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Everything posted by Anomnomnomaly

  1. nVidia Shield TV Pro... the 2017 model is about £150 now and the newer 2019 Pro version is £199... don;t go for the cheaper tube shaped one... it's got a lot of issues and most people tend to think it's garbage. I've got 2 of them.. both a 17 and 19 Pro... the onboard storage is only 16GB so grab a little flash drive.. I picked up a couple of 128GB samsung ones that are really small... and use those as internal storage. It comes preinstalled with netflix and prime... and you can add kodi and a few plugins if you want to go that way... check out reddit r/shieldandroidtv or something like that. There are cheaper android tv boxes... but to be honest... they're kinda garbage... they'll be advertised as having more storage or more ram... but none of them get any updates to android and a lot of them have the shitty rockchip chipset which is worthless. If you want a proper HTPC, then just buy some second hand parts and build a cheap system... fill it with hard drives and install 'emby'... avoid plex... I know a lot of people use it and like it... but they've turned it into a massive data harvest app that monitors and reports back on what you do with it... at this moment... emby isn't doing that... and what plex does poorly, emby does very well and vice versa... so it's personal choice really.
  2. I'm kinda meh with most of the videos they post... some of the 'presenters' are a little annoying to me and most of the humour is childish and not suited to grown adults... and I mean the presenters/writers making them... not the audience. It's kinda like making a dad joke that even thee rest of the dads think is lame. I kinda miss the old days where there was more of a sense of fun, I miss some of the old staff presenting videos and I wish the decent ones they do currently have would be allowed to make more. But occasionally... in amongst all of the useless/pointless/stupid videos... there's a little gem that is very enjoyable. Maybe I'm just getting a little cynical and jaded... maybe seeing a never ending stream of 'look at the great free shit I've been given and is going into my house' videos has turned me against the channel... Maybe it's that they no longer seem to have any understanding of the actual real world cost/value of things... why else do they keep gushing over the latest crap from razer, when they keep complaining about how bad the durability is... because they get it all for free, so don't give a crap about anything that the rest of us has to consider... like dropping a couple thousand on a laptop that is gonna break in 12-18 months, and having to deal with the shitty support... whilst they just get given the next version every 12 months so who cares if it breaks... we'll still gush over how great the shitty quality is. So I don't think I take them for granted... I think I just see through the bullshit now. Out of all of the YT tech channels I follow... the only one I give any real credence to is J2C... The rest come across as entitled and privileged more than they don't.
  3. I keep seeing people mentioning stuff and realising... oh yeah... I've got one of those too. Xbox 360 type controller that I bought way back in 2010, still works perfectly to this day.
  4. Excited to be getting this in a couple of days... had it on order for almost a year. I've read the book... I downloaded the e-book as I have with all of the others in the series... and I buy the paperback as soon as it comes out. They sit on my shelf and will never actually be read... But I love this series and I do believe in supporting the author/artist and I'm not a 'total' freeloader. But there's no way I'm waiting almost a year to read the damn book, and I prefer a physical copy of books and refuse to buy digital copies that could be removed at the whim of the the store like MS did last year.
  5. I've also just remember that I have 2 peripherals that I've had since the early 2000's. An MS multimedia keyboard Model 1.0A that's currently attached to my mediaserver, and the original MS 5 button intellimouse that's currently being used on my mums PC after her wireless mouse started acting up. Both of those have to be around 17-18yrs old and working perfectly.
  6. Yeah I had the good 955 BE with either the C2 or C3 stepping that was a bit of an OC beastie. 3.2Ghz running at almost 3.8Ghz on air for it's entire life. If I'd have played with the voltages or gone for a water cooled setup... some people were hitting 4Ghz and upwards. But I did mine on stock v.
  7. Not really anything in there worth saving... if the PSU is a good one, that might be ok... and the SSD would probably be ok to wipe and start over... even the case at a push... but it's not gonna have decent IO on it, and with that many front bays... I'd guess very poor airflow. If you want a really budget PC, B450 board, Ryzen 3400G, 8GB DDR4 3000 or 3200 and a new PSU should get you up and running. The 3400G has built in graphics that will do until you can save up for a card... and it'll provide an upgrade path for a few years to come.
  8. Funnily enough, I've got the same webcam and I've had that since around 2011-2012... Possibly back when I was on my old AMD Phenom II 955BE system.. So it's been through that one and AMD FX platform and onto my current system. Aside from that... perhaps a couple of flash drives... got an 8GB and a 16GB that I've had for so long and still use occasionally to this day for setting up a windows install, flashing the bios and transferring the odd file here and there.
  9. Me either... if money was no object and I'd won the lottery or something... Sure, I'd have a few cars... but they'd be cars with style, cars that have an emotional response/connection for me. So my really fast sport car... would be either a Porsche 911 or a Nissan GT-R... and as I used to run the MX6 Owners club until 2013... I'd find another MX6 to restore and perhaps do an engine swap, take out the FWD V6 and but in an AWD RB26... Kinda a more grown up version of Project Binky (if you don;t know that, look it up on youtube, those guys are funny and a little nuts and are putting a Celica GT4 running gear into a Mini). For my every day running around car... a hybrid of some kind, or a full electric... Sensible, practical but with all the toys still... it's gonna be for shopping, errands and shorter journeys away. For more practical purposes.. some kind of 4x4... if I've won the lottery... I'll be living in a more rural location with views across hills/mountains/water. So I'll need something with more grip for bad weather and dodgy roads, room for a couple of doggo's and loads of space for longer trips away. Nothing brash with bad reliability and I sure as hell won;t be buying anything for the 'badge'... so it would most likely be a Honda CRV, A Toyota or a Nissan (in case you've noticed, I do have a fondness for Japanese cars due to the excellent build quality of those actually built in Japan) Then lastly... I might get myself something silly... I've always loved old Vdubs and used to have a Beetle turned into a Baja bug... But I've always really wanted a Type 3 Fastback and have had a design for one in my head for at least 30yrs. So I'd have it built for going to shows with, and perhaps drag strips runs as there's a drag strip very close to me.
  10. Can you not just send the case back and get something decent instead? It'll delay the build a few days... but you'll be happier in the long run... and it's Amazon so you've got a decent returns policy at least.
  11. The problem with 'mechanics' is that it's not in their interests to tell you how to do things properly yourself. As I said before, always check the oil when the engine is cold, even turning it over pumps oil up into the engine and leaves the level in the sump lower than it really is. the minimum mark is exactly that... the absolute minimum you should have in the engine. You should never let it fall below that line... in fact you should keep it as close to the max level as possible at all times. Get into the habit of doing weekly checks, take 10mins and go around and check tyre pressures (must also be done cold, as the air warms when driven and expands giving a false reading) and keep them a fraction above recommended... and if car is loaded, add about 4psi all round. Check all fluids, oils, washer, power steering, brake and clutch... and gearbox if it's an auto (which should be warmed up first). If the brake fluid has a green tinge to it, it's normally a sign of moisture in it, and it could do with a flush through. Check the water level in the radiator, and top of if needed and before winter, get it tested to make sure it's got enough antifreeze in it. I'd also recommend doing the gearbox oil every 20k at least... especially on an auto... a knackered auto box is a car killer on anything over 10yrs old... Personally I can't stand them... less power, less reliable, fewer mpg's... they're not that common over here and 99% of people learn to drive in and own manual gearboxes... Auto's are for those that can't handle a manual... the older people and the disabled... and sometimes those that spend a lot of time on highways for work. Also.. never use the manufacturer intervals for oil changes. The older the car, the more frequent you should change the oil... I tend to do mine every year regardless of miles done and I average about 6k a year in my main car, even less in my summer/weekend car. If you're worried about oil burn, next time you take the car out for a run... when it's fully warmed up... give it a hard boot, not a gently acceleration... foot to the floor (when it's safe to do so of course) take the revs up high and keep an eye on the exhaust fumes... if you see smoke with a tinge of blue... Sure sign of burning oil. Most common issue is worn piston rings... but that doesn't mean you have to get them done... mild wear on a car with higher miles isn't uncommon and regular oil changes and checks is often all you really need on more modern cars.
  12. I hope you are checking the oil before you start the car at all... and not after you've driven it to the pumps... because that's a sure fire way to overfill the oil which can cause as many issues as letting it run low. Oil must be checked when the engine is cold and has been standing for a few hrs after being last driven, it also needs to be on the flat/level. Autobox oil on the other hand, should always be checked when the car is warmed up properly.
  13. I get my hoover out, use the small attachment with the bristles and go over everything gently., go over the fins on the GP and the rads for the AIO and get in there with a microfibre cloth on the fan blades... I can't remove the AIO rad/fans easily on my system as it's a very tight squeeze. The filters might get a quick wash and then left to dry on the central heating rad in my office. Every couple of weeks I go over the front and top panels, pull the front panel and do the filter, pull the PSU filter and do that. I've not actually opened it up since I installed the 5700XT back in Sept... might have to give mine a clean next week myself.
  14. I wasn't sure about this... so I just double checked... and it came out Sept 2010... So it qualifies. Civilisation V.... hands down the best game and one I'm still playing 10yrs later. A close second would be The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt, which I'm still playing 5yrs later... and then there's games like Cities Skylines that I keep coming back to from time to time. I've probably purchased 150-175 games for the PC over the last 10yrs... and a few more on the old Wii... But those 3 stand out the most for longevity, scale and damn fine gameplay/story/graphics.
  15. I've just realised... the only movies I went to the cinema to see in 2019 were. Captain Marvel Avengers - Endgame Dark Pheonix Spider-Man Far From Home None of those is my fave movie of the year. However, I do watch a lot of movies at home... so the main contenders are.. in no particular order. Toy Story 4 John Wick 3 Jay and Silent Bob Reboot Yesterday
  16. Bought a new phone the other day. I posted a mini review over in the phones/tablets sub forum... But it's pretty good for the price... I didn't need to upgrade but my mum was starting to struggle with her old phone (I always give her my old ones, so she doesn't have to buy them, and she knows she's getting a decent one because I don't buy garbage). I have a rule... my phones should cost no more than roughly £200... I don't do contracts, sim only.. and I pay £10 a month for unlimited calls/txts and 7GB of data. What drew me to this phone was my previous ones have also been Motorola... Last one was the G5 S Plus (Which my mum now has and loves... no more entering a pin to unlock it... she can do it with her fingerprint)... Is Motorola's near vanilla android experience... I hate bloat, I loathe overlays... but more than that... I despise the lack of timely updates to the latest OS and monthly security updates. Motorola has promised 2 OS updates and 3yrs of security updates. Short of Google themselves... it's hard to think of another android brand that does that much... and there's no baked in, impossible to remove/disable apps at all. It's a win all round for me. The camera is decent, 48mp in a quad pixel layout, giving an effective 12mp camera with great quality and the zoom is decent too... My one gripe is the noise on night visions mode. The front camera is a healthy 25mp one too that is surprisingly good. But one of the biggest selling points for me... that I've been arguing for over the last 10yrs.... Is that since the advent of people filming video on their cameras... we've all had to suffer with shitty video in PORTRAIT mode... Not any more... they've finally flipped the camera so it will record LANDSCAPE, when you are holding the phone portrait... About frickin time.... Hoofrickinray. That alone is worth it for me. As for cost... retails for £270, I paid £209... My mum paid nothing for her upgrade.
  17. yeah, low light is ok... but it has a night vision mode, and that introduces a lot of digital grain in my opinion. but then every camera on every phone I've owned has done that. Having a reasonable camera is kinda important for opportunist snaps and the zoom on this is quite impressive, I've got a decent camera for when I want to take proper pictures.
  18. Firstly... I tend to buy budget phones... towards the upper end of the scale. My budget is normally around the £200 price range. I'm not on any kind of contract, sim only for so long I can't remember. I pay £10 a month for unlimited calls/txts and 7GB of data. I've never once used up all of my data. I don't believe in wasting money of the latest expensive shiny, I'm not a fan of silly brand overlays and a complete lack of proper support and security updates... I refuse to buy into the 'idiot tax' of certain brands in the same way I avoid buying cars with German badges on them that are inferior cars at excessive prices. My old phone was the Moto G5 S Plus... Had it for getting on towards 3yrs now... Nothing wrong with it at all... But my mum's phone was my previous old one from 2015, and it's getting old and annoying for her to use. So I thought I'd upgrade and give her mine again. First impressions have been ok, been using it for about 4-5 days now. I like the taller screen, I like the lack of a notch on the top... instead it has a little hole punch for the camera. Thin bezels are good, the sound quality is surprisingly good and the screen is crisp and clear. performance wise, it's pretty snappy, the fingerprint sensor is very fast and the 128GB of storage and 4GB ram make it responsive and very useful. 8core CPU The camera is pretty good, 48mp in a quad 12mp layout giving you a very nice 12mp final image... it's not fantastic in night vision mode but then not many are and none in this price range. The front camera is a 25mp one and is surprisingly good. But one of it's sweet tricks... and something I've been saying needed to be done on ALL camera phones since the invention of the idiotic portrait filming).. is a video camera that you can hold in portrait mode, but still films in landscape... EXACTLY HOW IT ALWAYS SHOULD HAVE BEEN!!! This feature alone is worth a thousand praises. What I really like though, and the main reason that I tend to buy motorola phones these days... is the near vanilla android experience. Very little in the way of baked in apps and the motorola stuff can easily be removed or disabled... They also promise at least 2 OS updates and 3yrs of security updates. Which is roughly the best support you can get outside of googles own products. Comes with a nice 15w turbo charger, and I can get this from a 30% to an 80% charge in 20-30 mins. It retailed at £270 here in the UK, but I paid £209... So roughly within my max budget. So far... if you're in the market for a budget phone... I'm not sure there's a better option at this price point.
  19. I thought it was aria.co.uk that were the dodgy ones, they got caught in a VAT carousel fraud case a few years back.
  20. I doubt the coolling in most current laptops can handle the TDP of the 3950X and what's the point of underclocking a top of the line CPU to make it perform worse than a lower spec CPU just so you can have a 16 core CPU in a laptop.
  21. Ah, I thought you were looking to buy... but yeah it doesn't make sense... but it's their algorithm that's probably setting prices or they've noticed a real slow down in sales on one and have adjusted to sell of stock.. or even simply just price match other online stores. I used to use scan a lot... but stopped when they stopped being as competitive... same with overclockers and aria. I can get exactly the same stuff elsewhere with free shipping and save an extra 5-10% on average.
  22. Regarding Amazon returns in general... Amazon have a pretty decent policy for 'immediate' returns... but trying to return anything after a few weeks or longer is a nightmare. Trying to get amazon to honour the UK's consumer laws in general regarding warranty is kinda non existent. UK laws state that you go to the point of sale (the retailer you purchased from) to deal with warranty issues within the first 2yrs. It also states that products must be of reasonable quality and durability. Which means you can even have reason to ask for repair/replacement OUTSIDE of thee warranty. For example a TV that breaks 2 months after the warranty runs out... is NOT or reasonable quality and durability. Once you are outside of the warranty, you deal with the manufacturer.... but with Amazon... you deal with them for everything as Amazon don;t give a crap about local consumer laws nor acting responsibly... and I'm talking about stuff sold and dispatched by Amazon, not 3rd parties. So when you are faced with utter arsehole policies like that... the easiest and most effective option is to treat them how they treat customers. Had an SSD that failed after 4 months and they refuse to honour the warranty... don;t want the hassle of months trying to deal with some manufacturer out in East Asia who can barely speak English and it takes forever to do anything basic... the solution... buy the same device and immediately return the old one as faulty. Amazon are a victim of their own policies on this... I have no sympathy for them at all. They created the problem and there will always be people who try to push the boundaries.
  23. I'f I'm being honest... as some one who currently has the 2600X... I'd spend thee extra and get the 3600 or 3600X if your MB supports it. If you're more concerned about the cost right now... the 2600X at a cheaper price than the lower spec 2600 wins every time.
  24. You're never going to get a solid 60fps @ 1080p on that card.. but you also have other components that could swing the bottleneck onto the CPU if you upgrade the GPU. RDR2 is a very intensive game and requires a lot of grunt to get it where you want it... If you want a solid 60fps and not dipping below that on the higher settings... you're gonna need CPU/GPU and possibly RAM upgrades.
  25. I use one on everything... they've abused advertising and tracking for far too long and I have a zero tolerance policy on it. Only things 100% essential to view threads are allowed from this site (or any other)... and if sites attempt to hide stuff, or get you to turn of adblockers, or script blockers... I simply go elsewhere.