6 guest@cc 2019-03-29T12:37:11
HP Anon again.
I'm still playing around with my system, and getting comfortable with the Debian OS. I'm still working offline, but was fortunate to run in to some useful commands/scripts to use the ISO files provided on the Debian site as repositories. This helped get the productivity programs I'm used to using easily, as well as testing stuff I don't use too often. I also went ahead and grabbed the Testing and non-Free ISOs to get some more recent stuff and AMD firmware. It seems I may have to jump in to compiling from source to get more exotic packages or games though. I've also read about apt-get offline, and that may be helpful if dependency hunting gets to be too absurd in some cases.
The first minor upgrade I had to make to the box is to get a video card. The integrated graphics unit couldn't handle Krita, and while it worked well enough for MyPaint, I didn't want to find myself running in to a wall productivity wise. At the same time I'm tight on cash, and could not afford to splurge on graphics units. So I went and grabbed an R7 240 low profile card, since it was under $100 and fit my computer. I later read/watched about how the card was terribad and couldn't run GTA V at 1080p. Fortunately for my case, I didn't invest in AAA gaming at all, so not being able to play Rise of the Tomb Raider isn't a problem.
The next few things I want to get for it are:
- a CPU upgrade, looking at the Athlong X4 845 for a reasonable amount of cores for graphic tasks.
- 500gb SSD
- Maybe some RAM. 8gb seems to be the golden number, but you never know.
I'm projecting the total cost of the computer and upgrades will come to $300. I don't think it's a bad hit, but someone more experienced could cut the cost more. I have to start somewhere~
9 guest@cc 2019-08-30T14:37:33 [ImgOps] [iqdb]
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HP anon from a few months back. Since my last post, I've been slowly upgrading and playing around with the box, grabbing what I need based on the work I intend it to do with it. That is, until I fried the motherboard due to getting impatient while upgrading my GPU. The prebuilt itself was cheap enough that I could replace the box for ~$45, but instead I decided to stop being cowardly, and just build one using the parts I had built up over the months.
ASRock FM2A88X Pro3+
EVGA 500BT PSU
Athlon X4 845
Radeon Pro wx4100
24 GB RAM (I had a lot of left over RAM sticks)
3.5TB or HDD space total
DELL E2216H Monitor
DEEPCOOL Tesseract BF Case
I still have a few more components coming, but this box is close to complete. I want to use this box to start digging in to heavier multimedia creation, beyond drawing and in to animation and video editing. Nothing absurd like 4-8K resolution stuff, but I wanted to have enough computing muscle to have wiggle room with what I could do while not starting a house fire.
I did not trust myself to not destroy a computer when just starting out with a pre-build, but now I feel silly, since tue buiding process turned out to be easy. I would have saved a few bucks too. Still, it was a fun experience, and I'm glad I built this box. Hopefully I can keep working with it for some years before it becomes obsolete.