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Everything posted by This_guy1998

  1. Here is a modified version of my Tinker PC (changed the cpu up from a 4 core to a 6 core): https://pcpartpicker.com/list/kKkzZR (you will lose some gaming performance with a Ryzen Chip compared to a mainstream Intel chip but since your budget is limited this may be your best option) Or you could go last gen Intel and lose some VM performance (personally VMWare works decently on my 7700k and my 7700hq (laptop)) Here is a cut down version of my main rig (I bought more expensive parts for mine/some stuff isn't available anymore): https://pcpartpicker.com/list/zhdvZR Now you will have to buy a GPU for either of these builds though. At the moment I recommend a used 970 or 980 from EBay because they can be bought for around $200-250 and that would be better than buying a new one at the same price point for the time being. I run my old 970 G1 Gaming in my Tinker PC and it still runs fine (My main rig has a 1070 in it that I bought right before the coin mining craze in 2017, paid $380 for it and the prices for a new one right now are still a little high). Also, on the nvme side of things, it isn't needed for VMs or for most things in general. I run sata based SSDs for my boot drives in my laptop, my main desktop rig, and tinker PC and then I have mechanical drives in them too which can then be my mass storage and run the VMs fairly decent. Remember most business that uses virtualization still have their servers using mechanical drives that run the VMs. We talked about this in Computer Hardware and Networking classes that I took at a different college when I was in High School (I currently attending a better college in my state for an IT degree, I came into college with a semester worth of IT/CS classes (had another semesters more but the credit wouldn't transfer even in the same state)). With that said though I plan on later on upgrading to a nvme drive in my main PC (or just swap my ssd to a 256 GB one), but it isn't a priority for me (I am waiting for optane-like technology to become mainstream so the costs goes down). On the peripherals for the time being you may want to hold off on "gaming" or high-end stuff because they are expensive and will eat up a good chunk of your budget. Same goes for the monitors too.
  2. I had one of their cases when I had a Nexus 7. And the case wasn't that great. I recommend a OtterBox (have one on my iPad and used them for many other devices in years past), or a Griffin Survivor Case.
  3. I have a Dell Venue 11 Pro 7140 with a 5th gen Intel Core M processor and I "daily drove" it instead of a laptop for 2.5 years (went back to a laptop after that). The main problem with it was I always using the keyboard because most x86 programs didn't support touch (the ones that did mostly sucked) and there were times I just wanted the tablet part (even bought a $70 case for it). Then it was getting to the point that I realised it was underpowered (heck when Windows would update in the background on battery, the CPU would turbo up too much and just shut off while I was using it) and I ended up using it for the last year and a half as a "thin-client" and would just mainly use it to remote into my desktop and "light" web browsing (even that experience wasn't ideal at times because of WiFi card driver issues (some power saving feature in Windows 10 had to be turned off, wasting more battery in the end for faster wifi)). I found the CPU that tablet has, it has a Dual-Core (with Hyperthreading) Intel® Core™ M-5Y10c Processor with a base frequency of 0.80 GHz with a max turbo of 2 GHz (mine thermal throttled at around 1.5 GHz). This was a lot slower for some tasks compared to the laptop it replaced, but faster for other things probably because of the SATA 3 SSD compared to a SATA 2 hard drive (later threw an SSD in that laptop to supplement some tasks to it until I built the original version of my personal rig). For comparison that I had before laptop had an Intel® Core™ i3-370M with a base freq of 2.40 GHz. Both of them had 4 GB of Ram. The price for that tablet was around the price of a midrange Core i5 laptop. Even now a current gen Microsoft Surface with a Dual-Core (with HT) Core m3 (base 1 GHz, max 2.6 GHz) and 4 GB of ram costs around $699 USD. Whereas you could buy a laptop with 8 GB of RAM and a quad-core i5 (with something like an i5-8250U (with HT) (base 1.6 GHz max 3.4) for around $600 (it may have an HDD, but an SSD swap is only like $50-90 depending on 120 or 256 GB). Personally, I bought an Acer Predator Heilos 300 last year for $1,050 (plus another $60 to put a 1TB HDD in the extra 2.5" drive bay, came with a 256 GB SSD). With all that said I do have an iPad (with LTE) I carry around when I don't want to carry around my laptop, but still want something to be able to get basic computing tasks done that requires a computer (or in this case a tablet) (thanks to all the touch-screen apps on iOS (like Office 365 apps, and Chrome) that are decent and to a lesser degree TeamViewer app so I can access a Windows PC remotely (usually my main PC). When I do use my iPad its usually for note taking, email, and web browsing (and sometimes entertainment but usually I use my phone for that). Just don't bother with a Windows Tablet unless you have too. Usually, they are geared towards education and business (and if someone wants their basic computing and tablet experience combined into one device but I'd rather recommend an iPad and/or a laptop/desktop).
  4. lol. I mean don't think about it usually when I use my PC. I use a C236A board in my PC (used to run a Skylake Xeon in it before going to a 7700k) and it blends in with my black, white, and chrome color scheme (just glancing at it I see the Asus logo on my GPU, EVGA PSU, and the G.Skill RAM (all the logos I see just glancing in the window). I know what hardware is in it if I think about it, but I don't tinker around with this PC much anymore because I just need it to just work (not the case always because of Windows 10 being stupid, the fall 2017 update screwed it up around midterms last Fall and it took me a week to get around reinstalling Windows so I had to use my laptop for a week (thank goodness for USB-C and my usb-c hub for it so I could dock into my desktop setup even though it was inconvent)) because of school. Also out of the 4 PCs I've built (3 are in use, 2 of them I use) they have all used different brands of Mobos (Asus, Gigabyte, Asrock, MSI). My favorite ones are the MSI and Asus ones (they have the best BIOSes). Asrock is in the happy middle (I don't hate or like them, my feeling is natural). Then while Gigabyte makes good GPUs, their Mobos are trash mainly because of the BIOS (or lack of).
  5. I honestly forget I have a MSI Mobo in my main rig sometimes.
  6. So what I did was take two Asus Ve228h 1080p Monitors and put them on a WALI display arm (I don't really recommend this one for a few reasons though. I will probably get a different one of I can't the drooping (loose) arm.). Anyway I have one in portait and one in landscape and I love it. The arm also has cable management and the ability to be clamped or free standing (most arms have these features). For the multiple computer situation I recommend either remoting in to the other PC (though TeamViewer or Windows Remote desktop), try Mouse with out boarders (a Microsoft Garage project that works better than synergy in my experience), or buy another keyboard and mouse (I used the Logitech k400r keyboard and mouse combo when I was also using my laptop/2nd desktop in addition to my main desktop). The worst mistake I did was ditch the two monitors for the last 6 months and instead went to one big monitor. I switched back when I came home for the Summer and honestly like it better. Here's what my two monitors look like. I have since flipped the orientations of the monitors around.
  7. I know Apple is anti-repair and such, but this isn't surprising. Honestly, if I bought a closed system device I would check for "repairability" if I needed to fix it for cheap/ upgrade it myself. My iPad for example, I have Apple Care on it because I know they can be a pain to fix (didn't plan on opening it anyway) and also I have a data plan that I pay monthly on it. Anyway when I bought my Helios 300, I almost went and bought a Macbook, but didn't because of its lack repairability (I may buy a Mac for Development work at some point though) and bought the Helios because I know it is "easy" to upgrade and fix. Also that man is Eli the Computer Guy who has worked in the IT bussiness for many years (he even uses Macs himself). Is some of his opinion out there? Yes. Linus's best bet is to part out the system, sell the cpu, the memory, the ssds (if not soldered), and maybe the chassis. For the mainboard, psu, and gpu he may be able to sell but he may just have to cut his loses. Anyway, if he was able to put that system back together and if I was someone that was looking to buy it I would not because it no longer has a warranty.
  8. @LinusTech @GabenJr Eli has a good response to your video: start at 25ish minutes
  9. Go to the bottom of this page. https://www.youtube.com/yt/creators/awards/ Under we keep it honest
  10. That’s probably what happened to the mindchop
  11. I guess so. Apparently they will review each one that applies before sending a button.
  12. Whats interesting is now Youtube has decided to not give play buttons to everyone anymore. You can "Apply" for one and that's it.
  13. Apparently, the 2nd round of the NCIX auction has a lot more stuff that wasn't sold at all at the 1st auction. Plus there is some stuff that didn't sell the first time. Main Auction: https://www.ableauctions.ca/auction?aAuctionId=d589b662-0d89-4dcd-a623-3eacf2f69874 Gaming Arena Auction: https://www.ableauctions.ca/auction?aAuctionId=03d1365e-d407-4463-ae5e-862a40956654 Hey @LinusTech didn't you build the flames computer in the below screenshot?
  14. Look at linode but it wouldn’t make sense to make a vpn unless you needed remote access to your home network.
  15. You could use an old pc to do this with openvpn. You will need to setup a dynamic dns account from somewhere because most home ips are dynamic and changes.
  16. It depends. Personally I wouldn't unless thats my last choice. Ryzen APUs are one of the best budget options right now.
  17. Best bet is to save up. I almost went down that route a few years ago, so instead I saved up and ended up building a decent pc. Then after I got a decent job, I saved up to upgrade to the parts that are currently in my rig.
  18. You bring up a very good point there that I didn't realize til now. @Zacspark how old are you? I say this because if you are younger, decision making can sometimes be bad due to lack of maturity. I know that when I was younger I made some bad decisions (I was more mature than others but still) both purchasing wise and other things in my life. Heck even now at 19 and in college I can make some stupid decisions (its nothing compared to when I was 12-14ish). You may want to hold off on buying until you do research and maybe? save more money.
  19. The thing is that intel CPUs age well. I used the same i3 laptop as a main pc for 4 years and a 2ndary for another 2 equaling 6 years of use. Get it then later on upgrade to a i7 3770k (which can be had for around $200) used. Then flip the i5 3570k for around $100. Even now this system is a good value
  20. It would be the that the “less powerful” cpu bottlenecks less most than likely. AMD FX CPUs are less powerful than you think compared to newer chips like Ryzen or Coffeelake.
  21. You got a good point there. I pay around $400-500 a year for technology services. I think mine is a little higher because I am an IT major, but we get access to things other people don't like VMWare ESXI Servers (I think it's called Horizon now), a Suse Server for programing, and other things like MS Dreamspark (has MS software licenses). Keep in mind that is probably the total space of the server and they don't know how to set space quotas. My high school had passwords sets to our mascot, Password1, and other stupid stuff and the school quickly learned their lesson. Even after that a student got into a teacher's share somehow, took a test key, give it out because she didn't believe him, and then the school expelled him and took him to court. The court ended up throwing the case out but he was still expelled. They would probably take you to court for pirating (I knew some people that did that while the firewall was down and passwords were still Password1) because they might have gotten a thing from their ISP threating to take legal action for pirating at some point too. That is a thing here in the US, at most colleges they make us install a program that is supposed to prevent pirating on our computers in addition to their firewall, but I have never tried it to see what happens because I don't pirate.
  22. Most than likely the teachers don't have space. I knew teachers that would ask me why it says their Network drive was full, others had external hard drives, and the funniest one is that one teacher had a Ziploc full of promotional thumb drives her husband got from his work that she used. With that said media classes do use a lot of space, in fact there was a few times my hs's media server was full and stuff had to be deleted. I'm surprised my college even gave students 4gb of space considering that there is around 11,000 students at my college. Personally I just use my OneDrive because then it automatically syncs between my PCs (even though I can access my network drive anywhere over ftp). But then again most of the PCs here are thin clients so that saves on lincensing fees and probably makes up for it.
  23. They are probably out of room and need the space. In high school they gave everyone 500mb and my last two years of HS they pushed everyone to use the space in their Google Drive. They even ran out of space on their shared server one time and I thank they had to delete stuff. With that said I knew people that had games installed and the teacher made them remove them. Even now at college they limit us to 4gb on our network drive and that is for everything (desktop, documents, and such) and you can't save locally because the PC wipes itself after you log off. Personally I don't use their computers that much and instead use my iPad and desktop in my dorm room (I have a laptop I use sometimes but it's a heavy gaming laptop). Also I have 1tb of space on my school's OneDrive account and I pay for that in tuition. With that said you don't own the servers and if you go read your handbook it probably says not to be gaming on it. You there to learn (even if it's blowoff thale last bit, it was for me and I only needed one class to graduate my last semester).
  24. I would like to see that, but there are some issues doing that. The biggest one is copyright. They filmed a volleyball video Top-Gun style? And it never got posted for that implied reason. Csf could easily make more content in the summer though.