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by JustAnEngineer
Thu Apr 27, 2017 7:22 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: RAMdisk/RAMdrive software recommendations?
Replies: 22
Views: 2240

Re: RAMdisk/RAMdrive software recommendations?

ThreeDigitIQ wrote:
I made a benchmark results video for 8 different virtual Ram Disk drive Software solutions.
Since I cannot post a link, someone will post it for you. Skip to 1:45 for the results.
by JustAnEngineer
Sun Apr 23, 2017 2:55 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: RAM prices
Replies: 32
Views: 1742

Re: RAM prices

I paid $400 for a 2 MB fast RAM board for the Amiga 2000 in '85 or '86.
by JustAnEngineer
Sun Apr 23, 2017 12:01 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Newegg shopping spree! I haz new goodies coming!
Replies: 48
Views: 1159

Re: Newegg shopping spree! I haz new goodies coming!

I was preparing to do the "internet forum" thing and post a predictable comment on how you obviously did everything wrong and chose all the wrong hardware. The problem is, I can't really find a fault with your list, short of questionable taste in picking peripherals with lights on them :P...
by JustAnEngineer
Sat Apr 22, 2017 9:33 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Newegg shopping spree! I haz new goodies coming!
Replies: 48
Views: 1159

Re: Newegg shopping spree! I haz new goodies coming!

Corsair Vengeance LED 32Gb (4x8Gb) DDR4 3200 Kaby Lake has two memory channels. You would be better off with 2x16 GiB than with 4x8 GiB. PC4-25600 like G.Skill F4-3200C14D-32GVR would provide excellent performance, but you could save $92 if you gave up just a bit of speed to settle for PC4-24000 li...
by JustAnEngineer
Sat Apr 22, 2017 6:12 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Ouch, 4TB SSDs are still very expensive.
Replies: 11
Views: 463

Re: Ouch, 4TB SSDs are still very expensive.

My Toshiba external 2½" hard-drive is slim and requires only the short USB cable to power it. I usually keep it in one of the pockets of my camera pack. I do agree that it's not as convenient as having a large SSD, but I occasionally need more space than my single internal SSD for photos and vi...
by JustAnEngineer
Sat Apr 22, 2017 6:03 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel Core i7 2600 overheating while playing.
Replies: 14
Views: 410

Re: Intel Core i7 2600 overheating while playing.

The Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo is rather tall at 159mm due to its 120mm fan and tower design. Some cases aren't wide enough to accommodate it. If you have a small case, a tower cooler with a 92mm fan like the Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 is only 130 mm tall but still cools more quietly and much more e...
by JustAnEngineer
Sat Apr 22, 2017 2:58 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Ouch, 4TB SSDs are still very expensive.
Replies: 11
Views: 463

Re: Ouch, 4TB SSDs are still very expensive.

External USB3 hard-drives are cheap for stuff that won't fit on your laptop's internal 1 TB SSD.
4 TB SSDs are more expensive because the cheapest SSD lines top out at 2 TB.
Crucial MX300 (up to 2 TB): $268/TB
Mushkin Reactor TC (up to 2 TB): $275/TB
Samsung 850 Evo (up to 4 TB): $374/TB
by JustAnEngineer
Fri Apr 21, 2017 11:09 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel Core i7 2600 overheating while playing.
Replies: 14
Views: 410

Re: Intel Core i7 2600 overheating while playing.

Welcome to the Tech Report! I have many questions for you: Have any evil dust bunnies taken up residence in your case's filters and fans or in your CPU heatsink? Are you certain that all of your case and CPU fans are still spinning? Have you changed the cooling profile or target temperatures in your...
by JustAnEngineer
Thu Apr 20, 2017 10:17 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Elderly person in need of new gaming mouse. (Intellimouse Explorer 3.0 upgrade)
Replies: 5
Views: 162

Re: Elderly person in need of new gaming mouse. (Intellimouse Explorer 3.0 upgrade)

I'm a fan of Logitech mice. I recommend giving the G403 Prodigy or G402 a try at your local Best Buy. Like the MX518 before them, these mice are a little bit flatter than the Intellimouse Explorer 3.0, but the button placement is similar.
by JustAnEngineer
Wed Apr 19, 2017 9:35 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Core i3 or Core i5 for family?
Replies: 31
Views: 818

Re: Core i3 or Core i5 for family?

For the OP's uses, a 3.7 GHz Core i3-6100 is likely to feel snappier than a 2.7 to 3.3 GHz Core i5-6400.
http://ark.intel.com/compare/88185,90729
by JustAnEngineer
Wed Apr 19, 2017 5:45 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Horrible Netflix playback on laptops
Replies: 48
Views: 1235

Re: Horrible Netflix playback on laptops

With my notebook, I can select Optimus' behavior between using the wimpy NVidia GT620M and using the even-wimpier integrated Intel graphics. There may also be some relevant settings in the graphics driver control panel.
by JustAnEngineer
Tue Apr 18, 2017 8:51 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: New Ryzen 7 mATX Build
Replies: 18
Views: 604

Re: New Ryzen 7 mATX Build

CScottG wrote:
That Firecuda only has 8 gig of NAND - there are even a few games today that would overwhelm that.
Mass Effect: Andromeda is currently taking up 50,095,616,000 bytes on my hard-drive.
by JustAnEngineer
Tue Apr 18, 2017 7:01 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: New Ryzen 7 mATX Build
Replies: 18
Views: 604

Re: New Ryzen 7 mATX Build

I'd much rather suggest getting a smaller SSD and a larger HDD. That's my strategy, too. In the OP's case, his storage needs are small enough that maybe he should consider a medium-large SSD and forego the HDD completely. With 1 TB and 2 TB hard-drives costing about the same, I can't see bothering ...
by JustAnEngineer
Tue Apr 18, 2017 6:55 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3323
Views: 495353

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Check out Jordan Fox covering She's Not There.
by JustAnEngineer
Tue Apr 18, 2017 4:24 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Core i3 or Core i5 for family?
Replies: 31
Views: 818

Re: Core i3 or Core i5 for family?

Look for a refurbished/scratched and dented Inspiron 3650 mini tower ($332) at the Dell outlet. Core i3-6100 is no slouch at 3.7 GHz. Add more RAM. Buy an SSD from Newegg or Amazon. Use Macrium Reflect to clone and resize the partitions to match your SSD.
by JustAnEngineer
Mon Apr 17, 2017 10:40 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: New Ryzen 7 mATX Build
Replies: 18
Views: 604

Re: New Ryzen 7 mATX Build

CampinCarl wrote:
What do you intend to do with a puny 1 TB hard-drive? 3 TB drives offer better value. If you need less than 1 TB, consider an SSD.
by JustAnEngineer
Mon Apr 17, 2017 8:43 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Bye, Bloomfield: First Big PC Overhaul
Replies: 55
Views: 1586

Re: Bye, Bloomfield: First Big PC Overhaul

Assuming that you really need two M.2 slots, there are other ways to go about it than spending $300 on a motherboard. You could spend $180 on a motherboard, instead. You could even spend $170 on a motherboard then add as many M.2 ports as you need later.
by JustAnEngineer
Mon Apr 17, 2017 7:09 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1061
Views: 29209

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Back in the day, you would have listened to your Walkman and read a paperback book or worked crossword puzzles while you waited.
by JustAnEngineer
Sun Apr 16, 2017 7:42 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Andromeda
Replies: 134
Views: 6835

Re: Andromeda

Once you get past level 50, what are you supposed to be spending skill points on? My character has achieved rank 6 Lethal Infiltrator. My companions have all of their skills maxed out. What now?
by JustAnEngineer
Sun Apr 16, 2017 3:35 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Ryzen 5 - Your Choice?
Replies: 62
Views: 3076

Re: Ryzen 5 - Your Choice?

You've gotten your money's worth out of that old Bloomfield processor. It's too bad that you didn't upgrade before DDR4 prices went up by 60+%. $250 Ryzen R5-1600X has always looked like the best Zen processor for gaming. $300 2x16 GiB PC4-25600 G.Skill F4-3200C14D-32GVR (DDR4-3200, 14-14-14-34, 1.3...
by JustAnEngineer
Fri Apr 14, 2017 8:56 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3323
Views: 495353

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

When I saw Missing Persons perform, the whole drum set was replaced by a chrome cage with force pads attached. I guess it was easier for the roadies to set up and tear down, but it didn't sound quite right and it sure looked odd.
by JustAnEngineer
Fri Apr 14, 2017 1:40 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3323
Views: 495353

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

just brew it! wrote:
Ahh, yes... Dale Bozzio and Missing Persons... pretty heavily played on MTV back in the day.
Captain Ned wrote:
Gee, I wonder why??
They were a good live show when I saw them perform in '85 or '86. She was prettier in person than on MTV. Something about Terry's synth drums didn't seem quite right, though.
Mental Hopscotch
by JustAnEngineer
Wed Apr 12, 2017 5:25 am
Forum: SFF Station
Topic: SFF Zen 8c/16t system.
Replies: 170
Views: 9520

Re: SFF Zen 8c/16t system.

With A320 motherboards from all manufacturers, there are now thirty-two micro-ATX and two mini-ITX motherboards from which to choose, though Newegg has only twelve of them listed.
viewtopic.php?f=22&t=118885&start=150#p1341603
by JustAnEngineer
Mon Apr 10, 2017 7:05 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Sennheiser HD280 headphones
Replies: 27
Views: 8018

Re: Sennheiser HD280 headphones

I'm almost due for another set of ear pads for my truly venerable Sennheiser HD430 headphones. (How old is 32 in high-end audio years?) I'm currently using them for PC gaming and late-night music/video on the PC. They're quite comfortable. I have a slightly-less-aged set of HD580 headphones that I u...
by JustAnEngineer
Mon Apr 10, 2017 6:05 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3323
Views: 495353

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

The Vapors: Turning Japanese

P.S.: I followed that up with The Knack: My Sharona.