|I have always been interested in space and believed that there just HAS to be life, intelligent life, elsewhere in this galaxy and vast universe.|
I read about SETI@Home, the now famous Classic SETI, in the newspaper in May of 1999. As soon as I got home from work, I fired up my old 486DX2-66 PC and installed the project. I crunched Classic SETI until I discovered BOINC in 2004.
I installed BOINC and have been BOINCing ever since on a multitude of different PCs. Throughout the years, I had bought new mother boards, CPUs, video cards, DIMMs, hard drives, cases, etc. in an attempt to keep up with current technologies and to crunch BOINC even faster. At one point, about a year ago, 2008, I ran BOINC on a laptop. I quit that, though, because the laptop just was not built for that kind of use (abuse).
For several months, I had been reading about users having i7 powered rigs. I started dreaming of having one myself. I was checking prices and availability on the different parts and pieces needed to build such a power house. Well, over several weeks I had gathering those parts and pieces and in 2010 I made that dream a reality. I now have my own i7 powered rig.
WINDOWS 10 can be tamed into submission!
MOBO....: Asus Prime Z370-A
CPU.....: Intel i7-8700 3.2 GHz LGA-1151
RAM.....: G_Skill Ripjaws 16GB 2400MHz DDR4-2400 (Dual Channel)
STORAGE.: Samsung M.2 NVMe 250GB PCI-E x4 SSD (system drive)
STORAGE.: Western Digital 500GB 6G SATA HDD (data drive)
GRAPHICS: EVGA GeForce GT 1050ti PCI-E 3.0 4GB GDDR5 RAM (CUDA Disabled)
COOLING.: Corsair H60 AiO CPU cooling system
CASE....: Cougar Panzer MAX full tower
PSU.....: Thermaltake SP-850M 850W Smart M Series 80+ Bronze
OS......: Micro$oft Win10 Pro 64bit v1803
BOINC...: [s]v7.6.22 (x64)[/s] None currently
This rig is a far cry from the 486DX2-66 rig I started with in 1999.
UPDATE - May 01, 2018: I have re-built this PC with the new parts listed above. A few items, PSU, GPU and case, are the same as before. Due to all my tinkering with this new system, it has yet to have an uptime greater than a day. Because of this, I put BOINCing with it on the back burner, as it were, to make sure the rig is stable and won't screw up somewhere and screw up any WUs.
I am confidant that some day, one or more of us BOINCers is going to be the discoverers of that intelligent life I so believe is out there somewhere.