Thursday, February 4, 2016

What exactly is Project Redshift?

This is a product image of the Corsair SPEC-01 gaming case, the one used in Project Redshift
Redshift (or Project Redshift) is a currently ongoing project on Techman's World to expand the content options of the website. Put simply, it's going to be a powerful machine in order to get some tasks done that I've always wanted to do, for the betterment of the site.


Specifically, I'd like to use the powerful hardware that will be used in Redshift to produce tutorials for resource-heavy applications and utilities. One of the first things I plan to showcase are VM (Virtual Machine) tutorials, and GPU-accelerated encoding tutorials for media files.

Redshift's main PCPartPicker build link is available by clicking here. This is the optimal parts for use in this build, and I'm currently trying to seek companies to help make this project a reality. I've also established areas where site readers can choose to donate directly to Techman's World, such as Patreon.


Over the past few months I've poured in all of the money that I have had available to me, and I've gotten every important part of the build except the CPU and GPU. This is where I'm attempting to seek sponsorships from people and companies alike, as well as donations!


When Redshift is finished, I plan to create a final build article that details the project in its entirety. That includes everything from written paragraphs to product photos to mentions of sponsors...everything. I plan to then get right to work on Redshift itself, to start producing the content that I've promised to deliver for a very long time, but couldn't have previously.


Currently, I operate from a rather under-performant Celeron laptop from HP. For $250 it handles daily computing tasks very well, but that's about all that I believe it was designed to do. It's just a dual core processor, and that limits the amount of things you can do on this PC by a considerable amount.


Below is a table from PCPartPicker. Please refer to the source page for the most up to date information on the build. This list can be subject to change at any time.


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant
Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor Purchased For $249.99
CPU Cooler Corsair H60 54.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler Purchased For $49.99
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z170X-Gaming 3 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard Purchased For $146.88
Memory G.Skill NT Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory Purchased For $62.37
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive Purchased For $54.23
Video Card XFX Radeon R9 380X 4GB DD XXX OC Video Card $213.98 @ Newegg
Case Corsair SPEC-01 RED ATX Mid Tower Case Purchased For $0.00
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA GS 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply Purchased For $69.99
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Pro OEM 64-bit Purchased For $0.00
Wireless Network Adapter Gigabyte GC-WB867D-I PCI-Express x1 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi Adapter Purchased For $35.00
Case Fan Cooler Master JetFlo 95.0 CFM 120mm Fan Purchased For $13.09
Case Fan Cooler Master JetFlo 95.0 CFM 120mm Fan Purchased For $13.09
Case Fan Cooler Master JetFlo 95.0 CFM 120mm Fan Purchased For $13.09
Case Fan Cooler Master JetFlo 95.0 CFM 120mm Fan Purchased For $13.09
Keyboard G.Skill Ripjaws KM780 MX Wired Gaming Keyboard Purchased For $84.00
Headphones Audio-Technica ATH-M30 Headphones Purchased For $0.00
Other DVD Writer​ Model TS-​H653 Purchased
Other Dell USB 3-Button Optical Mouse - MS111 Purchased
Other Dell Ultra​Sharp 1908​WFP 19" Fl​at Panel S​creen LCD ​Monitor Purchased
Other Dell Ultra​Sharp 1908​WFP 19" Fl​at Panel S​creen LCD ​Monitor Purchased
Other Silverstone CPF01 3.94" PWM Fan Splitter Cable Purchased For $4.39
Other Teinuro TL-M2102C Purchased For $0.00
Other Enermax ECR501 6-in-1 USB 3.0 internal card reader w/ Super Charge USB Port Purchased For $20.00
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1063.18
Mail-in rebates -$20.00
Total $1043.18
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-06-29 22:15 EDT-0400

With an Intel Core i5 6600K inside, I will finally have the ability to produce content that I've always wanted to. VM tutorials and general multitasking will be an absolute walk in the park, and I look forward to that. Multimedia encoding will be the fastest that I've ever seen it. Due to the current price gouging on the product, I'm trying to do my best to obtain this part via a full or partial sponsorship. I hope that my efforts prove successful. CPU purchased.

The XFX 380X 4G will allow me to easily dive into the area of GPU-accelerated applications. A GPU at this level would allow me to also experiment with producing gaming-related content, although that's a very shallow focus of mine.

Other AMD cards aren't exactly out of the picture, though. If I can find a sponsor to provide a card similar to the 390 or its predecessors, I'll include that in my build instead. This is why I've stated that the PCPartPicker table may not be up to date.

With all of this said, this is all about Redshift. I seek to have this project finished as soon as possible, so I can get to working on everything I've wanted to do here at Techman's World. Even though I write here on Techman's World as a hobby, I still try to write content that people find useful. This project will allow me to cover things that I would have previously said was not possible!

A Note To Sponsors


If you're a potential person/company wishing to donate to/sponsor this build, please let me know via the contact form, or sending an email to michael@techmansworld.com. You can also reach out via Reddit, by sending a message. Your assistance in this project is greatly appreciated.


Updates

  1. 2/20/2016: I've made a post dispelling some misconceptions about Redshift.
  2. 2/21/2016: I've updated the PCPartPicker table to reflect current prices. Expect this to be a weekly ordeal.
  3. 2/26/2016: Updated the table, changed components in hopes of completing the project a little faster.
  4. 2/27/2016: Table update, price adjustments.
  5. 4/19/2016: Table update, price adjustments. GPU is the only thing left in the project, and then it will be completed.
  6. 5/9/2016: Take note of the GoFundMe widget up on the top-right sidebar. If we can reach that funding goal, I can purchase a R9 390 at a special deal (at cost!).
  7. 6/29/2016: Updated list, and GPU decision is split between an MSI RX 480 or an older generation 390X. Other then that, the project is basically finished.