In April of 2018 – after having planned to take a break from making music and concentrate more on promoting the well over 100 tracks that I’ve already created, I stumbled upon the You Tube channel of Carey Holzman, which re-ignited my geek-streak and caused me to try my hand at something I hadn’t done as a full-build for a number of years: PC building.
Being a qualified electronics technician, and having also been a tech-geek pretty much all my life, it was like second-nature to me, and I caught the bug… Maybe that should read “I re-captured the rapture.”?
Oh come on – entertainers need computers just as much as anybody else, if not more so. Yes many well-off or signed artists buy a Mac and use it as a status symbol; but in fact a Mac isn’t as adaptable or versatile as a PC, and the legend that a Mac is immune to virus infection is total bullshit.
Never Giving Up
I’ve no plans to give up entertainments and go back solely to tech; nor do I have any intention of abandoning technology and concentrating on entertainments only… So I’m looking to do both; but Carey’s already got that covered with his You Tube channel to a large extent. – So what do I do? I can’t be a copycat; that’s as good as, and tantamount to, a breach of copyright in a way. – Anyway; you’ve probably seen my You Tube channel: Stephen Spielberg I am not, and there’s hardly any tech on there anyway; just excuses for music videos and advertising for my internet marketing in the main. – ‘Truth is I’m just not a visual person: I’m unphotogenic and I find videos a load of extra hard work anyway. I like to write and to illustrate alongside my writings, as you’ll notice from my main website. https://buggerallon.tv
I also like to trade: I produce music/entertainment and I trade it on iTunes etc. I engage in internet marketing and affiliate marketing; trading my products and those of other people for money… And now I’m trading in computers too.
I’m trading in computers that I build; not the overpriced junk you’ll find in retail stores. I’m not saying that my prices are any lower – nor am I saying they’re any higher: I’m saying that my computers are better. – They’ll probably last longer and they’re mostly all upgradeable… Apart from the * Idol’s Budget Premium PC * range; but for such a low price you can’t really expect a top-of-the-range box; just the usual standards of high-quality.
One of the big differences is that I’ll build what YOU want. (As long as it’s a PC, as long as you’re having it delivered to an address in the UK, and as long as you can afford it.) The retail stores will sell you what THEY think you should have. – For as much money as they can get out of you, regardless of the quality. I’m not really interested in how much money I can get out of you; just as long as I’m giving you a fair deal and I’m not making a loss / more than breaking even. – I’m interested in building the machine that’s right for you: If it’s an * Idol’s Budget Premium PC * because that’s all you can currently afford or it’s all you want to pay out for then so be it: It’s actually a great little machine, and I’m going to be putting one to work for my own purposes shortly in the near future: Quad-core with a minimum of 8 gigabytes of RAM plus a Solid State Drive for under £300.00 UKP. – That’s a great deal! https://tech.buggerallon.tv/idols-budget-premium-pc/
BitFenix are a company that make good-quality computer cases: I’m not intending to do a full commentary on this though; particularly when they have their own website: https://www.bitfenix.com/global/en/
Anyway it’s about PC building that I’m writing this post, after that long intro that I turned into a multiple advert. I have bought a very nice-looking BitFenix case in white… Yes; having unboxed it I was reminded of how a geek-gasm feels. – And I’ve decided that I’m going to build my much-anticipated * Idol Tower PC * in said BitFenix case… It’s not really a tower any more if I do; although the case will take an ATX motherboard. I’ve got components lined up with the intent of purchase – including a 2nd generation AMD Ryzen CPU. – But having just blown a large chunk of the budget on prototyping the * Idol’s Budget Premium PC * and the * Idol Worx Plus *; finances are a little depleted and I need a couple of months to get things back on target: Remembering that I have to finance not just my computer-building but also my entertainments; like music production and the like.
AMD is the One For Me
Fortunately the AMD Ryzen computer will be my new music production machine. That was the intention right from the start; but I got bitten by the build-bug and ended up opening a computer-building program on top of my entertainments-line. – Well life is short and I’m getting old. – ‘Might as well get as much out of it as i can, and help as many people as I can to enjoy their life in some way while doing so.
So this baby’s going to have 6 cores, using the new Ryzen 2600 second-generation CPU. I’m gonna start off with 8 gigabytes of DDR4 2400 RAM. – Yes I did that with both the * Idol’s Budget Premium PC * prototype and also the * Idol Worx Plus * prototype. The difference in those two was I used Patriot RAM in the former and Crucial RAM in the latter. They both seem to work perfectly; so it makes little difference… But with this * Idol Tower * build in the BitFenix case; I’ll be adding to that over time. – Yeah I’ll probably go up to 16 eventually: I really don’t see myself using any more than that; though I may be wrong.
I don’t use Cubase and the like; it’s just not my style. I prefer doing complicated things with simple software to doing simple things with complicated software. – At the end of the day the result’s the same, just less cost and more effort. Yeah I know people are going to start quoting the 80/20 rule at me but it’s how I roll. – I’m comfortable with it for now. (I’ve seen artists using Cubase on a 500 MHz processor in Windows 98SE before now (Years ago; but in the 21st Century.). I laughed as they geeked out all day long on the software that had cost them £750 and on the sound card that had cost £450 and was almost half the size of the motherboard. ( I kid you not: the card was the size of a large modern-day graphics card.) – Just to generate a few notes.)
Actually – if I remember rightly – I rebuilt that computer for its owner some time after that. I was told to return the sound card to the owner uninstalled. It was really old. – I was surprised that it still worked and I remembered saying so afterwards. I remember removing a 750MB IDE main hard-disk-drive and a 1.5 gigabyte IDE slave drive. There were no SATA ports on the motherboard; so I replaced them with an 18Gb and a 30GB IDE HDD I think it was. I bought the 30GB drive on eBay and the seller had left their entire installation and personal files on it from their old PC. I was so tempted to try blackmail or something; but I just emailed them and asked them if I should wipe the drive that they forgot to wipe. I did format that drive, and installed XP on the other (main) drive.
There’s a lot more to that story – a heck of a lot more in fact; but I won’t be going any deeper into it here.
Back to the Tower
Anyway; back to the * Idol Tower *: I’ve decided on a 256GB M.2 NVMe as the boot drive. This is on an Asus PRIME A320M-A Motherboard; which is an mATX and which is so me. It’s grey in colour; and it’ll break up the contrast between the white front & sides of the windowed case, and the black inside and interior. I’ll be going a little retro with a pair of blue cold-cathode fluorescent tubes inside the case, supplemental to the RGB lighting, and I’ll be using a black Asus DVD/RW drive to break up the white case front and add further contrast.
Oh this is going to be one heck of a machine – and I can’t wait to build it: But I’m going to have to wait a month or 2 – so ‘probably July or August 2018 – maybe even September – just so that I can balance the finances.
I’ll build a computer for you if you like. – ‘Not free unfortunately, but good value all the same. https://tech.buggerallon.tv/