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    I got my first Arduino project up and running, I have to say I'm pretty chuffed even though it's nothing really complex.

    I have to sleep in the same room as my file server, containing six WD Red disks, a rather noisy combo when running. The rest of the server runs silent without them, so last year I developed scripts to disable the Storage Spaces volume and change the power plan to cause the disks to quickly spin down and stay offline during the night. Sometimes I need to manually override this, but going on to the machine and running the appropriate task was less than convenient. Now, using a Pro Micro Arduino clone, some keyboard shortcuts and serial feedback via Powershell I can quickly see the disk status and manually set it via these buttons.

    The same, modified script is used for the original timed control so the lights update automatically on schedule.



    For anyone interested, the Spaces volume consists of six WD Red 3TB disks and two M.2 128GB SSDs, running a two-way mirror setup and tiered so that the SSDs help boost performance.

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      Talking to a friend about his current PC building project that has seemingly gotten out of hand. He has this case, and is going for a similar look as this one. Somebody asks, "How much is this going to cost you". His response made us all laugh. "I am not sure I want to know". Sounds like many car projects that I am aware of over the years.

      For those that want to know, I will list some of the components as best as I can recall. Intel i7 8700K, 16 GB ram, 1080 with a liquid cooling block already installed, 2x 560 mm rads, 2 pumps, covers for the pumps, 2 giant glass reservoirs, 2 lights for inside the reservoirs, 9x 140 mm fans, a bunch of glass tubes with I don't know how many connections, some custom back plates and SSD covers. The case is a Thermaltake Tower 900.

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      "I don't care who does the electing, so long as I get to do the nominating" -Boss Tweed

      "No man's life, liberty or happiness are safe while Congress is in session,"- Mark Twain

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        I can just hear the money blowing away. Also, 8700k, 1080 and only 16GB? I take it he will mostly do gaming?

        <Ice> Oh, you're the kiddy anime guy.
        "The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were."
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          Yes, he is primarily a gamer.
          "I don't care who does the electing, so long as I get to do the nominating" -Boss Tweed

          "No man's life, liberty or happiness are safe while Congress is in session,"- Mark Twain

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            Yeah the 16GB RAM seems odd but if it isn't needed... Also why not a 1080Ti? It's clearly a money-no-object build (as mine kind of was when I built this 8700k machine) so surely that's the obvious choice now as a gamer.

            I took my first step yesterday into the world of keycaps, ordering a DSA Dolch set with all the trimmings from Signature Plastics. Totally unjustifiable cost so I won't even try, monkey see - monkey want.

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              Originally posted by Matt2000 View Post
              Yeah the 16GB RAM seems odd but if it isn't needed... Also why not a 1080Ti? It's clearly a money-no-object build (as mine kind of was when I built this 8700k machine) so surely that's the obvious choice now as a gamer.

              I took my first step yesterday into the world of keycaps, ordering a DSA Dolch set with all the trimmings from Signature Plastics. Totally unjustifiable cost so I won't even try, monkey see - monkey want.

              It really did not start out as a ultimate build, it just got out of control. The real problem started when he seen that case. That case is fairly large, and it looks empty if you don't put things in there. He also started looking at what others have done with that case, and that made it worse.

              He bought this 1080, and it already has the water block on it. He also paid $100 less for it. The 1080TI version is almost $200 more than the normal price.
              "I don't care who does the electing, so long as I get to do the nominating" -Boss Tweed

              "No man's life, liberty or happiness are safe while Congress is in session,"- Mark Twain

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                Originally posted by Matt2000 View Post
                (as mine kind of was when I built this 8700k machine)
                How's that treating you, incidentally? did you delid to control the thermals?

                <Ice> Oh, you're the kiddy anime guy.
                "The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were."
                John F. Kennedy

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                  Originally posted by gaasc View Post
                  How's that treating you, incidentally? did you delid to control the thermals?
                  It's been almost flawless even without delidding, I'm not overclocking it beyond the automatic optimisation so that helps. After a few weeks the auto fan controls settled down nicely and no matter what the task it now runs almost silently. Adobe and Intel have helped out by adding a new hardware acceleration feature that uses the onboard graphics to accelerate renders, along with the Nvidia card. it isn't perfect yet but when the sweet spot is found it makes an incredible difference.

                  Ultra HD Blu-Ray is still causing me some hassle. Nvidia still haven't added PAVP to their drivers, so I still have to use the onboard graphics. HDCP 2.2 detection is hit and miss with this though and it doesn't detect the HDR on my new Samsung TV either, where the Nvidia card does. When you get there though the UHD movies are gorgeous, I bought Blade Runner 2049 last week and it's simply stunning. This new TV (a direct replacement for the 40" LG with less input lag and HDR support) has motion smoothing that while impressive and great for normal TV, just looks odd when watching a movie. In most cases anyway, the panning shots in BR 2049 looked amazing when they were smoothed out.

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                    Originally posted by GRtak View Post
                    For those that want to know, I will list some of the components as best as I can recall. Intel i7 8700K, 16 GB ram, 1080 with a liquid cooling block already installed, 2x 560 mm rads, 2 pumps, covers for the pumps, 2 giant glass reservoirs, 2 lights for inside the reservoirs, 9x 140 mm fans, a bunch of glass tubes with I don't know how many connections, some custom back plates and SSD covers. The case is a Thermaltake Tower 900.
                    What an obscene waste of money for an 8700k + 1080 build.
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                      I don't really disagree, but it is something he likes, uses everyday, and looks at daily. Why not make it something you want to look at an appreciate?
                      "I don't care who does the electing, so long as I get to do the nominating" -Boss Tweed

                      "No man's life, liberty or happiness are safe while Congress is in session,"- Mark Twain

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                        Yup. Fun remains long enough after you've forgotten the price

                        *cries in Impala*

                        <Ice> Oh, you're the kiddy anime guy.
                        "The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were."
                        John F. Kennedy

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