Update on 10 of June, 2018: Now there's a small graphics card story added below the main part (click here
to navigate faster); also, there's some info about my job
I'd like to post this entry earlier, but got in some "fun" story with my job. I won't tell what happened there, say only it's okay now.
So, where to begin? As you might know, I've got a desktop PC. It's not very cool (not for hard modern games, not for overclocking), but it's much faster than my laptop. And I still didn't get a videocard for it, so this computer's assembly isn't finished yet.
I don't have much place, so basically I wanted to get a small and fast PC, something kinda home server. I started with search of small computer case. The main problem is that small PCs can overheat. Also there's some problems with power supplies, small form factor hardware and maintenance. Of all small cases I choose slim horizontal case with vertical installation feature. When I got it, I was surprised. It looks so small
Well, I saw similar computer cases at university, few workstations and servers, but this one seems smaller.
As I said before, there exists some problem with power supplies for small cases. Usually their power supplies are quite limited, the 400W power limit. This one isn't an exception, it has 400W power supply. This means, the whole hardware shouldn't go beyond that limit and there should some power reserve left. Fortunately, modern hardware don't need very much power. If you don't want to try overclock it, of course.
For the hardware, I've got these:
- CPU: Intel Core i5 Kaby Lake [i5-7500] (3.4 GHz, 4 cores; fun fact - T7500 is model of my laptop's CPU, the 7500 number is pursues me);
- Motherboard: Asus PRIME B250M-K (well, it's quite modest and simple, but I don't need overclockers board);
- RAM: 2 items of Kingston ValueRAM DDR4 [KVR24N17S6/4] (4 GB each, so totally I have 8 GB);
- HDD WD Blue 1TB [WD10EZEX] (SATAIII, 64MB, 7200rpm; I wanted WD1003FZEX, but it more expencive and they both have similar specifications, so took cheaper WD10EZEX).
I want to get Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1050 OC GV-N1050OC-2GL for it, but don't have extra money now. And it's not a vital necessity since I working through RDP and don't have time for games. Anyway, I count what power need the main hardware and videocard I want, and the result is nice, about 200W maximum. Think, I should have 300-350W power supply? You know, do not believe the labels on your power supply, the real power can be less
The assembly was fun. Details, a lot of details everywhere
And Intel box cooler is so... just funny, too small. Also it doesn't covers CPU well enough, the diameter of central part is about 2.5 cm, and CPU heat dissipator side is 3 cm. Well, the chrystal under dissipator is small, but this size comparison of cooler and CPU... Not serious cooler at all. But it works, at least. I plan to get something better in the future.
A first launch...
And it works.
Well, before I start telling the next part of this really long story, I need to explain something. As I said, I use RDP (remote desktop protocol) to work with my new PC using my old laptop. I don't need monitor for desktop, nor mouse, nor keyboard. I get economy on place and money. Get laptop mobility and desktop functionality. But the most stupid reason why I use RDP, why so much I need mobility at home is... I just DON'T have a normal stable workplace.
And working in any room. 'Cause I live with my parents and we do not have concept of an own room. Sometimes it's really annoying.
The next part of the story is Windows 10 setup, some games (haha, yep, even this) and RDP. Who'd know that this take so much hours filled with obscene language, strange bugs and other things.
I got a Windows 10 copy, had an application for setting boot flash drives and one glitchy flash drive. Got... a BSOD when started installing OS
. After an hour of searching the reason and trying to install another Windows 10 copy, I found that my application works with everything (XP, 7, DOS, DOS applications for hardware testing, Linux, no matter) except Windows 10 copies. WTF?! Was forced to use another application. And it can't make multiboot drives like mine. Well, at least the copy got installed. And then I noticed that Windows lost two of four logical drives I've made. Well, not a big deal, I've got them back, but it was strange and scary.
I went to sleep about five o'clock in the morning. Very tired, but got control on updates and turned off most of spying functions. Also I made old game run on this PC.
And got some funny bug in the game.
A flying cauldron
. Love it, it works, despite its bugs
. I remember, how I and my cousin played this game at his old PC. Got Windows XP crashed after three months of work
. And the keyboard you can see at these photos is the one thing left of that PC: cousin gifted it to his friend. The fun thing that this keyboard has an own name, we call it Cockroaches. 'Cause when it was new, we covered it with polyethylene membrane (cousin likes to eat when works on computer) and it rustled very loud, kinda there run some bugs in it
Back to the main story. After I made RDP works, using standart Windows RDP application. Basically, RDP isn't good for 3D applications (games, for example), so if I use it, it's for the work only.
I still have Windows Vista at my laptop and this is so weird to see the Windows 10 interface on that screen.
A graphics card story.
At 21 of May I've got my Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1050 OC GV-N1050OC-2GL. The reaction was kinda "Wow! It so much smaller than I thought!" Well, the whole hardware for this PC is small, I had to use to the fact that all those parts are so small. But I still can't
Small, miniature, adorable
. However, I got some problems with the computer case while install new graphics card. The problem was related to sizes, fasteners didn't fit each other well enough (there was an about 1 mm gap) and the first try to install graphics card finished with notable shift. It worked, but placement was weird and unreliable. Few minutes later I managed to install it in the better way.
There was no problems with drivers and tests, and games. People said, it can by very noisy, but it works pretty quietly. Especially relatively to CPU fan, at high load it sounds like it'll explode
As you can notice, there was some HDD overheating, 47 C. It happened because PC was lying on my sofa and one of fans didn't work well enough. Basically, it's power supply overheated, then HDD overheated too. So, never put your laptops or small desktops on sofas, beds and other too soft things
Also you can notice my current wallpaper with Triangle, made by HardyLibrsky
Do you know what is it? Don't? I make custom maps for the "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" game