Hexie Vlog – January 21, 2019

Hey guys. In today’s Hexie Vlog, I finally receive my Thermaltake P3 case and my 32GB DDR4 2666MHz RAM for my new PC build. I’m pretty excited since I’ve been needing a new computer for, oh, about a year now.

First off, I’ve been using a late 2012 Mac Mini 2.3 GHz for over six years. Back in early 2013, I needed a new computer ASAP to continue with my Berklee Online Music Production and Technology master certificate. The PC I’d built finally died after a nasty Pro Tools install.

This problem made me hate Windows. Since then, Microsoft has quit making phones and have focused more on their OS. Since Apple isn’t making any desktop that suits my needs, and Hackintoshing is not my style, I’m giving the old PC master race a lusty eye.

I Have Needs Too

Way back then, I wasn’t doing YouTube. The only videos I’d uploaded were:

  • Me getting punched in the liver (deleted)
  • Me doing some rudimentary vlogs (actually forgot about this)
  • Me playing a show (should probably do more of these)

Five videos does not a channel nor digital entrepreneur make. Honestly, I only uploaded that liver punch video back in 2009 because that was the only way I could think to share videos. Email wasn’t an option, I don’t think there was dropbox, so YouTube it was.

That’s also around the time I built my last PC. In an Antec case, I put an intel CPU, a True Power 550w PSU & way too much RAM that some sneaky salesperson at Fry’s sold me. It was a 32-bit system and I honestly think I put 32GB of ram in that thing.

In any case, no pun intended, my needs have changed dramatically. Not only have I actually learned how to produce music, I’ve earned over 500 subscribers, made over 200 videos & am planning for future expansion as video grows as the most bandwidth-eating thing of the internet.

Future Plans

Like I mentioned, video is the present and future. YouTube is the number one music search engine. I grew up watching MTV. While I might be smart, it doesn’t take a PewDiePie or Casey Neistat to put two and two together and realize you need to make videos.

There’s just one problem: video is many times bigger than audio. Though I spent many lonely years hacking away inside of Ableton, as soon as I tried editing a decent tutorial video, my current system started letting me down. This Mac Mini was not built with YouTubers in mind.

Wanna make a home video? Check. Want to impress your mom with your Garage Band demo? Check. Want to color grade a multi-clip edit with titles and animations? Apple then laughs in your face as your Mac Mini begs for mercy.

The Build

By now, you might be wondering what I have planned. Actually, I’ve got my list of parts right here:

  • intel 9900k CPU
  • Noctua U-14s Cooler
  • Gigabyte z390 Aorus Ultra
  • Crucial Ballistix 32GB DDR4 2666MHz
  • EVGA 2060 GPU
  • Samsung 860 Evo 500 GB (x2)
  • The stock SSD from my Mac Mini
  • Seagate Barracuda 2TB and 4TB 7200 RPM HDDs
  • Syba FireWire card
  • EVGA 750 BQ PSU
  • Thermaltake P3 case
  • Eaton 5S1000LCD UPS

For a Mac user, you should be impressed! In truth, this isn’t my first PC build and I’ve had a lot more Windows machines than Macs. The Apple experience is great but, again, they aren’t leaving me many options.

For instance, the 2018 Mac Mini: am I really going to buy external enclosures for all these drives? What about USB ports? In that case, I’m going to need a USB hub. All these things add up fast. To put that system together, I’d have to spend well over $3,000.

Since nobody is handing out free money, I had to think different. I’ve spent a lot of time on the Puget Systems website, YouTube & forums to realize what I need. For better or worse, another Apple desktop wasn’t it.

The Build Up

That’s it for today guys. Hopefully you can see where I’m at and where I’m going with gear and career. In another post, I’ll go over the right setup for your storage and other details. Make sure to join the Hexie Dose Newsletter to get my music free. Peace.

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