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About cragger89

  • Title
  • Birthday Jan 22, 1989

Contact Methods

  • Steam

Profile Information

  • Location
    Lincolnshire, England, UK
  • Gender
  • Interests
    Computing, Hifi, Music, Photography.
  • Biography
    Nerd, constantly. Happily married to my beautifully sexy wife Leanne who allows me to buy whatever hifi or computer related gadgets I want.

    At 26, I'm a bit late to join the gaming camp properly, but, better late than never, eh?
  • Occupation
    IT technician in an educational environment.


  • CPU
    i7 4770k
  • Motherboard
    ASRock Z97M Pro4
  • RAM
    16GB Corsair DDR3
  • GPU
    EVGA Geforce GTX 1050Ti
  • Case
    Corsair Carbide Air 240
  • Storage
    Samsung 840 Pro 120GB SSD/Samsung 1.5TB 7200RPM/Hitachi 1TB 7200RPM
  • PSU
    Seasonic SS-600HM
  • Display(s)
    hp Pavilion 22cw IPS 1080p x2
  • Cooling
    Noctua NH-D9L
  • Keyboard
    QPAD Cherry MX Black/Corsair K65 (Cherry MX Red) / Das Keyboard II (Cherry MX Blue)
  • Mouse
    Corsair Raptor M30 / Logitech G9
  • Sound
    Sony STR-DB830/Parasound HCA-1200Mk2 Mission M70/Bose Companion 2, Corda Headfive/Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro 80ohm
  • Operating System
    10 x64

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  1. I'll stick with the likes of my Parasound HCA 1200 Mk2 and the Sony TA-E80ES/N80ES.
  2. The speakers will only play back what is fed to them. If your decoder is your soundcard, unless you're decoding a surround sound format, the centre channel will be off. There may be an option to enable a pseudo surround effect which will utilise all of the speakers. On a proper AV amplifier, you'd have modes such as Pro Logic II/DTS Neo which takes a stereo signal and sends different sounds to different speakers, the vocals being primarily what are sent to your centre speaker. Check your driver properties, I am fairly sure in the past I had a system where it would allow
  3. Logitech Media Server on a PC, Chromecast Audios connected in each room you want to stream to, install "Squeezer" or its equivalent on your tablets to control the playback. There is a plugin you can install to allow streaming to Chromecasts. LMS has a HTML site you can "visit" for controlling, but the apps are generally better. Fairly sure there are plugins for Pandora and Spotify to work with LMS, but Spotify supports Chromecast natively anyway. I've been using the above setup with 4 Chromecast Audio devices connected to various amps/docks in my home and it is rock solid. I've oft
  4. Borrow one, try it out, see if you prefer it with it. In all honesty, I am a big hifi fan, the on board audio solutions in most motherboards (Desktop/laptops alike) are usually perfectly fine.
  5. If there aren't drivers available for the storage controller for you to use as the first step after booting into the setup program, you're stuck. I embraced Windows 10 eventually, it isn't really that bad, in all honesty.
  6. You can't mix DDR3 and 4. If you want to upgrade your RAM at all, strongly advise to look into whether or not the RAM is soldered.
  7. Beyond just lowering your settings and accepting it for what it is, you aren't going to be able to make it better. Before I bought my msi GV62 7RC, I used to run games at 720p on my Elitebook 8760W, would still be doing that if not for the fact it was so damn heavy to carry around.
  8. I like msi, I have a lower end specified one, the GV62 7RC. It has a 7th gen quad core i5 and the MX150 in it - light enough for me to carry it with one hand, doesn't feel heavy in my backpack with my battery banks/mice/game pads etc with it. I used it as my main machine last week on holiday for RAW file editing in Lightroom and playing Rocket League/GTA V on it and grew to love it immensely. Definitely give thought to how much you will be playing games with it vs studying, I literally wanted a lightweight and compact machine which would get the job done in equal parts
  9. Massively so, considering the laptop has a Quadro in it already. Thanks.
  10. Chaps, The Elitebook I recently upgraded from has an Expresscard slot. Wondering what sort of returns you can get from buying a PCI-E to ExpressCard slot adapter? The laptop has an i7 2650 or something Quad core CPU in it. Not planning to actually buy any of the hardware as the laptop I have now is preferable because of the age/weight, but just wondered if it was worth it if I keep it for my wife, completely aware it is a janky solution.
  11. Indeed - we have preferences and for me, the Acer would have been returned - I simply do not like clickpads. For the price range, they do have acceptable build quality, I have no fear of the laptop I bought not lasting me a few years.
  12. Was curious about this model after the posts you made to me earlier in the week. The clickpad would make this a no go-er for me. Even good click pads I cannot stand, hence choosing one with a conventional old style touch pad and separate buttons. Dislike the soldered RAM, I'll be upgrading mine and will possibly go to 32GB as I am a bit of a tab whore. Cooling is adequate, fans are only audible when I am gaming or doing other associated heavy load work. The only noticeable heat comes from the touchpad itself rather than the wrist rests (m.2 drive is underneath the touchpad) - when I am gaming