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by RickyTick
Wed May 31, 2017 8:14 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TV Shows - Share Them (NO SPOILERS)
Replies: 22
Views: 756

Re: TV Shows - Share Them (NO SPOILERS)

The 100 is pretty good. There are moments that are sorta pfffft. Billions (Showtime). Really good, but moves fast. I usually watch each episode twice to make sure I don't miss anything. Homeland (Showtime). This was a great show the first few seasons. This latest season is terrible and unwatchable. ...
by RickyTick
Fri May 26, 2017 7:33 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Low testosterone?
Replies: 25
Views: 3352

Re: Low testosterone?

steelcity_ballin wrote:
Gotta love a 3+ year necro due to bots.


Crap!! Totally missed the bot. Grrrrr
by RickyTick
Fri May 26, 2017 6:42 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Low testosterone?
Replies: 25
Views: 3352

Re: Low testosterone?

I had/have low T also, but I'm 53. My level was below 300 so my Urologist prescribed injections of Testosterone CYP 2,000 mg every 30 days. I've been on it for about 5 months and there's a significant difference in the way I feel and my energy level. My wife and I typically have sex 3 times a week, ...
by RickyTick
Fri May 19, 2017 7:29 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: What cases and PSUs are you guys using?
Replies: 83
Views: 2049

Re: What cases and PSUs are you guys using?

Had a Corsair Obsidian 650D with a Corsair AX750 psu.. Really liked the case features, but it's huge. The front intake fan is 200mm and is prone to making noise. Also had to replace the top exhaust fan because of noise issues. Beyond that, it's a great case, and the AX750 is top notch. Just passed i...
by RickyTick
Fri Apr 28, 2017 4:41 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: What to do with old PC?
Replies: 20
Views: 1030

Re: What to do with old PC?

My brother in law is running almost that same config with a 5850 gpu and it does a pretty good job playing most older games at 1080P. I would ask if any of your kids might be interested in some PC gaming or get them interested in it. The boys and I have fun playing Team Fortress 2 which runs pretty...
by RickyTick
Fri Apr 28, 2017 1:50 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: What to do with old PC?
Replies: 20
Views: 1030

Re: What to do with old PC?

Anovoca wrote:
Since you mention Direct TV, are you paying for DVR service? If so you could use this machine to record your shows instead of paying for DVR


Really? How does that work?
by RickyTick
Fri Apr 28, 2017 1:48 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: What to do with old PC?
Replies: 20
Views: 1030

Re: What to do with old PC?

Yeah, backup/media server is probably a good choice. If you're interested in networking you could get a cheap ethernet card and turn it into a router. CPU-wise it'd probably do fine as an HTPC also, but you might want to get a cheap GPU for it if you decide to go that route. Along with the GTX275, ...
by RickyTick
Fri Apr 28, 2017 1:35 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: What to do with old PC?
Replies: 20
Views: 1030

Re: What to do with old PC?

Media server is a good route. Depending on the age of the kids you could also use it as an unnetworked secured backup box for holding onto all of their photos and homework in case they want to recover those in a decade from now. The only issue you are dealing with running an old machine this way is...
by RickyTick
Fri Apr 28, 2017 1:04 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: What to do with old PC?
Replies: 20
Views: 1030

What to do with old PC?

I built a PC about 10 years ago based on TR's System Guide and it's still working great. I'd like to re-purpose it into something, but I'm not sure what is best. Basic specs: Abit IP35 Pro Q6600 2x2gb of DDR2 800 (non ecc) random gpu. (I have a spare GTX275 available) CX430 psu (I have a spare corsa...
by RickyTick
Mon Apr 17, 2017 2:35 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 763
Views: 48985

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

It wasn't today, but it was a few weeks ago. 2010 BMW 335i Convertible. Had a weird noise from the rear, and kept losing air pressure in right rear tire. Went to BMW specialist shop (not a BMW dealer). They said I needed 2 rear tires and one rim was bent and needed to be repaired. The price was exce...
by RickyTick
Mon Apr 17, 2017 1:48 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Bye, Bloomfield: First Big PC Overhaul
Replies: 55
Views: 2819

Re: Bye, Bloomfield: First Big PC Overhaul

Same boat, different...err...ocean. I just upgraded from a i7-950, but I went the Kaby Lake route. I agree with the previous posts that a high quality 550-650 watt psu would work fine and save a enough dollars to step up the cpu. There's no reason these new systems can't last just as long as our tru...
by RickyTick
Tue Apr 04, 2017 9:00 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: March Madness 2017
Replies: 34
Views: 3316

Re: March Madness 2017

Awesome win for UNC!!!

#GOHEELS
by RickyTick
Tue Mar 28, 2017 7:34 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Final decisions for new build
Replies: 15
Views: 960

Re: Final decisions for new build

A Samsung 850 Evo is $330/TB . Check out the performance charts here, particularly the random read response times at QD4: http://techreport.com/review/31177/patriot-hellfire-480gb-nvme-ssd-reviewed/2 The Samsung drive is more expensive than the cheapest SSDs (which go for $250/TB), but it performs ...
by RickyTick
Mon Mar 27, 2017 9:29 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Final decisions for new build
Replies: 15
Views: 960

Re: Final decisions for new build

I'm waiting it out for a few months. Hopefully Nvidia will start using FreeSync or maybe prices of G-sync will become more reasonable. If you're going to wait two to three months, it is likely that a Radeon Vega + FreeSync monitor would provide better performance for your dollar than a GeForce GPU ...
by RickyTick
Sun Mar 26, 2017 6:05 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Final decisions for new build
Replies: 15
Views: 960

Re: Final decisions for new build

NVidia's proprietary G-Sync system maintains its price premium. G-Sync monitors cost about $200 more than otherwise-identical monitors without variable refresh rate. VESA standard adaptive sync ("FreeSync") is nearly free. FreeSync monitors cost $0 to $20 more than otherwise-identical mon...
by RickyTick
Sat Mar 25, 2017 7:10 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Final decisions for new build
Replies: 15
Views: 960

Re: Final decisions for new build

JustAnEngineer wrote:
What monitor are you using? That could influence your choice of graphics card.


Currently on 24 inch 1920 x 1080, but I have plans of going to a 27 inch 2560 x 1440 at some point this year. Kinda waiting to see if prices will ever drop on G-Sync monitors.
by RickyTick
Sat Mar 25, 2017 5:26 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Final decisions for new build
Replies: 15
Views: 960

Final decisions for new build

Hi guys...me again. I'm putting the finishing touches on a new build and looking for a little help. Here's what I have so far Case: Corsair 450D PSU: EVGA Super Nove G3 650 watt Mobo: Asus Prime Z270-A Cooler: Cryorig H7 Ram: G.Skill 2x8gb DDR4-3200 Trident Z So, I saved the biggest and most expensi...
by RickyTick
Fri Mar 24, 2017 8:48 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: New Build!!
Replies: 30
Views: 1463

Re: New Build!!

You guys pretty much got it. All my money is going into a good cpu, the i7-7700k and a mobo that can support it and allow me to do anything else. To be honest I don't overclock my stuff very much. A slight boost at best and then maybe a little harder a little farther down the road, but nothing inte...
by RickyTick
Fri Mar 17, 2017 4:16 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Mouse Suggestion Please
Replies: 17
Views: 2883

Re: Mouse Suggestion Please

FWIW, I just bought a Logitech G502 because the reviews said it was great, awesome, blah, blah, blah. I like a lot of the things about it, but it's small and makes my hand cramp, and I have normal sized hands. Plus the thumb buttons are not easy to reach compared to the MX518 I had previously.
by RickyTick
Fri Mar 17, 2017 7:18 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Hello everyone I am glad to be here
Replies: 5
Views: 785

Re: Hello everyone I am glad to be here

Welcome to The Tech Report. Enjoy your stay!!
by RickyTick
Tue Mar 07, 2017 8:29 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Where do you bank?
Replies: 57
Views: 4173

Re: Where do you bank?

Banked for years with large national banks, Wachovia and then BB&T.

Now everything is at Credit Union. No fees and much better interest rates.
by RickyTick
Tue Mar 07, 2017 8:25 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: HDD to SSD trouble +
Replies: 31
Views: 1550

Re: HDD to SSD trouble +

FWIW, I replaced the CMOS battery and now I can make changes in the BIOS and it doesn't shut down when I F10 save. Who knew? Not me, I've never seen that one before. I've seen it, but not for years (I think the last time was a Pentium II or III mobo). Much more common is replacing the CMOS battery ...
by RickyTick
Mon Mar 06, 2017 8:51 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: HDD to SSD trouble +
Replies: 31
Views: 1550

Re: HDD to SSD trouble +

12GB of DDR3 @1600 - such frequency, much capacity. You're a real trooper. OT: Should've just formatted the SSD and done a fresh install of Win 10. Your Son doesn't need all that clutter on his new SSD system. It's either Win 10 is not happy with the new SSD not being properly unloaded onto it and/...
by RickyTick
Mon Mar 06, 2017 7:52 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: HDD to SSD trouble +
Replies: 31
Views: 1550

Re: HDD to SSD trouble +

So did switching back to MBR fix it? In general, moving an existing copy of an OS between MBR and GPT disks is probably a bad idea. Using it for a boot drive can also be problematic if your motherboard has a legacy BIOS instead of UEFI. The change to MBR didn't work. I still couldn't boot from the ...
by RickyTick
Sun Mar 05, 2017 5:55 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: HDD to SSD trouble +
Replies: 31
Views: 1550

Re: HDD to SSD trouble +

FWIW, I replaced the CMOS battery and now I can make changes in the BIOS and it doesn't shut down when I F10 save. Who knew?
by RickyTick
Sun Mar 05, 2017 5:48 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: HDD to SSD trouble +
Replies: 31
Views: 1550

Re: HDD to SSD trouble +

Probably a very stupid question, but you did make sure that the SSD has enough room to hold the contents of the hard drive, right? Yes, even though the HDD is 1TB, it only had about 70gb of data on it. I reformatted the SSD and converted it into a MBR. I'm currently in the process of going through ...
by RickyTick
Sun Mar 05, 2017 2:57 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: HDD to SSD trouble +
Replies: 31
Views: 1550

Re: HDD to SSD trouble +

UberGerbil wrote:
Ok. Well if you have the Windows 10 install media then you can just boot from that (with the SSD but not the HD installed) and it should repair automatically (if you go with that option rather than a fresh install)


I don't have the install media. This was a free upgrade from Windows 7.
by RickyTick
Sun Mar 05, 2017 12:53 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: HDD to SSD trouble +
Replies: 31
Views: 1550

Re: HDD to SSD trouble +

Glancing at the specs page , it looks like the SATA3 ports hang off a Marvell controller, while the SATA2 ports hang off the Intel SB. If the SSD and HD aren't connected through the same controller (eg you had the HD on SATA2 and you added the SSD to a SATA3 port) then you may have introduced a new...
by RickyTick
Sun Mar 05, 2017 12:49 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: HDD to SSD trouble +
Replies: 31
Views: 1550

Re: HDD to SSD trouble +

another thing to consider do you want your son to have everything document/data/picture wise that you had on this old pc? If not, why clone your hdd to his ssd? why not install a new os on his ssd? Good point, but I didn't want to spend the money on an OS, plus I got nothing on there to hide. I'll ...
by RickyTick
Sun Mar 05, 2017 12:45 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: HDD to SSD trouble +
Replies: 31
Views: 1550

Re: HDD to SSD trouble +

Some combination of UEFI and prior (to 10?) versions of Windows have trouble booting from GPT volumes. (got something quick here, but I haven't read through it myself) Personally I am not sure if you can benefit much from GPT, from a "just want to get things to work" perspective. How do I...
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