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Was using an old Dell Optiplex 390, with i3-2120, 8GB RAM and a Crucial 256GB SSD stuffed in there along with a couple 1TB spinning rust disks for data storage, but it just wasn't enough to keep up with the fast paced environment when I began a new contract position working 100% remotely, so this build began in March of 2017. This was the end result, cobbled together over the period of 12-18+ months, beginning with the core components and adding more storage and an additional display as time went along.

Thank you for your time and attention to my little hardware related post.

EDIT [April 2019]: Previous Dell laptop died ~2 days before family vacation (about a year ago now), due to a loose connector causing video to no longer be output to the display, so I was forced to quickly pick up a BestBuy special, an HP Spectre x360 - 15-bl112dx:

  • Intel i7-8550U @1.8 GHz base frequency, up to 4 GHz with Intel Turbo Boost Technology, 8 MB cache, 4 cores
  • 16 GB DDR4-2133 SDRAM (2 x 8 GB)
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® MX150 (2 GB GDDR5 dedicated)
  • 512 GB PCIe NVMe m.2 SSD
  • 15.6" diagonal 4K IPS (3840 x 2160)

[Networking details] Also added an 8+ month old attempt at a network diagram, which turned out to be a jumbled mess, but hopefully someday I'll find/make time to update it. Currently using a lovely Edgerouter 12 with our 1000/50 Mbps fiber service provider, paired with redundant Pi-holes running Unbound for my own little in-house recursive DNS server and a UAP-AC-LR that happily blankets our little home with absolutely solid wireless coverage throughout.

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  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

I like how you made a diagram in image 3. +1

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks much, things have continued to balloon ever since that was taken/created. Laptop died two days before leaving for a family vacation, so I had to scoop a Best Buy special while in Florida on my first day there so as to not have to try and work exclusively from my mobile device(s).

The "lab" section has gotten its own corner of my little office area these days, wanted to try and familiarize myself with the VMware stuff we were doing at work, and I sure liek to tinker: http://i.imgur.com/7JAo45T.jpg

Turned into an expensive hobby, but I justify my Craigslist treasures as continuing education. Servers are cheap. RAM and storage can really break the bank. Just donated my Edgerouter-X to my old college roommate who is ~5 days away from going to the same 1000/50 fiber ISP I'm using (@$65/month), from a lowly 3/1 Time Warner ,/ Spectrum cable package, as I've upgraded to an Edgerouter 12.

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

dat embody tho

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks ya kindly. My better half had gotten sick of me repeating how my mechanical keyboard and nice chair were the two best investments I made in 2k17 -- i shopped and shopped and shopped, read, researched, asked everyone what type of chair they were riding (got lots of bad recommendations for "gaming" chairs and my manager raved about his "Eurotech"), but i quickly learned, or realized that nice (relative term, of course) chairs start around ~600$ -- i would have gone with the Aeron, but figured that little plastic ridge would inevitably cut into my thunderthighs. And once I read that the Embody was the first ever designed "health positive" office chair, I was sold. I didn't pay $200 extra for the fancy "Balance" fabric.

All in all, quite pleased with this sweet sweet ride and hope to be still sailing and computing from it for decades to come. This was my first foray into truly nice furniture.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

how is everyone affording this chair?

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Got a really decent gig working remotely and was spending ~70 hours/week planted in front of the PC. We lived like monks for the initial ~six month period of the contract work, at which point I finally figured i could justify a nice chair as the contract work got extended multiple times.

That and we were getting paid in Bitcoin, which was ~$1000 when I first started working, then proceeded to shoot up to 19k/per BTC -- at which point it got significantly easier to justify some office expenses. Combination of right place, right time and having the balls to HODL long enough to reap some rewards.

Life has a way of balancing things out, as I could outfit an entire office of Herman Miller furniture with how much I've lost since on crypto. Was sure great while it lasted... now I've gotta work til I'm seventy years old to make up for the pounding I've taken.

TL;DR -- i was real lucky. Until I wasn't. At least I have an incredible chair to sit in while I cry in my (store brand) Cheerios.

  • 19 days ago
  • 1 point

is 500w psu good enough for that 1080ti gaming?

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  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

It was a really good contract gig, lasted much longer than anticipated. Sadly, it has now ended, so I have more time to catch up on old detail work. Thanks you it was kind of a beast back in 2017, even starting with just a 16GB RAM kit, and an old 1TB WD Black for data storage. Obviously have invested a bunch to safely store my Linux ISOs, as they're a real pain to think of and download again when leaving redundancy.

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