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About dDave64

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    Guardian of the Light

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  • Gender
  • Location
    Colorado U.S.A.
  • Interests
    Computer hardware, AV hardware, Home Theater, Live Production Audio, Music, Gaming, Writing
  • Biography
    I have professional experience in both IT and AV. I love building computers, gaming, and doing high end home theater setups.
  • Occupation
    AV Engineer/IT Technician


  • CPU
    AMD Ryzen 5 3500u quad core
  • Motherboard
    Dell Inspiron 14 5000 series
  • RAM
    16GB DDR3 2133
  • GPU
    Vega VII
  • Case
    Dell Inspiron 14 5000 Laptop Shell
  • Storage
    500gb Samsung EVO NVMe
  • PSU
  • Display(s)
    14" 1080p IPS
  • Cooling
    Internal fan and cooling pad
  • Keyboard
    ASUS Cerberus
  • Mouse
    ASUS Cerberus
  • Sound
    Logitech X-530
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Home

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  1. wireless AC can run a theoretical maximum of 1331mbps. You can only achieve this under absolutely perfect conditions. Cell phones, walls, other wifi networks, radio signals, fluorescent lights, etc. all stop the signal from working perfectly and slow it down. I always feel like the advertisements aren't quite accurate because achieving true maximum speed is essentially impossible. I have a TP Link AC-1750 and get 433mbps connection speed between my laptop and the router. How are you measuring? I guess an equally as important question is why do you care? Once you get above 100 or so it literally isn't noticeable unless you're moving huge files over your network or streaming 4k in at least 6 or 7 spots in your home. On a side note. If you own your own modem, be sure that you have a nice enough one to actually run your full connection speed. I only have a 60mbps service plan so it was easy to get a cheaper one, you need something quite a bit more expensive.
  2. This is my opinion, others may disagree. The systems are so comparable that it might as well come down to whether you prefer intel or AMD. I'm pretty impartial on CPUs at this point given the release of 3rd gen ryzen. I have been an intel guy for over 10 years and very recently switched to make my only computer an AMD system. The reason? Simple. It's the cost. I think the performance is so on par for the system I needed. Cost was nearly $300 less in my case. Ryzen does offer an upgrade path at least into next year, I seem to recall Intel is going to retire their current socket after this generation (someone please correct me if I'm wrong here). That may be worth considering. If you're really set on the parts you want then I'd probably lean on the Intel side since the build is slightly cheaper but obviously still of fantastic quality and performance. The performance will be so strong that you're not likely to notice any difference at all between the two builds for your needs (especially at this time). You won't even come close to asking your rig for all it can give.
  3. Several of the numbers here seem questionable. 244hz? 1900x1080? It's actually pretty simple why at higher resolutions the refresh rate has to decrease. It's all about bandwidth. This can be impacted by the source, the cable, or the display. Any interfaces or items in your video chain can also impact this. It takes the same amount of bandwidth to move 4k @ 60hz over a cable as it does to move 1080p @ 240hz.
  4. I like organized icons but I don’t actually store anything on the desktop. I can’t stand getting on my moms computer because she has somehow decided the desktop is the only place worth saving documents and files, lol
  5. I just got a Dell Inspiron 14 5000 series with a quad core Ryzen 5 3500u. I upgraded from pretty low base specs to 16gb RAM and a 500gb Samsung NVMe SSD. Keyboard is awesome. Comes with a touchscreen and everything. There is a version with a Ryzen 7 3700u as well as various quad core i5 and i7 models. No dedicated graphics though. I know this machine would do stuff like photo editing pretty well but I got it for more general use purposes. I only paid $650 USD for the computer, brand new. Not sure if you can shop deals in your area. ASUS Zenbook is awesome but the price was a bit out of reach for me.
  6. I've always followed the philosophy that if we're on the verge or a major release that it's worth the wait unless you absolutely can't. This is more of a minor thing that you'd be waiting for so I would consider going for the super card. I've heard amazing things about the cards, people generally seem to be very happy with them.
  7. I’m not certain but I think labeling certain sites as potentially false information could lead to lawsuits. Sounds like defamation to me and is likely worse than just resorting search results a bit. It seems that most of the tech connected world is ok suppressing right leaning opinions and sources. Most of Hollywood, most major news networks, Facebook, google, Twitter, etc. it’s just something you need to know. It’s becoming a real problem. I, personally, don’t think I want the government stepping in and trying to “fix” the problem. It seems most things government touches gets ruined. I lean pretty heavily to the right and would rather see liberal owned companies suppressing conservative ideas on their platform rather than have the government try to fix it. As bad as it is, I do think they have a right to suppress and filter what is said on their own platform. The ethics of that is a totally different question.
  8. At my work we had probably 100 or so PDAs like this and fully discontinued support back in 2013 or so. Still, several of them remain around the building. Stupidly, one of them is set up as the ONLY computer that can reprogram the door to the IT tech shop. This is still a thing and it’s the only one left that gets any use I am aware of. I want to strangle whoever made that decision.
  9. You can run most any external enclosure but I agree with the sentiment others have expressed in this thread that your money is better spent on a more powerful laptop. It’s just not an economically efficient way to accomplish this goal. But maybe that doesn’t matter to you or you have a specific case where it does make sense.
  10. Not necessarily required (on models I’ve seen) but it does prevent a lot of heat from collecting in/on the drive itself. Basic rule with computers is that less heat equals longer life for hardware. Also, thermal throttling is something to consider.
  11. lol, oops. i still think the games are fine for teenagers.
  12. Open world - Skyrim (modded for next gen graphics and gameplay) FPS - Half Life Source, Half Life 2, Portal, Portal 2 Action/Adventure - Mass Effect Trilogy (my favorite games ever), Tomb Raider series (starting 2013)
  13. Exactly right. Tell me if this is correct: The fiber is beneficial for eliminating congestion over large areas. While homes might use coax the fiber can still better feed a large area as all bandwidth for all homes connected is shared through it. in theory, it should make internet service more reliable. Even with the conversion to coax. No?
  14. The last time I personally had this problem my graphics card was the culprit. It was making some super loud coil whine occasionally, fps would drop dramatically. A hard drive will only slow down a computer where data needs to be read or written to the disk. For actual performance in games and things of that sort the HDD shouldn’t be getting involved much if any. my other thought is that you may be just on the edge of hitting a thermal threshold. you won’t know what’s going on until you get some monitoring software and watch what the hardware is doing during these drops.
  15. That's what I'm trying to figure out. What could have made them die? I do live in Colorado where the air is noticeably dryer than most other places in the country. This does make static a bit more prevalent. Maybe Radeon cards are more sensitive to that? I realize I haven't had any "modern" AMD cards but with the ridiculous track record I had with them through the 7970 (yes, ATI stuff absolutely counts), can you really blame me? Especially when Nvidia has been seemingly so flawless? It's a weird statement to make, I know that. But I feel like my personal experience with it has been a major outlier because a lot of other people seem to love them.