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Everything posted by Bootskii

  1. Bootskii

    Laptop Opinions, help me!

    Hey, I'm also a video editor. My short answer is, of those choices, go Dell. My dad's video production company uses Dell and he won't stop singing their praises. It's really annoying. Also give Obsidian-PC a look. They're based in Portugal, and although I know next to nothing about Bulgaria, they might be cheaper for you. After my experiences with HP and MSI, I'm only looking at re-sellers now (HIDevolution, Obsidian, LPC Digital, etc.). The most important things for video editing are your i7 quad core (since nobody makes laptops with 6 or 8), at least 16 gigs of ram (32 if you can afford it), and a half-decent video card (1050/1050ti will get the job done; 1070 or 1080 recommended because of the vram). Thunderbolt 3 is also a great perk, but its absence isn't a deal-breaker. I owned an HP Envy laptop back in 2012, and I hated it. It didn't even last 2 years before the motherboard exploded. I'm not editorializing. A diode on the motherboard exploded, and it never worked again. Also the Blu-Ray player never worked, even after I sent it out to get fixed. I now own an MSI Dominator model, and I hate it too. If it worked like it's supposed to then it'd be great, but it gets production-stopping problems at the worst times. I had the keyboard stop working not even 6 months in, one of the SSDs fails every now and then and won't boot, and now the battery won't charge. Also, I have to pay for shipping (my way) when getting warranty work done. The price tag and components are premium, but the quality control and customer service feels budget-class. Taking the 17" to class is kind of a pain. At first I figured, "It's not a big deal, I can handle a heavy backpack," and yeah I was right about that part. But I didn't think about the desk space that it takes up, meaning all of it, and sometimes more.
  2. Hey, I'm also retiring my GT72! Piece of crap has already had 3 RMAs in 1.5 years. So I'm clearly never going MSI again. I've decided on a Clevo, probably from HIDevolution. I find it extremely difficult to find negative reviews of them. It's between them and LPC Digital, who's a little cheaper. Galm's pinned post at the top of this Laptops and Pre-Builts forum has been tremendous help to me. I'll leave a link at the bottom here if you're interested
  3. I'm saving up for an HID laptop, Clevo chassis, and I just need some guidance choosing the best SSD for me, and the number of options are a little overwhelming. There's video editing in my future, so I've already decided on NVMe. I'm thinking about the Samsung 960 Pro because I've had a bad experience with reliability in the past, but holy hell that's A LOT more expensive. My wallet wants to just settle for the "HIDevolution Approved" option, but my paranoia says to go all out so I don't have to worry about it. Reliability is far more important to me than marginal performance differences. I guess my ultimate question is this: Is the 960 Pro worth the price in terms of reliability, or could I get the same thing with the least expensive option, or is there a sweet-spot somewhere in the middle?
  4. How much does RAM speed matter in video editing? I primarily use Premiere Pro, sometimes Avid. Footage ranges from anywhere between 1080p from a Canon DSLR (T3i, T4i, etc.) to 4.6K footage or higher from a RED, or Black Magic, or ARRI, etc (I guess that's most of the spectrum..).
  5. Bootskii

    Premiere Pro RAM Speed?

    Thanks! That's not the answer I wanted, which probably means I should really pay attention. OK, let's say I'm editing a feature film (about 90 min), shot on a RED at 4.6K, 24fps, and (idk if this would be relevant) a CGI Bigfoot has about 6 minutes of screen-time. Would 3000 Mhz make a significant (or even noticeable) difference while scrubbing than 2400? Also, are there other areas aside from scrubbing where RAM speed has a noticeable impact?
  6. I've noticed boutique builders like Origin PC, Digital Storm, and even Sager (are they technically considered a boutique builder?) offer optional premium thermal compound on their laptops for the CPU and/or GPU for about $35 each. Is this a gimmick? It feels like a gimmick. (Keep in mind I'm also a video editor, so my CPU temps go bonkersville on a regular basis.)
  7. Bootskii

    Premium Thermal Compound Gimmick?

    Thanks! I've actually never heard of HIDevolution or OBSIDIAN-PC, so I'm definitely going to check them out. Very helpful knowing about who actually de-lids. In a nutshell, I want a fat 15", the most reliable one I can find, with great support. Finding the right specs really isn't hard anymore. i7 7820HK or 7700K or respective Skylake versions. GTX 1060 or 1070 (I'd love a 1080, but I'm having a hard time justifying the $400 price hike). SD card reader is a must, and Thunderbolt3 is highly preferred. No thin & lights; I had one once and the motherboard blew up (I'm only half-joking here). So that Clevo model that matches Origin's EON15-X is great. I half considered Alienware until I discovered they ditched SD card readers Basically I'm incredibly cheesed at my 3 RMAs in 1.5 years for my current MSI Dominator model and I'm really looking for something I can count on. My Dominator really dominates at f*cking up at the worst possible moments, like the day before a shoot. It's the little things I'm trying to find out, the idiosyncrasies of owning a certain brand that you won't find on any spreadsheets. I've pretty much given up on major brands like ASUS, MSI, Alienware, Dell, etc., and I'm committing to a boutique builder. So far I'm getting a lot of great help finding the right one on these LTT forums
  8. Bootskii

    Premium Thermal Compound Gimmick?

    That video was extremely helpful, thank you! Sager uses IC Diamond, Digital Storm has a picture of IC Diamond but doesn't explicitly state what they use, and Origin PC uses GELID GC-Extreme.
  9. Bootskii

    Which is the best value Mac to buy?

    Dave Lee did a good video for Macbooks.
  10. Does anyone have experience owning a laptop from Origin PC? I'm highly considering the EON15-X. I know what specs I want, so I'm looking for little details on what it's like to own and operate one, details I won't find on a spec sheet, like what customer service is like, how it feels to type on, will I void the warranty if I open it up and change the RAM or if I overclock it? etc. As far as usage goes, I'm a gamer (not exactly hardcore, but definitely not casual), aspiring game designer, computer science major, and most importantly a video editor using Adobe Premiere and sometimes Avid.
  11. Bootskii

    Origin PC Laptops?

    Thanks, I'll look at Clevo a little more closely. And Sager's 15" is looking promising, so thanks to nerdslayer1 for pointing me there. That's interesting though, because I've actually heard that Origin's customer service is really good. After the nightmare I've had with MSI (3 RMAs in 1.5 years), then I'm willing to pay extra for good support and reliability. I've also looked at Digital Storm, but my God, if you think* Origin is overpriced..
  12. Bootskii

    Origin PC Laptops?

    I know from experience too. I just don't see any way around it, especially when I need power on-the-go for my job.
  13. Bootskii

    Origin PC Laptops?

    I do. Actually, last time I went to school I had a 17" MSI Dominator model, so comparatively it'll be kind of easy, "kind of" being the key words. But it's a compromise I'm willing to make if I'm to continue wedding videography. Plus I don't trust thin & lights for my workload. I had one before and it overheated and died.
  14. Bootskii

    Origin PC Laptops?

    I love it! I've thought about it a lot though, and since I'm going back to school then I'm pretty much committed to a 15".
  15. Bootskii

    Powerful laptop under 2200$

    This may come across a little harsh, but my experience with MSI is rocky at its best. Don't get me wrong, my GT72 is an absolute pleasure to use when it works, but their customer service is a nightmare. If you need to get it fixed, you'll have pay for RMA shipping even while under warranty! I've had 2 RMAs in my first 9 months, one being the whole system because 3 keys on the keyboard decided to stop working (leaving me without a computer for a month), and the other was a faulty power brick. Also, right out of the box I had (and still have) some terrible backlight bleed. I thought they'd fix that too on its first RMA, but they didn't. MSI might give you a better cost-to-performance ratio, but from what I've seen, they're not ashamed to cut corners. If I could go back, I'd just pay the "ASUS tax" if it meant better reliability. However, if you're an experienced modder and know your way around the guts of a laptop, then MSI would be a great choice. And keep in mind that, for the most part, this is just my experience. I'm sure other people have much better luck than me and get a perfect system right out of the box.
  16. Bootskii

    Win 10 Anniversary Kills MSI True Color

    It's usefulness is not the point of this discussion. I like it, I use it, and I want it back. If you can't help me, then leave me alone.
  17. After automatically updating (without warning, but that's on me) to Windows 10 Anniversary, I can't open MSI True color. The weird thing is that it's still working because I'm stuck on the anti-blue setting, which is super annoying for gaming. I'm sure MSI is working on a driver, but does anyone know how to fix it now?
  18. Bootskii

    Win 10 Anniversary Kills MSI True Color

    You have, in more ways than one. Thank you
  19. Bootskii

    Win 10 Anniversary Kills MSI True Color

    Look, thank you for your help. I really do appreciate it, and I'm not just saying that. But he insulted me and tried to make me look like an idiot, so I responded. I'm sorry if I made you feel uncomfortable.
  20. Bootskii

    Win 10 Anniversary Kills MSI True Color

    Maybe you should Google it before you talk shit.
  21. Bootskii

    Win 10 Anniversary Kills MSI True Color

    Haven't actually tried anything yet, but I'll give it a shot.
  22. Bootskii

    Upgrade or buy a new laptop?

    If the current laptop is still under warranty, it still runs smoothly, AND it's not void if you upgrade, then I'd upgrade.
  23. I bought an Envy in 2012. Its motherboard blew out about a year an a half ago. I hated it anyway. The BluRay drive never worked, even after I sent it off for "repair." I know cost to performance is awesome, but it's not worth the virtually non-existent reliability.
  24. My power brick makes a clicking/popping sound when it's plugged in. My laptop is working fine though (for now). I checked to see if my outlet was hot, but it's fine. Laptop is an MSI GT72. Do I have to RMA this som-bitch again?? I'm really hoping they'll just send me a new one without my having to send it back first.
  25. Bootskii

    Power Brick Clicking/Popping

    It makes a single little "pop" or "crack" once every 15-60 minutes or so, the same sound your finger makes when you shock your sister after rubbing your socks on the carpet. It seems to only be when it's plugged into my laptop. I just went ahead and called MSI anyway, because I don't want to risk it, and because I thought the warranty would cover it, but they have my power supply on a different warranty. Sneaky fuckers. But after I learned my technician's unique dialect of broken English, we sorted it out. I'm paying $100 for a new power brick, and then I'll send back my faulty one for a full refund (minus shipping).