Sunday, 7 July 2019

Custom Desktop PC - but not self built

Yet again, it seems like I haven't posted in forever! So, in my latest post I will be talking about my custom desktop PC.

Now, I didn't build this myself as I was on a budget - however it is a brand new PC. I purchased it in March and it arrived two weeks later. I purchased it from AWD-IT.

Now, first things first, when I take you through the specifications you are going to notice one thing very clearly. It has an AMD CPU. This is something that I would never have considered for a brand new computer in the past, however I had to due to the budget that I was on. In addition to the AMD CPU, it also has an AMD Radeon GPU. Clearly a very AMD based machine then, isn't it.

Specs:
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X 6 Core CPU
16GB of  Memory
AMD Radeon  RX580 from PowerColor with 8GB of VRAM.
512GB SSD
1TB HD (taken from my old desktop PC)

So, how does it feel to be using a brand new desktop PC? Well, firstly, I have never actually owned one before. I have owned brand new laptops, but all of my previous desktops were second hand. This new PC replaced a Dell Precision 490 that I bought in 2015. That Dell PC was new in 2007 and had a Xeon processor and much more basic graphics card with 1GB of VRAM.

Well - the upgrade has been amazing. The speed increase is fantastic and the ability to run applications that I couldn't before, or that would take ages to do anything on due to the age of the computer and its components is amazing.The only issue, I'd say, is around the cooling. It does run quite hot, which is to be expected, however I was able to easily fit a second fan to the rear of the machine to help with the exhaust. I would've fitted another to the top, however this is where the lighting strip is cabled in. In addition, due to a lack of fan connectors on the board, I am having to use an IDE/Molex power adapter to connect to power the additional fan. This means that it is consistently running at full speed. I could, I guess, purchase a PCIe fan controller in the future to help me out if this is something that is required, especially given the noise coming from the computer.

All in all, I would actually recommend doing something like this if you are on a budget. It works out to be cheaper, especially if you go for an AMD processor instead of an Intel one.


Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Keep yourself busy at the weekend - travel

Hello all. I'd like to tell you what I have started to do at the weekend because it may be useful for you, too, if you often find yourself bored on a Saturday because you have so much time and you are not sure what to do.

With me, it partly arises from the fact that at the weekend I am at my dads and when I am at my dads I do not have access to my desktop PC and therefore there are a lot of things that I am unable to do because I don't want to do these things on my laptop for a number of reasons.

Anyway, what I have been doing for the last few months is travelling. I have been going places on weekends for a while now, but it was a thing that I did every few months instead of once or twice a month. Over the last 6 months or so I have been to new places and I have also been back to places that I have been to before but hadn't been to for absolutely ages.

So, where have I been?

  • Bristol
  • London
  • Portsmouth
  • Brighton
  • Crawley
  • Leamington Spa
Some of these places are, as you can probably tell, much further away than others, however wherever you go it's good to get out and see new sights and it's also a good way for people like myself (people that are interested in IT) to get out and get some fresh air which is always a good thing.

So, the question is, where do you go? Well, really, it is up to you. Everywhere I have gone, except Leamington Spa, I know people who live there or nearby. I don't like going to places on my own because I don't want to get lost and the miss my train back. But really, some people may be fine with this and they would be happy to find their way around on their own - so if that is you, then go ahead - it's your time and money so make the most of it and go somewhere and enjoy your weekends!

Just thought I would share this tip with you because why not.

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Happy New Year

Well, this is my first post in quite a while and I would like to wish you all a happy new year.
A lot happened in 2018 for me, from completing my A Levels and leaving school, getting my first job, staying in a hotel for the first time and visiting new places such as London, Portsmouth and Brighton.

I have had my ups and downs in 2018, as I am sure a lot of us have, however 2019 is a new year and it is time to start a new slate and see what 2019 brings us. I hope that 2019 has just as many good memories for me as as 2018 has, and I hope this is the case for you to. We have just one year left of this decade and it feels as though 2010 and 2011 were just yesterday - but they were 9 and 8 years ago respectively. This decade has flown by and as it's the last year of the decade it would be great to make the most of the last year and make as many great memories as possible.

So, I wish you all a happy new year. I also hope that you have all had a fantastic Christmas too.