The first PC I built for myself was running an AMD K6-2 450Mhz, back in the year 2000 that was, rock solid CPU I have to say

This article is purely a personal tracking of the current components of my computer, so that I know how much I paid for them, how long have they been running on my system, etc. Let's start

 

Component Current Model Current price Inc VAT
CPU  Xeon E5-2620 2.0Ghz  £316.12
Motherboard  Intel DX79TO  £150.15
Memory  64GB DDR3  £316
Graphics Card  NVIDIA GeForce GTX1050 Ti  
System Storage  512GB Samsung 850 PRO  
Extra Storage  9TB HDD & 1,256 TB SSD  
PSU    
CPU Cooling    
Monitors  3 x iiyama 24"  
Peripherals    
     £782.27

 

 

CPU = Intel Xeon E5-2620 at 2 GHz

  • From 2013 and still running = Intel Xeon E5-2620 @ 2 GHz

I have a heavy user of virtualization, and constantly run VMware Workstation on my system, therefore I needed a good CPU that could do the job like a duke for me, and this low end Sand Bridge CPU of the Intel E5 range has been top-notch for so many years now. I bought it from https://www.scan.co.uk and paid £316 for it, back 7 years ago... both every penny

 

Specs: https://ark.intel.com/content/www/us/en/ark/products/64594/intel-xeon-processor-e5-2620-15m-cache-2-00-ghz-7-20-gt-s-intel-qpi.html

 

 

 

Motherboard = Intel DX79TO

  • From 2013 and still running = Intel DX79TO

I bought my mobo from the good-old, now defunct, Dabs website for £150. Never had any massive problems with it apart for the original issue that the motherboard came with an ancient BIOS update that did not supported the Xeon CPU I bought it for. So, had to "borrow" another CPU just to boot the motherboard, update its firmware and then install my Xeon CPU. I specifically wanted this mobo due to the amount of RAM slots that it has (eight) and the 6 internal storage SATA ports that it comes with. This motherboard has proven to me a beautiful thing to have: 6 years on and counting....

Currently I'm running an older version of the BIOS modo, as the newer version give me issues with a storage card that I've got installed, but more into that later

Specs: https://ark.intel.com/content/www/us/en/ark/products/55800/intel-desktop-board-dx79to.html

 

 

 

RAM = 8 x 8GB PC3-10600 DDR3 CL9 [64 GB]

  • From 2017 = 8 x 8GB PC3-10600 DDR3 CL9 [64 GB]

There was one point where my PC was freeze, experiencing random BSOD an things like that. As you can imagine all that was very annoying, and it took a long test running "memtestx86" to find out that my computer had developed a faulty chip. I think I paid around £20 on ebay for a replacement

  • 2013 - 2017 = 64 GB Crucial RAM

Originally I bought 8 chips of 8GB each, making it right from the start a system with 64GB of ram, a beast back in 2013 and still a pretty solid amount of RAM to have. It was the now defunct Misco website from where I bought the memory, this screenshot only shows 7 chips but I bought an extra one that they sent me on a separate invoice. I choose the reputable brand of Crucial for my RAM

The total I pay for the memory was 8 x £37 (Inc VAT) = £296, and then in 2017 the replacement of the faulty chip (£296 + £20) made it all a total of £316

 

 

 

Graphics Card = NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti

  • From January 2021 = ASUS nvidia GeForce RTX 3080

The price of Ethereum is going all over the roof (£900 per unit when I bought this card), so I decided mid-January 2021 to invest some of the Ethereum that I bought a few years ago in... mining Ethereum! Will it be worth it? I'm not sure, but given the fact the electricity is included on my rent it certainly would be fan. I saw a GeForce RTX 3080 for an exorbitant price in ebay, and yeah after thinking about it very carefully for a split second, I went ahead and purchased it. I paid for this elusive graphics card a flipping £1,400. I used my crypto-funds so the payment, so it wasn't that painful as I feel this isn't real money....yet. Will I be able to return my investment in a year? If I'm still around I surely will come back to this article and and update the mining results, according to this link I should be able to get around £8 a day https://2cryptocalc.com/what-to-mine-with-3080 , so it will take me 5 months and 25 days of 24/7 minings to pay for this card, the mining after that will be a profit, yeeeha. By the way, for mining Ethereum I'm using PhoenixMiner as listed in https://www.cruxpool.com/

 Specs: https://www.asus.com/us/Graphics-Cards/ROG-STRIX-RTX3080-10G-GAMING/specifications/

 

  • From Dec 2017 to January 2021= NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti

With 3 x HDMI and 1 x DisplayPort output, this is a magnificent graphics card that I bought from Amazon for just over £150, and then later on (Feb 2021) sold on ebay for....

Specs: https://www.geforce.com/hardware/desktop-gpus/geforce-gtx-1050-ti/specifications

 

  • 2013 - 2018 = 2 x NVIDIA Quadro FX570

I had a couple of NVIDA Quadro FX570, with dual DIV port each, so at some point I was having up to 4 x monitors until I just standardise to only 3 monitors

https://www.techpowerup.com/gpu-specs/quadro-fx-570.c1331

These graphics card where a joy to use, very reliable and never give my any problems

 

System Storage

  • From 2019 = Samsung SSD 850 PRO 512GB

At some point in 2019 I managed to get this drive from a machine I was donated to at work, flawless

 

Extra Storage

Back in 2015 I bought a FastTrak TX4310 Sata card with 4 x ports to increase the storage of my system, this card is managed by the Promise Web Service at https://localhost:8443/ What I'm gonna list here are the network drives letters that I've been using for years, and dive into the hardware that is behind each one of them. Unfortunately the FastTrack TX4310 only supports up to 2TB hard drives

N:\ Drive (MASADA) ; this is a 2TB mirror, kind of waste I'm thinking more and more these thing of having a mirror, given the fact that all my backup online using BackBlaze. Anyway, at the moment I have the mirror on ports 3 and 4 of the storage card

 

O:\ Drive (ORION); The other 2TB mirror that I have configured on this card is for ORION, where I keep all my working VMs. Ports 1 and 2 are servicing this mirror

S:\ SOFTWARE, T:\ VIDEOS U:\ VARIOUS; My other network drives are all serve by the software mirror of 1 x 4TB within Windows 10, with 2 x 4TB WD Red NAS WD40EFRX providing the needed hardware support

In addition to the usual above that I always have, I also got the following guys giving help to my system:

  • D:\ SSD1 = 1 x Samsung SSD 860 1TB
  • E:\ SSD2 = 1 x Samsung SSD 850 PRO 256GB
  • P:\ PULSAR = 1 x WD 3TB WD30EFRX

 

PSU

From Dec 2017 ans still running:

 

 

From 2014 to Dec 2017 = Jeantech storm 700W Modular PSU

 

Specs: http://www.xtremecomputing.co.uk/articles_pagesprinter/jeantech_storm_700w_modular_psu,4.html

 

CPU Cooling

 

Monitors

 

Peripherals

 

 

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