|Hi all! My name is Richie, I am from the USA, state of KY. I work third shift and have always loved building PCs and playing with PC hardware. I started building PCs about 1995 when I was about 8 or 9 years old when my uncle gave me enough spare parts to build 2 or 3 PCs of the day which were considered old (386, 486, Intel/AMD/Cyrix stuff) I was always mainly a gamer in my younger years through PC hardware pushing the envelope on my hardware and tinkering with it and testing its potentials. I had a couple of different accounts in the early '00s that I used my hardware of the day on which was Pentium IIIs, Xeons, Athlons, Durons etc. in which I forgot the login for so I made my most recent new account with I started in about 2009. |
Around that time I can remember having a Radeon 3870 or 4870 something of that sort that was capable of GPU crunching so that excited me as well. Initially, I used BOINC because SETI intrigues me greatly and because it is a MONSTER of a stability tester (in my opinion!) for the rigs I build. I always have a main PC that I use to crunch, game, surf, edit whatever with and a couple of secondary PC toys that also help in the crunching. My PCs crunch about 60 - 70% of the time, usually shutting down in the afternoon hours for a little while especially in the summer when it is hottest so I don't have to run the AC non stop to keep my PC dungeon cool :P it helps save some on the energy bill too lol. I now have two kids and a wife and when she allows I use her laptop to run BOINC as well haha.
I use EBay often to acquire some relatively cheap surplus, but very capable hardware, add my own little custom touch to wiring, internals, fan replacements GPUs etc. and let them rip. Currently my main rig is a custom ASUS board 1150, with a Xeon 1270 sitting in until I can buy an i7 5775c to max this board out. I use a Radeon R9 Fury GPU for my VR, gaming, and crunching needs. It has a Fury X bios flashed to it that partially unlocked some shaders that almost made it a full Fury X. My secondary PC is a Dell 1366 using dual Xeon x5647s 2.93Ghz 8 thread each. I have a GTX 1060, a GT 720 and a Radeon 5770 running in it. I am currently experimenting with the best way to get max credit with this machine.
I plan on adding an additional Fury to my main rig , getting an additional GTX 1060 to replace the GT 720. I am also watching the new AMD GPUs coming up such as the VEGA and am considering whether to replace my main rig with an AMD Ryzen DDR4 mobo and CPU or pulling the trigger on the i7 5775c. Money is tight so I am always considering the best path to take while still being happy with the hardware I have. I currently prefer Radeon GPUs for gaming because of my Acer 34" monitor which supports freesync and I like mixed resolution Eyefinity which Nvidia does not currently support. I am not a fan boy of any one type of PC hardware like a lot of guys in the gaming segment of PC building, I consider myself a connoisseur of all PC hardware hehe.
|Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home|
|I hope to keep running SETI on my hardware for the foreseeable future !|
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