Tact

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My workstation 'tact' is one of my computers in my office. You can read about its disk configuration. Next is 'orac'.

This is my primary development workstation. It will be replaced by 'charm'.

Parts

Supplier Manufacturer Component Warranty Price Qty Type Total Links Notes Ordered Arrived
AusPCMarket Intel Intel Core i7-7700K KabyLake 4-core 8-thread 4.20 to 4.50GHz $546.68 1 CPU $546.68 2017-04-18 yes
AusPCMarket Corsair Corsair H80iv2 Liquid Cooler Multi Socket CPU 2x Fans $153.55 1 CPU Cooler $153.55 2017-04-18 yes
AusPCMarket ASUS ASUS ROG STRIX Z270F GAMING Intel Z270 ATX Board $291.85 1 Motherboard $291.85 2017-04-18 yes
AusPCMarket G.Skill 32GB G.Skill DDR4-3200 Quad Channel (Trident Z) F4-3200C16Q-32GTZSW $373.53 1 RAM 32GB $373.53 4x8GB 2017-04-18 yes
Warehouse1 Samsung 1TB 960 EVO M.2 (2280), PCIe 3.0 x4, NVMe 1.1, 3,200MB/s/1900MB/s $572.95 1 NVVMe 1TB $572.95 Warehouse1 since went out of business 2017-04-18 yes
AusPCMarket Samsung 512GB Samsung 850 PRO, 3D V-NAND, SATA III 6Gb/s, R/W(Max) 540MB/s $359.37 2 SSD 512GB $718.74 2017-04-18 yes
AusPCMarket Seagate 6TB Seagate IronWolf NAS HDD, 3.5", SATA 6Gb/s, 3Yr 3 year $360.46 2 HDD 6TB $720.92 specs 2017-04-18 yes
AusPCMarket Inno3d Inno3 GTX1050 Compact, 2GB, GDDR5, DVI, DP, HDMI card $199.29 1 Video Card $199.29 max res 7680x4320 2018-01-05 yes
AusPCMarket Cooler Master Cooler Master CM690 III Window Ver BK/GRN no PSU $153.55 1 Case $153.55 w/ green trim 2017-04-18 yes
AusPCMarket Corsair 650W Corsair CS650M ATX Power Supply, 80+ Gold Certified $161.17 1 Power Supply $161.17 2017-04-18 yes
AusPCMarket LG LG 24X+-DL DVDR/RW OEM Burner Black SATA Drive, Cyberlink $52.27 1 Optical Drive $52.27 2017-04-18 yes
AusPCMarket Samsung Samsung UJ590 32in 4K UHD LED VA FreeSync Monitor $556.27 1 Monitor $556.27 price inc shipping 2020-01-05 yes
AusPCMarket Samsung Samsung UJ590 32in 4K UHD LED VA FreeSync Monitor $595.48 1 Monitor $595.48 price inc shipping 2020-07-12 2020-07-14
AusPCMarket Simplecom Simplecom SC314 Internal 5.25" Bay Mobile Rack 3.5" SATA HDD Backplane $33.22 1 Mobile Rack $33.22 2017-04-18 yes
eBay PowerShield PowerShield Defender 1200VA UPS $229.00 1 UPS 1200VA $229.00 2019-09-12 yes
AusPCMarket TP-LINK TP-LINK TG-3468 $33.22 1 NIC $33.22 2017-05-09 yes
WASD Keyboards WASD Keyboards CODE V3 104-Key Mechanical Keyboard - Cherry MX Green $251.51 1 Keyboard $251.51 Black case, no sound dampeners, US$175.00 2019-03-21 yes
WASD Keyboards WASD Keyboards 17" Soft Foam Wrist Pad $20.12 1 Wrist pad $20.12 US$14.00 2019-03-21 yes
eBay USB Type C cable to Type A 10cm $4.25 1 Cable $4.25 2020-08-01
AusPCMarket ASUS ASUS ROG Gladius II Pro RGB Gaming Mouse, 12000 DPI, 250 ips $144.84 1 Mouse $144.84 also got one of these for condor 2018-03-07 yes
eBay Laser Laser HDMI Audio Soundbar with Optical and Bluetooth (REPACK) $25.91 1 Speakers $25.91 price inc shipping 2019-07-24 yes
Total: $6,720.63

Wish list

Some potential upgrades for this workstation. Compare my next workstation.

VIM by Skeletor 104-Key V3 Custom Mechanical Keyboard

I want to get one of these VIM by Skeletor 104-Key V3 Custom Mechanical Keyboards with Cherry MX Silver switches. You can see Cherry MX Switch Comparison for more info.

Dual Ethernet NIC

I want to get one of these Intel Dual Port Gigabit Server Adapter (or similar) so I can put my VMs on a lower security network.

64 GB RAM

One of these:

Memory Date Price Status
G.Skill Trident Z RGB 64GB 2020-04-06 $869 In Stock
G.Skill Ripjaws V 64GB 2020-04-06 $699 Preorder
G.Skill Trident Z RGB 64GB 2020-04-20 $1,369 Preorder
G.Skill Ripjaws V 64GB 2020-04-20 $699 Preorder
G.Skill Trident Z RGB 64GB 2020-07-07 $749 In Stock
G.Skill Ripjaws V 64GB 2020-07-07 $499 In Stock
G.Skill Trident Z RGB 64GB 2020-08-01 $689 In Stock
G.Skill Ripjaws V 64GB 2020-08-01 $489 In Stock

Ethernet switch

NAS

Upgrades

UHD monitor

Specs

CPU

Motherboard

Z270F.png

RAM

Disk

Video card

Replaced:

Monitors

Replaced:

Considered:

Also of interest was the Dell UltraSharp 3008WFP which can do 2560x1600... might put one or two of those on my wishlist.

Case

PSU

Optical drive

Mouse

Chair

Cables

NIC

Keyboard

PC Part Picker

Research

CPU

Thermal paste

RAID

Chipset


Z270-Chipset-840x726.png

Sound issue

jj5@tact:~$ cat /proc/asound/cards
0 [PCH            ]: HDA-Intel - HDA Intel PCH
                     HDA Intel PCH at 0xdf240000 irq 134
jj5@tact:~$ aplay -l
**** List of PLAYBACK Hardware Devices ****
card 0: PCH [HDA Intel PCH], device 0: Generic Analog [Generic Analog]
  Subdevices: 1/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
card 0: PCH [HDA Intel PCH], device 1: Generic Digital [Generic Digital]
  Subdevices: 0/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
card 0: PCH [HDA Intel PCH], device 3: HDMI 0 [HDMI 0]
  Subdevices: 1/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
card 0: PCH [HDA Intel PCH], device 7: HDMI 1 [HDMI 1]
  Subdevices: 1/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
card 0: PCH [HDA Intel PCH], device 8: HDMI 2 [HDMI 2]
  Subdevices: 1/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
jj5@tact:~$ pacmd list-sinks
1 sink(s) available.                                                                                                    
 * index: 0                                                                                                            
       name: <alsa_output.pci-0000_00_1f.3.iec958-stereo>                                                              
       driver: <module-alsa-card.c>                                                                                    
       flags: HARDWARE HW_MUTE_CTRL DECIBEL_VOLUME LATENCY FLAT_VOLUME DYNAMIC_LATENCY                                 
       state: RUNNING                                                                                                  
       suspend cause:                                                                                                  
       priority: 9958                                                                                                  
       volume: front-left: 65536 / 100% / 0.00 dB,   front-right: 65536 / 100% / 0.00 dB                               
               balance 0.00                                                                                            
       base volume: 65536 / 100% / 0.00 dB                                                                             
       volume steps: 65537                                                                                             
       muted: no                                                                                                       
       current latency: 39.98 ms                                                                                       
       max request: 6 KiB                                                                                              
       max rewind: 344 KiB                                                                                             
       monitor source: 0                                                                                               
       sample spec: s16le 2ch 44100Hz                                                                                  
       channel map: front-left,front-right                                                                             
                    Stereo                                                                                             
       used by: 1                                                                                                      
       linked by: 1
       configured latency: 40.00 ms; range is 0.50 .. 2000.00 ms
       card: 0 <alsa_card.pci-0000_00_1f.3>
       module: 6
       properties:
               alsa.resolution_bits = "16"
               device.api = "alsa"
               device.class = "sound"
               alsa.class = "generic"
               alsa.subclass = "generic-mix"
               alsa.name = "Generic Digital"
               alsa.id = "Generic Digital"
               alsa.subdevice = "0"
               alsa.subdevice_name = "subdevice #0"
               alsa.device = "1"
               alsa.card = "0"
               alsa.card_name = "HDA Intel PCH"
               alsa.long_card_name = "HDA Intel PCH at 0xdf240000 irq 134"
               alsa.driver_name = "snd_hda_intel"
               device.bus_path = "pci-0000:00:1f.3"
               sysfs.path = "/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1f.3/sound/card0"
               device.bus = "pci"
               device.vendor.id = "8086"
               device.vendor.name = "Intel Corporation"
               device.product.id = "a2f0"
               device.form_factor = "internal"
               device.string = "iec958:0"
               device.buffering.buffer_size = "352800"
               device.buffering.fragment_size = "176400"
               device.access_mode = "mmap+timer"
               device.profile.name = "iec958-stereo"
               device.profile.description = "Digital Stereo (IEC958)"
               device.description = "Built-in Audio Digital Stereo (IEC958)"
               alsa.mixer_name = "Realtek Generic"
               alsa.components = "HDA:10ec1168,10438723,00100003 HDA:8086280b,80860101,00100000"
               module-udev-detect.discovered = "1"
               device.icon_name = "audio-card-pci"
       ports:
               iec958-stereo-output: Digital Output (S/PDIF) (priority 0, latency offset 0 usec, available: unknown)
                       properties:
       active port: <iec958-stereo-output>