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Old 03-16-2023, 4:48pm   #1
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My monster tower, with the 18 monitors has some newer components in it, like the OS drive and some of the storage drives, but the physical guts of it are now 7 years old, and failing fast. My machine has physically shut off twice today alone, and it's happening more frequently as of late. As such, it's getting a complete overhaul on the inside. I'm keeping the CoolerMaster tower case, as you simply cannot purchase one as big as it is in today's market. It holds 8 internal hard drives currently.

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3 - AMD Radeon Pro W6800 Workstation-class video cards (18 ports total)
1 - Intel Core i9-13900KS - Core i9 13th Gen Raptor Lake 24-Core processor
1 - ASUS ROG Maximus Z790 Hero (WiFi 6E) LGA 1700 motherboard
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1 - Fresh copy of Windows 11 64-bit Pro (only to be installed on a VM. I'm not ready to upgrade to 11 yet without evaluation)
1 - ASUS ROG Strix LC II 360 ARGB Liquid CPU Cooler with 360mm radiator
1 - WD_BLACK SN850X NVMe M.2 2280 4TB SSD


Hopefully this investment will carry me another 7 years, which is an eternity in computer years. Ironically, the entire price of the order ($8,300) is what I would have paid JUST for the 3 video cards 1 year ago when they first came out. And I planned on buying them way back then, so to get all of the go fast parts for just the cost of the 3 cards was an added bonus.

These video cards are world-class workstation cards. Look 'em up. Also, that M.2 SSD drive is insanely fast, with insane speeds up to 7,300 MB/s throughput. My current SSD is more to the tune of 550 MB/s, which "was" insanely fast.
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That's going to be a killer machine.
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That's going to be a killer machine.
I just bought a 2nd motherboard. Same brand, but I noticed that the one I ordered didn't support enough SATA devices. New one is a couple hundred more, but has more ports. I'll try and return the first one, if not, I'll build a lower end computer with it and give it to family.
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Why does one tower need 18 monitors?
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I'm concerned you don't have enough monitors. We just worry, is all.
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Why does one tower need 18 monitors?
It's faster for Craig to glance at a different screen than open or close windows.
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Because insanely complex computer geek who's uber capable of multi-tasking.
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It's faster for Craig to glance at a different screen than open or close windows.
Yes, that sums it up.
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Yes, that sums it up.
If I need to explain exactly what you do it's "he preforms magic"

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I'll build a lower end computer with it and give it to family.
Hey...long lost cousin! I just realized we're related.
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I may have to upgrade soon myself. This old thing still runs Windows 8.1 and Google just disowned me because I don't have at least Windows 10.
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Look like it's going to be a nice rig.
Can't go wrong with ASUS motherboards but I think I would have gone with an AMD chip. I've always liked them better than Intel and I've been building computers since the '80's.
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Started back in the day with an IBM 5150, 5.25 FDD, mono screen, parallel port and a serial port.

They did have killer keyboards though. Heavy spring action and built like a truck. Indestructible.

Our IBM Sys8100 mainframe lost a HDD one time (located in huge external cabinets). It weighed 70lbs and took two IBM CE's to replace. Probably 20mb or so.
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Has that i9 come down below 700 bones? I want to build a new gaming/media computer and I just can't see that kind of money for a CPU. Hoping I can drive 8k. Some of the newer video cards can handle it.
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1 - Intel Core i9-13900KS - Core i9 13th Gen Raptor Lake 24-Core processor
No threadripper?
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I've never done more than a single GPU. I found this video that you might find helpful

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i get more than 7 years
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Well apparently the resident Harold Finch better review Moore's Law if he thinks any current day setup will still be competitive in 7 years; "you are being watched"....
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Damn. You could buy a console and games for the price of just the i9
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Yeah, just upgraded my 7 yo machine also. I don't make money with mine so it's less substantial. Only a Ryzen 7 with 64 meg & a 1Tb M.2. Did move to Win11 though, had to do a clean install as I never could get the network to come up with the old boot drive in the system. Old system was some 4-core Intel, 4790k I think. Well, moving to Win11 with the clean install wasn't as painful as I imagined, managed to to get everything that was there back. I don't even mind Win11, anything that bothered me was easily fixed with a D-D-G search.
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