I'm thinking about doing something and I want advice before I take the plunge...
What I have now: A laptop for home use and a self-built machine in my shop:
- ASUS motherboard
- 1090T 4.1 GHz Hex-core CPU
- 16 GB DDR3 RAM
- (2) 1TB HDDs
- Win 7 Ultimate
- On-board Radeon graphics
That machine works well for what I use it for: number crunching. It's main use is running electrical simulations,
3D animation (a hobby), MATLAB, Adobe CS3, etc. I should also mention that I use TeamViewer to remotely access between machines and move files around
for backup. The problem there is that some things I can't do remotely due to the lag, mainly intense graphics and 3D setups. It works great for
simulations and MATLAB though.
I also have quite a bit of computer hardware from over the years... cases, keyboards, mice, that sort of thing.
Now, here's the idea:
I have a small spare room that I don't need. In the next couple of months I am going to be able to work again, and I need something to do! So I have
decided, since the shop is sorta dusty and not temperature controlled like the house, I would turn it into a home office. I want to put my wireless
laser printer in there along with a 3D printer
, and a new computer that will take the job of holding
all of my data away from the shop machine. And of course I'm on a budget, but it should be enough to do what I want for now.
The home desktop should be able to run all of the software on my shop machine. It also needs good internet connectivity for tutoring (I am approved as
a Chegg tutor). It needs a secure data storage system, so I am considering a RAID... something I have zero actual experience with. The RAID will be
the final resting place for any files I create anywhere else (note that I am the ultimate file packrat!).
I would also like to use an SSD for the OS and apps, to speed things up.
Now, I should mention, if I have computing power, I tend to USE IT. I have locked up MATLAB on that hex-core. I will (and have!) set up PoserPro to
cut an animation and peg all 6 cores at 100% for days at a time in cold weather when I'm not going to be in the shop (lately I restrict it to 5 cores
so I can still use TeamViewer to check on it). Some of my animations can take a few hours per frame to render, so cutting a clip can be a very long
and tedious process. So this new machine must be able to handle that kind of abuse.
Here's what I am looking at:
Now the fun question: I want to run Win 7 on this thing (there are a couple things I don't like about Win 10, and all my apps work well under Win 7).
I did a little research and found the only real issue is that the USB drivers won't work initially, so you have to use a PS2 keyboard/mouse to set it
up. Not an issue for me; I gots all kinds of old crap. I even called ASUS directly and they verified, but if anyone here has any information on that,
please speak up. And yes, I have a license for Win 7 64-bit Ultimate.
Networking is not an issue... I plan on tying this to my router through ethernet instead of WiFi (that room is close to my networking area).
Future plans: I want a damn server! So my thinking is that maybe, should I be able to afford it, I can later swap this out for a Threadripper (16
cores!) or whatever is the latest and greatest in the future, and use it for a server unit. I can up my pipe to 10 M/s (higher if I need it) and get a
static IP pretty reasonably through my ISP.
Any help finding potential problems in my set-up will be appreciated. I've not built a computer in a while, and gotten behind on the technology. Not
to mention, expensive mistakes could kill my budget.