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About DarkEnergy

  • Title
    Forum Lurker

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  • Gender
  • Location
    Illinois, U.S.


  • CPU
    FX 8350 @ 4.5GHZ
  • Motherboard
    M5A99FX Pro R2.0
  • RAM
    16GB @ 1600Mhz
  • GPU
    Radeon 5700 mega bottleneck :)
  • Case
    NZXT S340
  • Storage
    250gb SSD, 1tb HDD, 620gb HDD, 120gb SSD
  • PSU
    600 Watt crap
  • Display(s)
    Asus 23-inch IPS, and another smaller one with power issues
  • Cooling
    212 EVO
  • Keyboard
    Ducky Shine 5 Arr Gee Bee
  • Mouse
    Logitech G502 Spectrum
  • Sound
    dying speakers
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 64

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  1. It has to do with scaling. I have a 2k laptop screen (14 inch screen) at 150% scaling in Windows. Works great. If you plan on doing anything with linux and the monitor is small, forget about anything above 1080p. It's 2020 and every linux distro I've tried still doesn't properly support scaling. Either text is too small or too big and there's no middle ground. There's tweaks you can do but it ends up breaking something like input lag goes to shit.
  2. If you plan on putting data on something and won't touch it for years, don't get any sort of solid state drive. I've read that just sitting unused they can loose data over time. I recommend putting the data on something like a hard drive (a few actually) and having one of these drives not near the business (offsite backup). The best solution is something I didn't know about until I just did some searching, called an "M-Disk." It's apparently some sort of long term archival DVD.
  3. If you're planning for the far future, I'd say the more cores the better. Those two processors are very similar, the i9 might be slightly faster but not worth the huge price hike. If you can afford the i9, check out the AMD Ryzen 9 3900x instead. Slightly more expensive but if you wait a month it might drop.
  4. I did try it but I don't want to pay to use its multithreading. For now I've settled on XnConvert which doesn't bug out and was faster than my previous "Advanced Batch Image Converter." As a side note (something I will explore further) is that I've decided to convert the jp2 files to "HEIC." It's apparently a newer image format used on new iphones (I don't have one) and the quality and file size is superior to jpg for file compression.
  5. Converting to png takes about 6 seconds per image. If I batch convert say, 10 book scans with 500 pages (images) average. That would take over 8 hours, I'd call that excruciatingly slow. Irfanview (64) is using almost no system resources.
  6. I used to have waifu2x installed on my computer for its great re-scaling feature. Didn't realize it could batch convert as well. Will try it out and reply with the progress.
  7. I thought this would be easy since it's an older file type but that's apparently not the case. I found some really neat book scans on the Internet Archive and the original file quality is in .jp2 format. Long story short I'll end up needing to convert tens of thousands of .jp2 files. I tried FFMPEG but I can't find much on that regarding jp2. Irfanview has a batch convert option but it's very slow, each image takes a few seconds. Imagemagick is confusing to use. I'm currently using a program called "Advanced Batch Image Converter" that utilizes all CPU cores at least but it bugs out converting sometimes and there's no GPU support. I'm looking for something free that can batch convert from jp2 to jpg or png that can utilize an AMD graphics card. Running Windows 10 Radeon 5700
  8. The bios could just be reporting the name of the drive it's given, which could be incorrect (I doubt it though).
  9. You could use some software testing tools to see if it's actually 480gb. Considering there's a lot of reviews for it on Amazon, I'm guessing they just accidentally sent you the wrong model, in which case you got lucky.
  10. What are the specs and what is the current rated wattage of the PSU? You probably just plugged something in wrong.
  11. In the details section of task manager you should be able to sort by gpu usage.
  12. That's true for the most part except for sff builds. I was looking at building a sub 10L computer and through research I noticed that the stock cooler performance wasn't very good (80c+ on the cpu). But if OP isn't going crazy and building a super tiny computer, it wouldn't be a problem.
  13. Someone gifted me an RX 5700 graphics card. I'm not spending money to upgrade anything else right now so it's being paired with my FX 8350. Let the bottlenecking begin!
  14. DarkEnergy

    New monitor

    The Samsung one seems brighter and with a better adjustment system. IMO not worth the $150 difference though. This isn't my field of expertise so I'll just drop two links for rtings ratings on the monitors. Note: rtings shows the dell as 144hz but it's 165hz. The samsung review is on the 27in model but otherwise they're the same. Dell: https://www.rtings.com/monitor/reviews/dell/s3220dgf Samsung: https://www.rtings.com/monitor/reviews/samsung/chg70 I'd go with the Dell monitor.