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[Dec. 7th, 2009|10:28 am]
The Veritable TechNinja
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After 6 years, I finally need a new PC at home. The graphics card is failing, resulting in hourly crashes and severe artifacts and slow display response. It's sad to see the ol' girl go, and it really wasn't that slow except with full-screen FLV files, but it's just plain time. As you may know, as big a console gamer as I am, I don't game on my PC, and instead build my personal machine like a little bitty server. ROCK MOTHERFUCKING STABLE. Here's the scary geek words:

1x Intel Core i7-860 (4 2.8GHz cores, 1333MHz frontside)
1x Supermicro X8SIL-O motherboard
4GB Crucial DDR3-1333 Registered ECC RAM
1x Crucial 64GB MLC SSD
2x Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB SATAII (for RAID1 share volume)
1x Plextor PX-880SA DVD-DL burner
1x Lian-Li PC-A05NB Minitower case
1x Antec BP550 550W modular PSU
1x Syba SD-U2HUB-4 4-port 3.5" internal USB hub
1x Alesis M1Active 320 USB monitors

And I'm reusing my Samsung 226bw LCD, Logitech LX8 mouse, and Unicomp Customizer 104 USB. Yes, it's massive, massive overkill. No, I do not care. I fully intend on this machine lasting another six years, and I don't want to open that case once in that entire length of time once I start installing the OS.

Oh, and in other news, I've officially gained my first five pounds of muscle from working out. Woot!

[User Picture]From: etcet
2009-12-07 03:38 pm (UTC)
You realize that you don't even have a video card in that build, right? Going with onboard video from the mobo for the LCD?

Re: workout gains - rock the fuck on. :-) The trick is to make sure that the majority of that mass is lean, not merely extra gravity (having put on 2/3 of my new weight in muscle, trying to lose the added non-muscle is a little easier than dropping it the first time, but I don't want to have to do it at all, you know?)
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[User Picture]From: arcsine
2009-12-07 03:54 pm (UTC)
Yup, the Supermicro has a built-in Matrox 200eW chip. Nothing much, but it'll run 1680x1050x32bpp, which is all I need. Sucks that it's DB15, but I don't notice a difference.

Definitely, even this little gain is a huge difference in strength and appearance, my legs are close to how I want them to look already. Definitely want to cut down my mile run time though, 7:40 is pretty pedestrian. That, and I still can't do a fucking pull-up. I'm still about 15% body fat, I think I'll keep on my 1500 calorie diet until I'm 2 months from my goal, then go on a hardcore ketogenic cutting cycle until I'm about 8%.

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[User Picture]From: etcet
2009-12-07 04:14 pm (UTC)
According to my calipers, I'm somewhere in the 11-12% neighborhood these days, with the 7-8% goal as well, regardless of what the scale says.
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[User Picture]From: arcsine
2009-12-07 04:20 pm (UTC)
7-8% is the consensus for visible abs, so that's my real goal. Come summer I'll be jogging to the gym and back, which is 8 miles round trip. That burns 800+ calories not even counting anything done _at_ the gym, so that should help.
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[User Picture]From: recovry
2009-12-11 09:06 am (UTC)
So do you have your entire music collection on the hard drive or do you archive it to an outside source?
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[User Picture]From: arcsine
2009-12-11 02:00 pm (UTC)
I have an archive on DVD, once my new machine is built I'll archive it to DVD as well.
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