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by HERETIC
Tue Nov 21, 2017 11:32 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Another "Time for a new PSU?" thread
Replies: 22
Views: 960

Re: Another "Time for a new PSU?" thread

The best Corsair PSUs are Seasonic. Corsair don't make any PSUs, they just stick their labels on other brands. Slight thread derail, but what is even considered the best for Corsair? Keep in mind Corsair's AX and AXi models use Yate Loon fans, and I currently am trying to figure out what to do abou...
by HERETIC
Sun Nov 19, 2017 9:32 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Another "Time for a new PSU?" thread
Replies: 22
Views: 960

Re: Another "Time for a new PSU?" thread

A timely article by Anandtech on Best PC Power Supplies https://www.anandtech.com/show/12056/best-psus Those passively cooled Seasonics are interesting, though the vent placement seems problematic to me. They need to be mounted with the large vent facing up, which means with a bottom-mount PSU the ...
by HERETIC
Sat Nov 18, 2017 11:04 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Another "Time for a new PSU?" thread
Replies: 22
Views: 960

Re: Another "Time for a new PSU?" thread

As such, I always suggest Seasonic PSUs. Corsair also makes some great models, but I just don't have experience with them so I can't speak to their reliability and performance personally. Couldn't agree more on Seasonic-They are the only one's one can give a blanket recommendation. They have PSU's ...
by HERETIC
Sat Nov 18, 2017 10:54 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Another "Time for a new PSU?" thread
Replies: 22
Views: 960

Re: Another "Time for a new PSU?" thread

Just replacing your video card in sandy system---Your PSU should be fine.

Seeing as you tend to get good value and keep your systems for a long time,
I recommend you buy a new PSU when you do a complete rebuild...........

Remember--PSU IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF ANY BUILD..........
by HERETIC
Sun Nov 12, 2017 11:09 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: z-5500 hum hiss - updated :(
Replies: 41
Views: 12206

Re: z-5500 hum hiss - updated :(

Your astonishment may have diminished after studying the circuit more closely. This doesn't sound like a manufacturing botch-up, it sounds like a cheap-and-cheerful way of differentiating between 120 and 240V models without having to to modify any other components save the power cord. As long as th...
by HERETIC
Sat Nov 11, 2017 10:32 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: z-5500 hum hiss - updated :(
Replies: 41
Views: 12206

Re: z-5500 hum hiss - updated :(

I am sending out this warning message to everyone owning a z5500 or z906 or any sound system from Logitech. My system is about 5 years old, very good condition, bought second-hand two months ago. A couple days ago it started making an annoying hiss from the speakers. The humming sub was that way fr...
by HERETIC
Fri Nov 10, 2017 5:00 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Kaby Lake Raja Edition [Kaby Lake-G] photographed
Replies: 31
Views: 1074

Re: Kaby Lake Raja Edition photographed

I have a request. Can we please create a convention of calling it KLG/Kaby Lake G? edit: I'm not criticizing your title Chuck. I just mean so many names are going to attach to this thing over the next 6 months it'll be very confusing I imagine. Wirko in another thread called it RAJACHIP, that has a...
by HERETIC
Fri Oct 27, 2017 11:22 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Purchasing Windows 10
Replies: 17
Views: 1810

Re: Purchasing Windows 10

If you have a 7/8/8.1 license or can get one for cheap, you can still upgrade to 10 for free using the Accessibility site https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/accessibility/windows10upgrade This is an entirely new computer, no existing license available. Bit messy,but if money is tight- W7 licence's can...
by HERETIC
Wed Oct 11, 2017 10:17 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Windows 10 Mobile officially dead
Replies: 69
Views: 2814

Re: Windows 10 Mobile officially dead

I am dancing a ******* jig. https://www.windowscentral.com/microsoft-windows-10-mobile-features-and-hardware-are-not-focus-anymore MS's incompetence is mind-boggling at times, they have a mobile OS that is far superior to that children's ios,and just like Betamax/VHS,they fall in a heap...............
by HERETIC
Sat Oct 07, 2017 11:33 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Which cpu to get?
Replies: 61
Views: 4382

Re: Which cpu to get?

Outside of a few outliers, going beyond four threads yields little or no benefits to mainstream workloads and games. Unless you plan on streaming with the CPUs. It is them main reason why Intel never bother making a 6 core normal desktop SKU until pressure from Ryzen 7. Uh, what? Smoother gameplay ...
by HERETIC
Wed Sep 27, 2017 10:55 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Help with System Guide: Sept 2017 Work and Play
Replies: 48
Views: 2458

Re: Help with System Guide: Sept 2017 Work and Play

That was super cold. Actually, I do that a lot of the time too. Some details get left behind, and vendor websites are more about showing the bling. Want to know what PCIe version those extra slots are running? Get the manual. You are missing the point. They were ripping into the original poster. TH...
by HERETIC
Wed Sep 27, 2017 9:12 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Help with System Guide: Sept 2017 Work and Play
Replies: 48
Views: 2458

Re: Help with System Guide: Sept 2017 Work and Play

DragonDaddyBear wrote:
I don't mean to be crude, but... RTFM? I usually read it front to back after drooling over new hardware but before I actually install it.


Think I can go one up on that-
I generally download manual and browse before considering purchase of MB.
by HERETIC
Mon Sep 25, 2017 4:52 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: HTPC/file server
Replies: 17
Views: 636

Re: HTPC/file server

I'd most DEFINITELY get a better PSU(you do want this to last a long time-yes?) https://techreport.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=111399 Consider a case capable of handling more storage........... You don't really need a 212 with that CPU,the smaller TX3/103 will be fine.Use what you save there...
by HERETIC
Fri Sep 22, 2017 4:40 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: How much of the Vega team is devoted to Apple drivers?
Replies: 10
Views: 1877

Re: How much of the Vega team is devoted to Apple drivers?

DancinJack wrote:
willyolioleo wrote:
...but we all know that Apple is one of, if not THE biggest purchaser of Vega chips.


I have NO idea where this is coming from. I can't imagine this is true, at all.


"RDF" is strong with that one................................
by HERETIC
Wed Sep 20, 2017 11:54 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega is [also] overpriced because AMD has manufacturing problems
Replies: 45
Views: 3419

Re: Vega is [also] overpriced because AMD has manufacturing problems

What severe issues at AMD??? Fudzilla was claiming AMD is losing money on early Vega cards (which maybe, I have no idea, but I wouldn't be surprised if it is nearly a break-even scenario on the RX Vega 56) but if that is true wouldn't it be "smart" on their part to "slow roll" t...
by HERETIC
Wed Sep 20, 2017 9:36 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: the official Indian food lovers thread!
Replies: 172
Views: 27481

Re: the official Indian food lovers thread!

However how is goat curry? I might try that next time I go to a Indian place. Very similar to lamb curry, but IME goat tends to have a slightly "gamier" flavor. Any foods you recommend next time I go to a Indian place? You don't have to wait till you go to a Indian restaurant-Presume it's...
by HERETIC
Wed Sep 20, 2017 9:20 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: the official Indian food lovers thread!
Replies: 172
Views: 27481

Re: the official Indian food lovers thread!

There's a really good Indian/Nepali place just down the road and their lamb vindaloo is delicious (and spicy as hell). Haven't tried the goat yet, but they have it on the menu. Haven't had a bad thing from them yet. The Vindaloo we see today is based on a Portuguese dish that evolved in the Portugu...
by HERETIC
Sun Sep 17, 2017 11:14 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: First build parts advice needed
Replies: 10
Views: 883

Re: First build parts advice needed

Remember-PSU IS MOST IMPORTANT PART OF ANY BUILD..................

My recommendations-
Seasonic's new focus gold range.
EVGA's supernova G2 or G3 range............
by HERETIC
Sun Sep 17, 2017 10:52 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SanDisk Ultra 3D
Replies: 9
Views: 1065

Re: SanDisk Ultra 3D

So following the latest article about the new SanDisk SSD I was disappointed. I used their Ultra II's and they were excellent. This new breed seems to cost more and offer less performance. So what other current drives could be comparable to the Ultra II's? (Crucial, Mushkin???) Kind of funny where ...
by HERETIC
Sun Sep 17, 2017 9:47 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Playing with a 41 year old subwoofer
Replies: 22
Views: 2928

Re: Playing with a 41 year old subwoofer

Captain Ned wrote:
just brew it! wrote:
My ~37 year old Scott speakers still sound halfway decent after all these years. I'm surprised they held up this long.

My Polk Audio Monitor 10Bs are roughly of the same vintage.


Have a pair of Kef's with similar vintage........
by HERETIC
Sat Sep 16, 2017 5:04 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: My first Notebook, how to care for it.
Replies: 65
Views: 4432

Re: My first Notebook, how to care for it.

OK I haven't burned a DVD yet so that's another thing to do. And the 14" screen is 1366x768 which is good enough for me. And the WiFi sees several networks so I know that works. Manjaro Linux installed just fine with no problems. I know I said this before, but this notebook looks and feel bran...
by HERETIC
Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:48 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: My first Notebook, how to care for it.
Replies: 65
Views: 4432

Re: My first Notebook, how to care for it.

NICE-But where spinning rust is involved USB3 or SATA will be bottlenecked to around 100MBsec............ 3.5" HDDs are quite a bit faster than that these days. Not sure about 2.5" HDDs (haven't benched one lately), but they're probably faster than that too, especially the higher density ...
by HERETIC
Wed Sep 13, 2017 2:23 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: My first Notebook, how to care for it.
Replies: 65
Views: 4432

Re: My first Notebook, how to care for it.

For backups, clones, or new SSDs and any 2.5 inch SATA device the HDD caddy works at full SATA speed. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005G4RZNU/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1&tag=techreport09-20 $15 That's even better that usb3. Most new laptops even allow "safe to remov...
by HERETIC
Mon Sep 11, 2017 2:28 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: New Sata 3 drive = blank screen
Replies: 14
Views: 2591

Re: New Sata 3 drive = blank screen

I have an old PC that was bought around the early 2000s and I now need to replace my HD because of S.M.A.R.T. warnings of imminent failure. I've just bought a brand new 1TB Western Digital Sata III drive but when I fitted it and turned on the PC I just got a blank screen. There was no display signa...
by HERETIC
Sat Sep 09, 2017 8:43 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: My first Notebook, how to care for it.
Replies: 65
Views: 4432

Re: My first Notebook, how to care for it.

Thanks for the advice, I wasn't aware of this as I was just going to install Manjaro Linux on it and replace the HDD with an SSD later on. This just a really silly silly thing for manufacturers to do, why in hell do they do this? Could you not do it the other way around, buy the SSD then install Li...
by HERETIC
Fri Sep 08, 2017 12:00 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: My first Notebook, how to care for it.
Replies: 65
Views: 4432

Re: My first Notebook, how to care for it.

Lithium batteries wear out faster when they're flat. Keep them topped up when possible and if you can, avoid running them all the way down to zero. I've heard conflicting advice about this. Everyone seems to agree (and my experience confirms) that leaving them sit in a discharged state for extended...
by HERETIC
Wed Sep 06, 2017 11:30 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: My first Notebook, how to care for it.
Replies: 65
Views: 4432

Re: My first Notebook, how to care for it.

Manual should have info on how to care for battery- Such as-full discharge and charge a few times initially then once a month. My children used to have a habit of putting spectacles on a chair when playing on floor, chairs are for sitting on. In answer to your question-use common-sense and be carefu...
by HERETIC
Mon Sep 04, 2017 8:19 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega Meta Analysis
Replies: 130
Views: 7380

Re: Vega Meta Analysis

VEGA MINES LIKE THE DEVIL..............................
https://www.techpowerup.com/236748/rx-v ... eum-mining
And as a bonus-It's not too bad at gaming either............................................
by HERETIC
Mon Sep 04, 2017 4:02 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Form factor trends
Replies: 52
Views: 4250

Re: Form factor trends

I know it's wrong but I just pirate the movies that I own physical copies of. It's easier than ripping them myself and given that I'm out of practice it's probably better quality than me ripping my own discs. Since the MPAA and greedy distributors are complete scum I have no ethical problem doing w...
by HERETIC
Mon Sep 04, 2017 1:18 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget
Replies: 69
Views: 4393

Re: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget

If you have a old spinning rust lying around do a test. Install Windows on drive first-then create second partition and install Linux-Test run............... You could reverse the order,but I think windows first would be better,and 7 would probably be better than 10. good luck.............. What's ...
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