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, 6 core (okay, 3 Bulldozer SMP cores) 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 Ubuntu MATE 16.04 (Xenial Xerus). 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!

"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 ...

My Desktop PC [picard] - rear
My Desktop PC [picard] - side

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 (PDF)
Power Supply: Seasonic S12-430 (PDF) (430W Silent 12cm Fan Series)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3
Processor: AMD Bulldozer FX-6100 (3.3GHz; 3.9GHz turbo)
CPU Heat-sink: Zalman CNPS9700 LED
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GiB Dual Channel DDR3 Kit CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9
(2 kits, 16GiBytes total, 9-9-9-24 timings)
Graphics Card: Asus GT640-DCSL-2GD3 (nVidia GeForce 640 GT, 2GiByte)
Hard Drives: OCZ Vector 180 (120GByte SATA III, 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
Extra USB Hub: Belkin F5U220vea1 (5 port USB 2.0)
Media Reader: Akasa AK-ICR-10
Monitor: DELL 2209WA ( 22inch wide-screen, eIPS panel)
Keyboard / Mouse: Logitech Cordless Desktop Comfort Laser
Battery Backup UPS: Eaton Ellipse ECO (800VA) [slaved from the server]



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