmack is an American computer programmer, engineer, and businessman. He co-founded id Software. Carmack was the lead programmer of the id video games Commander Keen, Wolfenstein 3D, Doom, Quake, Rage and their sequels. Carmack is best known for his innovations in 3D graphics. In August 2013, Carmack took the position of CTO at Oculus VR.


Homelab 2019

Just a quick update on the current state of the homelab.


HTPC Upgrade 2019

This has been long overdue. I originally built my HTPC back in 2015 from parts left over after I upgraded my gaming PC. So it was basically put together from PC hardware that came out in 2012. At some point in late 2016 I got an Oculus Rift, so I put a Radeon RX 480 in there so I could play in a room with more space to move around. It has been more or less OK since then, but I would have occasional performance issues with some VR games, particularly occasional stutters and loss of tracking while playing Beat Saber. So with the release of the RYZEN 5 3600 for only $200 I thought it was a good time to ditch that old i5-3570K.

Here are the new specs of the HTPC/VR PC:

So far I am pretty pleased with it. It plays all the VR games I am currently into great and the issues with Beat Saber are gone.


Tech Video

John Oliver tackles net neutrality

The future of the internet is at stake. No, that is not hyperbole. Do you like the idea of paying more for worse internet? Do you like the idea of your Internet Service Provider being able to slow down some websites while charging to speed up others? Imagine a future where Comcast slows down Netflix traffic to drive customers to a competitor like Hulu. Imagine a future where ISPs could charge you extra to watch YouTube in HD. Sound like something you want? No? Then watch this video below. Afterwards go submit your comments to the FCC (Clicking “Express” is the easiest way to submit a comment). Tell the commission to preserve net neutrality rules and the Title II authority used to enforce them.

At a minimum, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, intends to reverse the decision to reclassify ISPs as common carriers under Title II of the Communications Act. Pai hasn’t committed to imposing rules against blocking and throttling, and his proposal suggests that throttling of websites and applications might somehow be good for Internet users.Right now, comments are being taken on the draft text of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that will be voted on May 18. After, there will be another three months for public comments after that preliminary vote, and the FCC will make a final decision sometime after that.