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8 years of Dreadnought

Post Date: 2020-01-05

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    Posted: 05 Jan 2020 at 4:44pm
I have had my dreadnought for just about 8 years now. I have upgraded the RAM(to 16G) and GPU(to a 970), and replaced the OS drive just last month, but that's it.

It still plays my games like a champ -- I don't do any new FPS games, since the last 5 or so years have seen me get motion sickness from them(but not older ones).

However, I am seeing some signs that components are starting to have some issues. Weird graphic effects after locking the machine overnight, etc.

I use my rig for gaming, music arrangements, and sandboxing VMs for development and experimentation. I dual boot between Win 7 and Sparkylinux.

I'm considering a replacement in a couple months. With Win 7 going away, I'll roll Sparky only -- I have no interest in Win 10 at all.

I dearly love the expandability of the Dreadnought case. I'm wondering if I can get a new rig to fill the same role out of the gaming selections, or if I need to jump to the workstation category. Alternately, I might just get a focused gaming rig and upgrade it piecemeal like I had with the Dreadnought.
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The Aventum is the obvious successor case you seek. It's available either as a gamer or a workstation. It's a triple radiator-cooled, 14 fan monster that runs between 70 and 90 pounds depending on what you want in it. Go to the configurator and have a ball....

You could always have DS rebuild anything you'd like into your beloved Dreadnought. The lifetime labor-free upgrades still hold. Of course, you'd be without a rig while they built that out.

As far as build advice if you want any, we'd have to know some particulars such as budget, monitor resolution you're planning into the future, and whether it's primarily for gaming or for those other uses. You can get either flavor of CPU power (lightning speed for gaming or sheer power for heavy lifting) on the gaming side. Keep in mind the DS parts will only be warranted for the term you select from digital Storm (1,2 or 3 years). The name brand components will carry factory warranties typically much longer than that for just the price differential shown in the configurators.

Right now, there is a nice discount running up to $500 depending on how much you spend. Ram is relatively inexpensive and your uses will thrive on plenty of that. We are in the middle of the CPU cycle from Intel and toward the earlier end of the AMD cycle. The AMD Threadrippers are getting a lot of positive notice these days. The GPU cycle from Nvidia is toward the end. A new generation is expected in the first half of this year.
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  Quote salsab Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 08 Jan 2020 at 11:59am
I just did exactly what you're doing in that I replaced my dreadnought which I bought in 2012. I looked at all the options and decided to go with the Aventum. I am extreme!y happy with it and feel it will last another 8 years.
My thread is under "Aventum X-dream computer" if you are interested.
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