Someplace to stash my stuff
with some peripheral goodies
Published on March 20, 2013 By starkers In Personal Computing

As the title suggests, I have begun upgrading again.  However, being that the guts of my rig perform more than satisfactorily and it's fast as well as reliable, I'm upgrading some addons to extend its use and/or make it more enjoyable.

First on the list is this.... a LG E2742V-BN 27" LED monitor.

I decided to replace the 32" TV I'm using as a monitor with this because i/we could use an extra TV upstairs and I don't want to sacrifice in screen size too much... and to get a 30" plus monitor is still up in the $1500 bracket and upwards.  This 27" beauty, regular RRP $445 AUD, cost me just $245 AUD on special.  Okay, so it's not top of the range, but with my old eyes [even with specs] I ain't gonna notice that.

The other thing I ordered is a  Vantec NexStar HX4R HDD Enclosure  a 4 bay SATA HHD Caddy so I can do away with a swag of external drives and all the cable clutter they come with...

This unit has all 10 Raid functions, plus JBOD and single HDD functions, as well as being hot-swappable so there is no need to reboot or use the Remove Hardware Safely function in Windows.  In replacing up to 10 external drives at a time with this, not only do I cut down on cable clutter, I save on electricity and time taken to copy or move files.  Before I could only copy or move to one external drive at a time, but with this I can copy to all four at once, thus saving hours on end, and when I'm done with the 1st four [sometimes multiple copies of home movies are required for extended family members], I can pop in another 4 and copy to them... it beats the hell out of having to copy up to 10 singularly. 

Again, I sniffed me out a bargain.  This unit is costing me $127 AUD on special... RRP $179 AUD.  I have seen it selling for up to $219 in places so I think I did alright, and it's a nice looking unit as well

It's all paid for and hopefully this all arrives on Friday morning.

 

 

 


Comments (Page 3)
on Mar 23, 2013

Well, the darn TV is problematic.

Every time I switch the input to cable, to watch TV, then back to monitor, I have to reboot to get my system to see the TV again.

 

Screw that. I'll just run the 5 monitors.

on Mar 23, 2013

starkers
Yeah, I guess there would be problems if the 4th core failed testing somewhere along the line. Still, I suppose one could always try unlocking it to see how it performs, and just lock it again if it becomes unstable.

I did that very thang...lol.

on Mar 23, 2013

RedneckDude
Well, the darn TV is problematic.

Every time I switch the input to cable, to watch TV, then back to monitor, I have to reboot to get my system to see the TV again.

I've never had that problem on my setup, but then I've only been running the TV, no other monitors.  It may have something to do with multiple monitors/connections, perhaps?  You know, confusing the hell out of your PC, sort of thing.

RedneckDude
I did that very thang...lol.

Oh well, a quad core is off the table, then.  As for an upgrade, various reviews suggest the AMD Phenom II x6 1100T is as fast and performs equally as well as the AMD x8 FX8150, so if that's what you eventually settle on you won't lose anything much performance-wise.  However, the AMD x8 FX8350 is a few steps up and it would be worth waiting a bit longer to afford a compatible mobo to go with it.

 

on Mar 23, 2013

For further information, the Athlon II x3 of Jim's, when unlocked, reported itself to be a Phenom II, a 955 to be exact. It did work as a quad, but it was unstable and ran hot. I suspect it was a 4-core fail, simply locked and rebranded by AMD.

I think RnD is shooting for one core for each monitor.

on Mar 23, 2013

starkers
Oh well, a quad core is off the table, then. As for an upgrade, various reviews suggest the AMD Phenom II x6 1100T is as fast and performs equally as well as the AMD x8 FX8150, so if that's what you eventually settle on you won't lose anything much performance-wise. However, the AMD x8 FX8350 is a few steps up and it would be worth waiting a bit longer to afford a compatible mobo to go with it.

 

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1724262&CatId=4432

 

That.

on Mar 23, 2013

Only I'm 50 bux short of having the dough. 

on Mar 24, 2013

Yeah, the AMD Phenom II x6 1045T is a good CPU, but if it were me I'd wait to have enough for the AMD x8 FX8350 and the Gigabyte mobo for 78 bucks... comes in under 300 and would be a significant upgrade as opposed to something with just a little more kick.

I know how it feels, wanting to up the ante and not having quite enough, just itching to get stuck into it.  When I was looking to upgrade from my AMD Phenom II x4 920, there were a number of affordable 4 core offerings available, and at the time I could have snatched an AMD Phenom II x4 955 for $107, but it wasn't enough of a jump so I waited to get the AMD Phenom II x6 1100T, which was the flagship of the range and considerably faster than the 920.  It cost me $210, but IMO the performance increase justified the additional $103.

It was the same when I was looking to upgrade on that again, I could have settled for the AMD x8 FX8150 @ 3.6ghz, but given the reviews said that it was not a lot quicker than the 1100T, I wasn't too sure about going that way.  However, I was offered an AMD x8 FX8170 @ 4.0ghz for 40 bucks more and I took it.  It meant having to wait an extra couple of weeks but it was worth it.  Now AMD never officially released the FX8170, but my supplier snaffled 2 and offered me one for being a loyal and long term customer... he kept the other for himself, as you would with something so rare.

I now have an AMD x8 FX8350 in my main rig and it is by far quicker than any other AMD CPU I've tried, and quicker than some Intel i5's and i7's according to benchmarks, so it would be worth waiting for IMHO.  I know you're anxious to upgrade, and 50 bucks seems like a lot to be short of $99, not to mention $300, but I don't know that the jump to a 1045T would be that noticeable.... at the least I'd go for the 1100T, given how well it fared in benchmarks against the newer FX8150 and even some Intel offerings.

Food for thought, me old mate, food for thought.

on Mar 24, 2013

starkers
AMD Phenom II x6 1100T

 

Can't seem to find that one. 

 

I have a mobo less than a year old, I can't afford to spend 300 bux when what I have is pretty new. Most of what you see above, came to me used. All but 2 monitors. Even the TV was used. I have to get deals when I can....lol.

 

The wife is the sole breadwinner, I haven't worked in 8 years, no disability check either. She'd have my nuts in a jar if I spent 300.00 on something I didn't need.

Been turned down for the disability twice, got a hearing in a few days. Cross yer fangers fer me.

 

I have been making a few bucks here and there via skinning that will buy me the 1045 6 core. A really good friend shot me a loan for the other 50 bux last night, so I ordered it. I'll have it in a week or less.

 

Thanks, good friend. You know who you are! 

on Mar 24, 2013

RedneckDude
AMD Phenom II x6 1100T



Can't seem to find that one.

That's a shame because it is a very good CPU and would have given you decent boost in performance.  The 1045T is a couple of models down, but it'll still be faster than your triple core, nevertheless.

RedneckDude
I have a mobo less than a year old, I can't afford to spend 300 bux when what I have is pretty new. Most of what you see above, came to me used. All but 2 monitors. Even the TV was used. I have to get deals when I can....lol.

I worked out one combination [based on prices at TigerDirect] that would have been $224 for the FX8350 and a MSI board, and another with a Gigabyte board for $234, but neither are in reach if you simply don't have the finances.  As for great deals, that's how I get the stuff I want.  I search out bargains and grab those which suit my wants/needs... plus being a total tight arse and keeping the cost of living down to an absolute minimum to save a few bucks here and there.

RedneckDude
Been turned down for the disability twice, got a hearing in a few days. Cross yer fangers fer me.

And my toes!  Good luck and I hope it goes well for you.