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  1. Final part list PCPartPicker Part List CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3400G 3.7 GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.75 @ Vuugo) Motherboard: Asus PRIME B450M-A/CSM Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Amazon Canada) Memory: Team T-FORCE VULCAN Z 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($92.99 @ Newegg Canada) Storage: Intel 660p Series 512 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($74.99 @ Amazon Canada) Storage: Western Digital Blue 4 TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($104.00 @ Vuugo) Case: Corsair 100R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Canada Computers) Power Supply: Corsair CXM (2015) 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Canada Computers) Optical Drive: LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($67.99 @ PC-Canada) Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home Full - USB 32/64-bit ($112.99 @ Amazon Canada) Case Fan: ARCTIC F12 PWM 53 CFM 120 mm Fan ($9.75 @ Vuugo) Total: $842.43 Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-08-20 13:42 EDT-0400
  2. How much of a compromise would it to drop to the ~$120 range for a monitor? edit: remember, anything is better than the shit panel he's using rn
  3. Hello everybody! I'm putting together a build where the owner will be using Blu Rays to store information a bit like a disposable USB drive. He will also be ripping Blu Ray movies for personal use on his home server. I decided to do my due diligence and make sure I found a good drive for him (don't need M-Disc). Little did I know that finding a good Blu Ray burner is a much larger task than you'd first think. I'm hoping one of you lovely people is more in the loop than I am before I spend an entire afternoon going down the rabbit-hole. For starters, most of the places I usually go to for tech information don't have their finger on the pulse for optical media (Linus included). The sites with good SEO seem pretty crappy. It appears most good information is found in the depths of more obscure home theatre and data storage forums and even that will often conflict with itself. Riplock is a term I often find and it appears to be a "feature" manufacturers include to gimp Blu Ray ripping performance to curb piracy. Unfortunately, figuring out which drives do and do not have Riplock does not appear straightforward and I have not found any comprehensive lists. A lot of information points to sourcing older Blu Ray drives which is not feasible for me to do and does not clarify if there are any modern burners that do not have Riplock. Further complicating things are claims that Riplock has been enabled on newer firmware revisions of drives that didn't used to have it. I've heard mumbling about custom firmware communities that bypass Riplock but have had little luck finding them. The closest I found is this site but it looks like it's exclusively for DVD players. Bus encryption is another anti-piracy feature I often see mentioned. Some people say if your drive does not have it, you're in the clear because the disc will pretend it doesn't exist. Others say they have issues with bus encryption discs if the drive does not feature it. Others say bus encryption can be bypassed by certain software and therefore does not matter. Most recommendations appear to be along the lines of "I've used LG/Pioneer for a decade, you should too". This goes back to most good outlets not reviewing and reporting on Blu Ray drives. Once you take Riplock into account, it's very difficult to piece together what drives are worth purchasing. Model numbers are even more nonsensical than monitors and compound the difficulty in identifying what drives are worth purchasing. If anyone is involved in the home theatre community or is into data storage I would appreciate any light you could shine onto the subject. I just want a reasonably priced drive that isn't gimped. TL;DR: Finding reputable reviews of Blu Ray drives that address Riplock are few and far between. It's hard to find a drive that is good for ripping and can burn. Looking for recommendations.
  4. Hello everybody! I'm a Canadian guy trying to build my father a new computer. We have already determined we are either going with a Ryzen 3200G or Ryzen 3400G. The i3's we looked at and the i5-9400 just didn't make sense from a price standpoint compared to team red. Price isn't entirely determined yet but since this is my 2nd build I'm looking for advice and input on components. Think Honda Civic for this build. Something that gets us from point A to point B while understanding the owner doesn't know what IPS or TN are. We have access to Amazon Prime. My father will use the computer for some web browsing but more importantly he does some photo-shopping for his amateur photography and will be transcoding blu-ray discs to more reasonably sized files. The video transcoding will be the heaviest workload his PC needs to handle. Also, longevity is an important factor. He is just now upgrading off an i3-540 to give you an idea of the timeline. With that in mind here is what I'm planning and here are my questions: CPU: It's going to be the R3 3200G or the R5 3400G. When it comes to Photoshop and video transcoding what kind of real-world performance difference will there be? Benchmarks of video transcodes would be helpful here. Cooler: Sticking with the stock cooler unless suggested otherwise. GPU: We're sticking with onboard graphics, he doesn't game. Mobo: By far the most important thing is reasonably good onboard audio with a line-in. My dad needs to plug his turntable into his computer for his business and while he doesn't require incredible audio (hence using onboard), I'm again looking for the Honda Civic of onboard audio. Something that 50 year-olds with dilapidated hearing won't complain about while not breaking the bank. If I can avoid X470 or X370 that'd be nice since I don't think we need the features of those chipsets. Blu-Ray Drive: I'm looking for the Honda Civic of Blu-Ray drives and this really isn't my forte. I just need something that will run at a reasonable speed, with good reliability, for a reasonable price. An internal drive is preferable unless an external one offers better performance/reliability. Storage: We're getting about 500GB of solid-state storage and I've been eyeing the 860 Evo since it'll be a large jump in performance from his hard drives while maintaining a reasonable price. I've looked at the Intel 660p but the QLC NAND makes me a bit nervous and I've personally experienced Samsung's good reliability - something important to him. We'll also be getting 4-5TB worth of storage in hard drives. Whether that's a single 4TB WD hard drive or a 3TB + 2TB remains to be seen. Recommendations are welcome but we will most likely be sticking to WD due to poor experiences with Seagate and Hitachi. RAM: We're looking at getting 16GB. I know Ryzen prefers faster memory but given his workload, will we really see benefits of faster RAM? What brands and what speeds should I be gunning for? PSU: All recommendations from well-known brands are welcome. Case: Here's one I'm very flexible on. We don't want tempered glass and something plain and black would be nice. I'm hoping for a case with a reasonable number of USB ports (with some on the top of the case since it will be below his desk). He's used to a full-sized ATX case so we're not picky on that. A good bang for the buck that won't impede airflow or fall apart. Fans: Speaking of airflow... what should my fan setup look like? OS: Windows 10 Home was probably what I was going to get. I'm avoiding grey-market keys because I dislike G2A and Kinguin's business practices - we can pay full price. Are there any everyday benefits from upgrading to another copy of Win 10? I'm used to Windows 10 Student (similar features to Pro) so I'm not sure if he'd be missing out on anything. Monitor: My dad is currently using an old 4:3 monitor with only VGA connectivity. We might relegate this to being his 2nd monitor but I really want him to get a new one. 1080p will suffice with decent-ish colour accuracy (keep in mind he's been editing off a rather crappy monitor for a decade) that is again a good bang for our buck. We don't need onboard audio and even a TN panel will suffice since anything is an upgrade at this point. Mouse and Keyboard: He needs a new wireless mouse, think $20-30 CAD while not being absolutely tiny. He has an ancient Microsoft Multimedia Keyboard 1.0A that doesn't even have proper drivers for Windows 10. Are there any reasonably priced keyboards with a similar feel to that keyboard? I was also considering taking him to Canada Computers to test out mechanical keyboards and seeing if a budget one would be worth it for him. We have speakers covered. Again, any and all feedback is appreciated - especially if you see something that doesn't make sense. Hopefully I didn't forget anything and cheers! Edit: Suggestions for an internal SD card reader and VGA adapter for his old monitor would be welcome.
  5. I'm starting a new build which is likely to be on AM4 but that's not guaranteed, small chance I'll go with team blue. My needs for a mobo are pretty basic - it just need to be able to handle an SSD and a few HDD's which any consumer board can do. My issue is I need a board with line in and decentish audio while hopefully staying away from X370/X470 since a majority of their features would be wasted on me. Motherboard audio has come a long way in the last decade but I'm having difficulties finding a board with line in that I can validate doesn't sound like crap. Any suggestions are welcome.
  6. Stryke

    AMD Is Crushing Intel in Laptops Too

    Fair enough and I appreciate the response. I think most of my issue was that I've been wanting some decent coverage of mobile Ryzen and the title implied (in my mind anyway) that AMD had carved out its own price-point. Chalk it up to impatience and my frustrations with crappy "benchmarking" channels. However, someone linked a good comparison of the 8300H and 3750H sans dGPU gaming. It's just that when you can pick up an MSI GL73 8SD-297 for the same price but get an i7-8750H while sacrificing RAM (8GB vs 16GB) it looks less like AMD crushing them and it looking more like a tossup, especially with how easily upgradable RAM usually is. However, it looks like most 9300H laptops get equipped with a 1650 rather than a 1660 Ti so I definitely see the mismatch argument. After a cursory glance it looks like the 3750H gets paired with the 1650 as well and it appears you can pick up laptops with the 9300H for less than their Ryzen counterpart. This is probably down to there being so few laptops with the 3750H. I really look forward to the head-to-head comparisons and will definitely stick around. Completely off topic but I would love to see some content about performance advantages of undervolting mobile Intel CPU's as well as re-pasting them (GPU re-paste anyone?). Perhaps one thin and light, a "normal" 1660 Ti-ish gaming laptop , and something beefier known for not turboing. Just my 2 cents, you guys probably have your own set of things in mind.
  7. Stryke

    AMD Is Crushing Intel in Laptops Too

    Initially I was pleased as punch that you guys reviewed a laptop with this CPU. Finding good real-world benchmarks of mobile Ryzen CPUs isn't the easiest task - especially since thermal design is so important which makes comparing laptops with the same specs a bit more challenging. I'm disappointed that in your first review covering a mobile Ryzen chip you guys didn't take a deeper dive. This is a budget-friendly gaming laptop. I don't care if i7's and i9's beat it on Cinebench. I care about real-world benchmarks against Intel CPUs this thing is actually competing against. You folks mentioned similar performance to the 8300H but that's it. No hard numbers and no conversation about what a similarly priced Intel laptop would be equipped with. Is the 3750H competing against the 8300H? Is the tradeoff of a weaker CPU (if that's the case) made up for with the GPU? How about productivity? As always, I'm impressed with your coverage of the I/O, build quality, and other things that affect day to day use. However, I really think you missed the mark in covering what is most important to someone who would buy this laptop - value. After finishing your review I still have no idea how this laptop stacks up against team blue's offerings. Edit: Not to rag on your title too much cause they've definitely improved but the content of video doesn't really back up the title. They found a good price point that works for them but you didn't provide any evidence that AMD is crushing Intel at that price point. No value per dollar, no comparisons against competing CPUs, and more importantly... against competing laptops. You say Intel isn't matching their CPU's with the proper GPU but it's not as convincing without examples. Also, I'm surprised it was never mentioned this isn't Zen 2 which is how AMD is crushing (probably, I'll wait till you benchmark it) Intel on desktop. I hope I don't off too strong, it's perfectly possible that my expectations for this video aren't shared by others. Regardless, I hope you guys do a proper comparison so we know what value mobile Ryzen has to offer. I wanted to recommend a Ryzen-equipped ASUS TUF to a friend but it's hard to do when real-world performance isn't compared to the competitors.
  8. Stryke

    Laptop randomly losing power

    Here's a dump from MiniToolBox which includes event log errors.
  9. Stryke

    Laptop randomly losing power

    What kind of indications would there be?
  10. Stryke

    Laptop randomly losing power

    This has only occured while plugged in. Have been trying to replicate this while on battery.
  11. Hello! I am in possession of an Acer Aspire V5-531P-4878 recently wiped when given to me that is running Windows 8. Running the 64-bit version of Windows 8 Intel Pentium 987 (1.5GHz) 8 gigs of RAM The complaint is the laptop will randomly lose power and shut off by itself. I have observed this while booting up and while in the desktop browsing things. Unsure if jostling it can contribute to the issue. Ran MemTest86 and it found zero errors. Interesting observation is I have had zero shutdowns while running MemTest86 (off the DVD drive) or while messing around in an Ubuntu live disk (also off of the DVD drive). This is not to say that it won't happen. Thoughts?
  12. Stryke

    Search for a suitable laptop

    Do you know what the gaming performance would be like compared to the laptop I linked?