My Desktop PC [picard]

My Desktop PC [picard] - front

In September 2007, this was my first shot (believe it or not) at building a PC from component parts. Most parts came from Overclockers and BT Shop (previously Dabs) who are both very fast at delivering.

As I've said before, all of my computers are named after Star Trek characters, so may I present ... "picard" ... the 'next generation' of my desktop PC - the first one was "kirk" obviously!

Now I know that "picard" isn't quite bleeding edge technology, however ... it's fast enough for the stuff I do like surfing the web / writing websites / checking my e-mail / manipulating photos and the likes. That said though, it's not a slow machine either (especially after its latest upgrade)... currently with a 64 bit, 8 core Piledriver SMP processor, loads of DDR3 and a solid state root file system - sorry, did I make you think that this was an underspecified machine? I thought you knew me better by now! ;-)

My Desktop PC [picard] - inside

I currently have "picard" running the 64 bit version of Xubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver). It boots up very quickly and things just work! Note that unlike other 64 bit "operating systems" ... all of the applications are also 64 bit!

I used to run with vanilla Ubuntu but I just got sick of the Unity interface - just too damn slow and resource hungry on older hardware. Plus I like to be able to find the applications that I want in a menu, not with big buttons!

That said however, since I've owned a tablet, I can see where they are heading with their unified interface - I may even try installing it on my Nexus 7 at some point!

My Desktop PC [picard] - side

"What does this mean?" I hear you ask. Well unlike you mugs that buy PCs pre-installed with Windows on them (you pay for the privilege you know), my entire operating system and all applications are completely free! In a year's time my computer will boot up in exactly the same time that it boots up just now - or in fact ... it may even boot up a bit quicker!

In case you're wondering why I'm ranting ... I'm sick to the back teeth of re-installing Windows for folk. Main reason for re-installs is the [lack of] speed that their relatively new computer runs at after a year or so of use and all of the junk that's managed to get onto them! ... and ... breath ...


Anyway, the nitty gritty that I know you're desperate to know (and the upgrade history that you didn't even know you wanted to know):

Current Specifications:

Case: NZXT Hush
Power Supply: Corsair VS650 (650W low noise, 12cm fan)
Motherboard: Asus 970 Pro Gamimg/Aura
Processor: AMD Piledriver FX-8350 (4.0GHz; 4.2GHz boost)
CPU Heat-sink: Coolmaster MasterLiquide Lite 120
RAM: Hyper-X Fury 16GiB Dual Channel DDR3 Kit HX318C10FRK2/16
(2 kits, 32GiBytes total, 10-11-10-28 timings)
Graphics Card: Asus GT640-DCSL-2GD3 (nVidia GeForce 640 GT, 2GiByte)
Storage: Western Digital Black SN750 (500GByte NVMe SSD root file-system)
Hitachi Deskstar 5K1000 (1TByte SATA, home file-system)
Optical Drives: LG GH22LS30 DVD RAM (with Light-scribe)
LiteOn iHOS104 BD-ROM
Media Reader: Akasa AK-ICR-10
Monitor: DELL P2418D (24inch 16:9, 2560x1440 IPS panel)
Keyboard / Mouse: Logitech Cordless Desktop Comfort Keyboard
Logitech MX Master Mouse
KVM Switch: Belkin F1DN104Cea (Secure 4-port DVI-I, USB2.0, audio & CAC)
FreeView TV Tuner: Hauppauge WinTV-NOVA-TD-500
Bluetooth: Generic CSR 4.0 Low Energy
Speakers: Juster Active 85 active stereo speakers
Headphones: Sennheiser HD 4.50BTNC (Bluetooth, noise-cancelling)
Battery Backup UPS: Eaton Ellipse ECO (800VA) [slaved from the server]



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