Much better room layout

Whilst rebuilding the PC I had a stupid idea that my room needed moving around to generate more space and give better room for some upcoming videos and projects that I have brewing. Last night was one of my “extended” gaming sessions so I took the opportunity to get everything pulled apart and reconnected in a different place.

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After:

 

Changing the PC around

Well I’m in a completely different place to where I thought I would be right now. I was expecting to be super hyped over the new AMD Ryzen 2700X release but going through multiple benchmarks and early benchmarks the reality of it is that it won’t be that different to Gen 1. It;s going to clock higher certainly but is that as high enough to take the crown from Intel. No is the answer. It’ll be good but it won’t be the best.

So I’ve had to rebuild, the AMD has gone and in it’s place there is now a shiny Intel Core i7 8700K and the reinstall has been finished and I’m just awaiting opportunity to have a really good extended gaming session on it to get it bedded in!

I didn’t get many pictures from the rebuild but I am thoroughly happy to be back on team Blue!

CHR completed! But not how I hoped it would be

My long ongoing build of a 1U ESXi server to run CHR on has come to an end, a frustrating end that meant I simply couldn’t live with the noise it was kicking out because of the 40mm fans and constantly comparing it to my massively overpowered i7 mATX fileserver.

As a fairly large change to the home setup I decided to pull apart about 3 of my home servers and rebuild the main storage into the spare N54L and then rebuild the “Node” into an ESXi server to host the CHR. Quad port NIC in the Node and a quick install onto the Crucial M4 128GB and it was up and running, installed the CHR and it’s moving along really well and actually turning about double the traffic capability of what the “older” Xeon was doing!

So a really big shuffle around but now I feel like I’m actually starting to do my i7 some justice and not just using it for a ridiculously overpowered power hungry file server.

Whilst doing the work I had the dog in the cave with me (not that she was much help)