PC Purgatory - A tale of upgrading machines
Any thoughts of development have been well scuppered this week. This is a cautionary tale for those of us in this world who elect to construct our own PC's.
So the time comes to renew or update the rig's when suddenly the main mechanical drive used for mass storage decides to start clunking (yikes), One Ebay later and much cursing and back in business with a new seagate barracuda, disaster averted. So having looked in the machines I start pondering what needs updating... Ram! The Intel rig is in need of some TLC, and what the heck lets update the GPU's and refresh the systems.
And so the problems start...... Intel from 8K series to 9K, ram speed up and 32GB from 20. And a 1060 out in favour for a 2060. Each part caused pain in no small part because the quality 500watt PSU decided the startup current demanded was a tad too much.
Sighs ( replace psu ) the moral I guess is be cautious when changing out components as power requirements may change.
So to the AMD system this has a overkill PSU so no issues here (it was SLI originally) this time Ryzen decides it hates corsair ram made by Samsung, my only guess is the kit is rank 2 not rank 1 modules. So we swap around the modules and the Intel rig gets the B-Die and I revert to the SK-Hynix branded modules.
The GPU is lovely..... but its also an OVEN! Working temps can hit over 100 degrees. ( I'm assured this is OK and within tolerances )
Downside is even in my airy case the internals also start to cook, so shopping again for beefier cooling solutions. This is where the real fun begins... currently I write this on an emergency PC as I stare at a broken CPU.. awaiting delivery of a new one........
So all in all not a great week, never forget the wisdom that even with the best executed plans the universe will find a way to ruin said plans !
Anyway hopefully the dust settles and normal service resumes.
Regards, stressed KL