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Workstations / Desktops / Servers

Discussion in 'Technical Board' started by Nettdata, Dec 1, 2009.

  1. Jimmy James

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    I will suck on the genitals of the first person that can sell me a 3060ti for MSRP. I was on Best Buy's site for nearly an hour this morning trying to get through and nothing. I just want a single goddamn video card that wasn't released in 2014.
     
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    Are you using any of the in-stock trackers? I have some friends that have had some success with those. I bit the bullet and bought a 3080 on eBay for well over retail a year ago. I thought I would regret doing so, but after another year of chip shortages, I'm glad I did. Microcenter is another place that typically gets card stock in on Fridays.
     
  3. Nettdata

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    I opted to buy a new system from a shop in Toronto that had inventory of high end cards for MSRP, but only for sale with a whole system. Figured it was time (my last linux desktop was a new Dell from about 6 years ago), so upgraded to a Threadripper and a 3090. It doesn't suck.
     
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    Probably the easiest way. I know the high-end rig stores online like Falcon NW and System76 usually have them available.
     
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    I did the same thing last year. Microcenter had people camping outside the store waiting for video cards when there were a dozen prebuilt computers with 3070s in stock. Going from on aging i5 to a Ryzen 9 was a nice bonus as well.
     
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    Yeah, using all of the trackers. Unfortunately, there's no Microcenter where I live, and buying a brand-new computer just for the video card isn't in the budget. I might have to wait for store drop at Best Buy and camp outside like some kind of nerdy refugee.
     
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    Got it. Yeah, it sucks. Tuesdays and Thursdays are allegedly when BB gets new stock, but you probably already knew that. Good luck.
     
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    If you sign up for Best Buy's Total Tech membership program for $200, you get access to hard to find stuff first. I don't know for sure if it extends to video cards, but a friend signed up for it and was able to get PS5s for me and himself.
     
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    I know this is probably a looooong shot in the dark, but has anyone ever worked with Falcon https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Falcon_(storage_engine) for DB storage?
    It's legacy and my company is finally dumping it after 20 years. We'll have epicor's CRM up and running by the end of the year and finally be done with this nightmare once and for all. Currently, end users are using telnet (!!) to create Falcon instances to manage sales/orders/invoices/customers etc. But, because there's almost no documentation, we're having trouble running queries all over the place. The lawyers and accountants want to make sure we pull all the relevant data, for the past 20 years, and preserver a digital copy in case we ever need it. This has to be completed before the Epicor deployment.

    Edit: Plan B (and the increasingly more likely scenario) is to use a third party data management software to run queries against and map the database. From there, we'll just catalog the query outputs.
     
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    So, I bought a Quest 2 last winter, and I just pulled it out against because Immersed did a big upgrade, and there is no longer a need for a Facebook account. I figured it might be a good time putting it in for a spin to see how it would work for me as a productivity tool instead of a Beat Saber/Super Hot machine.

    The Bad:
    • Anti-aliasing is pretty distracting because I think eyes generally interpret it as movement
    • Sometime the controls get a little funky, but overall the experience is ok
    • The edges of your vision are always a little too blurry, like the sharpness is really tight in terms of a field of view
    • The quest still fails to fill all of your vision, so it's still kind of got that "keyhole" effect in your peripheral vision.
    • It's kind of a poor replacement since I use a 4k monitor and basically tile 4 x 1080p windows on it. If you're used to a single 1080p, or don't want a display at all, you're golden.
    • VR and Macs still isn't great. Maybe it'll be better on the M1 Pro/Max, but I think it still requires a fairly beefy graphics solution to render it well.
    The Good:
    • Some of the environments have nice sound effects. Right now I'm using the lodge "room" and it's got a really good rainy day environmental sound design to it.
    • Being able to move/position/scale screens infinitely is pretty boss AF. I can send the screen I'm typing on to a different distance to relieve eye strain.
    • 5 virtual screens is probably really good for someone with poor vision, especially because of the scalability.
    • The wireless connection is incredible. I can lie in bed and have the same work environment, same with being in the living room on the couch. I can also let my wife use the bench for something while I don't lose out on the "multi-screen" work environment.
    • Almost no perceivable input lag between the headset display and my keyboard
    All in all, I would definitely recommend you give it a whirl if you find that you lose your primary workspace a lot, just want to be away from the desk, or want to lie down and watch a movie while looking at the ceiling.
     
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    Hey, folks. Can some of you give me some newegg links for off-the-shelf gaming desktops that you would recommend. I think it's time to get the kid one. I don't understand computer speak, the descriptions may as well be written in some yet to be discovered alien language.

    I'm looking for one that is good now and upgradable for the future as he ages.
     
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    What’s your budget? How old is he and what kind of games does he like?
     
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    Want to stay below $2000. I know he wants to get teardown, choo choo charles when it's released. Fantasy games, sandbox type games, building games, stuff like that. He's 8, and he's light-years ahead of me with gaming and i know he's just going to get better fast, especially in the next couple years.
     
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    None of those types of games are that rig-intensive. Anything last generation should be able to run those without issue. That being said, if you want to future-proof it a bit (~5 years or so) then you can get a pre-built rig for about $1000-1500 that will last that long. You can probably upgrade your video card and memory once near the end of that cycle without getting a bottleneck from the rest of your hardware. CyberPower PCs are pretty decent pre-built systems that will keep him happy. I would make sure that your current monitor can handle above 60Hz (if you don’t upgrade it) otherwise you won’t get the full potential out of your new GPU if he dives into FPS games and such when he’s a little older.
     
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    I can’t help much around hardware purchases, but I will say upgrade your monitor cables to the latest spec rather than try and save a few bucks using one from years ago.

    The usb-c/thunderbolt specs have changed and sometimes an old cable that can’t support the newest specs is the weak link in the chain.

    And it’s damn near impossible to tell visually.
     
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    I am still rocking a 970, still works okish. Will need to upgrade when the new ones come out. You are generally ok with video cards for a few cycles if you are not playing the latest FPS at the highest fps.
     
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    Agreed. A friend still has a 1080 Ti which is on par with the current-gen 3060 unless you care of raytracing and that kind of shit.