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Computer 2016

Surprise! We built me a new computer. Mostly, I am so tired nowadays that I barely use my computer, so this was unexpected. BUT when I do, it feels like it’s even nicer when things happen fast. AND on top of that, I was starting to be the last person to load on Dota when we played! Not ok.

Computer 2016 mise en place

So here are the parts:
Intel Core i5-6600 3.3GHz Skylake Processor: Honestly I was going to get an i5-6500, but when I purchased, SuperBiiz was having a small special on the 6600 so it was only a little more, so I thought heck why not.

Asus H170M-Plus/CSM: I used to always buy the motherboard with the chipset that would allow me to overclock and whatnot, but I decided I had to be honest with myself: I don’t overclock. I think I did my last one like the smallest amount just for fun, and then lost interest and never dealt with it again. So… I went with the H170 chipset instead of the Z170. And Asus because we’ve had good experiences with their mainboards.

G.Skill Ripjaws 4 series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2133: Plenty of memory!

PowerColor Radeon R9 380 4GB PCS+ Video Card: As you know, last time, I thought I would try a computer with no graphics card, and that lasted for all of what, six months? before I broke down and got a video card. This time, I decided not to be silly about it. I’ve had some problems with Radeon drivers over the years, so I was leaning nVidia a little. Plus the nVidia cards are supposed to be a bit cooler and quieter which I like but this one was a good price when I bought it. It feels like right now the Radeons are a little less expensive for the performance. (I’m waiting for pol to comment that I’ve done something crazy again. :) )

Samsung 850 EVO 500GB M.2-2280 SSD: So damn cool! I wanted a bigger C: drive — my last one was just 90GB and it just felt like I had to spend thought on space more often than I liked. I had shifted my profile and game files (Steam library mostly) to different drives to be sure that my C: drive never filled up. This hard drive is a new form factor for me! I hadn’t realized hard drive technology had gotten so small. It’s a little board with chips on it, about the size of a large USB thumb drive, that plugs in directly to the motherboard, no power or SATA cable to snake around. My computer is super cramped so it felt like this was a worthy upgrade.


SeaSonic X Series 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply: Okay, technically I don’t think I needed a new power supply, but this was on sale and it’s Gold certified (more efficient) and fully modular and etcetc. So… I got a power supply.

I did keep my case, the Silverstone TJ08B-E MicroATX Mini Tower Case. It’s a nice case! But, a serious pain to build with because everything is so cramped. I also kept my heatsink and fan, a Xigmatek Gaia SD1823 (discontinued now).

Dusty heatsink

It was so very dusty! But we cleaned it up and put a drop of thermal paste (we had some old stuff lying around) on it and slapped it on.

When we first put it together (granted this was mostly Yut), it kept restarting itself… I thought it didn’t even post. And it was so late and we were tired, so we just left it. I thought we’d have to test the motherboard and case connections, maybe reseat and test everything, and was so not looking forward to it. But when we tried it the next night, Yut pushed the reset button and who knows, maybe it got a bit stuck while we were building the computer, but it worked! So… I’m typing now on a new computer! I think it’s actually one of the few (only?) times that a new build just worked right away (barring the restarting the first night which really didn’t require fixing beyond a button press). It feels super speedy now. And the best part is, it’s even quieter than before. Maybe getting rid of the dust is helping the heat and the fans don’t have to work as hard, or the new parts are quieter, or who knows. But it’s awesome.

TI5 Follow Up

TI5 with rabbits

It was worth the hype. I think this was the best TI yet. Congrats to Evil Geniuses:)

(Oddsbodkins doesn’t agree, she figured Dota time was nappage time. At least Hellspawn cleaned himself up for the event.)

For those of you who are thinking, “Good lord, who cares?!”, maybe a little Dota set to TSwift will help:

Random Interesting Links July 2015 Edition 2

  • Jennifer Pan’s Revenge, and related: Tragedy of ‘golden daughter’ resonates with Asian immigrant children
    I think I’ve mentioned this before, but I used to hide my report cards in high school; they were quite often bad, or bad enough. My parents didn’t know which day the report cards came out, so I would ask my sister to hide her perfect straight-A report cards too. She always did it for me even though it meant she got zero pats on the back for her effort. Got me some extra months though of being not in-trouble. :D Not that I ever wanted to kill anyone. And my parents were softies compared to some other parents.
  • 35 Bill Cosby Accusers Speak Out
  • CDC warning: Stop hugging and kissing your chickens
    The headline sort of cracked me up. American chicken flu or SARS next?
  • No Time to Be Nice at Work

    Robert M. Sapolsky, a Stanford professor and the author of “Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers,” argues that when people experience intermittent stressors like incivility for too long or too often, their immune systems pay the price. We also may experience major health problems, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and ulcers.

  • Masters of Love
    It turns out kindness and civility aren’t just important at work; it helps make a happy marriage too, and the lack makes for an unhappy marriage or divorce.

    There are two ways to think about kindness. You can think about it as a fixed trait: either you have it or you don’t. Or you could think of kindness as a muscle. In some people, that muscle is naturally stronger than in others, but it can grow stronger in everyone with exercise. Masters tend to think about kindness as a muscle. They know that they have to exercise it to keep it in shape. They know, in other words, that a good relationship requires sustained hard work.

    That’s a good explanation of the whole “relationships take work” trope, I think.

Family Dota Time

Family Dota time

TI5 hype!

Random Interesting Links, July 2015 Edition

The whole July 2015 thing is less silly now because I have had more than one interesting links post. Right?

  • The Really Big One — The really big earthquake in the Pacific Northwest is overdue! Scary, but actually, it’s worth reading because it’s a good read.
  • I, Racist — Powerful stuff
  • Men who harass women online are quite literally losers — “It’s also in keeping with the evolutionary framework on anti-lady hostility, which suggests sexism is a kind of Neanderthal defense mechanism for low-status, non-dominant men trying to maintain a shaky grip on their particular cave’s supply of women.” Haha. And also, *sigh*.

Breastpumped while listening to The Talk Show and checking email.

By the way, I think Mandarin is left to right when written horizontally, but right to left when vertical, right?

Only a Semi-Abandon Blog

I don’t mean to not post! I just don’t get around to it.

So instead of writing, I am:

  • Rewatching Star Trek: TNG on Netflix. Actually Leaf started it a year ago? And I thought it was a good idea! So yeah, rewatch. Season 1 wasn’t so great…like it hadn’t hit its stride and was a bit uneven. I think so far the second half of the second season has been on an upswing. Recently, we’ve met the Borg! “Q Who” was a Borg and Q episode, together! I was excited. Edited to add: Ben mentions that Star Trek: The Next Generation is also available (and in HD) on Prime Instant Video. I fell asleep last night after like 1.5 episodes!
  • Other shows I recommend watching: Orphan Black, The Wire (available on Amazon Prime), and Daredevil (fun, I thought, but not deep?).
  • Read Uprooted by Naomi Novik, which was so good. It’s fantasy, fairy tale style. Reminded me a little bit of Robin McKinley? Which is a good thing for me, since I enjoy Robin McKinley books very much.
  • I keep telling people about Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel because it was great. Post apocalyptic science fiction, but different. Not grim, but rather hopeful in a way? And I loved the “survival is insufficient” quote. Really resonated with me.
  • Hanging out with baby. What can I say, there’s much attention required.

Obvs. in no particular order. :D And there’s probably more but honestly my brain is not super high functioning right now. I mean, even when compared to normal.

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