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by ordskiweicz
Fri Apr 24, 2020 12:12 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: How do you pick a motherboard ?
Replies: 8
Views: 2141

Re: How do you pick a motherboard ?

Picking a mobo is a challenge - maybe why a system guide is useful?

I'd look for some future proofing - USB C or thunderbolt, etc. in addition to suggestions made.

Online reviews - when massive - do seem to be another useful indicator.
by ordskiweicz
Fri Apr 24, 2020 12:10 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: New source of system guides?
Replies: 21
Views: 4890

Re: New source of system guides?

Hi All. Guru 3D has a new one from a few days ago. (Your call on its quality) Maybe in the Virus slowdown TR could do a system guide? They were useful to guide noobies and all of us, and to point out some reasonable combos of parts. I miss them and wish for an update - is annually too much to ask? B...
by ordskiweicz
Wed Feb 05, 2020 4:08 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Why not rip the hdd from a much cheaper external drive?
Replies: 9
Views: 2711

Why not rip the hdd from a much cheaper external drive?

Thanks for comments on 8TB HDDs

Its clear that external drives by WD are about $70US cheaper than bare drives (why - maybe capitalism?)

Any problem just busting the drive free? I don't need an external.
by ordskiweicz
Wed Feb 05, 2020 12:00 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: 8TB internal HDD = recommendations
Replies: 13
Views: 3286

Re: 8TB internal HDD = recommendations

Yeah - typo SMR meant

You parallel my own thoughts. For my simple needs I assumed many world work fine.

Other viewpoints?
by ordskiweicz
Wed Feb 05, 2020 11:34 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: 8TB internal HDD = recommendations
Replies: 13
Views: 3286

8TB internal HDD = recommendations

Hi All. I am looking for an internal 8TB backup HDD.

Two questions - 1) brand and type recommendations - should I avoid NAS/SMB models. (I like HGST and WD)
2) Given vendors like Amz and Egg sell thru unknown third parties - where's a good place to buy one?

Thanks.
by ordskiweicz
Fri Sep 20, 2019 8:32 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: SSD install detail questions
Replies: 4
Views: 2805

Re: SSD install detail questions

JAE - Thanks. I know it will work w/o the screw (some suggest tape too) but wonder how important these things are and how they work. The screw socket seem to have a gold coating and does not appear to touch other parts of the PCB. (Which seems similar to offset mounting holes on a mobo). Ground perh...
by ordskiweicz
Thu Sep 19, 2019 12:28 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SSD install detail questions
Replies: 4
Views: 2805

SSD install detail questions

I am trying to install a Sabrent rocket 1TB into my asus z190 pro gaming mobo. I don't have the standoff and screw - which are too small for local hardware stores (I did check). I must have pitched the tiny bag with them at purchase time. This got me thinking (dangerous, i know!) - 1) is the standof...
by ordskiweicz
Wed Jun 12, 2019 1:13 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What if......
Replies: 40
Views: 3362

Re: What if......

So characters and legacies from Crypto show up in the new book, Fall. Maybe Enoch Root will too!

(You do miss out if you do not read Crypto)
by ordskiweicz
Mon Jun 10, 2019 12:13 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What if......
Replies: 40
Views: 3362

Re: What if......

Hey If you have not read Cryptomonicon - put things down and go read it!

Its a great yarn with terrific and funny writing, great plots and good tech info.

Just started fall yesterday.
by ordskiweicz
Sat May 25, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: TUF B450-PLUS GAMING RAM help!
Replies: 3
Views: 2087

Re: TUF B450-PLUS GAMING RAM help!

Hi. Welcome to the TR forums. Builds are fun but can sometimes be challenging. I don't have this mobo. The RAM may well work - even if not at full rated speed. But, if you are buying new, the qvl list choices are (mostly) safer. if you have them try, them out and see if tweaking bios settings can ge...
by ordskiweicz
Mon May 06, 2019 4:53 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: joining TR
Replies: 11
Views: 4390

Re: joining TR

Hi Squito and Welcome to TR.

Things have been a bit slow on the site but the forums are always active and helpful.

Its good to support TR financially! (I guess I am overdue to renew.)

There is lots to learn and no doubt you have ideas to offer.
by ordskiweicz
Fri May 03, 2019 8:47 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Help me decide which graphics card I should buy, please!
Replies: 11
Views: 3223

Re: Help me decide which graphics card I should buy, please!

Hi. I had a 970 on an i-7 6700K and a 20" 1080 monitor. I updated to a 2070 and 27" g-synch 2650x1440 monitor. Main difference - flying in Far Cry 5 was much better. Lots of very minor eye candy (nice moving weeds and grass) too. (Monitor is much brighter overall and much whiter - if you c...
by ordskiweicz
Sun Apr 07, 2019 3:16 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What's a good vacuum?
Replies: 49
Views: 5290

Re: What's a good vacuum?

Another vote for Miele canister - I've had two - both lasted over 10 years and suck great. My current one was about $700, so not cheap. HEPA. A got a dyson animal 7 last fall ($250 or so) and it worked great til it started going erratic - a common issue its seems which the fix is to keep it clean. I...
by ordskiweicz
Mon Feb 18, 2019 11:45 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Monitor advice
Replies: 10
Views: 3222

Re: Monitor advice

Thanks all. Yeah, its a plain 970 card in use now, with a i7-6700K cpu (I do see people - obviously not TR gerbils and maybe sharper than me - calling 2k as shorthand for 1440 res) I like the idea of max sharpness when not gaming. Great ideas. I am open to VA panels. I think I will see how this upgr...
by ordskiweicz
Sun Feb 17, 2019 4:30 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Monitor advice
Replies: 10
Views: 3222

Monitor advice

Hi All. I just went for a 2070 gpu and work on a 5 yr old Dell 24" monitor. It proved OK for 1080 gaming with a 970ti card - for the past 3 yrs.

What monitors at 2K - not TN - have you all found a good match? I play FC 5 but am not too demanding about eye candy.
by ordskiweicz
Fri Oct 19, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: System Guide for GPU and Monitor
Replies: 17
Views: 3340

Re: System Guide for GPU and Monitor

Thanks - the pairing of monitor and GPU is very helpful. I am unsure what I will spend, but want a few years worth of return on investment.

No VR as yet for me. Other GPU and specific monitor pairing would be useful!
by ordskiweicz
Thu Oct 18, 2018 9:52 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: System Guide for GPU and Monitor
Replies: 17
Views: 3340

Re: System Guide for GPU and Monitor

So - its clear its easy to blow your minds.

That said, how about what monitor suggestions might you like with these GPUs? What pairs do you find terrific? Not only GPUs are my need.
by ordskiweicz
Thu Oct 18, 2018 6:54 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: System Guide for GPU and Monitor
Replies: 17
Views: 3340

System Guide for GPU and Monitor

Since there is no system guide right now for a GPU and monitor pair, maybe you gerbils can come up with some good pairings for the modern world. May I suggest starting with lower res and working up to the bleeding edge? (Yeah, I know its all about what you play,and at what res, etc - but don't let t...
by ordskiweicz
Tue Sep 04, 2018 7:29 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Recommendations for an 8 TB HDD
Replies: 45
Views: 6423

Re: Recommendations for an 8 TB HDD

Thanks to you all. My HGST 4 TBs have been great - no problems. I went with a Toshiba X300 8TB Performance Desktop Gaming Hard Drive 7200 RPM - 200 bucks, new. (Egg and Ama have many refurbs - and many indirect vendors) Reviews shows about 15-20% poor reviews across the 8 TB spectrum, several noting...
by ordskiweicz
Mon Sep 03, 2018 8:53 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Recommendations for an 8 TB HDD
Replies: 45
Views: 6423

Recommendations for an 8 TB HDD

Hi All. I am looking for ideas about an 8 TB hdd. My 4 TBs are nearly full. I have been a fan of HGST but am open to suggestions.

No NAS, just everyday box - OS on an SSD. Content is mixed - office work, music, video, etc.

Thanks.
by ordskiweicz
Wed Apr 04, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Looking at new laptops - with no idea where to begin
Replies: 23
Views: 8586

Re: Looking at new laptops - with no idea where to begin

I am a big fan of Asus UX360CA-IH51T or similar ASUS ZenBook UX330UA, add and larger SD or buy a micro sd chip, and/or an ssd.
by ordskiweicz
Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:22 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Recs for college student laptops
Replies: 29
Views: 7225

Re: Recs for college student laptops

ASUS ZenBook UX303UA add an sd for extra storage if needed.
by ordskiweicz
Tue Nov 07, 2017 12:48 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: So is the sound card dead?
Replies: 53
Views: 13067

Re: So is the sound card dead?

Hi Dancin Jack. This is a great review of yet another sound card. (I use an Asus Essence and like it a lot). My question was about USB alternatives to sound cards. Are there reviews of latency, jitter, etc on them - and does it matter? I think I'd use my DragonFly on my next build - but haven't trie...
by ordskiweicz
Tue Nov 07, 2017 12:08 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: So is the sound card dead?
Replies: 53
Views: 13067

Re: So is the sound card dead?

Great info and ideas!

Perhaps TR could test the USB latency issue in the near future? Jitter maybe too? (or is this already known well?)

There are many of us who enjoy fine sound.
by ordskiweicz
Tue Nov 07, 2017 7:43 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: So is the sound card dead?
Replies: 53
Views: 13067

So is the sound card dead?

Reading the "what is your sound setup" posts, and looking at the TR sample builds, it seems the sound card is fully dead. This will mean I have some terrific and costly PCI-e junk, but it seems a USB DAC like the Dragonfly or a Schitt is a better deal, more transferable and as good or bett...
by ordskiweicz
Fri Oct 06, 2017 4:24 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Senn 650 cans at great price
Replies: 2
Views: 7076

Senn 650 cans at great price

Hi all. Just got a pair of Sennheiser 650 for 315 - Amazon or B&H. I know they were cheaper a year back but this is a great price for a fine pair of cans.

They sound fine out of the serious box, but I assume they will be better still with some breaking in.
by ordskiweicz
Fri Aug 04, 2017 9:47 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Low profile single slot video card question
Replies: 6
Views: 3297

Re: Low profile single slot video card question

Thanks all. There is maybe 7/8 inch clearance (left side where fans would be) from the PSU from the center of the PCI slot. No double width likely.

I may go for the 1030 but think it will be disappointing. Any other ideas will be appreciated.

Alas, crumby box for some good components.
by ordskiweicz
Thu Aug 03, 2017 8:03 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Low profile single slot video card question
Replies: 6
Views: 3297

Re: Low profile single slot video card question

Hi. I know I can put a card in the box - and yes you have the right dell model DPete. (BTW - thanks for the link to the users guide - the version I found on the dell site was not so useful). But the double width 1050 suggested wont clear the PSU - as the fan and stuff are on the side without clearan...
by ordskiweicz
Thu Aug 03, 2017 1:41 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Low profile single slot video card question
Replies: 6
Views: 3297

Low profile single slot video card question

So at work I have been newly delivered a Dell Optiplex 5050 sff. It has an i7 with intel 630 graphics 8G ram and a 256 ssd (m.2). It also has one empty slot for a video card - which is conveniently located tight next to the PSU - meaning no room for a card with a fan of any width. Any suggestions fo...
by ordskiweicz
Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:53 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: 2.5" external HDD reliability: WDC vs Seagate?
Replies: 26
Views: 7609

Re: 2.5" external HDD reliability: WDC vs Seagate?

I own WD 2.5 externals in 1tb, 2TB and 4TB formats (My passport Ultra) - all have been reliable - the 1 and 2 for over three years - zero problems.
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