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Hey Shant, I'm a liverpool supporter too (I lived in England for quite a few years, and supported Derby, but they are almost non-existent now, so have supported Liverpool for about 10 years).

I've also just built a new pc, but have been doing it for years. Last one lasted for 5 years or so (?), but didn't have TPM, so wouldn't take windows 11, and I like to be bleeding edge with software (I have a microsoft partner membership, so get the latest etc).

Not sure who I really go for in F1... I want Ricciardo to win, but I suppose I go for red bull in the end... Will be interesting if/when Porsche/Audi/VW go in, to see what actually happens (ie, will they just supply engines to existing teams, or start a new one).

Hey Stu, glad to see another red on here ;) We're having a cracker season so far! FA cup should be ours in a couple of weeks.

Very nice mate, what specs did you go for? I've always had high powered laptops and gamed on consoles but thought I would change things up. A few of my good friends are in the space and do game occasionally. Hoping this rig lasts me 5+ years

My build list:
Intel® Core™ i5-12600K Processor
Corsair H150i
MSI MPG Z690 EDGE WIFI DDR4
Corsair 32GB RAM (3200MHz) DDR4
Samsung 2TB 980 PRO M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD
Corsair 850W RM850 80+Gold Fully Modular ATX Power Supply
Gigabyte Geforce RTX 3080 Ti Vision OC 12G Graphics Card

I've been a Hamilton supporter for years (pre-Mercedes) but must admit it's good to see the teams alot closer this year and some actual racing rather than Mercedes 1-2 dominating...

I really do have a soft spot for Ricciardo and want to see him win some more races. I hope that Porsche/Audi/VW actually enter the sport and it's not just a build up of speculation that eventuates to nothing!!! (as it has been for years)... would really love to see their own team! I read that Porsche may partner with Redbull to supply them engines given Redbull is planning to use their own engines by 2025, so a potential option for them. We shall see anyway.
 
Nice one, good rig and nice components...

I went a bit bigger on the PC (as I could justify as a work expense!)

Corsair Obsidian Series 500D Premium Mid-Tower ATX Case
Corsair 750W RMX 80+ Gold Fully Modular 135mm Fan ATX PSU
Intel Z690 AORUS MB w Direct 19+1+2
Intel Core i9-12900K Desktop Processor 8 Cores up to 5.2 GHz
ASUS ROG Ryujin II 360 AIO Liquid CPU Cooler
NVIDIA , GeForce RT 3080 Ti, 12GB GDDR6X 384-bit memory interface, WINDFORCE 3X Cooling System with alternate spinning fans
Corsair Vengeance 32GB (2x16GB) DDR5 UDIMM 5600Mhz C36 1.25V Black Desktop PC Gaming Memory
KC3000 512GB PCIE 4.0 NVME M.2 SSD x 2


Connected to a 2 x Dell S2721QS + 1 x Dell U3219Q 4K monitors and a Corsair K95 keyboard..

I just need to get in to gaming so that I can get some benefits with it (Photoshop runs well though!)
 
I must be disadvantaged, no Omega Speedmaster (Mk1) and my computer is a real baby, ASUS PN51, with a 28" Tuf gaming monitor and a Kinesis keyboard. Covert in a word. Luke gtr struck gold with the chat. More activity than I have seen for months.
 
Just to put a damper on things, I gave up on Windiows based machines years ago, well for personal use anyway, I'm a Mac OS man, 64GB memory, tera byte SSD, 4k screen and guess what when you turn it on it dosen't come up with the splash screen "Preparing to Install Updates". Mind you when you start delving into the Unix inner works it gets a bit deep. I have to use Windows based machines for work with multiple VMs installed as a lot of the software we use needs specific windows installs and some wont even run on Windows 10.

I know I'm going to cop a beating over this but its just like the Holden verse Ford scenario.
 
Macs are fine, and are great machines, but I never liked being locked in to their eco system.

My daughter has a new ipad pro (?) and it's just confusing/impossible to get files between it and our home network/nas drive due to its 'security'.

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My last build was a Pentium 90 way back in early to mid 90's. It was quite a beast of a machine back in its day. Now I'm just on i7 laptops with a good bit of RAM and nothing special.

I do like my keyboards so I'm on an original IBM Model M Clicky. Nothing beats the feel and sound of the "clink".

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Just to put a damper on things, I gave up on Windiows based machines years ago, well for personal use anyway, I'm a Mac OS man, 64GB memory, tera byte SSD, 4k screen and guess what when you turn it on it dosen't come up with the splash screen "Preparing to Install Updates". Mind you when you start delving into the Unix inner works it gets a bit deep. I have to use Windows based machines for work with multiple VMs installed as a lot of the software we use needs specific windows installs and some wont even run on Windows 10.

I know I'm going to cop a beating over this but its just like the Holden verse Ford scenario.


Nope, I use Linux on some machines and will eventually drop all windows machines in favour. Old apple was great, a bit of the hippie culture approach, but new Apple is as greedy, controlling and manipulative as the worst of them. My last apple was 2008 and it is a gem compared with todays but you could see the writing.....
 
loved those keyboards, I still remember them.

I started off with good keyboards in typesettings, in the 80s... I had to fix them, and the girls (mostly) typesetters were very fussy and wanted to get 'their' keyboard back each time. Some places paid them by the keystroke, so they were very particular about which one.
Watching them type, read the copy, fix it, and hold a conversation was amazing..

The Corsair mechanical keyboards are good, and 'close' to the one above....
 
My last build was a Pentium 90 way back in early to mid 90's. It was quite a beast of a machine back in its day. Now I'm just on i7 laptops with a good bit of RAM and nothing special.

I do like my keyboards so I'm on an original IBM Model M Clicky. Nothing beats the feel and sound of the "clink".

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Had a keyboard like that for years. A few years ago I moved on to the Kinesis and it is one of those things that once done and adapted, you find it so great that you are lost without it. Clicky keys too!
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Macs are fine, and are great machines, but I never liked being locked in to their eco system.

My daughter has a new ipad pro (?) and it's just confusing/impossible to get files between it and our home network/nas drive due to its 'security'.

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I also run a 5TB Raid 5 NAS and have no issues at all moving files from the Mac OS to the NAS/ to the cloud and windows machines. You are right Apple security is pretty tight. For a long time when I was working overseas I would fly back via Singapore and was always buying motherboards, graphics cards, drives etc etc. It just got to the point I was spending so much time building, overclocking, cooling, software loading, unloading that I drifted away from it as it was so time consuming, moved into cars instead for an easier life, LOL.

I do like the IBM clicky keyboards best ever built.
 
That's a pretty sweet setup you've got Stu. Probably what I would've gone for if I could "expense" it

Some pretty cool keyboards everybody's using. I've got a Razor Blackwidow. Lots of satisfying clicks!

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I feel like that's the rabbit hole I've fallen down Tas. Currently looking into overclocking and undervolting lol.


Then again I really want to learn and become more hands on with my cars (mechanically)... need to expand my skill set that's for sure.

Any advice on what you guys have done to learn? Books/videos. Of course forums play a role. I don't want to keep going to mechanics for every little thing that goes wrong with the car.



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Damn, some impressive builds in here.
First alst, only pc I have ever build was literally years in the making.
Over 5 years.
Started out buying a case and mobo, then life popped up.
But, ended up with the following:
Intel i7 3820
Asrock x79 mobo
Thermaltake 650w
32gb ddr3 1866mhz
Kingston 256gb ssd
WD 2tb x 2(which never really got used)
Gigabyte 1080ti

Was excellent for what I used it for.
Also bought an ROG 32 wide screen monitor at the same time as the gpu.

Sold it as I also have a decent laptop I wasn't using and thought I should get thr monies worth out of that.
And knew I could lose less with the sale of the pc.

Running a logitech g915 keyboard.
Logitech g300s mouse.

And currently an ROG laptop
Intel i7 10900
32gb ram
2080 maxq

OTT for what I use it for.
 
That's a pretty sweet setup you've got Stu. Probably what I would've gone for if I could "expense" it

Some pretty cool keyboards everybody's using. I've got a Razor Blackwidow. Lots of satisfying clicks!

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I feel like that's the rabbit hole I've fallen down Tas. Currently looking into overclocking and undervolting lol.


Then again I really want to learn and become more hands on with my cars (mechanically)... need to expand my skill set that's for sure.

Any advice on what you guys have done to learn? Books/videos. Of course forums play a role. I don't want to keep going to mechanics for every little thing that goes wrong with the car.



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I became a mechanic ��
When I was young, I wanted dto be a cabinet maker.
Couldn't find an apprenticeship.
Had a hq Holden then vb commodore.
Thought, "well, I may as well get paid to learn to fox it".

I do have regrets though.

But, working with a great team in a stunning place now(thredbo)
 
I must be disadvantaged, no Omega Speedmaster (Mk1) and my computer is a real baby, ASUS PN51, with a 28" Tuf gaming monitor and a Kinesis keyboard. Covert in a word. Luke gtr struck gold with the chat. More activity than I have seen for months.

Cheers.
It can be amazing how much people can just chat, and get to know each other.

And, this is much nicer and more personal than fb.
 
I also run a 5TB Raid 5 NAS and have no issues at all moving files from the Mac OS to the NAS/ to the cloud and windows machines. You are right Apple security is pretty tight. For a long time when I was working overseas I would fly back via Singapore and was always buying motherboards, graphics cards, drives etc etc. It just got to the point I was spending so much time building, overclocking, cooling, software loading, unloading that I drifted away from it as it was so time consuming, moved into cars instead for an easier life, LOL.

I do like the IBM clicky keyboards best ever built.
What's rhe tip on being able to save a file on ipad, then have a copy on NAS (we have qnap), then on pc laptop? Just used icloud?

From old memory, the new ipad 'lock down' (?) files for security?

Ah Singapore... did you used to go to Sim Lim square?

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Any advice on what you guys have done to learn? Books/videos. Of course forums play a role. I don't want to keep going to mechanics for every little thing that goes wrong with the car.

I was just prepared to fail. I purchased a well used S3 during covid as I was going mad and getting depressed. It had done 220,000 kays, so if the engine blew, so be it.

Since then I've just been trying to fix things and break things along the way. Forums and google search go along way, but I'm missing 30+ years on what real mechanics have and will never be anywhere near what they can do and know, but still having fun learning.

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I was just prepared to fail. I purchased a well used S3 during covid as I was going mad and getting depressed. It had done 220,000 kays, so if the engine blew, so be it.

Since then I've just been trying to fix things and break things along the way. Forums and google search go along way, but I'm missing 30+ years on what real mechanics have and will never be anywhere near what they can do and know, but still having fun learning.

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Don't put yourself down too much.
I am a "real" mechanic and we DEFINITELY do t know everything.
I still browse forums, google and YouTube for many things I don't know.

These resources are good for common problems too.
 
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Then again I really want to learn and become more hands on with my cars (mechanically)... need to expand my skill set that's for sure.

Any advice on what you guys have done to learn? Books/videos. Of course forums play a role. I don't want to keep going to mechanics for every little thing that goes wrong with the car.


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If you want to be a "Professional" mechanic then you will need to successfully complete the current course of training, no matter what your background.

If you want to improve your own skills, then there at least two avenues, maybe more. You can grow up with things mechanical and it is like osmosis, it just seeps through your pores. I grew up on a farm with a father who had a lifetime of precision armament work behind him. On a farm you fix everything so I was on top of a lot of stuff by the time I started school. There is no she'll be right in the ordnance world.

If it is an Adult start thing, then there is a lot of catching up to do. In my view, being a mechanic doesn't start with you working on your car or anything else for that matter. You need to understand the science behind mechanics. That is the difference between a good and bad outcome in every job. Do you understand materials, strength, surface finishes etc. This list is long. Any mechanic who has over torqued a nut, used an incompatible coolant, used a sealant on a non sealant gasket clearly has failed the basics test. Get this all under your belt and then you can specialize. The amazing thing is if you have got the elementary issues under control all of a sudden you can apply them to carpentry, canvas work, electrical work and so on. Without the elementary knowledge, all a person will ever be is someone who knows a lot about the parts and layout of their particular car but will inevitably make fundamental mistakes in the application.

It is a very appropriate lesson that physics and chemistry and maths at school actually have a real world application for non academic people every day.

My final comment would be that if you are doing work for yourself on your own car then what standard will you accept? Forums and videos can help with aspects of a job, but they sure do not provide any assurance of it being done correctly. A recent example. I recently purchased a VW Touareg. The battery is installed under the passengers seat. I wanted to have a look and make sure everything was OK, terminals clean and tight etc.

VW provide no instructions other than go to a VW centre. You Tube has many videos so I thought I would watch a few to see what people might have come accross in their access efforts. Well, 3 out of the 4 videos I chose to watch were wrong. Sure, it did work after a style but instead of making use of the built in hinge system to access the battery they started from the top by removing the whole seat. No mention of not reusing the stretch bolts etc. Just one example of where forums and videos can be misleading and give you totally wrong information which won't improve your actual skills.
 
What's rhe tip on being able to save a file on ipad, then have a copy on NAS (we have qnap), then on pc laptop? Just used icloud?

From old memory, the new ipad 'lock down' (?) files for security?

Ah Singapore... did you used to go to Sim Lim square?

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Have you set up myQnap Cloud. You can save files from ipad to QNAP and access files from QNAP to ipad.

Sim Lin Square was the best I found but also the FuNan centre and Lucky Plaza. Funan and Lucky Plaza are more consumer electronics and cameras than computers, but all good.
 
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