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Build Time: Firebreather

07 March 2018 - 08:24 PM

I've had the same system for around 4 years now, and it sucks for gaming. It's a laptop, which fact is about 5 strikes all by itself, and not a gaming laptop either, which is another 8 or 9. It does web browsing, YouTube, email, and general time-wasting just fine, but that's really not where I spend a lot of my time. I want a gaming rig - and not just any rig: money is not an objective - performance is. I want the thing to be able to run cutting edge games on max rez at full detail and not drop below 60fps during an army engagement.

That's unreasonable. I know. But that's the goal.

So, I've only just started putting together a parts list, as of today. I am in no way a hardware dude, but fortunately for me I happen to know a place that gets off on this sort of problem. ;) So check this over, please?

MoBo: Gigabyte X299 AORUS Gaming 3 Pro (LGA2066, DDR4, 6GB/s)
CPU: Intel i7 7740X 4.3GHz, 8MB cache
RAM: Corsair Vengeance DDR4 4GHz (16GB as 2x8)
Intel Optane 16GB
SSD: 500GB "Super Fast" M.2 (R:3200MB/s|W:1800MB/s)
HDD: 2TB SATA-III 7200RPM (6Gb/s 64MB cache)
PSU: Corsair TX650M
HSF: Corsair H60 120mm Liquid
Arctic Silver Alumina Ceramic Thermal Paste
Soundcard: Onboard
Networking: Onboard
OS: Win10 64 Pro

Peripherals are not left off accidentally - I either have them already, or will be buying them separately.

Can you spot anything obviously wrong with that, or suggest alternatives?

As a matter of interest, dreampc.com.au prices ^that at ~$4,000. It was almost $6k before I toned it down a bit! O.O

<Boggle> Directly Imaging Exoplanets

27 April 2017 - 10:37 AM

First, the summary: These guys have figured out a way to build a map of the surface features of Earth-sized planets at least as far away as Proxima Centauri.  Let that sink in for a moment.  Just 30 years ago, nobody could even detect exoplanets at all!  And even at the beginning of this year, we were still limited to finding planets that "shook" their parent star by a fairly significant amount (so, either big planets, or really close).


Now, for anyone with the stomach for actual science rather than that (somewhat sensationalised) summary, here's the video (about an hour):