I'm going to squeeze the maximum I can from my drives to make this machine usable the many years to come. So, the fastest I can get to now is by using 2 M.2 drives in RAID 0 configuration. Here are the numbers I'm hoping to achieve.
Graphics Performance: 2-Way SLI or Crossfire support
Single super card is still best for now, especially for my plan to do VR gaming. However, I expect they'll find a way to make two cards work even better in the future. (Come on engineers!!!)
Connectivity: USB 3.1 Gen 2 + Bluetooth LE + Wifi 802.11 ac
Yup! I'm gonna want to connect a bunch of devices to this. I'm thinking NAS, USB drives, wireless headphones, and a VR device. But nothing special really.
Quad Channel Memory: Nice to have. Having 8 DIMMs seems too prone to hardware failure in my opinion. I think I can make do with dual channel.
U2: Nice to have. But adoption not there yet. I can use an Add-on card in the future.
Optane Support: I'm not sure if I need this. I imagine the bottleneck will be the interface. So, having a different type of drive might not make that much a difference. Also, I'm sure an add-on card (even if it took a PCIE x16 slot) will probably be created if this technology took off.
10 GB Ethernet: No other 10GBE yet at home. Will probably look to 802.11ac and 802.11ad.
PCIE Lanes: For future-proofing.
... Nope! I haven't made up my mind yet. Maybe I need an Intelfuze model to make this decision. :)
Up next, research how to install Windows 10 without a DVD drive. Because my next machine probably won't have an optical drive.
Instead of using your ISP's DNS, use the faster and more reliable Google Public DNS instead: 18.104.22.168 and 22.214.171.124.
Your ISP's DNS
Like most people, I defaulted to using my ISP's DNS. For the most part, this works just fine. Until recently, we encountered various problems such as:
Problems connecting to a specific website - This worked fine when I used my mobile network to connect instead.
Slow to update - I made changes to my personal domain's DNS settings. It took forever to resolve to the right one. However, other parts of the world were already resolving this correctly.
Use Google Public DNS
Then my research pointed me to Google Public DNS here: https://developers.google.com/speed/public-dns/
Google DNS is faster
It claims to have more security
It's free! And nothing beats free.
Yet another way Google is tracking you. But I'm sure you know resistance is futile.
Ah, nothing else yet. I'll revisit this post when I think of another one.
How to use it
To try it out, I suggest configuring a single machine to use it. If you want all your machines to use it, simply change you router's DHCP settings to dispense these settings below. (Yes, I'm make a lot of assumptions here. But if I'm sure you know what I mean.)
Here are Google DNS servers IP addresses:
Primary DNS: 126.96.36.199
Secondary DNS: 188.8.131.52
I'll try this out myself for a while and update the post as necessary. If you do have any feedback, please feel free to let me know. Thanks!
I'm writing this blog post from the machine I assembled 10 years ago. It's still alive and kicking as it has had it's share of upgrades throughout the years. But it's time for me to build a new one! Yehey!
Here is my current setup:
Intel Q6600 2.4GHz Quad Core (Passively watercooled with a Zalman Reserator)
MSI P5K-E Wifi motherboard
8GB DDR2 memory
GeForce GTX 680 video card (Passively watercooled with a Zalman Reserator. Yes! Two of them in separate loops.)
Seasonic X650 (I think) 80 Plus Gold PSU
Vertex 3 256GB SSD
Dell U3011 monitor
What I use it for:
Facebook (Of course!)
Web browsing / Work - Since most of my work is mostly over the web.
Light gaming (ahem!... Diablo 3, Civilization, This War Of Mine, XCOM)