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    Chicago, IL
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    Movies, short-films, content creation, music, football, hockey
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    Media Production Manager


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    AMD Ryzen 7 2700X 3.7 GHz 8-Core Processor
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    ASRock Fatal1ty B450 Gaming-ITX/ac Mini ITX AM4 Motherboard
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    Crucial Ballistix Sport AT 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory
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    MSI GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6 GB ARMOR OCV1 Video Card
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    Corsair 250D Mini ITX Tower Case

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  1. Would this be too out of your price range? I have installed this interface at multiple radio station clients of mine in the past and they seemed to be happy with the results: https://www.amazon.com/PreSonus-AudioBox-USB-Recording-System/dp/B071W6YVDR/ref=sr_1_12?crid=2BTLHISZHO2FE&keywords=audio+interface&qid=1570903953&s=musical-instruments&sprefix=audio+int%2Cmi%2C163&sr=1-12
  2. Recently, my Audioengine A5+ speakers have been making this weird popping sound, both when playing music and when nothing is played, and I cannot tell what is causing this. For reference, I have my speakers plugged into the Audioengine D1 24-bit DA; the connection between the DAC and speakers is made via these shielded RCA cables - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0126CRCT6/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1. My speakers are plugged into a Furman power conditioner - https://www.amazon.com/Furman-M-8X2-Outlet-Conditioner-Protector/dp/B003BQ91Y6/ref=sr_1_10?crid=3OC271C34135V&keywords=furman+power+conditioners&qid=1569281937&s=gateway&sprefix=furman+po%2Caps%2C159&sr=8-10 Are my speakers just going bad? I honestly have not tried much testing yet since I had to run out of the house, but I plan on testing by using new cables, different power strip, different outlet and removing the DAC from the equation.
  3. I've had great luck with their products, with only one dying on me within a month, though I think it was defective out of the box at Microcenter (The Razer Tartarus v2 Keypad). I've since returned it and gotten a new one and it has worked fine the last couple of months. I bought their Razer Blackwidow Ultimate 2014 keyboard when it first came out and to this day it works flawlessly with no issues. Probably my favorite keyboard to this date. I then bought their Blackwidow Lite keyboard in February 2019 with no issues. In 2016 I bought the Razer Naga MMO mouse, to this day, no issues, works like a charm. Their RGB mousepad (forgot the name) I also have zero issues with. Again, maybe I have gotten lucky, but I've had nothing but a great experience using their products over the years.
  4. Agreed, I would highly avoid Barracuda drives especially if you are video editing. You could lose all of your footage and projects at moments notice. That's an interesting note on WD drives. I have bought WD drives from Best Buy and Amazon before and have not encountered issues with their warranty service/program. I am currently using this LaCie RAID hard drive at work and I am loving it - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07QD36RSJ/ref=twister_B076DCQJ1W?tag=thedroideffec-20&_encoding=UTF8&psc=1 Pair with this ssd for caches - https://www.amazon.com/Samsung-T5-Portable-SSD-MU-PA500B/dp/B073GZBT36/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=samsung+ssd+500gb+portable&qid=1569257225&s=electronics&sr=1-3
  5. Second on the Sandisk clip, it's perfect for working out.
  6. I'd personally get the i9-9900k and use the rest of the budget to upgrade other components like RAM.
  7. This looks pretty good for the budget, but I would suggest trying to expand your budget a bit and add more hard drives. Depending on the file types that you are editing, that 500GB hard drive will fill up fast. Adobe Premiere pro runs best when there is a dedicated drive for holding caches, drive to hold footage, drive to export footage (not as important) and dedicate drive for OS and applications. My current video editing rig has 5 hard drives and it helps speed things up tremendously.
  8. A 60% style keyboard is something I would like to try and avoid if possible. I am a video editor and losing some of those keys would make my workflow problematic. A tenless is fine, but anything smaller than that would be rough.
  9. I am looking for a wireless keyboard that I can use at my desk at work. My budget is about $50 - $70. Are there are any low-profile wireless mechanical keyboards that are recommended in this price range? I looked on Amazon and found the Logitech G613 but it looks rather big. If not mechanical, what's a good wireless keyboard to be looking at?
  10. 20_below

    Static Noise

    If that is the case, then your options are to try different pc power cords, different wall outlets, using shielded aux cables, testing different power strips, testing to see if a UPS fixes the issue, and testing all of the cabling and power to figure out where the static is coming from. I had ground loop issues with my speakers and using that isolater I linked above completely fixed all of my issues, and it is under $10. You just plug the isolater into the motherboard, and then the aux cable into the female end of the isolater, it's a very simple installation.
  11. 20_below

    Static Noise

    Try a ground isolater like one of these.
  12. I honestly can't think of any USB Audio Interface on the market that also has a USB Input for wireless headphones as you describe. I think you are better off using the Windows settings to control the headphones and then a cheap solo audio interface for the mic.
  13. You won't find anything at this price point. Try using these as a stop-gap for the time being until you can afford something much better. https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1036460-REG/sony_mdrzx310ap_b_over_the_head.html
  14. You might need a different card than the GTX 1080, I thought the Quadro lineup were the cards to get for 10-bit color? Or, you can try Blackmagic DeckLink cards which support what you are looking for.
  15. For my video editing project backups, I threw a WD 4TB Black Drive into a cheap enclosure. The file sizes I work with aren't that big, so 4TB is plenty for me. My old boss who worked heavily in after effects used this NAS, though he did say it would act up on occasion.