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It’s time for Eight

I’m slowly crunching out of my game-cave and while doing that I realized that I need a new project. I haven’t done much else besides gaming since the beginning of July and in order for that to change significantly, I need something new to focus on. So I thought a few days about this and It’s time for a new design.

I know that with SP5, SP6 and SP7 it was more of incremental design changes and with SP8 I want to start from scratch. Ditch the old design(s) and create something completely different.

I have some ideas and some things I’d love to keep having on SP8, like the ability to customize the color theme maybe and the light/dark mode. I also want to include Blender Renderings into the design, maybe that will nudge me slightly to go back to Blender. Then I improved my gulp script with a watch task recently and that’s something I’d like to improve upon with SP8 as well. The idea is to completely avoid using CodeKit, even though I love it. But I think to get more mature with my coding and development skills I need to get serious about Gulp.js automation.

So the next step would be to create a new repository and start a brand new theme, a clean slate, and then see where it all leads. I look forward to it but don’t expect results for some time.

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.

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.