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  1. An excellent first draft. Step down to the 3600 and save the $40 for a performance hit you won't notice. A small SSD for a boot drive is the right strategy, but it really should be an NVME. That performance boost will be noticed. Spend the $9 to double the capacity of your home/working drive. Don't wish to speak disparagingly of any particular company, but get another PSU. I also changed the memory to something $4 cheaper with slightly tighter timings. Not that anyone will notice. PCPartPicker Part List Type Item Price CPU AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor $199.99 @ Best Buy Motherboard Gigabyte B550 AORUS ELITE ATX AM4 Motherboard $149.99 @ B&H Memory Crucial Ballistix 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL16 Memory $74.99 @ B&H Storage Crucial P2 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive $52.99 @ Amazon Storage Seagate Barracuda Compute 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $54.99 @ Newegg Video Card Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2060 6 GB WINDFORCE OC Video Card $339.99 @ B&H Case Fractal Design Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case $98.98 @ Newegg Power Supply EVGA BQ 600 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply $72.99 @ Newegg Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $108.78 @ Other World Computing Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts Total $1153.69 Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-10-18 07:28 EDT-0400 Which may or may not effect pricing of major components. It really is worth waiting to see.
  2. The last bit first. Unless you can see that your building is covered with the antennas of your neighbors, you are not allowed to install your own outside antenna. I'll take a wild guess and assume your building went up in the cable era, but that is no longer an option. You've got an interesting set of issues. At the limit of reception of some major stations, but technically well within your TV market. Not able to put up an exterior antenna. Still in relatively urban density. Yow. The only thing for it is a really big antenna that you can keep in your room, and actually receives stations within the 60 miles (30 one way, 30 the other) that it claims on the box. The catch is: these aren't cheap. Full comprehension of how an amplified antenna came into your home has been achieved. Do your own research, of course, but start with the following. The sizes of these things correspond to the size of the reception issues you're having. What might or might not do the trick is Mohu® Leaf® 50 Amplified Indoor HDTV Antenna (I'm copying and pasting these from the distributor's sites.) Technically it's for people like you, but I have yet to read anything that claims good signals out past suburbia, which would be your distance from the towers in most of the rest of the country. The rest will do what you need, but are ungainly. ClearStream 2MAX® UHF/VHF Indoor/Outdoor HDTV Antenna which should probably be mounted to something that doesn't come in the box for indoor usage. ANTOP Mini "Big Boy" AT-406BV Indoor/Outdoor Amplified HDTV Antenna which comes with its own stand for indoor usage. ANTOP AT-300SBS HD Smart Antenna which is one of those wall-hung, window-hung flat antennas, but really, really big. and they're all about $120. On the other hand they will last for ages. Good luck, or under the circumstances, 73 and good DX.
  3. The channels you are missing are both VHF-High which is notoriously difficult with contemporary indoor antennas. UHF under 30 is similarly difficult. Your antenna is an "amplified" unit which is something of a consumer scam. When the amplification mode is on it tends to introduce noise, or the impression of a lost signal with DTV. In other words, you don't have to fool around with the antenna you have. Return it. There are very few good amplified antennas intended to be used indoors. In New York, a sea of steel construction and RF interference, hesitate to use such a unit unless you are pretty far out in the suburbs. New York is THE priority market. Signals tend to be strong and clear unless you are among the many, many obstructions in Manhattan and Brooklyn or a particularly low part of Queens. Most important is your proximity to One World Trade Center and the Empire State Bldg from which the mentioned channels broadcast. Reception through a building can be a complicating factor if you are in an apartment on the wrong side for maximum reception. Also, seconding Tyler the Antenna Man. He knows his stuff and stays on top of it. Assuming you are within 20 miles of the broadcast towers, you may choose among the following for good results. Mohu Leaf or Arc. The Leaf is the one all the other flat antennas are copying. Arc is not designed to fit in a window. Antennas Direct ClearStream Eclipse Channel Master Flatenna 35. CM being the old, tried and true brand in this category. If you are further out or just want the maximum indoor unit, devise some kind of stand or support and stick an Antennas Direct ClearStream 2V in the window and be done with it.
  4. The light of the morning, and rain keeping me from tending to the back yard as planned, has lead me to desperately want a more productive hobby. Stepping down to a similar Huananzhi combo with 2630v3 and 16 GB, an RX480 or RX580 from a reputable seller, cutting back the fans to 4, and getting a domestically-sourced 650W PSU slices >$300 off the build while providing acceptable if not RTX 2060 performance. Nobody scrounging around for parts like this is going to be running a 4K gaming monitor. I wouldn't buy a case like this but would budget the same money on a domestically-sourced crappy case. In the interest of full disclosure, I am typing this into a computer in Matrexxxx 50 with four Snowman fans. Why Matrexxxxxx 50? It was on sale for $38 with free shipping the week my parts came in. You could do even better with dual-channel memory, although noticeably slower, and shave another $40ish bucks. This gets us to a $500 build. In actual practice I'd dump the SATA M.2 and just run a HDD for more capacity per dollar. For my $50-60, I'd go with a domestically-sourced NVME, unless Asgard AN? series reappears at the same price point we have seen before. It's the miscellaneous bits where AX really shines. Coolerman/Snowman is something of an open secret and it won't be much longer until they properly market in the West. (see: Aigo/Darkflash) The properly no-name heatsinks with Lanshuo fans are particularly compelling even if the likes of me will always buy a step or two more heatsink than required, just in case. Just putting this out there, a dual X79/X99 board combo that nets a total of 16-24 cores and a sea of memory can be had within sight of $700. Add $300 of bits and some HDDs and your community center, college student, or small business is readily making Davinci Resolve/Kdenlive videos, even long-form ones. It's worth it just as a dedicated box for that purpose alone in contrast to a $3000 laptop or something. Rebuilding Mom's Facebook terminal into something she won't be calling you about all the time is a $200 exercise. (Mom needs cores to keep all those Chrome tabs up.) AX is really excellent for some use cases, but building a generation or two old machine in North America is not one of these. Yeah. I'm done. Sorry guys, but it's a compulsion.
  5. Fine. Typed on my Huananzhi ZD3, 1650v2, RX 470D machine I built (in 2019) for $400. A good-value machine might come when I get really bored again. The object of the exercise is to build a respectable, if not exemplary, gaming PC for under US$1114.08 including shipping from Aliexpress. This is the admitted price of the LTT all-Aliexpress build minus peripherals. Peripherals being a maelstrom into which I shall not wander. Apologizing for formatting, but after copy and paste from a word processor, I've grown tired of fighting the formatting. This is a more powerful build in some respects than your correspondent would devise without a budget to fill. Miyconst-approved motherboard, memory and CPU: (Intel Xeon E5 2678 v3, 12c 24t, 3.30 GHz on 22 nm) https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4001146681791.html $316.64 inclusive of shipping to the US MAXSUN GeForce RTX 2060 Terminator (not especially good value https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4001027567757.html $378.81 inclusive of shipping to the US KingDian SSD 512 GB NVME (not a bargain for this class of NVME) https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32955472430.html $52.97 inclusive of shipping to the US KingDian SSD 1 TB SATA https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32985030187.html $89.28 inclusive of shipping to the US Snowman 90mm 2011 CPU cooler (4-pin, no led, 2 fans) https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4000307321126.html $27.94 inclusive of shipping to the US Snowman 1-to-10 4-pin fan hub https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4000309479715.html $8.61 inclusive of shipping to the US Snowman 120mm “faux rgb” case fans (package of six, black preferred for lower price, only four are required) https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4000309479715.html $33.61 inclusive of shipping to the US Crappy MATX case (bad value) https://www.aliexpress.com/item/33013655848.html $50.75 “ships from United States” inclusive of shipping to the United States Segotep 700P 80 plus platinum, 600w power supply (utterly tragic value) https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32824114589.html $119.99 inclusive of shipping to the US This totals, inclusive of shipping, US$1078.60, and will very likely not only boot but run its own GPU. By purchasing the bad-value items locally (at least in the US), you would save over $150 on the build. A similar PCPP build, just thrown together, (2700x, 2060 KO, 32 GB, Rosewill case) came in at about $980.
  6. A PSU was procured which requires a minimum input voltage of 170v. It is designed to supply a peak 12v under 400 watts. It won't run the GPU, which is the cause of the error presented in the video. This is on the list of common concerns for those of us accustomed to dodgy parts sourcing, or who shopped at Fry's or NCIX back in the day. This is why, North Americans especially, absolutely should buy a power supply (and maybe an old crap case if they haven't all been recycled) from the domestic marketplace. It is as conspicuous of an error as buying a Z390 board onto which to mount your Ryzen CPU. And then the whole project is just dismissed. More bits on the pile, I guess. Aside from getting a "right sized" machine for considerably less, part of the joy of AX/Taobao/etc. building is the mad combinations of bits. This is worth exploring properly. Dismissing of China-direct sourcing out of hand, and not acknowledging the actual risks and troubles one may encounter, is a disservice to the audience. LTT is better than that.
  7. Ok, look. I know the video was a bit of fluff. For whatever reason, despite "China builds" or whatever being something of a trend right now, my go-to guys for both pretty good information and watching a bunch of dudes muck around with stuff just can't be bothered for some reason. Acknowledging I don't have the credibility to say something like this, this video was beneath your typically high standard. The dance-break, glamour shot was deliciously silly. Credit where it's due. The folks from LMG actively and consciously purchased a 400 watt power supply and then dismissed the power supply as junk. I mean, it almost certainly is not of a outside-of-Asia-market standard, but that's ridiculous. The gimmick with AX shopping is to go at it on that marketplace's own terms. Instead of trying to get something of a Western standard, go for a "garbage patch" board, an old Xeon, quad-channel DDR3 ECC for effectively modern memory speed, and a 1660, if even that much of a GPU. "Cheap and cheerful" was coined for a reason. And get the above items for under $600 delivered to the US, Canada will almost certainly be different or not and who the [heck] knows anymore about shipping. This isn't the first time deliberately expensive parts were ordered and then judged not to be worth the expense. That is defying the object of the exercise. I don't have the credibility to hold you guys to a higher standard. I'm just some old retired geek, but you are just better than this. /old
  8. No. This kind of setup is power hungry and doesn't sleep under Windows. Most folks, me included, cannot work the incantations required to get such a board to sleep under linux.
  9. Watching out for dual-channel boards is something inherent to this kind of Aliexpress-based building. The higher spec Jingsha and Huananzhi boards are quad, but the lower spec ones are hit and miss. Typed from my Huananzhi X79-ZD3, 32 GB DDR3-1866, E5 1650 V2, RX 470D box built for $440.