The * Idol Tower * is a computer belonging to Sharron-Idol, and custom-built by Sharron-Idol, for Sharron-Idol.
In fact the * Idol Tower * is to be the perfect computer for Sharron-Idol’s needs up until and including 2022.
I see questions appearing in your mind; so let’s deal with those first.
The first thing you’re asking is, probably: –
“Why is a music & entertainments website, by a music & entertainments personality, doing an article (In fact more than one article.) on building a computer?”
What does computer-building have to do with entertainments?
In this case ( and probably in many other cases too ) a lot: You see there’s the fact that Sharron-Idol bills herself as “The Tech-Geek Entertainer”. She uses technology to create works of art in a number of ways, and she also entertains with technology in a more direct and practical sense…
But this computer isn’t being built solely for the purpose of your entertainment. – It’s going to be Sharron-Idol’s main computer: For the purposes of business & pleasure, of assisting Sharron to assist in entertaining you, as well as to assist in entertaining Sharron-Idol. – So on that basis it’ll have to be able and powerful enough to play the occasional game, screen a movie now and then, general web surfing, email, communication, as well as do all types of office work, and of course; run audio production software.
Sharron-Idol takes up the commentary: –
It’s been a number of months in the design-phase; but now I’ve at last decided upon and ordered component parts for my long-awaited * Idol Tower * computer build. The thing is that this computer isn’t a tower: The first design utilised a tower-case, and the “Tower” bit stuck in the name. I dropped the tower-case in or around design 2, and eventually decided on a white BitFenix Nova ATX case – which I purchased to cement it into the design.
The ASUS PRIMEX470-PRO AM4 DDR4 ATX motherboard
The ASUS PRIMEX470-PRO AM4 DDR4 ATX motherboard was a natural choice to go with the case; because of cosmetics as well as stats. It is a quality board that’s well designed and well-built. It has an AMD X470 chipset that natively supports the latest incarnation of AMD’s Ryzen processors; one of which – the Ryzen 5, 6-core – is the one that I’ll be using.
The board has so much scope for system updates if desired at a future date: For instance there are 2x RAID-capable NVMe ports. – To start off I’ll only be using one of these with a 256 GB M.2 NVMe card. Another example is concerning the RAM: I’ll initially be using 2x 8GB CL16 DDR4 RAM; but the board has 2 further ports that will initially be unused, and is capable of supporting up to 64GBs
There’s also the amazing RGB that is built in to the board: I’m not too fussed about RGB; but since it’s there I’ll use it, ‘even try to enhance it with a pair of retro blue cold-cathode fluorescents. I’m so glad that the BitFenix Nova case is windowed.
Staying with ASUS I already have a brand-new never-unboxed fanless ASUS NVIDIA GT710 2GB graphics card, which will make for a perfect ASUS pairing, as long as a cooling airflow is maintained over its heatsink by a case fan. This card is, of course, fully upgradeable if necessary.
A Decent Rig
As you may be aware, I’ve been planning to build myself a really decent computer since April. I had plenty of people who I’ve never met telling me what parts I should use to make my computer the best, and I thank those people for their contributions in telling me how to build a computer that is best for them. Unfortunately I am building a machine that is best for me, so their efforts were wasted. I’m not building this machine as some kind of competition against macho-male computer-builders. I’m building it so that I can more easily make better music/recordings – as well as to play the odd disc on, and maybe a game now and again.
So back to the components, and staying with the ASUS brand; I’ve ordered an ASUS Blue-Ray player/DVD-RW combo drive. – Well I might want to watch movies on Blue Ray, so it’ll come in handy if so. Also made by ASUS is the PCIe x 1 wireless card – which I’ll be fitting last of all. Talking about internet connections; the ASUS PRIMEX470-PRO AM4 DDR4 ATX motherboard has an Intel ethernet adapter – much higher quality than the Realtek chip used on cheaper boards.
Another brand that I’ll be using is ADATA. – Now I know that ADATA are no match for Samsung in the case of NVMe drives; but they’re debuting with me in this build, and if their components perform well I’ll use them again: I’m not only incorporating their NVMe drive as the system drive, but I’m also going to be adding 2 sticks of their XPG GAMMIX 8GB DDR4 Gaming Memory… It seems that calling your DDR4 RAM “Gaming Memory” is a universal sales gimmick that everyone uses. Does it make it sell better? ‘Probably not; but I could be wrong and stand to be corrected.
Thermaltake. – Low-Ripple
I’ve ordered a Thermaltake Smart SE 730 Watt Semi-Modular 80+ Bronze Power Supply unit. I’ve heard some good and some not-so-good about it; but it’s an unknown quantity at this point in reality. I’ve heard it’s a switching supply, which is getting a little dated in terms of design. I’ve heard both that it has a single 12 Volt rail, as well as that it has a dual 12 Volt rail connected as a single rail. I’ve heard that it has a tendency to shut down when hot at maximum-load… Well I very much doubt I’ll be running it at maximum load.
– The reason that I chose that particular PSU is ripple; or should I say lack of ripple. – Yes of course there is some ripple: Even the best voltage-regulators and smoothing circuits combined cannot totally eliminate all ripple… But the ripple from this supply is minimal, and it’s stable: It doesn’t increase with load, and although there’s slightly more ripple on the 12 Volt lines than others, plus the 3.3 Volt ripple is, curiously and inexplicably, envelope-shaped; overall the amount of ripple is so minimal that you’d expect to see the equivalent results on a top-quality PSU that costs a pretty packet in terms of price.
Now To The Build
So here’s rabbiting on geekily about the components inside the box; but the overall box is going to look nice, perform well, and most of all assist me as an entertainer/musician to create great works. – And that is the main reason that I’m building it. Whilst it’s true that I discovered Carey Holzman’s You Tube channel earlier this year, and felt the electronics-urge again, it is also true that doing so prompted me to design & construct a decent computer for my personal use, rather than cheaping out by doing up old boxes and also relying on second-hand laptops as I’d started doing up until then. – Whilst doing so often at least partially works as a low-cost alternative; it does reduce productivity and introduces many issues that needn’t occur if the situation is managed properly by using better and newer equipment. – And so hence this new build.
Wish me luck.