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If it shows how long it's been since I last actively lurked OCR, I didn't realize that Nabeel had changed his handle.

Here's a fun escalation of this case: The computer does not boot with said drive connected (BSOD error "Bad_System_Config"), but will boot just fine if I disconnect this storage drive. I can even hot-plug the drive in after boot and access files just fine, but as long as the HDD is connected during the windows boot sequence, I get a BSOD error.  I called microsoft custserv, and they recommend running chkdsk but only after I back up the drive, which means I need to find a 3TB disk in the near future.  They also sent my case to a seperate MSFT tech support team, who I won't hear from until later this week.

 

In short, I have no idea what's going on.

2 hours ago, misty78 said:

Lost most of my money on cryptocurrencies, could not cough up the 1700 even if my life depended on it.

My deepest sympathies.  I'm almost too scared to touch that realm, for that very reason.

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16 hours ago, Anorax said:

Here's a fun escalation of this case: The computer does not boot with said drive connected (BSOD error "Bad_System_Config"), but will boot just fine if I disconnect this storage drive. I can even hot-plug the drive in after boot and access files just fine, but as long as the HDD is connected during the windows boot sequence, I get a BSOD error.  I called microsoft custserv, and they recommend running chkdsk but only after I back up the drive, which means I need to find a 3TB disk in the near future.  They also sent my case to a seperate MSFT tech support team, who I won't hear from until later this week.

during boot, the computer attempts to initialize all the drives. sounds like there's something that's causing that service to choke during boot that windows itself is fine with.

replace the drive immediately. don't use it unless you absolutely have to.

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14 minutes ago, prophetik music said:

@misty78, you'd be surprised what you could do with a much smaller budget, i think. depends on what you're doing though.

If and when I ever have a budget, you will be the first guy I talk to when I need a custom built computer. :P

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So far the M.2 SSD’s for sample libraries has been absolute bliss. It really showed off while I was developing Shreddage 3. At a 6kb disk stream buffer our main patch is still 2GB of RAM, and yet whenever I’d load new instances of the patch I feel like I could never even notice a “load time”. The time between “i want to open this instrument” and hearing the sound respond from my MIDI controller is just insane. For the promo trailer score I was just cloning instances left and right (i think there’s 11 total??) to get different tones, different performance configs, etc. and the PC kept up as if I was just making new .txt files on my desktop.
 
And the tiny disk stream buffer has reduced the RAM load of my large projects by *over 60%*. For example one of the older Sole projects (indie game I’m scoring) was 29GB RAM load on my last computer. On this one it’s 11GB. Of course it depends how many libs are using DFD and how big their sample start buffers are, but still, it was a wide spread of orchestral stuff from different devs, so pretty averaged out in my use case.
 
With the fast processor, the Sole project also went from bleeding and sputtering at over 90% CPU usage (at a FULL 2048smp ASIO buffer) to floating around 45% (at a tiny 128smp ASIO buffer).
 
As far as dev is concerned, combining these drive speeds with FIOS gigabit is a killer combo. I can compress Shreddage 3 into an archive and drop it on our FTP in just a few minutes. Also, all of Kontakt’s resaving and audio compression utilities are much faster as well, so it makes release prep and distros in general a really painless process (previously was something you had to set aside time out of your day to take care of).
 
So far 110% happy with this rig.

My message to Brad earlier this week.

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thanks nabeel =D for those wondering, while i forgot to take pics of his build, we did a pretty fun build featuring an i7-8700k, 2tb of M.2 SSDs, and 64gb of 3466mhz DDR4. i did some overclocking on it and a bit of window dressing with RGB stuff, and apparently it's working pretty well. in particular it sounds like the crazy speed of the 960 EVOs is allowing for some really crazy load times.

i've also done a few other builds since this one - one for a guy on the boards, and two for family members (embedded machines for an office). i have two more in planning for the black friday / christmas rush as well =)

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HI, do you think you can build me the best computer possible for music production and, If so, how do you send your builds out to customs and do you have flex payment plans for people who can't pay all at once? I own a laptop that is so slow it can't even keep up with emails. A computer with speed, max ram, about 180 gig's and a professional sound card,external, that rivals any music studio is what i need just to give you an example of what i feel works best for me ONLY; No Windows 10, OS please lmao. Here is a collection of my music so you can hear and inform me if the sound quality could be better seeing as you deal with computers capable of high-end sound. Bandcamp

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The one you built me ("The Cube" I call it) has been great, so I'm now trying to put something together for my wife. She picked out a case she liked, and I've worked up a part list... Thought I'd post it up for opinions/feedback:

https://pcpartpicker.com/user/macroidtoe/saved/mj6zYJ

She mostly would just be using it for internet/video, but I wanted it to have a bit of gaming capability since she does occasionally find something she enjoys (or this may be a "kid's first computer" down the road). Did I overdo it? Underdo it? Still need to figure out the extra fans/cooling, but PCPartPicker is telling me a liquid CPU cooler is incompatible with the case even though the description on Newegg says it is compatible, and I've seen other people put one in their build... but I don't know if I really need one or not. Debating as well if I should split up the storage into a smaller SSD and a bigger HDD, or if just the one 500 GB SSD would be enough for her.

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you can get a 500gb 860 evo for 82$ on newegg right now. don't use a platter drive for anything under a terabyte.

you can run windows 10 indefinitely without a key legally. it updates and everything, and just doesn't let you change some basic settings. use the money you're saving from not buying that and get a better processor.

it'd be better to buy a single 8gb stick of RAM vs. 2x 4gb. that mobo's only got two slots so upgrading would require you to replace everything vs. just throwing another stick in there.

in my personal opinion, low-cost gigabyte motherboards aren't as good. msi's got some nice budget boards and so does asrock. i'd go with their options in the sub-60$ space before gigabyte. their low-end caps are really bad.

i like the pick for PSU. it's too much wattage but it's a great long-term pick that'll last forever.

lastly, the 1050 Ti WILL be CPU-bottlenecked. i approve of the 8-series Intel CPUs across the board, but you're definitely going to be hurting with the -8100, especially since games played on lower-end computers tend to be MMOs which also tend to be CPU hogs. just keep that in mind.

stock cooling is fine for an -8100. if you desperately want an aftermarket cooler there's numerous flatpack sub-30$ options that are good.

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Just wanna chime in to note that I built a machine in July, entirely based on parts suggested to me by prophetik, and it's served me super well since then. Huge props! Man knows what he's doing.

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Another glowing review for @prophetik music from here - I've had my new build for about a week and it is the sleekest, sexiest, most awesome machine I've ever used!

Brad was very capable, very knowledgeable, and very precise with all parts of how he manages this 'hobby,' as he calls it. Well, hobby or not, he has shown me a level of integrity and customer service I don't see in this world much - and I have a lot of respect for that.

If anyone needs a build, I cannot recommend anyone better for the job than this guy. Whether you know exactly what you're looking for or have no clue where to start, Brad will be able to help you get to where you need to go.

Thank you again for everything, Brad - like @PRYZM, I'm 110% happy with my new computer! :)

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On 1/8/2019 at 8:23 PM, yangfeili said:

Here's Round 2:

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/PPVfcY

I bumped the processor up at first to an i5-8400, but the i5-8500 was only a little bit more so I figured why not. Made a couple of other tweaks as you suggested.

looks good. the 8500's a nice cpu. too bad the 9-series doesn't have an x500 version out yet. another note - the PSU you picked is the g3, which costs a tiny bit more in exchange for having a quieter eco fan mode via a selector switch, and being ~10mm shorter to allow for more room in mini-ITX cases. if you can get the G2 for less money, it's not a downgrade IMO.

also thanks for the props everyone! it's always fun to get builds. i don't make much money off of them when fees and materials are accounted for but i certainly enjoy the work. plus how else am i going to be able to spend other people's money to play with new hardware? =)

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