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>> No. 26124 Anonymous
12th October 2017
Thursday 6:07 pm
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I've recently set up an SSD booting computer with HDD storage, which was pretty fun, but it took a long time considering I've never fucked with computers before. What other interesting shit can I do?

I've been thinking of maybe upgrading my graphics card, motherboard and CPU, probably installing more RAM, but I don't really have the money right now and can't figure out what is compatible with what. Even finding which is the most recent products of the various manufacturers is confusing. Besides ,I find I'm becoming bored of browsing the internet all day every day. Are there any cool things I could do with computers that doesn't revolve around increasing performance of games/internet? What can I use this computing power for?

Making a blind system for my window with a light detector that opens them in the morning would be pretty cool but I think that's more in the field of circuitry than computing.

So without further ado; Noob tier computer projects. What would you recommend?
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>> No. 26125 Anonymous
12th October 2017
Thursday 8:49 pm
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>>26124
If you want to do blinds and making things move in real life, you need to get started with Arduino - it's cheaper than upgrading your PC.
>> No. 26126 Anonymous
12th October 2017
Thursday 9:46 pm
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Nothing on the hardware side of computers is really a "project" these days to be honest lad. Unless you want to start faffing around putting in a custom watercooling loop, it's all very straightforward and modular. PCs these days, even high end monster rigs, take less than an hour to assemble even for an amateur (not counting, that is, all the time spent watching instructional YouTube videos).

You'll probably get more mileage out of software tinkering. Mod your Windows installation with a snazzy customised GUI. Change all the icons to glossy white, find a nice custom theme, set up Rainmeter, make a personalised rocketdock with stack docklets, all that jazz.

I once spent more or less a whole weekend making my old Windows 7 machine into a sci-fi looking minimalist masterpiece, while still having everything I use accessible within one or two clicks. That's real satisfaction, if you spend a lot of time actually using your pc.
>> No. 26127 Anonymous
13th October 2017
Friday 1:57 am
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Learn to program. It's great fun, it's surprisingly easy to get into and it could lead to a new career.

If you like the idea of mucking about with robotics or electronics, you can get an Arduino starter kit for under £20 and a big bundle of sensors for under £10. There are tutorials and projects all over the interwebs.

https://www.banggood.com/UNO-Basic-Starter-Learning-Kit-Upgrade-Version-For-Arduino-p-970714.html
https://www.banggood.com/Geekcreit-37-In-1-Sensor-Module-Board-Set-Kit-For-Arduino-p-1137051.html
http://www.ladyada.net/learn/arduino/
https://create.arduino.cc/projecthub
>> No. 26128 Anonymous
13th October 2017
Friday 9:08 pm
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>>26126
The most interesting thing you can think of to do with your computer is changing the icons to a glossy white?
>> No. 26129 Anonymous
13th October 2017
Friday 9:41 pm
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>>26127
I, also, love Banggood - they are ridiculously cheap for lots of things and many of their warehouses are actually in Europe/UK so delivery is quick.
>> No. 26130 Anonymous
13th October 2017
Friday 9:44 pm
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>>26128

He did specifically say "noob tier" mate. So naturally he should be thinking about taking up C++, right?
>> No. 26131 Anonymous
14th October 2017
Saturday 4:16 am
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>>26130

Year 7 kids are doing microcontroller development with the BBC micro:bit. I think we can aim a bit higher than faffing about with icons.

https://www.microbit.co.uk
>> No. 26132 Anonymous
14th October 2017
Saturday 4:16 am
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>>26130

Year 7 kids are doing microcontroller development with the BBC micro:bit. I think we can aim a bit higher than faffing about with icons.

https://www.microbit.co.uk
>> No. 26133 Anonymous
15th October 2017
Sunday 10:22 pm
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I can recommend renting a VPS/Dedicated server and experiment with setting up a web server, VPN, cloud storage and WordPress in Linux. I can recommend OVH as a hosting provider.
>> No. 26134 Anonymous
15th October 2017
Sunday 10:52 pm
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>>26133

AWS offer a very generous free tier, if you're into that sort of thing.

https://aws.amazon.com/free/

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