New Ryzen 9 3900x Build

I geeked out over the weekend. My new build (with some old components):

Ryzen 9 3900x 12 core-24 thread processor, Corsair 64gb DDR4-3000mhz memory, 8TB 7200rpm Seagate Ironwolf HDD, 512gb Sabrent NVMe M.2 drive, Gigabyte RTX 2080 GPU, Asus x570 Crosshair VIII Hero motherboard, Corsair Hydro CPU cooler, Corsair 1000i PSU, and Be Quiet Silent Base 801 ATX case.

New Build
Benchmark

New pfSense Router

Problem one night while playing comp in Overwatch on my new gigabit service, I lost Internet connectivity. It was down for about 5 minutes. I logged onto my AT&T Router Gateway (RG), and low and behold, they rolled out a new firmware which caused my RG to reboot. So, I ordered this cheap little Qotom mini computer from China. I installed pfSense and followed instructions at https://github.com/aus/pfatt. So far, so good. No more AT&T pushing firmware to my RG unannounced. If a new firmware comes out, I can just install it myself.

Box Opening
First Look

Cuttin’ the Cord

Today is cuttin’ the cord day! Off to UPS to send my Spectrum stuff back. Granted, their Technicolor gateway is way better than AT&T’s Pace/Arris gateways in that you can configure it with true bridged mode, but I found a way around it. I thought I was going to get YouTube TV ($40/mo), but found that I can get most of the TV I watch for free through Roku, Amazon Prime (Prime is $100/yr), and Plex. Finally got my landline ported to T-Mobile, just need to port it again to Google (Google voice requires the number come from a cell provider). Going from $187/mo to $90/mo.

Old Equipment

AT&T Internet 1000 Review

Well, my first review of AT&T Internet 1000 (formerly Gigapower): the router they give you is terrible. You can’t put the router into bridged mode (i.e. old school dummy router mode to allow you to use your own router). You can put it into a “psuedo” bridged mode by connecting your personal router to the ATT router, and configure it for what’s called “DMZplus.” Basically, you need to turn the wifi off, and set a firewall rule to forward all of your traffic to your personal router. It works; however, when doing so, it reduces your download bandwidth to 365 Mbps, and upload bandwidth to 260 Mbps—ish (which is way better than what I had before, but still)… When I hard wire my computer into the ATT router, I get the full gigabit throughput. There are tons of articles and complaints about this dating back to 2017 for this particular model router, which is a Pace 5268ac. So, basically, after what I’ve read, you can configure your personal router (which, in my case, is a Linksys EA9200) into a wireless access point to get the full gigabit bandwidth.

The good thing is that if you aren’t a techy, everything works out of the box. No need to purchase your own wireless router if all you plan to do is surf the web, stream, and game. But if you want to host anything out of your house (such as a Plex server, FTP server, website, or the like) unless you use DMZplus, you’re going to have some difficulty.

Of course this is only my 2nd day of tinkering with it. Maybe there is a better solution that I haven’t seen on the Interwebs yet.


So after following a thread on the AT&T forums, I was able to resolve the issue by switching gateways from a Pace 5268ac to an Arris BGW210. Not too much difference, except you can configure the Arris with true bridged mode, as opposed to crummy passthru mode on the Pace. Yay! Gigabit!
Getting rid of Spectrum this weekend. I noticed that the cable package I’m paying for with Spectrum is $97. I had no idea – I don’t even watch that much TV.

Will be streaming with Youtube TV and Amazon Prime, plus using free Google Voice to replace my antiquated landline.

 

Fiber Installed!

Fiber installed! Having a hard time finding a speed test server to connect to that can actually handle gigabit uploads and downloads. 1st best was AT&T (of course), and 2nd best was Sprint.

Sprint
AT&T

Blown GTX 980 Ti

Well, looks like one of the voltage regulator chips blew up on my GTX 980 Ti. My computer wouldn’t turn on, so I got a new power supply, re-seated the GPU, and spark-pow! Smoke came out. Ahh, the smell of burnt electrical components. 😠 Connie said it was okay to buy a new one. 😄 Have an RTX 2080 on order. Angry and happy at the same time.

I didn’t want to spend $$$ on the latest and greatest, so I got the next best thing…arriving tomorrow. Also ordered additional memory to max out my motherboard. We’ll see how long my 2014 motherboard and processor lasts after I put this bad-boy in.

Blown Voltage Regulator
RTX 2080
RTX 2080 Installed
Specs
Memory