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Old 08-24-2020, 07:43 AM   #2081 (permalink)
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innerspaceboy, cool setup & nice computer background.
Thanks so much! I had a blast rendering the vector logo and putting the wallpaper together.

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Yes. That configuration can be put together pretty easily. One thing I'm not seeing is your graphics card. Is it one of the integrated ones?
My current PC has integrated graphics. I tried ordering a SFF single-slot low-profile graphics card with multiple DP inputs but I couldn't get the card to fit in the PCI slot.

The new tower I linked from NewEgg states the following for graphics...

In the Specs section under Graphics it lists:
GPU/VGA Type: Intel HD Graphics

and under Video Ports: 1x DVI, 2x DisplayPort

Does that imply that it has integrated graphics like my current tower?

And you mentioned that you believe this configuration can be put together pretty easily. As this one-off deal is the only one matching my criteria on NewEgg and from a third-party seller, where else would you advise I look for one down the road if I don't jump on this offer?

Tigerdirect had nothing, nor did the HP website, and I imagine it's quite a lot of digging manually searching through eBay listings as you can't customize your eBay search criteria for a PC as simply as one can on NewEgg. Where would you suggest I look?

I'm loving all your insight!
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Old 08-24-2020, 08:00 AM   #2082 (permalink)
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Thanks so much! I had a blast rendering the vector logo and putting the wallpaper together.



My current PC has integrated graphics. I tried ordering a SFF single-slot low-profile graphics card with multiple DP inputs but I couldn't get the card to fit in the PCI slot.

The new tower I linked from NewEgg states the following for graphics...

In the Specs section under Graphics it lists:
GPU/VGA Type: Intel HD Graphics

and under Video Ports: 1x DVI, 2x DisplayPort

Does that imply that it has integrated graphics like my current tower?

And you mentioned that you believe this configuration can be put together pretty easily. As this one-off deal is the only one matching my criteria on NewEgg and from a third-party seller, where else would you advise I look for one down the road if I don't jump on this offer?

Tigerdirect had nothing, nor did the HP website, and I imagine it's quite a lot of digging manually searching through eBay listings as you can't customize your eBay search criteria for a PC as simply as one can on NewEgg. Where would you suggest I look?

I'm loving all your insight!
Yes, that's an integrated graphics setup.

After a little poking around it looks like the deal you have right now is a bit of a Unicorn of a find. I went to the Newegg PC build section and priced something out at just under $300 using the least expensive new components. I used Cybertron for my last build, but they're a bit pricey.
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Old 08-24-2020, 08:23 AM   #2083 (permalink)
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Yes, that's an integrated graphics setup.

After a little poking around it looks like the deal you have right now is a bit of a Unicorn of a find. I went to the Newegg PC build section and priced something out at just under $300 using the least expensive new components. I used Cybertron for my last build, but they're a bit pricey.
Outstanding. Your calling it a "Unicorn" is good enough for me to act on it. I've emailed the seller asking two critical questions:

1. Does the tower include two pairs of SATA data and power cables to connect an SSD and a HDD internally?

2. And will the included power supply be sufficient for both along with two DP monitors?

I noticed from some reviews of the model that the power supply is fairly weak so I want to make sure I won't need to upgrade it just to connect my two drives and displays and the occasional external device. And it will give me peace of mind confirming that the SATA power and data cables are connected and ready so that I can simply plug-and-play and be ready to go.

I'm waiting to hear back from the seller. Crossing my fingers that all goes well!

Thank you sincerely!
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No problem. Your monitors most likely have their own power supply, so no worries there.

Hope all goes smoothly!
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Old 08-26-2020, 09:32 PM   #2085 (permalink)
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No problem. Your monitors most likely have their own power supply, so no worries there.

Hope all goes smoothly!
This is particularly for Plankton for his incredible help in realizing this project. Forgive the length of this response, but I’m quite excited!

UPDATE: After reaching out to the seller I received a prompt, courteous, and professional response in the affirmative for both my questions. They confirmed that the power supply would be more than sufficient, and added a note to the order pledging to include and connect the SATA data and power cables to the motherboard in advance of shipment.

I was astonished when the package arrived via FedEx the VERY NEXT DAY (Wednesday night), from Michigan! What made that so critically important was that I was beginning a vacation that very evening and would have Wednesday night through Sunday night to troubleshoot any issues with the system. This provided an enormous weight off my shoulders as working from home is critical for me.

The package arrived in an enormous box, sealed with SmartFilm around a blow-in foam housing which effectively protected the tower from the rain the evening of its delivery.

I drafted an exhaustive implementation guide in advance of its arrival to disassemble the old tower and to rebuild the new one.

Tragically, I’d read on several Ubuntu forums that it is NOT as simple as plugging your old SSD and HDD into a new MOBO. They explained that the kernel is configured for the original hardware and can wreak havoc on the new setup with compatibility issues often rendering the new system unbootable.

This would require my formatting my only surviving OS SSD and manually installing and configuring Ubuntu and all of my applications manually from scratch. Thankfully, I took the time to author just such a guide last June with every click-of-the-mouse documented.

And so came the moment of truth. I powered it on for the first time. It initially launched BIOS and I discovered that the keyboard USB had not been fully seated in the port. I rebooted once more and there was a splash screen notification about Ubuntu needing to be configured to boot, followed by a black screen and my holding my breath for 15 agonizing seconds.

And then… the glorious familiar purple Ubuntu login screen appeared, just like magic. I logged in and slowly and carefully began testing every single application and function of my old system. Everything appeared intact - all applications settings were preserved and the system flew through actions far faster than my old tower. And the dual displays each worked perfectly right out of the box without any configuration needed.

I ran into just two problems - first, my media server software which provides me access to hundreds of thousands of works from any web-enabled device was unreachable from my mobile devices. I was going to document the log files and submit a request to the official forum but I narrowed my eyes and dove into my router configuration advanced menus and deduced that port-forwarding had to be modified from the IP address of the former PC to that of the new PC. In about twenty minutes, I had my server singing again!

Video and audio tests were flawless. No more clipping or frame drop of any kind. I always use the opening selection from Underworld’s Dubnobasswithmyheadman LP as my initial test track for new audio and computer equipment and it played back flawlessly with no ground hum or skipping.

The final test was my work-from-home VDI. Unfortunately, likely due to the VDI holding onto my prior hardware settings with the poorly-performing universal docking station, the VDI was rendered unusable. It may be a simple matter of completely uninstalling the software and reinstalling it so that it detects the video hardware changes of the new native dual display. I’ve sent an email to the networking team at my office and have set alarms to rise extra early (on my first day off of vacation), to tackle this straight away so that I have the peace of mind that it will work in time for my return to working from home next Monday. I’m confident we’ll get it worked out tomorrow.

Which brings me to the final but most important property of the behemoth of a tower - it is INCREDIBLY SILENT. Far more quiet than I’d expected such a massive tower to be! There is absolutely no interference with my listening room audio playback even at the most subtle volume levels.

So my anxieties of it failing to boot were vanquished, my fears of loud fans ruining the experience were dispelled, I didn’t have to reconfigure 99% of my software… it just WORKED with a few minor adjustments I was keen enough to work out. It’s far faster than my prior system and the displays are VASTLY improved over the former setup.

Thank you SO MUCH for your insight into this project. I can’t believe that, once the VDI issue is resolved, that this entire project will have been brought from inception to completion in just three calendar days and two hours of work on a Wednesday night to kick off my vacation.

I’m quite grateful!
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Old 08-27-2020, 05:58 AM   #2086 (permalink)
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