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About Ariolander

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  • Birthday August 8

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  • Gender
  • Location
    Los Angeles
  • Interests
    Anime, Manga, Video Games
  • Occupation
    Web Developer


  • CPU
    Intel Core i7-3930K
  • Motherboard
    ASUS Sabertooth X79
  • RAM
    16GB Corsair Vengeance CL9@1600
  • GPU
    Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB OC
  • Case
    Cooler Master HAF XB Evo
  • Storage
    480GB Kingston HyperX 3K SSD
  • PSU
    XFX PRO 850W Black Edition
  • Display(s)
    Dell UltraSharp U2715H
  • Keyboard
    Max Keyboard Blackbird (Cherry MX Brown)
  • Mouse
    Logitech G600 MMO Mouse
  • Sound
    Creative SoundBlaster E3, Philips Fidelio X2
  • Operating System
    Windows 10

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  1. Besides the Intel's first party Compute Stick which has that "stick" form factor I am not a big fan of there seem to be hundreds of Z8350 Mini PCs off Amazon, none of which are from brands I recognize, none which I could find 3rd party reviews of and many of, and many of them having as much as 33-50% of their reviews showing up as fake when you put their Amazon listing through ReviewMeta's Amazon listing analyzer. My question is if anyone here has an experience with Z8350 powered MiniPCs, how did they fare as media PC set-top boxes, which is my proposed application, and if there were any brands or models outside the direct from Intel hardware that you would recommend, preferably in a non-stick form factor.
  2. Sorry about that. I was just UPS shopping on Amazon myself and of course Amazon intrusively recommends their own brands. Thanks for splitting the thread. Anyway anyone have any experience with the AmazonBasics brand? They are a relatively new development as far as AmazonBasics products go so there is very little videos about them beyond a couple of basic unboxings, with no commentary, and one person showing the guts and how to replace the battery. I found no info about the quality of the components or the included software package. As usual most of the Amazon reviews were unhelpful, mostly people complaining about how it works with their NVR systems. The only software-related review I saw was complaining about Mac compatibility of the software.
  3. How do people feel about the AmazonBasics 800VA UPS? My APC 550VA battery died and I honestly feel it is under rated for my current rig. Getting that AmazonBasics UPS is literally the same price as my APC replacement battery and can increase the rating to be more inline with my current build.
  4. I have a Meshify S2 and it is a pleasure to build in. It is by far the best case I have ever owned. Really happy with my purchase. The main deciding factor about why I chose the Meshify S2 was its removable front filter and ease of cleaning as I am in a household with a lot of pets, that was an important feature for me.
  5. Where do you think ifixit is getting those steel bits from? They certainly aren't being made in the USA. Being China made isn't why they are garbage. The low cost is the reason. If you're that worried about the quality of the steel just search for a Precision Kit with S2 steel from Amazon.
  6. Thanks, I hate it Linus. Loved the deadpan delivery tho.
  7. When I had an Alienware M11x R2 Dell had me do some basic diagnostics over the phone, overnighted parts (a new motherboard) to a local service technician, and they fixed it on my dining room table 2 days later. It took a while to diagnose but I appreciated not having to ship and be without my PC for long. I always view depot service as something to be avoided if possible because it always means being without the machine for potentially weeks and additional things breaking in transit.
  8. So there are a lot of deals for smartwatches this holiday and I am interested in a Samsung one because I am already in the Samsung ecosystem, with my Samsung phone, already using Samsung Pay, etc. That being said I can't find many honest comparisons between the S3 Frontier and the Galaxy Watch that really highlight the differences beyond low effort "this one is newer, buy it" on SEO-optimized blogspam sites. Besides the Galaxy Watch not supporting MST Samsung Pay and having superior battery life what are the main differences between the two? I know the Galaxy Watch has a faster processor but what does that mean in practical terms? I never have seen anyone complain the S3 Frontier is slow, so in real life terms, I never have seen anyone tell me the differences beyond reading off a tech spec sheet and honestly I am doubting if a few extra mhz is a noticeable upgrade. Some more in-depth reviewers note that the Galaxy Watch uses a newer version of the Tizen OS, but almost no one goes in depth the differences and changes made beyond a version number change. If anyone has any experience with these two devices, or point me to a comparative review that may help me make my decision I appreciate your feedback and insight. With the S3 Frontier set to go on deep deep sale this Black Friday ($190 at Costco, $199 at Target/BestBuy) do you think the Galaxy Watch is worth almost 70% more?
  9. Does this kind of permissions shenanigans also affect G-Suite's Paid Email? Do you think Exchange Online / Office 365 Business Essentials would be a better option? I use Outlook for work email both on my desktop and my phone. Do you think using Microsoft's paid email service would be good for personal use as well?
  10. I am trying to move away from Google so migrating to G Suite / Gmail for Business might be a bit counterproductive. I was researching further and I like the idea of something open source. Am thinking of a cloud-hosted Open-Xchange provider.
  11. Just for me. I use Office365 for my .EDU email and its user experience was just OK. It might have been just how my college set up the emails but Office365 it didn't play nice with my mobile apps at all and I am still not used to their web client. Finally, does Office365 support custom domains on personal email? I thought that was a business-only feature and required an annual, upfront purchase.
  12. Does anyone use a paid email service that supports custom domains? How was your experience? How much does it cost? Why do you use this paid service? Would you recommend it over free services like Gmail or Outlook.com? Thinking about migrating away from Gmail and having emails on my own domain. I read its bad to use Cpanel's built-in mail server due to reliability issues, and not being able to receive client emails about your server being down... because that same server is also your email server... which is why I am thinking about a hosted service Thanks in advance! Email is a big part of my life and this will be a big move for me, which is why I am interested in other people's input.
  13. Part of the appeal of projects like this is because it can be fun to DIY and Kitbash these things. Honestly, I find playing around with Pis to be both fun and educational. Likewise, some people may like open source solutions versus the software that comes with their China-cams. I already use a bunch of $25 Yi Home Cameras in custom enclosures, but that's acknowledging that due to the nature of the software, I am probably consenting on being spied on. I already got a Pi3W, and at least 2 Pi Zero Ws and a Camera Module. I think I might do this just as a "fun" weekend project. May or may not keep it, maybe give it to a friend, but I do look forward to at least giving it a try.
  14. I upgraded the default PSU with a Thermaltake TR2 600W. I am using the 16x slot as the double width card wouldn't have fit in the other PCI slot due to the case size. I am unsure about how to disable the integrated graphics as the BIOS seems pretty stripped down and doesn't have any graphics options I could see. I read its supposed to be automatic. I tried reseating the card and all the power connectors. I tried re-installing the drivers using DDU to remove the old ones. I haven't tried testing another GPU yet but I am gonna borrow one from a friend to try that if all else fails.
  15. So, I bought an Optiplex 990 Mini Tower with the intention of popping in my Radeon HD 7970 and a PSU I'd been using in an ExpressCard adapter for my laptop. I removed the HDD caddy and the card fits fine. However, with the card installed the computer doesn't boot properly. Everything spins up, but I display there is no display output from the 7970's HDMI port and I am unsure if it is POST-ing. I tried poking around in the BIOS but I didn't see any GPU related settings on the Dell Mobo. The computer boots fine on integrated graphics and I know the 7970 is still good because it works on my laptop. Any troubleshooting help appreciated.