i’ve decided that in this summer tv lull, i’m going to rewatch friends. i’m almost done with the second season and the show just brings back so many fond memories.
watching the ross/rachel relationship form, i just watched the episode with the turning point to finally start the relationship. it was the episode with the prom video where ross suited up to be rachel’s stand-in date when her date seemed to stand her up.
that moment when rachel realizes what ross did for her and she goes to him to kiss him is still one of the best tv kisses ever for me.
when installing osx86, some of the keys on the keyboard weren’t mapping out correctly. most of the keys worked, but the backtick/tilde key wasn’t working. i didn’t know what to do, but i finally stumbled across ukelele which will create keyboard mapping files for you. fantastic app and a great way to fix your keyboard if it is misbehaving.
christi is out in texas for some kind of work training so koda and i have been left to fend for ourselves. i worked from home on monday and halfway through tuesday until our internet went down at the house. i then packed up all of his stuff and headed into the office.
so far the week’s been pretty good, koda and i have been spending a lot of time together. he isn’t as happy when i take him into the office as he is at home, but i figure it’ll just take him a little while to get acclimated.
i had the requisite steak dinner last night, but no pizza yet this week! maybe i will go pick up some pizza tomorrow, we’ll see!
i have been working on this machine for the better part of a week now and i think that i can finally say that i have everything working now. so, what was the final build?
Case: Antec Three Hundred
it all starts with the case. i looked high and low for a case that looked cool. it seems that with the overclocking crowd, cases with windows and neon lights are all the rage. i sort of think that that’s a little tacky and as i looked around, my criteria for a case became pretty clear:
1) attractive looking case
2) provides good airflow
i didn’t think that i could find a cheap, attractive looking case, but then i found this case made by antec. construction is sturdy, there’s good airflow, and plenty of fans in the case. there were a couple of pleasant surprises with the case:
1) the case provides enough thumb screws for everything that you need so that you don’t need to use a screwdriver if you don’t want it.
2) the case provides a space to stow away all your extra power cables from your PSU if you didn’t buy a modular PSU.
3) the fans that come with the case are adjustable!
Motherboard: ASUS P6T SE
the ever popular ASUS P6T now comes in an SE version. all that stripped out is the ability for SLI video. i wasn’t going to do it anyway, so the slightly cheaper motherboard was perfect for my needs. chock full of overclocking options, this motherboard was the perfect home for the CPU.
CPU: Intel Core i7 920 2.66GHz CPU
the motherboard/CPU decision was the hardest for me. I decided to try the Intel Core i7 route and it seems that the 920 processor is the best bang for the buck right now. overclock friendly, but plenty fast on its own, this hyperthreaded quad-core CPU will show up as 8 CPUs in your OS.
RAM: Corsair PC3-12800 12GB kit
yeah, 12GB of ram might be a little excessive, but we’re talking a new machine here. yes, ram is cheap, but when you buy 12GB of ram at a time, it’s a little expensive. still, i figure that at some point i’ll end up using up the ram, especially if i plan to run VMs.
my first batch of 12GB that i got from tigerdirect had a bad stick of ram in it. The heat spreader was not adhered to the chip. I RMA’d it through tigerdirect and my second set worked great.
PSU: Corsair TX-850W 80plus PSU
a nice quiet PSU with plenty of capacity to power the machine. i loved the 450W one that i picked up for the media center that i built. the build quality of the PSU is great. 850W is probably overkill for the machine, but there was a rebate that made it cheaper than the 750W i was planning to get.
Video: EVGA GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB
I wanted a fast video card, but i wanted to get something that was supported by osx86tools. this was the fastest card on their list.
and that’s it. i have a couple of 1TB drives in the machine right now, but i’m not sure if they are going to be the final drives in the machine. i also had a spare DVD drive that i pulled out of a machine, but i’m fairly certain that i’m going to be getting a blu-ray writer soon with new hard drives.
OS is installed and the machine is absolutely fantastic. the OS happily reports 8 CPUs and 12GB of ram. things are nice and zippy and overall, i’m quite pleased.
i’ve been spending the day cleaning up around the house and watching movies. i’m bringing out some of the classics. the first movie i broke out was “she’s all that”. it’s still as good as the first time i saw it.
and now i’m watching “win a date with tad hamilton” and i just saw my favorite scene in the movie.
pete: tad she is a wonderful person with a huge heart…and the kind of beauty that a guy sees only once, you know, once. listen, tad, if there’s even a chance that you could break her heart, for her sake, walk away, man.
tad: i could never break rosalee’s heart. ok
pete: good. because if you do, i swear to god, i will tear you to pieces with my bare hands…or vicious rhetoric.
now that i am starting to fiddle with video, i’m starting to realize that i really need massive amounts of hard drive space for all of this video editing and storage.
after doing some research, i have come to a couple of conclusions. first off, let me describe my current world. the motherboard i have comes with 4 internal SATA ports and 1 eSATA port. this would seem like more ports than anyone would need unless you are crazy like me.
currently, i have a boot drive and a DVD drive taking up 2 of the internal SATA ports leaving me with two ports internally. i will probably end up getting two more internal drives and stripe them for storage. that really only affords me 4TB of storage in system.
in my network, i have a 3TB NAS and a 2TB NAS currently being used as slow storage. the primary NAS rsyncs with the secondary one so that i have some redundancy. i’m not sure if this is enough storage now that video is being introduced into the mix. with my images it was more than enough space.
i’ve been reading about eSATA enclosures and it looks like enclosures that use port multipliers allow multiple drives per enclosure at the expense of performance. maybe this is ok for permanent storage, but not good enough to be a working disk.
the other option is to get an enclosure that has multiple eSATA ports, one for each drive. that would work except i don’t have many eSATA ports available, which means that i would need to find an eSATA add-on card that works in my system. i think i will deal with that when that day comes.
i’m going to see how long the 2x2TB drives will last me for. i was hoping to do a windows install on one of those drives too, so that’ll take some space away from my storage.
EDIT: just opened the case and saw that the machine has 6 internal SATA ports. maybe i can just cram a bunch of drives into this machine after all.
But, soft! What light through yonder window breaks?