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New Workstation

Business is on the uptick this month. That’s the good news.

The bad news is that my old computer takes all night to solve big simulation problems (and I haven’t maxed out the software yet =-o) but I don’t have enough all nighters for the number of project deadlines coming at me. So, I went ahead and ordered:


  • COOLER MASTER, HAF 932 Advanced (RC-932-KKN5-GP) Black Tower Case w/ Window, EATX, 7 slots, No PSU, Steel
  • COOLER MASTER, Silent Pro M 850W Power Supply w/ Modular Cables, 80 PLUS® Bronze, ATX12V 2.3 EPS12V 2.92, 6x 8/6-pin PCIe, SLI® Certified, Retail
  • ASUS, P9X79 WS, LGA2011, Intel® X79, DDR3-2400 (O.C.) 64GB /8, PCIe x16 SLI CF /2+4*, SATA 6Gb/s RAID 5 /4, 3Gb/s /4, USB 3.0 /4, HDA, GbLAN /2, FW, SSI CEB, Retail
  • INTEL, Core i7-3930K Six-Core, 3.2 – 3.8GHz TB, LGA2011, 12MB L3 Cache, HT EM64T EIST VT XD, 32nm, 130W, Retail
  • COOLER MASTER, Hyper 212 Plus CPU Cooler, Socket 2011/1155/1156/1366/775/AM3/AM2, Copper/Aluminum, Retail
  • CORSAIR, 16GB (4 x 4GB) Vengeance™ LP Blue PC3-12800 DDR3 1600MHz CL9 (9-9-9-24) 1.5V SDRAM DIMM, Non-ECC
  • EVGA, GeForce® GTX 560 (KR) 810MHz, 1GB GDDR5 4008MHz, PCIe x16 SLI, 2x DVI + mini-HDMI, Retail
  • SEAGATE, 1TB Barracuda®, SATA 6 Gb/s, 7200RPM,64MB cache
  • RAID, No RAID, Independent HDD Drives
  • SONY, AD-7280S Black 24x DVD±R/RW Dual-Layer Burner, SATA, OEM
  • MICROSOFT, Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Edition w/ SP1, OEM

That’s a lot of stuff. My plan is to transfer all my big, power hungry design software onto this workstation and access it remotely via my laptop.

Funny thing (now that I’m free of it), I remember how it would have been impossible to upgrade my computer because of increased business at my former employer’s: We were authorized to waste money but not to spend money…

Really, it’s about balance: Now that I can fabricate prototypes quickly, I need to be able to design them more quickly. So, the next logical step will be a CNC mill, I suppose? H-m-m-m-m…

3 responses to “New Workstation

  1. Sean Parker August 30, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    would your simulation software run on a *nix platform? wonder if you’d see a difference? since your planning to remote in any case.

    i intended to make a computer (well, software) related blog post today as well, but as per normal, i’m creatively avoiding. there was something brewing in the cob-webby part of my head about drawing out a comparison between higher level software development targeted to virtual machines or frameworks as opposed to more bare metal techniques, and the problem of econmomy of scale vs direct access as it relates to relationships and presence.

    then i beat myself up a little for how frequently i think about something and then talk about it rather than do it, and that coughed out a little C-ish snippet:


    ..and that’s all i can think to say about that!


  2. Sean Parker August 30, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    it’s here: but don’t expect too much! i am a kung-fu master at setting up quickly neglected blogs.

    lots of cool things on the short and medium horizons, but honestly my interest in software and technology generally is drying up. well…that’s not completely true. i’m developing a voracious interest in aquaponics! hope you and Debi are well, too. I miss seeing you, hope to fix that soon.

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