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Any fun car projects happening while at home? Nothing for me, yet. I should have started the intake manifold work on the Lexus... I really wanted to drive it, though, but now that isn't happening. I may start pulling it apart today. I also may get the NSX up on jackstands and do a good underbody/engine cleaning.

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I finally finished 'construction' on the shop.  I have permanent power, compressed air, water, and data connections out there.   got the stereo hooked up so I have tunes, and then started cleaning up all of the messes from months of projects where I just tossed a box of leftovers on the workbench.

Air compressor lines run through the shop via PEX pipe; also ran a line from the shop to the garage and plumbed into the old system in garage so I have air in both locations.  I also had a problem about turning on the air compressor and forgetting to turn off and end of day, then waking up to it running at 2am...  or leaving town and coming home to hear the motor humming away after the compressor threw a belt sometime while I was gone..   So I also put a little 12hr timer next to the light switch in the shop and hooked it to a 240V contact so I can just turn the knob in the morning and forget about turning it back off.

Also mounted some solar panels on the roof with multiple battery controllers so I can plug in all of the various vehicles and tools (lawnmower, kart lift, etc) to battery maintenance without worrying about 120VAC...

None of it is pretty, but it's all stuff that's been a loooong time coming.   Other than lift in the shop (unlikely because of low roofline) and air conditioning (more unlikely because tin building with lots of air gaps on edges), the shop is pretty much done.

 

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^^ ?

With the lack of track activity lately, I decided to build a PC and give sim racing a try.  I haven’t owned a (non laptop) PC in over 20 years, and, basically have only used a work issued laptop for more than 10 years.....so it was pretty fun to piece together the “build” while there was no other car building going on.

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I haven’t actually done any “racing” yet, between the building, calibrating, tinkering.....and the two mini racecar drivers that keep jumping on the rig:

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......so I decided to build them their own setup on a (~15yr old) Xbox 360 ?.  I’m not sure what’s happened in those past 15yrs, but this thing still looks fresh / new to me.

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42 minutes ago, Solo_S14 said:

^^ ?

With the lack of track activity lately, I decided to build a PC and give sim racing a try.  I haven’t owned a (non laptop) PC in over 20 years, and, basically have only used a work issued laptop for more than 10 years.....so it was pretty fun to piece together the “build” while there was no other car building going on.

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I haven’t actually done any “racing” yet, between the building, calibrating, tinkering.....and the two mini racecar drivers that keep jumping on the rig:

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......so I decided to build them their own setup on a (~15yr old) Xbox 360 ?.  I’m not sure what’s happened in those past 15yrs, but this thing still looks fresh / new to me.

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Could you share the specs of your PC?

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Palms are getting a little hairy (er) and vision is going slightly....not sure why? LOL

Working...going home...drinking heavily...sometimes...sometimes on the sim...sometimes walking around the neighborhood...licking windows and such...

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1 hour ago, HDA said:

Could you share the specs of your PC?

Sure:

MB - Gigabyte Z390 AORUS PRO WIFI

CPU - i5-9600KF

GPU - GTX 1650S (Super)

RAM - 32GB Corsair LPX 3,000MHz C15

SSD - WD Black SN750 1TB NVMe

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Black

PSU - EVGA G+ 750W 80 Plus Gold

Case - NZXT H510

Monitors - (3x) VP249QGR 

Thrustmaster T300RS GT

 

Assetto Corsa originally booted a single monitor, running 200FPS, once I got the triple setup sorted, it’s closer to 90FPS.  Haven’t done iRacing yet. 

The CPU has a “turbo” function where it will overclock to 4.6GHz without doing anything in the BIOS.  I’ve seen up to 4.5GHz on stress tests, and it’s staying at 50-60 degC so I’m pretty happy with the whole thing so far ?

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1 hour ago, Solo_S14 said:

 

The CPU has a “turbo” function where it will overclock to 4.6GHz without doing anything in the BIOS.  I’ve seen up to 4.5GHz on stress tests, and it’s staying at 50-60 degC so I’m pretty happy with the whole thing so far ?

My 9600K (not sure what the difference is) runs 4.9ghz no issues, that's every core multiplier on 49x in the Intel utility. 5ghz crashes it, so have just held steady there.

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1 hour ago, cabowabo said:

My 9600K (not sure what the difference is) runs 4.9ghz no issues, that's every core multiplier on 49x in the Intel utility. 5ghz crashes it, so have just held steady there.

The “F” on the end just means it doesn’t have built in graphics processing capabilities.  It’s what was available on Prime / $20 cheaper lol.

The 4.6GHz thing is advertised on the box as an “unlocked” copy.  I did try overclocking to 5GHz at both 1.35V and 1.25V (stock runs about 1.15V at 4.5GHz).  It wouldn’t boot at 1.25V, and at 1.35V and everything “pegged” to 5GHz, it was jumping from 5,000 MHz to 800 MHz before crashing during a stability / stress test.  So yeah, it also crashed at 5 like yours ?.

 

For what it’s worth, the internet said 1.35V was safe / most common for that CPU, 1.43V is either recommended, or too much depending on where you read, and the 1.25V thing was another “milder” recommendation.

It seems to perform fine with “out of the box” settings so far - so I just went back to those.  Was there something happening in IR / AC games that made you want to go to 4.9?  If there’s a reason to do it, I might look into trying again:

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I’m thinking I either messed up, or missed / disabled / enabled something that I shouldn’t have.....

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Lots of work in the workshop...

-Stripping down the auction Miata then building a cage and homebrew Ecotec mount/oil pan setup for endurance racing.

-Building more tools and organizing and air compressor and electrical projects in the workshop.

-Fixing up the K-miata with a better throttle body and some other tweaks.

-More work on the race trailer. I just installed the server rack/fridge housing/bed deck extension piece.

And some other stuff I'm forgetting I'm sure. I need to find a new home for picture and progress updates.

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15 hours ago, Hollywood said:

I just love that the word "turbo" has pervasively nested in computer marketing jargon since the 80s. I remember having a tower pc that had a "turbo" button on the front...for those moments when you wanted 133mhz..

 

On our first family computer, the turbo button took it from 8Mhz to 12Mhz. LOL!!!!

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FWIW, my i5-9600K is running at 5K with no issues.  I pulled some info (below), but didn't get into the BIOS to check anything.  I've been running this setup for over a year without a single BSOD or any lockups.  I benched it running even faster, but 5K was super stable so I left it.  I don't have my logs, but I remember that I ran prime95 for at least a full day successfully.

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Intel i5-9600K @ 5000, ~1.475V, max temp ~64C
Asus TUF 390
RTX 2070
32GB GSkill 2666
Samsung 970 EVO 500GB NVME M.2
Intel 500GB SATA
Win10
CoolerMaster H500P
CoolerMaster ML240L
Corsair K70 / M65 / MM800
3X MSI 27 Curved Mag27CQ / TechOrbits Triple Monitor Mount
 

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Sadly no fun car projects at the moment. Between ongoing work and now being a homeschool parent, I'm definitely not getting much time for boredom! In fact, my car has now been repurposed as a filming studio b/c I couldn't find sufficient quiet in my home for recording. Turns out the inside cabin of a car or minivan with the camera suctioned to the windshield makes for a very quiet, comfy spot for filming ?

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@V6Donut asked how we were doing, which is a good question! I have worked from home for years, so in some respects, I was already prepared for this. That said, for all of those years, it has been a constant battle for me to find ways to get out of the house, to prevent the walls from closing in on me. Taking EL to school, going out to eat, those kind of things help keep me sane. Now those are gone. I'm also someone that needs time alone, away from people. Working from home has been healthy in that regard, because I tend to get hours a day alone. Well, that's gone now, too. Our six year old needs attention, stimulation, etc almost constantly.

So... this isn't the worst situation ever, but it isn't easy, either.

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10 minutes ago, robertcope said:

@V6Donut asked how we were doing, which is a good question! I have worked from home for years, so in some respects, I was already prepared for this. That said, for all of those years, it has been a constant battle for me to find ways to get out of the house, to prevent the walls from closing in on me. Taking EL to school, going out to eat, those kind of things help keep me sane. Now those are gone. I'm also someone that needs time alone, away from people. Working from home has been healthy in that regard, because I tend to get hours a day alone. Well, that's gone now, too. Our six year old needs attention, stimulation, etc almost constantly.

So... this isn't the worst situation ever, but it isn't easy, either.

I can understand completely, I've been working from home past couple weeks and it can be very boring. 

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I really need to update my build thread since there's a lot ive been doing since the last update. This is my current quarantine project:

Quaife 2.83 quick rack and pinion and junkyard rack rebuild.

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I'm a bit of a loaner/introvert (yeah believe it or not LOL), and I've worked from home on and off for the last 10 years, sometimes for months at a time since I was the only engineer in houston on a project when the rest were in another country..  no point fighting traffic from Alvin to Katy and sitting at a desk only to send emails all day long.

My wife "stopped working" when she had the first kid, and we decided to homeschool when Eva turned 5..  so now we have two kids (5 and 8 )  that homeschool and a stay at home mom..   I'm still working from out build facility in sugar land for the next few days until my project ships out, then I'll be at home with the rest of the world.

But being a bit of a loaner and still going to the office every day, this hasn't really hurt me much other than missing some kart and car races.   I get up in the morning and go to work at normal time, come home in the evening, and dink around the house on something-- car stuff, house stuff, some other pet project of the wife, etc..   I'll stand around in the yard like Hank Hill and have a social distance beer with my neighbor, and we go about life.   it's really about the same for me as before the circus.

My wife is having a tougher time though.   you'd think "home school" means she stays at home with the kids, but it really doesn't.   they have several different group things they do during the week with a co-op so the kids get some classroom-based time and have music and gym class, and my wife teaches biology and chemistry classes to the older kids since that's what her  multiple degrees are in.  They also do a boy/girl scout thing during the day so they have less circus than in the evening with huge troops of unruly kids of working parents.  (this is good for my introvert kids who have issues with crowds.)

She would also have play dates with the other homeschool kids in the area after everyone did their daily work and do all kinds of field trip stuff like nat science museum, zoo, etc who all do little education sessions during the day..

So the real struggle is with the wife and kids who used to be at home "most of the time" and are now home "all" of the time.

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Matt's a vert alright...pervert! LOL Butt hey, it takes one to know one!

I'm more like Robert's daughter - I need attention LOL!! My wife is more like Robert...so, I'm driving her crazy (crazier)...I'm sure the divorce rate is going to be crazy after all of this...assuming we don't all die...hey, gotta die somehow, right? Yes, I've got a dark sense of (or lack of ) humor....

We are working from our office, everyone has their own office, just a handful of us...mostly family anyway...so, get up (noon lol), go to work, come home....maybe pick up dinner...but the lack of social interaction is really killing me...heading to ECR to do solo laps...LOL...that will help...a solo drive out to the country will be nice!

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