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NostraDavid's Computer hardware and general setup

Zeus (2019)

Zeus (the strongest of gods) is my current computer and main machine.

I currently use it for programming this site and playing vidya gaems.

Attributes Zeus
CPU 8700k
Cooler Noctua NH-D15
GPU Nvidia 1070 Ti
MB Asus ROG Maximus X Hero
RAM 16 GB, G.Skill Trident Z RGB F4-4133C17D-16GTZR
PSU 1000 Watt
Case Fractal Design Define R6 Tempered Glass Black
SSD Samsung 960 (512 GB, 1516 MB/s read, 1307 MB/s write)
OS Windows 10 Pro

Selene (2013)

Selene (named after the moon) was my old PC and currently functions as backup server (even though it’s an old desktop PC)

I used to play games on this machine, but it got very frustrating as PUBG (which I played at the time) ran terrible, even on low settings, as the devs kept adding effects which I couldn’t disable.

Attributes Selene
CPU FX-8320E
Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 Black Edition
GPU AMD Radeon HD 7950
MB Asus Crosshair V Formula-Z
RAM 16 GB, Crucial Ballistix Tactical
PSU 600 Watt
Case Fractal Design Define R4 Pearl Black
SSD Samsung 840 (256 GB, 623 MB/s read, 624 MB/s write)
OS Windows 10 Pro

Hyperion (2016)

Hyperion (named after the sun) is my current laptop and I bought it one at the start of my Bachelor’s (HBO, for the Duchies) and it has served me well!

Right now it serves as third monitor and is being controlled by Zeus’ keyboard and mouse, via a program called Barrier, as Synergy turned into a paid product a few years ago

It’s an Asus Zenbook Pro UX501VW-FJ024T - you can find more under Zenbook UX501VW, but FJ024T is the specific one I have.

Protip 1: a 2160p (4k) monitor is too small for 16". Yes, it’s very sharp, but the 1 meter distance removes the benefit of such a resolution. 1440p would probably be a sweet spot, as 1080p can be pixely.

Protip 2: Make sure to check YouTube if the laptop can get rid of its heat well enough on a longer load (if you need that). Mine starts to throttle like crazy when playing PUBG and World of Warcraft, which means I have to undervolt via Intel XTU and/or underclock. This can be done via Windows Powerplan for the CPU and (maybe) MSI Afterburner for the GPU.

Protip 3: Make sure your monitor’s brightness is above 400 nits, if possible - 350 nits is OK. Not being able to see your screen because the sun is brighter than your monitor sucks. For reference: the UX501’s monitor is 289 nits, as per Laptop Mag

Attributes Hyperion
CPU 6700HQ
Cooler Some crappy-ass single-heatpipe-for-both-CPU-and-GPU laptop-cooler
GPU Nvidia 960m
MB Asus N501VW
RAM 16 GB, Unknown
PSU An Asus adapter
Case Zenbook Pro series
SSD Samsung MZVPV512 (512 GB, 1173 MB/s read, 699 MB/s write)
OS Windows 10 Pro