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Published on January 10, 2018 By Frogboy In Personal Computing

I just got my new PC set up.  First new one in 3 years and it's a monster.

I mostly got it for the Core i9 which has 18 cores.  The reason for this is, basically, I compile a lot.  Most of my programming involves AI coding and that means doing lots of recompiling and running.  I highly recommend 18 cores for most people as it's wasted.

The other reason I wanted so many cores is for Nitrous/Cider work which is Stardock's new engine.  I want to make sure that Ashes of the Singularity and Star Control and Game X are all scaling up as you add more cores as this is a major part of our ongoing effort here.

 


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on Jan 10, 2018

Can you build me one to? 

Looks like a solid build. 

on Jan 10, 2018

I thought you were an AMD guy.

on Jan 10, 2018

So I heard you were going to add an Easter egg into the game and gift a set up like that to the player who finds it. Right?

on Jan 10, 2018

You'll need all those cores....core 11 of mine is currently at 100% and stuck there thanks to Skype.....needs another cull and restart yet again...

on Jan 10, 2018

I'm happy with my 24 core Xeon and my Ryzen 5 with 12 cores.

I have that same gfx card, Brad.....nice!!!

 

It looks like 32 GB ram, I can't really tell, the image won't expand. I can't seem to get mine to see more than 16gb.

on Jan 10, 2018

My AMD Ryzen 1700 pales into insignificance compared to your i9, but with all the other stuff I had to buy [mobo; RAM; GFX; and other accessories] it was all I could afford.  However, I'm not complaining.  It will more than meet my needs.... and I can overclock it some if needs be.

I'm still in the process of building mine, though, with a couple of bits n' pieces for cable management yet to arrive.  I have installed all the major components so could actually boot the big beastie up now, but as I plan for this to be my last ever build, I'll just be patient and take my time so it is exactly as I want.

Yeah, I'm fussy and take pride in my work, but there's nothing wrong with that.  I see that you have paired your Intel i9 with an AMD GFX card, which is something I personally wouldn't do.  If my CPU is AMD, then my GFX card is also AMD, and if my CPU is Intel, then my GFX card is Nvidia.  Doesn't have to be that way, I know, but it's the way I roll.

on Jan 10, 2018

RedneckDude

It looks like 32 GB ram, I can't really tell, the image won't expand. I can't seem to get mine to see more than 16gb.

I recall having a similar issue with an earlier Intel build, seeing only two sticks, and I believe it was yrag who PMed me as to how I could modify a BIOS setting to show all the installed RAM.  It was some years ago now so I don't have that PM anymore, but I reckon if you Googled it you'd find some info on it.

on Jan 10, 2018

Damn, i9 has 36 cores after hypering. Oh shit!!  Wow. That must be a quantum computer!

on Jan 10, 2018

I have to ask why with being in the midst of the worst computer problem in a long time, and intel taking the worst. Why not wait until they get the bios fixed, so it won't have to use the operating system, and slow down the computer. At least in the beginning Amd is going tocome out dominating. Current processors will have to rely on a patch which Amd will fare the best right now, but to be honest being a Cdo you will just buy another computer when they fix this thing while we have to live with the mistake due to finances.

on Jan 11, 2018

If I had less limited money, I'd be looking at a dual socket Epyc system with 64 cores total. As it is, I'll stick to my combination of a Ryzen 7 1700 and a Opteron 6176x2 24 core system. The latter is old, but it's not bad for compiling. Probably not as fast as an 18 core modern system though, as it just barely beats out my current 8 core modern system for highly parallel workloads.

on Jan 11, 2018

Kazriko

I'll stick to my combination of a Ryzen 7 1700

I'm still assembling my system so would like to know your impressions and thoughts regarding the Ryzen 7 1700.  I expect that we have different hardware, but I'd still be interested in your thoughts on the CPU itself.  My Ryzen 7 1700 is mounted on an ASUS Crosshair VI Hero motherboard with 24GB of 2666mhz Corsair RAM.

on Jan 12, 2018

Wow that settup is AWESOME! I am going to go I7 8700K +32gig and a GTX 1080 but I only use 1 monitor. 

 

What is your storage? Are you using NVME? SSD? What sizes?

What is  your cooling solution for the I9? Did you go liquid or a beefy air cooler?

on Jan 12, 2018

I would say wait until this dies down

on Jan 12, 2018

Good stuff, congrats. 32 GB RAM though is soooo 2016 and Radeon 580? Where are 2 Titans V?

...and btw, this is supposed to be first computer upgrade after 3 years? I would have sworn i have read somewhere that you bought 6950x CPU last year....

 

on Jan 12, 2018

Larsenex

What is your storage? Are you using NVME? SSD? What sizes?

From what I see, Brad is using a Samsung 960 Pro 512GB, but it doesn't say whether that's a regular SSD or a M.2 of either NGFF or NVMe format. 

On the advice of Willistuder, I went with a NVMe version M.2 SSD as it will have better, faster results than a NGFF version.  Mine is also 512GB.

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