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Steve N. Mavronis

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About Steve N. Mavronis

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  • Birthday 1959-05-28

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  • Gender
  • Location
    Maryland, USA
  • Occupation
    Computer Tech


  • CPU
    Intel i7-6700K
  • Motherboard
    ASUS Z170i Pro Gaming
  • RAM
    16GB G.Skill 3200 DDR4 TridentZ
  • GPU
    EVGA Geforce GTX 980 Ti Classified Gaming
  • Case
    Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ITX
  • Storage
    250GB Samsung EVO 850 SSD, 1TB WD Blue HDD
  • PSU
    EVGA Supernova 650 G2
  • Display(s)
    LG E2360V LED 23" Widescreen 1920x1080 LCD
  • Cooling
    Thermalright Silver Arrow ITX, 3x140mm Phanteks Fans
  • Keyboard
    Corsair Vengeance K70 Red LED Cherry MX Red
  • Mouse
    Corsair Raptor M45
  • Sound
    Logitech X-230 Speaker System
  • Operating System
    Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-Bit
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  1. This is going to be my cable management raceway layout on the back of the desk. I'll use 8 of the 9 raceways from the kit The top row is for signal/data cables. The bottom row is for the power cables. I'll be pulling the desk out and installing these Saturday.
  2. I just bought the Stageek cable management raceway kit. It has 9 slim raceway channels 15.6” long. For the past year I’ve had velcro on the back of my 55” Ikea Malm desk with all cables secured off the floor with that. So I’m going to use these raceways now instead on the back. I made a graphic mockup below. Do you recommend a top row for just signal cables and a bottom row (and the built-in cable shelf) for power cables? At various points signal and power cables will have to cross at right angles to each other. By the way the Stageek kit is nice except the 6 straight connectors are useless as they aren’t wide enough to snap on the raceways, but the corner pieces fit fine although not sure if I’ll use those.
  3. Okay so I got my PreSonus Eris E3.5 studio monitor speakers today and just played with them. They work good with both the PC and Interface separately. It will play though the Interface with the PC connected also except there is a background hum from the PC. Not sure if I can eliminate that, I remember reading about someone else with that PC hum problem using an interface at the same time. My Scarlett Solo interface is plugged into the speaker's TRS inputs (using a dual TS to dual RCA cable) and the PC is using the supplied dual RCA to 1/8" stereo jack. And yes I'm using the PC's line out from the motherboard. Oh and I also tested the supplied 1/8" stereo cable ith my iPhone using the speaker's front AUX input jack and that worked great. I just tried the straight 1/8" cable from my PC to the front AUX input and the hum is present there with the Interface plugged in to the speakers at the same time. Everything is plugged into the same surge protector. I do have a Furman SS6B 6 Plug Surge Protector EMI/RFI with noise attenuation that I use with my musical gear. I wonder if that would help at all.
  4. I guess it's all those "rear speaker out" messing with me? I just checked because my PC has been hooked up the same for 3 years and the speakers are plugged into the lime green audio output most likely because the connector is green too LOL. I was just consulting the manual and the wording for "speaker" fooled me. I'll see about the studio monitor inputs. Worse case I'll have to unplug the 1/4" TS adapter cable jacks when not using the interface for guitar or use the PC with the front Aux in jack or keep my existing speaker system and use the studio monitors only with the interface. I'll report back what happens after I get them on Wednesday. Googling some answers to related questions on the Presonus website I read the following: But I may be misreading that.
  5. Here's the audio port information from the motherboard manual.
  6. Hmm, thanks I've always used the black output labeled as speaker go figure! My current speaker system is the Logitech x230.
  7. My build uses the ASUS Z170i Pro Gaming motherboard with SupremeFX/RealTek HD audio. I purchased a pair of PreSonus Eris E3.5 Studio Monitors to use with a USB audio recording interface the Focusrite Scarlett Solo 2nd Gen that uses RCA outputs. They are active powered with their own internal amplifier. The studio monitors has both a pair of RCA and TRS inputs. The box comes with a 1/8" stereo to dual RCA adapter cable, so I ordered a dual TS to dual RCA adapter cable. My plan is to use this cable for the interface to studio monitors and the 1/8" to dual RCA from the PC to the studio monitors. That way I can use them for both PC audio playback, and separately for interface recording playback. My question is which motherboard audio port to use with the active powered studio monitors; the (5) black speaker out or the (7) green line out?
  8. My system built 2 years ago is still running strong. I mainly play Doom 2016 and Quake Champions on the highest Ultra settings. My newest upgrade is a new 24" G-Sync enabled display using the Acer Predator XB241H at 144Hz connected via DisplayPort. My complete specs are at PCPartPicker. (https://pcpartpicker.com/b/96JV3C) Anyway last week I threw out my old worn out corner tower desk and replaced it with a nice IKEA 55" Malm desk, which has a cable stowage management shelf built-in. I also added a big red hook from Walmart to hold my gaming headset under the desk, using one of the pre-drilled holes left over since I opted to put the drawer section on the left hand side. Overall I'm very pleased and nice to have a clean floor and see the wall with no spaghetti mess of wires hanging behind. Here are some pics:
  9. I can get the Acer Predator XB241H 24" 144Hz-180Hz G-sync enabled gaming monitor for $320.94 shipped after discounts on Jet. Should I go for that vs getting the older $250 ASUS VG248QE 144Hz monitor?
  10. I guess I'm in the sub-$300 market right now. What about other ASUS 144Hz 24" monitors or other brands friendly with Nvidia GPU to take full advantage of the features?
  11. When is the newer Viewsonic model expected to be released?
  12. How is this ASUS VG248QE monitor? https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00B2HH7G0/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_1 Review:
  13. My old LG E2360V LED 23" Widescreen 1920x1080 LCD 60Hz Monitor is starting to repeatedly flash its LG startup logo when powering on. It's happened twice over the weekend so I think it's time to buy a new display. I'm thinking about getting a 24" monitor 144Hz. What's good out there that isn't too expensive around $200 or so? I want a matte finish no glossy plastic dust magnets like the one I have now. Not sure if I want a curved display and don't really need built-in speakers. I'm playing Quake Champions right now. My video card is an EVGA Nvidia GTX 980 Ti Classified.
  14. Besides iPhone pixel quality disadvantage with VR headsets, I'd still like an opinion on Freefly's take on choosing to go with a fixed IPD (pupil distance) and fixed focus wide angle lens headset design. Does their justification make sense? They say it does but I'm not so sure: Otherwise I may order the cheaper Canbor VR headset just to play around with watching 3D videos. Waiting too for Apple to come out with their expected augmented reality system and see what's that is like. I hear they are partnering with HTC.
  15. Yeah this is entry level just to mess around with the effect. I have a 55" HDTV that is 3D ready with glasses and looks so good with a 3D blu-ray movie on the screen just like at the theater. I like the Canbor VR too. I wear glasses and have astigmatism.