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About Mike Soda

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  • Birthday 1991-02-26

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  • Interests
    Hiking, Gaming & Automotive
  • Biography
    Growing up I never had a whole lot of electronics besides my N64 & V-tech wanna-be PC. My basic toys & bike riding were all that I knew until they broke. Being irreplaceable I then turned to junk food for entertainment but that had some bad consequences. Which to this day, years after a diet overhaul I'm still struggling to reverse the damage caused by it. There's a lot I would've done differently regarding that & my computer choices.

    My first giant Gateway PC came late in life, when I was about 15. That outdated machine didn't last long & was once again replaced by another Freebie. An HP Pavilion 513x that I still have in the closet collecting dust haha. Neither of which I used cautiously but I've run a wide range of scans on the HP & all say its clean. With the purchase of my current cheap gaming computer in 2011 I started practicing extremely limited safe browsing. Despite how much of a rip-off this PC was, bad Display Drivers & a PSU fan are the only major issues I've ever had.

    So what does my future hold now? Well I've finally built my own PC & it runs fine but seems that for overclocking I'll eventually need more, better fans & a heatsink. Other than that, I'm just continuously trying to increase my knowledge & hopefully be entirely self-reliant someday. I know perfection is impossible, but in my opinion striving towards it helps minimize downward spirals.
  • Occupation
    Groundskeeper & Upholstery Apprentice


  • CPU
    Ryzen 5 1500X
  • Motherboard
    MSI B350M Gaming Pro
  • RAM
    16GB G.Skill DDR4 3200
  • GPU
    3GB MSI GTX 1060 Gaming X
  • Case
    Cooler Master MasterCase Pro 3
  • Storage
    250GB Samsung 850 EVO
  • PSU
    EVGA G2 550W
  • Display(s)
    Acer V206HQL
  • Cooling
    Nocuta: NH-U14S with an NF-A15 HS-PWM chromax.black.swap + 4 NF-A14 PWM chromax.black.swaps
  • Keyboard
    CM Storm QuickFire Ultimate Full Size Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Cherry MX Brown
  • Mouse
    Corsair Katar
  • Sound
    Logitech Speakers + 1 Sub
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Home

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  1. Can A Fresh OS Take Less Space?

    I'll just let the game finish downloading over the next couple days. Try it out & play for a week or 2 then uninstall it, a waste of time I know but I need to know if I even like the game before I shell out $100 on a 500GB SSD sometime next year. Kinda wish I didn't have to try it at all but things happened.
  2. Can A Fresh OS Take Less Space?

    Thank you all, right now I couldn't dish out $10 for a 1TB SSD even if someone gave me that good of a deal. Good to know I don't ever need to seasonally waste my time reinstalling my OS. Is it a bad idea to only have 10GB or less free space for future Windows Updates? If so I'll cancel the ESO download now.
  3. While downloading Elder Scrolls Online I noticed that my 250GB Smasung 850 EVO only has 95GB free. I'm almost positive it was well over 100GB a few months ago or last year. So I'm wondering if the 137GB used is from countless fall or spring creators updates stacked on top of one another. If I did a clean install of Windows 10 Home 64-bit using either the USB stick I bought, after all updates were said & done would it free up 5, 10 or even more GB of space? My personal files only take up 3GB & buying a 120 or 500 something GB secondary SSD isn't an option until maybe next year.
  4. It was working a few days ago but now when I try to pin a memo to the home screen of my Verizon Samsung Galaxy S7 running Android Oreo it never shows up. I've tried restarting the phone, turning it off & on completely & clearing cache via the built in optimizer tool. Anyone got ideas?
  5. Windows 10 Photo Viewer

    Thank you, I think I'm just gonna make this work. Although I'm a bit annoyed that since I downloaded & installed Microsoft Photos it wont let me uninstall it now. Or is that actually the app you've instructed me to use?
  6. Windows 10 Photo Viewer

    Yeah I found out it's a registry edit & although I'm fairly certain TenForums wouldn't advise anything malicious. I'll probably still decline that option found here: https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/14312-restore-windows-photo-viewer-windows-10-a.html
  7. I'm looking for a Photo Viewer for Windows 10 Home 64-bit that's as close as possible to that found on Windows 7. I've tried Microsoft Photos on the Windows Store but once I zoom in or make an image I'm viewing full screen, the other options at the top of the screen disappear & refuse to come back unless I restart the app. I know there's loads of third party programs like this available on the Windows Store & probably elsewhere too. I'd like the communities opinions on some of these though so I don't accidentally get something malicious. Most specifically, I just want a tool to view, zoom, rotate & skip to next photo within that folder. I use Gimp for advanced editing which takes too long to open if I just need to check out an image quickly. So which app do y'all use or recommend?
  8. Stormy so avoiding dangerous game play =\

  9. Fast & Loud VS Accurate & Realistic

    Thank you again I'll give that a watch!
  10. Fast & Loud VS Accurate & Realistic

    If I set the monitor to run at 75 or 100, how much would the response time increase from 1ms? 2, 3, 4, 5?
  11. Fast & Loud VS Accurate & Realistic

    Thank you, what you said reminded me of something else too. Since I'd probably keep my 21" Acer V206HQL 4ms, 60Hz TN panel as a backup. I'd probably lose my mind having to use it while I await a replacement for that 144Hz one if it broke. So in that sense if all I ever use is 60Hz, temporarily dealing with washed out colors wouldn't be so bad. While more votes roll in I'll watch some video reviews for either monitor & try to find out if my 3GB 1060 could even supply 144+ FPS most of the time in Warframe or Doom. Truthfully my budget favors the cheaper option but things can change in coming months & I'm keeping my hopes high.
  12. Fast & Loud VS Accurate & Realistic

    More so than color accuracy?
  13. Fast & Loud VS Accurate & Realistic

    I'm considering upgrading my display in the near future, probably only to a single 24" 1080p model but just maybe 2 of the same kind. I'm torn between either of these choices & they're the only ones that meet all my other requirements. Good Ratings, VESA compatible, decent or better colors, low response time, 60 or higher refresh rate & slim matte bezels. Some other concerns I have are if I could run a 144hz monitor at 60 & how that would impact the response time. I'd only do that if my current hardware couldn't drive that much FPS all the time, but at least having a monitor capable of it would mean that wont be a future bottleneck if it's max was 60 like the other. I don't do color work professionally but on a RuneScape scale making a capes colors perfectly match those on an outfit by adjusting the hue, saturation & luminosity in-game I truly enjoy. So I think that's where an IPS option like the ASUS choice would be better for me. Although I would like to play Warframe or even Doom in the future too so that's where I could also benefit from 144Hz, if my PC can drive it. I don't know I can't decide, if y'all could give your opinions on this in some depth I'd love it, thanks! MSI Optix MAG24C 24" Curved 1080p 1ms 144Hz VS ASUS VN248H-P 23.8" 1080p 5ms 60Hz
  14. Logitech G600 Review In Progress

    4 months later my Logitech G600 is still working fine, I have experienced a few potential misclicks but I couldn't replicate them. So that could just be a separate issue with whatever I was doing because it usually only happened when I was multi-tasking with multiple windows up, side by side maneuvering between them all.
  15. Laptop With A GTX 1080Ti?

    As an update, they're still seeing GTX 1080 in their Nvidia Control pannel but I'm assuming that's a bug with whatever version they're using. Or maybe that's just how it recognizes a 1070 because it uses the same core as a 1080.