|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 sold my old hardware, the ASUS 1150 with Xeon1270 CPU and went to a DDR4 platform with AMD Ryzen.
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 MSI board X370, with a Ryzen 7 1700 around 3.8GHZ. 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. I sold my Dual Xeon x5647 rig to a good friend that needed an upgrade very cheap. He's happy with the machine. My new secondary is an older Athlon X3 (unlocked to X4) around 3.3Ghz, 8GB 1600mhz RAM and a GTX 1050.
I plan on adding an additional Fury and getting a Vega 56 or 64 very soon. I am also watching the new AMD GPUs coming up such as the VEGA. 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! Crunch on!
|Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home|
|I hope to keep running SETI on my hardware for the foreseeable future !|
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