Description

See my profile for a description of the workload and OS I throw at the sucker... All Linux, lots of different jobs, lots of heavy load.

This reflects the first "finished" build of the machine; as of 2015-11, I'm adding more kit to the beast.

Now, I present to you a total crazy rant (but hyper-persuasive and entirely true) which I have titled:

---"WHY YOUR BUILD TOTALLY HAS GOT TO INCLUDE MULTIPLE DISPLAYS IN ITS DESIGN..."--- 2015-11-24 by Seth "Fingers" Flynn Barkan

Absolutely can't understand how I EVER got along without having a serious multiple-display workstation for this past decade and a half... do yourself a favor: if you are a serious coder, sysadmin, researcher, writer, or even use your workstation to produce audio or video content (like my weekly podcast, www.bestlinuxgames.com, or my bajillion youtube videos or whatever), spend the money now... it's NOWHERE NEAR as expensive as you might imagine, the equipment in terms of mounting options is generally easy to use, versatile to meet your setup's spacial requirements and layout, is of generally high quality in terms of sturdiness and reliability, and (depending on how crazy you wanna get) basically inexpensive. Furthermore, the system requirements needed to power such a system (running desktop Linux etc. on multiple displays) are a slam-dunk these days... thanks to DisplayPort technology, a decent video card, some research, patience, and the drive to FINALLY SIT AT THE HELM of a truly batshit crazy workstation that looks like it came from some futurist's wet dream (and lets the user absolutely FLY in terms of productivity and ease of use), the only real consideration that might hold anyone back from deploying their next major build for a daily driver with as many displays as possible is really just the raw physical space available for the workstation's monitors. Seriously, u can get perfectly servicable 20-24" monitors (VESA mountable, HDMI or DVI compatible, and many with built in speakers even) for basically a hundred bucks per monitor... the mounting hardware will probably average you around 50 bucks per every 2 monitors you intend to use. So for like $500(ish) invested in the actual physical displays for your new rig, you have now TRIPLED your screen real-estate (possible even with some "less-than-formidable/non-gaming" GPU cards)... Don't overlook this fabulous opportunity to buy and deploy this kind of crazy serious build (which, literally, up until only a year ago, belonged completely in the realm of fantasy, not buildable, deployable reality)... Trust me: if you are a serious programmer, dev, sysadmin, or work in a studio-production-esque environment, or even if you just SERIOUSLY USE THE LIVING HELL out of your main workstation ALL THE TIME, making this decision to go for LOSSA FRIGGING DISPLAYS is one you will NOT regret. Thank me later. Cheers/HTH - Seth Flynn Barkan

Comments

  • 49 months ago
  • 3 points

Anyone else feel like the description was a paid advertisement for PC monitors? +1 part choices.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Man, after FIFTEEN YEARS of coding on machines where I have meticulously hot keyed combos for all the virtual desktops I need, he'll yeah it feels like I am LIVING AN ADVERT for more monitors LOL (2 more of which are arriving tomorrow...)... Man I so totally love it... Can never ever go back. Cheers man!

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

That cable management just hurts my eyes!!! I do agree the more monitors the better, when you get all that room to do whatever you need it is wonderful, I am only at 2 right now and plan on going up to 4 monitors.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Man the cable thing has to be the LAAAAST thing to be handled, but I am totally on it... I am waiting for my last two monitors and hard drives to arrive (cause I'm gonna have to break everything down to get all that stuff in there), but yeah; currently building custom mounting stuff for the power strips so I can plug them in UNDER the table, then have to figure out the usb situation... I know it's a mess, but it will get better with the truly finished build. Cheers!

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Get the LG 34UM series...ultra wide is the way forward....far less clutter

Get with the times dude

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey man; totally would have but it's a little cost prohibitive and I am dealing with (albeit expansive by some standards, just the same still) limited amount of space... But yeah... FOUR OF THOSE 30+ screens!? MAH GAWD HOW AWESOME! Cheers!

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

I like the setup, the parts, but I've got a question: Why didn't you post any pictures of any of the parts? This site is about showing off your computer too... and I'm just making a suggestion, but maybe you should build a NAS for all those WD Reds, that way it saves you time when you want to upgrade your current system or build a new one, that way you don't have to move all those hard drives in and out of computers. Not hating on it.

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

I will when I tear the sucker down on Friday... Point well taken... Sorry... I just... Love how fast it is, and with all the monitors, I seriously feel born again (in terms of coding and production and stuff)... Wanted to show off the overall workspace (like how it has room for whiskey, coffee, chaser, iPad, an open book, an open notebook, and room for legal pads for work flows and stuff)... The frigging CPU cooler on this sucker is GINORMOUS though, and I really wanna show that, because cooling is now my major concern as I load the last HDD's in. Anyway great feedback and thanks so much! Cheers!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude clean up your house. God dammm!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you own a vacuum?

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  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey man; like you said: live life as you see fit. You should be GRATEFUL that I allowed you into my home in the first place, especially considering that I brought you there to show you my system (which is a technical discussion); am I drubken madman? Yes. Do I code like a mofo from hell? Yes. Run Linux like a Jedi badass who goes back to MANDRAKE, absolutely. Built a super rig that is one part ZFS NAS (have to compromise somewhere, buddy, so if you're gonna hate, hate on THAT), one part deadly gaming rig (in terms of my gaming needs, i.e. Being able to demo and review games for next few years), and one part INCREDIBLE setup for coding (Java, Python, PHP, and with a core competency based out of custom built SQL business solutions for informatics) HELL YEAH MOFO... Get a life or learn how to code or just do SOMETHING other than insulting someone who wanted to show off some well planned technical designs can accomplish. AM I DATING YOU? No. So quit talking like I asked you to the frigging prom and deal w the specs and the overall build quality (which I felt was not put into any perspective until you could see the monitors, my desktop - with place for my whiskey, smokes, coffee, chaser, two notebooks, a technical book, pens, iPad, and legal pad for todo lists etc.... SORRY YOU HAD SUCH A CRAPPY TIME AT MY HOUSE! LOL! Cheers!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

lmao omg I love it! Well said buddy!