Meet D'argo: My new PC

I was fortunate enough to meet up with Wendell from Level 1 Techs (he’s not my dad) and after extensive testing, we were able to come up with a system that meets my needs for both video editing and gaming. And I’ve finally built it! (Almost… but we’ll get to that).

This is my brand new office PC.

I don’t know if I’ve told you guys this or not, but I like to have a naming scheme for my devices. My laptop is Sisko, my phone is Adama, my server is Picard… are noticing a trend here?

So I was thinking about naming this machine D’argo, because, well, Farscape might be the greatest SciFi series ever…

But that’s neither here nor there, let’s talk about the heart of machine; the motherboard. It’s an X370 SLI Plus ATX board from MSI that Wendell hooked me up with. It’s by far the nicest motherboard I’ve ever owned. It has tons of expansion capability, plus room for a bunch of storage, with an M.4 slot as well as 6 SATA ports.

It’s an AM4 socket board, and that’s where we get to talkin’ about the processor; the Ryzen 7 1800X 8-core clocking in at 3.6 GHz. it can turbo out of the box up to 4GHz. This processor didn’t come with a stock cooler, so that’s why I bought the MasterLiquid 120 from CoolerMaster. It’s understated, yet definitely adds to the character of the machine.

I outfitted this build with a pair of 8GB G.Skill Ripjaw 5 Series DDR4 memory modules (for a total of 16Gb). They clock in at 3200 Mhz and I’m pretty pleased, though I think I’ll be adding another set of these to the build before I’m completely satisfied.

Powering it all is a 550W EVGA SuperNOVA 80+ Gold Modular power supply that has helped tremendously with cable management. I can leave out the power cables I don’t need and it keeps the inside of my case looking sane…

Oh, yeah… the case. The case is the Fractal Design Define R6 Midtower with a Tempered Glass side panel. It’s quite snazzy. I chose this one because of how striking it looked when I saw it in person at the Level 1 headquarters.

Now you might be wondering, where’s the GPU? Is it integrated? No. I’m using my old Nvidia GTX 970 until I can pick up a Vega 56 for a reasonable (or at the very least a NOT INSANE) price.

Shipping was a breeze, except for with Newegg which always takes nearly two weeks to ship stuff to me for some reason. On the flip side, OutletPC was stellar, they were the first packages to arrive, everything worked flawlessly, and shipping cost was reasonable.

The build process was super easy this go-around. I had absolutely no issues whatsoever (except figuring out which hardware I was supposed to use for the CPU cooler. Cause that came with so much extra hardware. Oh my god.)

I’ve been using D’argo for a few weeks, and edited the last three videos on it. I have to say I’m quite pleased, though there definitely is room for improvement. A new graphics card and more RAM are in order, as well as a new distro? We’ll see how things go. You can find a link to this build on PCPartsPicker in the description.

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Hey everyone, unfortunately my livestream got cut short, but I want to take a moment to thank everyone who participated. I want to thank everyone who shared their unique perspective on the things that make Linux a wonderful community to be a part of. Your talent and contributions to the community make it the most vibrant tribe I've ever called my own. Thank you.

There were a few blog posts submitted to the project:

There was also a project submitted by GitHub user ajyotirmay.

He also submitted this in an email:

I guess this is my entry for "Why I use Linux". I use it because Linux makes it easier for me to control various parts of the system. One such thing is that my laptop has a bad battery, and it takes a hit if I leave it plugged in for a longer time. Some manufacturers provide tools for Window which alert the user about the battery's charge level, but it was really difficult for me to find something for Linux.

Thanks to the low entry barrier for BASH scripting and the tremendous amount of blogs by Linux users describing the scripting part, that I decided to create something to help myself out here. So, this is the project I worked on, to alert me when the battery is charged or when it needs charging. I'm linking my project, feel free to have a look at it. :)

PerplexativeKhat on Discord writes:

I originally picked up Linux out of curiosity, but kept using it because it actually worked without bullshit. It actually ran well, it woulden't crash. It woulden't shove drive-wiping updates down my throat. It just worked.

I still keep Windows out of neccesity for some things, but otherwise I'm using something that works.

And last, but certainly not least, are the YouTube videos that were created for this project. Here is the full YouTube playlist:

Many people submitted their reasons as Tweets:

Please note that if something you submitted is not listed above, reach out to me via email or Twitter and I'll add your submission to this post!

Announcing The "Why I Use Linux" Project

It's pretty simple:

  1. Make something that explains your choice to be Linux user (and enthusiasm for it).
    For example:
    • Make a YouTube video talking about Linux
    • Build a gadget that conveys your love for Linux
    • Design a 3D-printed MacGuffin that shares your passion for Linux
    • Do a claymation short film featuring Tux
    • Engineer an app that helps people become Linux users
    • Write a blog post that talks about Linux and it's virtues
    • Be creative and, most importantly, HAVE FUN!
  2. Have your entry completed on or before November 24th
  3. Submit your entry on Twitter with the #WhyIUseLinux
  4. Tune in to twitch on the 25th where I review each entry (I may have a special guest)

You can make your project alone or in teams. You can build it publicly or in solitude. Do something awesome and let's have fun!

‡ You may also submit your projects to my email address. Put #WhyIUseLinux in the subject line.

Watch the announcement video: