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Quick Update for July

I need to get that blog post published in July or I won’t have an archive entry for July 2020. There was actually a blog post planned for almost a month now but something kept me from writing here.

Yes I’ve build my PC and for the last 4 weeks, a game has gotten my full attention. I’ve been playing Red Dead Redemption 2 almost constantly and I’m having a blast playing it. The endless possibility of an open world game is amazing. The downside is that the PC hasn’t really been used for anything else, like Blender, but I will get to that, I know that.

So I hope that I can get back to writing and producing content again after I’ve played RDR2 through of course. So if you excuse me, some missions are waiting for me.

Factory Feed

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Race

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My Apartment

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Vampire Goody

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SoaPatrickSeven

The rest can be seen in the Factory.

PC Build: The GPU

ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER
ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER

I thought long and hard about what kind of GPU I’d want in my PC. There are always trade-offs so I had to make a pro/con list and narrow it down to a few and then go from there. I’m using a Ultra Wide Monitor for PC so if I want play some games I need enough power for all those pixels and I’d like to have a fast enough GPU for Blender to quickly render those images and videos.

Look I don’t want to stretch it out any further, so let’s make this quick. I wanted an NVidia because Blender actually utilizes NVidia cards a lot better than ones from AMD. The RTX 2070S seemed to be the sweet spot when it comes to price and power so that made the most sense because an RTX 2080Ti was just WAY to expensive and the RTX 2080S wasn’t worth the extra money which what performance I would gain. So, in the end, I went with an ASUS card because, you know, quality.

On a side not, all my components are finally together, so technically I could start building my PC right now, but it’s something I don’t want to hurry, I want to make it right and have a functional PC in the end, but weekend is coming up, so we’ll see what happens then.

PC Build: The SSD

Force Series Gen.4 PCIe MP600 NVMe M.2 SSD
Force Series Gen.4 PCIe MP600 1TB

Like I mentioned in my Motherboard blog post, I chose a Motherboard with a connection for PCIe 4.0 SDDs. So I looked for a few 4.Gen SSD’s and the Force Series MP600 is always mentioned as one of the top current SSD’s with a read speed of 4950MB/s and write speed of 4250MB/s which is pretty much double the speed of my Mac Mini. I went with one terabyte since I think, for the time being, it should be enough. I still can expand my PC with an additional 4.Gen SSD if I want to later on. Or connect up to 8 SATA III SSD’s and set up a raid 0 or 1, ah so many possibilities.

PC Build: The RAM

I was thinking some time about how much RAM I should buy and in what configuration. Should I opt for two or four modules of 64GB DDR4 DRAM. In one case I cannot upgrade without buying everything new again. In the end, it was a long-term decision, buy only two modules now so that I can expand in the future with two additional modules to a whopping 128GB.

Corsair Vengeance LPX Black
Corsair Vengeance LPX Black

After some looking around for RAM modules, I decided to go with Corsair, of the non-RGB variety, and with 3200MHz. They will be hidden behind the CPU Cooler anyway, so no need for flashy RGB Colors.

A small sign of life

Yeah, I’m still around, it was a strange and stressful time the last two weeks and it came out of nowhere. It will be like this for another two weeks and then I will have two weeks off where I big plans.

So what happened? Well, work did happen. Out of nowhere, I was suddenly tasked with lots to do so that I was back working 100% but from home. With that, all my plans with Blender and Blog post kinda got pushed to the back. But that doesn’t mean nothing was happening. I’m still slowly getting all my stuff for building my own PC, which is something I will be doing during my break. Expect some new posts about that the next few days, right up until I will start building it.

Blender definitely got pushed way back, I occasionally did some more things for the Apartment project, but nothing else. I did have some ideas though, but I keep those for my PC, where I can finally use a powerful GPU.

I did start using a new optimization plugin today. For work, I played around with WP Rocket, and the results that this plugin delivers are amazing. So I thought, instead of using two plugins, I can combine the two into an even better one and reduce the number of plugins at the same time. The page feels even snappier now if that’s even possible.

For a brief second, I played around with the idea of using Gridsome, I even made some basics work, but I realized that spending time now doing work on my website is time I’d rather spend creating cool stuff with Blender, so I stopped that short experiment.

So that’s what’s happening, I feel kinda tired which is a strange thing to say on a Friday evening. I mean before Covid-19, this was the time when I slowly started to get into the mood for a night out, but in the last few months, those days I stayed in and went to bed early. But I guess it’s nice too to just relax for a bit, take a breather, save some money and give me liver some well-deserved rest.