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I assembled my custom AMD rig – Part 1

I am a huge fan of Steve Jobs but never owned an Apple product. I thought of buying an entry level iMac which costs 65K INR ($1200) approximately. But for a average user like me the price is too high so I decided to go for a custom build for a lower price. So I have assembled a custom Desktop ordering different parts from flipkart.com. As for the configuration goes, for those who are interested to know, its a custom AMD rig. In this part I would like to describe what parts did I choose and some pointers to remember while choosing a component.

CPU (Central Processing Unit/Heart of the machine)
Initially I was under the impression to go with an Intel Core i5 or i7 series but a decent googling taught me a normal user like me doesn’t need the high end Core i7 series nor do I need to spend more than 15K INR on an Intel CPU. So I started reading about alternatives and thanks to tomshardware.com and flipkart.com reviews I finally chose an AMD FX 4100 Quad Core Processor (the cores needs to be unlocked once you install with a compatible motherboard) with a clock speed of 3.6 GHz (haven’t tried over clocking yet) and a AM3+ socket which came at a decent 6.4K bucks (less than
half the price of i5).

Motherboard (Your heart needs a body right?)
The next thing to chose logically was a compatible motherboard for the CPU I selected above. Again I went through a series of products and left with a Biostar motherboard and an ASUS motherboard. I went with an ASUS motherboard which had cost me 2.7K INR.

RAM (Pour the blood)
Now that I decided up on CPU and Motherboard the next possible thing would be a RAM. The ASUS motherboard I chose has two memory slots supporting upto 1866 MHz clock speed of RAM. While studying about RAM I came to know about an important factor which plays a major role in the speed. All these days I have been thinking that more the memory of RAM more the speed of my computer. WRONG! Its the clock speed which determines the speed. So a 4GB 2000+ MHz RAM outperforms a 8GB 1333MHz RAM easily. So whenever you are choosing a RAM look for these specs. Don’t just go with the memory. So yeah, I had to choose between G.SKill RipJaws and Corsair Vengeance. Eventhough G.Skill is a better device than Corsair Vengeance I was not sure about the compatibility of it with my motherboard so I decided upon a 8GB (1x8GB) Corsair Vengeance with 1600MHz speed. It cost me 3.6K

HardDisk (Need some brain to store memories)
Its 2012! and I’m going for a good custom desktop. So I decided to go for a hard drive with bigger capacity. I chose a 2 TB WD Cavier Green hard disk which had cost me 6.5K.

Power Unit (God’s touch to provide Life)
There are two major brands competing with each other in this category. Seasonic and Corsair. I chose a Seasonic PSU with 520W capacity which had cost me 4.5K

Graphic Card (Child needs some training to act faster)
I came to know about a crucial point about graphic cards while studying about them. Similar to RAM the memory doesn’t matter much with graphic cards too. If you want to play a game with high end graphics its not the memory that helps you its the stream processors that helps you in the game. So choose a graphic card which has more number of stream processors. A 1GB graphic card with 160+ stream processors outperforms a 2GB graphic card with 48 stream processors. I chose a Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 6570 1GB graphic card which had cost me 4.6K.

Optical Drive (Occasional training for reading and storing memories externally)
Since most of the times I use a pendrive for my files transfer and other things I chose a basic optical drive with CD and DVD RW Capability. I wanted to buy a ASUS DVD writer but due to unavailability of the model I had to choose LG GH24NS71 optical drive which had cost me 1K.

Cabinet (Getting up the body dressed up)
I used an assembled desktop in 2006 which was Pentium Dual Core with a flop motherboard model. The cabinet and my desktop looked terrible. The cabinet not only gives the look your system needs it also is a main component which takes care of various issues like heat, air flow and spacing between cables. So I thought I shouldn’t compromise on a cabinet since it can be useful if I am going to make another custom rig. So I chose a Corsair 400R Midtower cabinet which had cost me 5.8K.

Monitor (Give your memories a language, show them)
I should say the choice of monitor for me was like a cake walk. Its the awesome looking 20 INCH Dell LED Monitor which came at a 6.8K price. The minute I saw it I chose it for its curves.

Keyboard & Mouse (Take inputs from others properly)
I am a great fan of iMac. Its the simplistic construction of iMac which keeps it in a different league. The concept of wireless keyboard and mouse was not existent while I started using computer in 1999. I used to get frustrated with the number of cables behind the desktop and if there is some loose contact then our life becomes double awesome. I didn’t want to repeat that. I chose a Microsoft wireless Mouse and Keyboard which had cost me 1.5K.

Audio System (Voice your opinions louder)
I chose a basic Creative SBS 2.1 Sound system which had cost me 1.8K

So on the whole it had cost me approximately 45K INR ($820) to buy all the parts needed to build my custom AMD rig. I ordered all the products from Flipkart.com and the reviews on flipkart helped me a lot to understand some new concepts while selecting a component. I will share my experience of assembling the system in the next post.

P.S: The comparisons are just for fun. Please don’t point out the logic.

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Truthful Person

No one is ready to hear you all the time
No one is ready to think about you all the time

No one will change themselves for you
No one will compromise on anything for you

No one is going to sacrifice anything for you
No one is going to look after you

No one does things for you out of pure love
No one loves you unconditionally

You will be there with yourself
In trouble
In happiness
In frustration
In sleep
In death
In everything

In a world full of materialistic people
You are the only person true to yourself

You are the only person true to yourself

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Stupid Poem

Recently I had a discussion with one of my good friends. It was nice talking to him for that long about many things after a long time. In the discussion he gave me a suggestion to look into a kind of writing called Free Writing. He told about it. And I went on and looked into wiki and understood what exactly does it mean. Free writing is a form in which you write continuously what your conscious brain is thinking. It represents what’s your state of mind is. It might sound simple but it takes hell lot of courage to write that way. You will be facing with many difficulties lack of vocabulary to express, lots of negative feelings being put on paper, not able to imagine a particular situation and lots of other things. I am not a person with great vocabulary and also I choose the topics and words carefully so that I don’t sound stupid. So I thought it would be interesting if I give it a try. I came across some things (read as people) and their stupidity and decided to put my words on paper. So what did I put? Its very stupid but I liked it. I guess you will see the stupidity.

My world is full of stupids
Stupids with stupidity rocketing sky high

And what am I doing
Seeing them, hating them, laughing at them, abusing them
I feel them so pointless

How useless their purpose is on this world?
How come world give birth to such beings?

They don’t even think who they are, what they are
Full of flesh and materialistic deeds

So when I say all these things
I realized that I did not think who I am

So who am I?
I am one among these stupids and that’s why this stupid poem happened

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A Curious Dissection

On a fine day, I had a great thought of dissecting my brain. Not physically but mentally to know what’s going on inside? Only to find that I am confused and in an illusion.

A curiosity to dissect my brain
To find out what caused this pain

No No, I want to restrain
Don’t want to be a part of this illusionary game

Want to burn my memories in the flame
They did nothing but left me pain

They are my precious thoughts, please don’t tame
Rather throw me into the burning flame

Such a shame, I am so lame
No link between the thoughts that came

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One Liners by Me

These are some of the one liners (some of them are longer than a line 😛) told by me at some point of time to different people on different media like twitter, facebook or directly. They can be statements or questions or something else.

  • Everytime I tweet after seeing “What’s happening?” I just want to say if something is happening, I won’t be tweeting.
  • Twitter produced more philosophers than the world ever produced.
  • I tweet to think what’s happening.
  • I tweet to show off.
  • I tweet to kill time.
  • Love is omnipresent.
  • I put status messages to show off.
  • Love is everything except sensible.
  • If you expect something in return after doing a good deed, its not called a good deed.
  • If god is there no need to worry about devil. If there is no god then there is no point of devil’s existence. So no point in fearing devils.
  • Winning and Losing are just a matter of time.
  • I try to be objective while I explain things and subjective while understanding things.
  • Do we need to die to understand death?
  • Idlebrain is twitter’s workshop.
  • If at all the concept of Karma had been correct then God would have been the number one Sinner.
  • When I have nothing on my mind, I smile.
  • There are 100 coincidence. Is it another coincidence?
  • Only stupid brains tell that our heart thinks.
  • I am so in love with you that I cannot find a moment to expect it back from you.
  • It is contradicting that I don’t like celebrating birthdays & special days and I am spending so much of time to write all this stuff about special days only because today is my birthday.
  • Human life’s a minute thing in the universe happening for a minute time. Instead of celebrating birthdays celebrate everyday of this small time we are having.
  • Seems that I shouldn’t do what I am not supposed to do.
  • Truth doesn’t fear anybody.
  • Religion is a thing we human beings invented. We should realize human beings are greater than religion.
  • When you write a Course exam for 4 times, how do you feel?
  • Think beyond space and time.
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What is CATCH-22?

Hi friends. You might be wondering what exactly does the title of blog post mean. Catch-22 is a paradoxical situation where one cannot avoid a problem because of the constraints and rules involved. It means if you solve a problem it will lead to another problem, which on solving it again leads to the first problem. This situation arises due to the rules involved and the person involved has no control over the rules.

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The most famous example for this kind of situation is “Chicken-Egg Problem”. You are restrained with the rule that chicken only arises from an egg laid by a hen. If you go back from that situation you will only be confused and left with a question which is first whether its the chicken or egg. Its because of the general rule that a chicken can only arise from an egg and for that to happen a chicken should lay the egg.

In most of the similar situations we will only be left with confusion and dilemma. But not the answer. To find answers to this kind of situations we should think out of the box keeping the rules and constraints aside and should never miss the logic which can be possible in the nature.

To explain it more clearly, lets take the chicken egg problem.

  1. If you ask the question to a lay man who haven’t studied Science but a strong believer of God he would say that God had created the chicken and hence solved.
  2. But if you ask the same question to a person who has studied some basic Natural Science he would be in a situation where he can be able to answer it in a scientific way. Since the evolution theory is a famous approach proposed by Charles Darwin it conveys that all the life on earth started from a single cell due to mutations in the DNA. So the mutations might have created a creature similar to chicken which laid the first eggs and then chicken hatched from these eggs and hence solved.
  3. There are other set of people who explains the situation in a more philosophical way as by proposing a theory that “Time is cyclical” which means there is no starting point so neither an egg nor a chicken is first.

So the thing I wanted to convey by CATCH-22 is everything that happens around involves an explanation at various thought levels whether its a Theist way or a Scientific way or Philosophical way. Its your choice to choose which thought process to believe. So the main aim of my posts is to make you more open-minded on understanding various things.

P.S: I hope you are having a nice time reading my posts. All the content (excluding graphics) in the posts are strictly not copied from any website and is solely written by me. Of course the knowledge involved comes from different sources which I read in the past, the experiences I had and some of my own observations.

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I Love You

Hey…

Never I’ve known someone so much
Never I’ve told someone about myself so much

Never I’ve seen someone smiling so much because of me
Never I’ve found myself smiling so much because of someone

Never I’ve loved myself as much as I do now
Never I felt great of myself
For finding someone and making them a part of my life

Never I’ve seen so much of freshness in the air
Never I’ve enjoyed the smallest of the things around me

All the sadness and frustration in my life has gone
Replacing by fantasy and magic
I wonder how long this moment would stay with me
So I want to die this moment enjoying the magic

But before that I just wanted to say
The only reason I can think of for all this is You and I Love You……