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by TravelMug
Mon Oct 02, 2017 7:22 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Would it make sense to replace a GTX 560 Ti with GT 1030?
Replies: 28
Views: 1479

Re: Would it make sense to replace a GTX 560 Ti with GT 1030?

You'll be fine with the GT1030 if you really don't want to spend money. I'd go for a non-Ti simple 1050 at least, but a $70 or so passive GT1030 is hard to fault. Seems like you'll be at the same level or faster in almost every game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLAs8S7x6PY
by TravelMug
Wed Jul 05, 2017 8:39 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Safely hosting web services from home
Replies: 48
Views: 1520

Re: Safely hosting web services from home

Don't, it's not worth it for a website or API (not sure what that "something" is so I'll leave it). That "expensive cloud server" is in fact a $5-$10 per month VPS with someone like Linode or Digital Ocean for a website or an API.
by TravelMug
Thu Jun 01, 2017 3:54 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TV Shows - Share Them (NO SPOILERS)
Replies: 22
Views: 1376

Re: TV Shows - Share Them (NO SPOILERS)

I won't repeat the ones that were mentioned already unless you are into a bit of "most recommended" then I can revisit, so here are some other ones: iZombie - if you enjoyed the style of Veronica Mars, but now with grown up people Brooklyn 99 - it's just great, like a Parks and Rec mixed w...
by TravelMug
Thu May 18, 2017 9:23 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: NAS Options for my home
Replies: 23
Views: 2232

Re: NAS Options for my home

HP Microserver and FreenNAS. Cheap for 4 HDDs, just add a RAM stick.
by TravelMug
Sun May 14, 2017 2:31 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Free file hosts with decent storage capacity?
Replies: 19
Views: 2516

Re: Free file hosts with decent storage capacity?

I don't think you will be able to avoid some self hosting or some form of payment with the requirements you have. A Nextcloud install on the cheapest $5 per month Digital Ocean or a Linode instance will do the trick for example.
by TravelMug
Thu May 11, 2017 1:35 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Kittson released!
Replies: 24
Views: 2156

Re: Kittson released!

So now that it's out, where is the link to some forum or comment section where Paul DeMone explains that this is the proof that Itanium is alive and well and it is a vibrant and thriving ecosystem for all involved?
by TravelMug
Sat May 06, 2017 11:12 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: vSphere or Hyper-V for hypervisor
Replies: 7
Views: 1031

Re: vSphere or Hyper-V for hypervisor

Realistically only two come into question - the two you asked about - VMware and Hyper-V. You can pretty much forget about the rest if you want to have a relatively uncomplicated life as an admin. I know Hyper-V developed nicely in the last couple of years, but the issues you've had with it are seem...
by TravelMug
Fri Apr 28, 2017 3:22 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: What to do with old PC?
Replies: 20
Views: 1614

Re: What to do with old PC?

Too power hungry for anything you could use it at home as a server. To be fair it is still a decent low-end PC for someone who does not have any and seeing that you would not get much for it in parts or put together I would suggest to donate it to someone who would appreciate to have a PC. They can ...
by TravelMug
Tue Apr 18, 2017 4:17 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: 3770K, when to upgrade?
Replies: 23
Views: 4352

Re: 3770K, when to upgrade?

Leave it be and upgrade when you encounter the first game or program that does not give you satisfactory results and you know from benchmarks and tests on the interwebs that a CPU upgrade will improve the situation.
by TravelMug
Mon Mar 27, 2017 2:44 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: AMD X390/X399 HEDT Platform
Replies: 25
Views: 3933

Re: AMD X390/X399 HEDT Platform

I'm not confusing anything. Of course you are. You keep comparing Ryzen against Kaby Lake. You see Intel has two lineups of high-end CPUs, one 'consumer' line-up that tops out at 4 core Kaby Lake with stunningly high clocks, and another HEDT lineup that is one μArch generation behind, with Broadwel...
by TravelMug
Mon Mar 27, 2017 10:44 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: AMD X390/X399 HEDT Platform
Replies: 25
Views: 3933

Re: AMD X390/X399 HEDT Platform

ptsant wrote:
Of course. But then, there is no Kaby Lake Intel 8-core part, is there?


So? The statement was that AMD has the IPC advantage. They don't. Even if I read into it what you are reading into it apparently - that the poster meant Broadwell - they don't.
by TravelMug
Mon Mar 27, 2017 7:49 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: AMD X390/X399 HEDT Platform
Replies: 25
Views: 3933

Re: AMD X390/X399 HEDT Platform

ptsant wrote:
IPC is defined per clock, don't confuse with single-thread performance which depends on clock speed.


I'm not confusing anything. The IPC is at best at Broadwell levels as per AMD themselves. They are 6-8% behind Kaby Lake.
by TravelMug
Mon Mar 27, 2017 5:47 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: AMD X390/X399 HEDT Platform
Replies: 25
Views: 3933

Re: AMD X390/X399 HEDT Platform

LASR wrote:
Now that AMD has the IPC and efficiency advantage...


They have what?
by TravelMug
Tue Mar 07, 2017 4:59 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: i7 7700 vs 7700K
Replies: 20
Views: 22978

Re: i7 7700 vs 7700K

Get the i7-7700K - faster clocks and the price difference is minimal.
by TravelMug
Sat Feb 25, 2017 7:00 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Current state for a home Web server
Replies: 12
Views: 6056

Re: Current state for a home Web server

As it has been said already, don't run it from home. It makes no sense. Both Rackspace and Amazon are pretty expensive for this, much better options are the VPS providers, from my point of view the top choice there being Linode as well. The $10 instance should be enough for your needs, I would not g...
by TravelMug
Mon Feb 06, 2017 7:09 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Synology 1815+ or other?
Replies: 75
Views: 9626

Re: Synology 1815+ or other?

Well, this will be interesting: Intel's Atom C2000 chips are bricking products – and it's not just Cisco hit Intel indicated in a January 2017 revision of its Atom C2000 family documentation that the chip line contains a clock flaw. Errata note AVR.54, titled "System May Experience Inability to...
by TravelMug
Fri Feb 03, 2017 5:10 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: games with 16gb system requirements...fact? or fiction?
Replies: 28
Views: 2098

Re: games with 16gb system requirements...fact? or fiction?

RAM is cheap. I got 32 GB so I don't have to worry about stuff like this until it's time to upgrade again. And I use Chrome. Small correction - RAM *was* cheap, up until last spring or early summer. Prices started to go up after that and now everything is at least double what it was. I also got a 3...
by TravelMug
Wed Jan 25, 2017 7:06 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: New Router Needed (bought - back to drawing board)
Replies: 35
Views: 7895

Re: New Router Needed (bought - back to drawing board)

Why not just try powerline stuff? It's typically fast enough and very stable. At $200+ you can get quite a few powerline adapters, including ones that could act as a WiFi bridge. Powerline is good when it's working. We've had it in our old place and was working OK in 2 out of 3 sockets (1+2 room sp...
by TravelMug
Wed Jan 18, 2017 6:53 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Pentium G4620 vs i3-7300
Replies: 129
Views: 15352

Re: Pentium G4620 vs i3-7300

No reviews yet, anywhere to be found? It's already sold in stores. That's strange for a cpu that has excited such interest (I'm not bagging on techreport in particular here, I haven't found any reviews... anywhere) I don't think there will be a lot of G4620 reviews around. Some people already reali...
by TravelMug
Fri Jan 13, 2017 4:38 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Pentium G4620 vs i3-7300
Replies: 129
Views: 15352

Re: Pentium G4620 vs i3-7300

You know guys, lets drop the VT-d arguments go back to discussing the merits of Pentium G4620 vs i3-7300 please. Now IMHO if you are going to a H170 or Z270 board, then get the i3-7300. But for the H110 and B150 chipsets, I'm sure the G4620 will be fine. Did you guys agree?  True, except if you go ...
by TravelMug
Tue Jan 10, 2017 4:54 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Pentium G4620 vs i3-7300
Replies: 129
Views: 15352

Re: Pentium G4620 vs i3-7300

For a cheap gaming machine both VT-d and AVX 2.0 make no difference. The more cache might down the line, but I find the $50 difference too much in this category. Saying that, the G4620 is not the one to look at here, the G4560 for $64 would be a better choice. That's half price of the i3-7300 and th...
by TravelMug
Wed Dec 14, 2016 9:31 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: SSD prices and Competition.
Replies: 21
Views: 2764

Re: SSD prices and Competition.

Oh yeah, there is definitely something going on in the background as well, but in this case I think it is also mixed with a healthy dose of messing up forecasts and some other selfinflicted problems. The fact that this is not predicted to stabilize for at least a year is already the price fixing ter...
by TravelMug
Wed Dec 14, 2016 7:45 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: SSD prices and Competition.
Replies: 21
Views: 2764

Re: SSD prices and Competition.

Prices on SSD-s are already going up. The reason for now is plausible to be shortage, but realistically it does not help that there is only a handful of NAND manufacturers left. As JAE pointed out, it's not a monopoly, but an oligopoly and that is the same bad, just with a bit more effort regarding ...
by TravelMug
Tue Jun 21, 2016 4:13 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: What's the last piece of tech you regret buying?
Replies: 224
Views: 19693

Re: What's the last piece of tech you regret buying?

The XFX R9 380X DD XXX OC card a few weeks ago. I needed something temporary with decent features, they've had this on stock and figured how bad can it be? Surely all cards are OKish nowadays. Big mistake. The card gets hot and the fans spin up quickly which means an annoying growling noise at aroun...
by TravelMug
Sun Jan 24, 2016 12:38 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Laptop for sister
Replies: 21
Views: 1246

Re: Laptop for sister

Can also vouch for the HP Elitebooks regarding the keyboard. Bought a refurb 2560p (i5-2540m, 8GB, 256GB SSD) last year for $300 and the keyboard is excellent especially for such an old (4yrs?) specimen. Would be nice if it was backlit, but instead this one still has the little light beside the webc...
by TravelMug
Sun Jan 03, 2016 12:57 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Had terrible experience with SSD, any advice how to proceed?
Replies: 107
Views: 9525

Re: Had terrible experience with SSD, any advice how to proc

Have: Intel X25-V 40GB - replaced the HDD in an old Acer Aspire One D150 Corsair Force F120 - replaced the HDD in an old Toshiba Satellite A series Samsung 830 256GB - OS/Origin drive in the gaming PC Crucial m4 512GB - Steam drive in the gaming PC As you can see none of these are new, rather a coup...
by TravelMug
Fri Dec 04, 2015 4:15 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Mother-in-law's old laptop
Replies: 62
Views: 2729

Re: Mother-in-law's old laptop

An SSD and a clean install will do the trick. Get some 120GB for sale and call it a day. Or a 240-256GB one as pricing is only 10-15 additionally, but I don't think it is necessary. With a clean install it will be fine for a while.
by TravelMug
Fri Oct 30, 2015 8:48 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: would you upgrade a 3770k ?
Replies: 32
Views: 3398

Re: would you upgrade a 3770k ?

My Q9550@3.4Ghz (under a GF750Ti) says don't bother. Only got overclocked earlier this year to squeeze out some power for the recent more demanding games. I occasionally look at used Dell T3500 or similar HP machines on eBay to get some better CPU, can score one with a Xeon W3550 or similar with 24G...
by TravelMug
Tue Oct 27, 2015 6:06 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: How is my new office PC ?
Replies: 68
Views: 8047

Re: How is my new office PC ?

Not sure what you mean exactly by "Photoshop work" there, but you don't have to do any high-end work for those specs to be insufficient. You will run out of space with RAM and SSD very quickly with any decent resolution images, a couple of layers and a bunch of undo steps saved. Should go ...
by TravelMug
Wed Jul 29, 2015 7:18 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Sub-$500
Replies: 39
Views: 3327

Re: Sub-$500

In this case it would probably make sense to get a refurbished branded business machine from eBay. For example you can get Dell OptiPlex 990 machines with a 2nd gen i5 or i7 CPU, 4GB or 8GB RAM and sometimes even up to a 1TB HDD for anywhere between $250-$400 depending on configuration. You'll need ...