Recently it’d come to my attention that my old PC rig wasn’t cutting it.
- Intel i7 950
- 18 GB of RAM
- X58 Asus-based motherboard
- Sandisk 1 TB SSD
- 2 x 8 TB Shucked Best Buy Easystore Hard Drives in Windows Storage Spaces (see why I didn’t do parity storage because of the Microsoft shit-show)
- 1 Gigabit Intel NIC
- NVidia GTX 980
Considering it was 10 years old, it was doing really well. I mean, I went from HDD to 500 GB SSD to 1 TB SSD, up’d the RAM, and replaced the GPU at least once. But still, it was a 4-core system (8 threads) and it had performed admirably.
The Intel NIC was needed because the built-in ASUS Realtek NIC was a piece of crap, only able to push about 90 MB/s. The Intel NIC was able to push 120 MB/s (close to the theoretical max for 1 Gigabit which is 125 MB/s).
The thing that broke the camel’s back, however, was video. Specifically 4K video. I’ve been doing video edits and so forth in 1080p, but moving to 4K and the power of Premerier Pro (as opposed to iMovie) was just killing my system. 1080p was a challenge, and 4K made it keel over.
I tend to get obsessive about new tech purchases. My first flat screen TV purchase in 2006 was the result of about a month of in-depth research. I pour over specs and reviews for everything from parachutes (btw, did you know I’m a skydiver?) to RAM.
Eventually, here’s the system I settled on: