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Mindstab Thrull

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About Mindstab Thrull

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  • CPU
    Intel Core i7-4770K
  • Motherboard
    ASUS Z87-WS
  • RAM
    Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 2x8GB DDR3-1600
  • GPU
  • Case
    Rosewill Blackhawk Midtower
  • Storage
    Samsung 840 EVO 500GB SSD; Seagate Barracuda 3TB 7200rpm
  • PSU
    EVGA SuperNOVA 750W 80PLUS Gold fully modular
  • Display(s)
    ASUS VX248H 24" 1ms 1920x1080 LCD
  • Keyboard
    ROCCAT Ryos MK Cherry Blue
  • Mouse
    Razer Naga Hex wired USB gaming mouse
  • Operating System
    Windows 7 Home 64-bit

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  1. I'm looking for a new monitor. My computer desk is the kind that has a hutch on it, and I'd like the monitor to fit inside the hutch, which has an opening about 23 inches wide and nearly as tall. Sadly, this means a typical 27" monitor won't fit. The only requirements I really have are: - It fits in my desk. Getting a new desk just because of a monitor is a pain. With a 16:9 aspect ratio, I think 26 inches is as large as I can go; if it's 16:10, 27 should work, but that also has to account for the bezels. - HDR support. I have a second monitor that supports HDR but I can't wat
  2. A couple months back I picked up an Asus VG289Q at the local Best Buy based largely on this review: https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/asus-tuf-gaming-vg289q-4k-monitor and the fact that it had Pivot, which I find very useful when I'm swapping between gaming and Excel (my spreadsheets tend to be tall rather than wide). It was also cheaper at Best Buy here than in the US, coming in at under $500 after Ontario's taxes. This has 5ms response time; does that work for you, or do you need something lower?
  3. I primarily shop at Canada Computers. The 500DX is currently $140 Canadian (about $105 US) there, and I'm not finding one on Amazon.ca either. >.> No luck at CC or Amazon.ca for that one. Was looking into Cougar. The sales rep I was talking to at CC suggested away from it (I don't remember the reasons but I've dealt with him enough to feel that it wasn't just because it was cheaper). Also only $60 which is nice. Do you think it punches a good amount above its price point? Thanks for the feedback all!
  4. I recently upgraded my computer from a 4770k to a Ryzen 3700x. I'm looking to replace the case with something more efficient for cooling the CPU. Ideal budget would be under $100 Canadian (around 75 USD at the time of writing). System is mostly used for Titan Quest: Ragnarok, multi-instancing BlueStacks, and otherwise typical home/office usage (YouTube, Twitch, email, Excel, etc). Current list is as follows including parts I already owned and kept from upgrading: PCPartPicker Part List Type Item Price CPU
  5. Yeah, that gets me into the notification bar area, but the problem is some notifications overflow what shows up there. So I get something like this. Any suggestions on how to expand beyond that would be greatly appreciated.
  6. I recently (this week) did some upgrades to my computer, one of which was getting a decent video card to replace my nonfunctional PNY GTX 770 (which was temporarily replaced by an even older BFG GeForce 8500 GT - weird how the number that looks smaller is the newer and better card). I got some messages on Windows 10's Notification Bar from AMD Radeon Settings but they're too long for me to read, and my google-fu has failed me thus far to figure out what's being said. Can someone help me get the entire notification? Thanks Mindstab Thrull
  7. So, 2-RAM-slot motherboard, two 4GB DDR4-2400 sticks, 120GB SSD, monitor and Windows and I'm just under £502 after shipping costs. Until I get told I have any more leeway, I think that's as far as I can go at this point. @boggy77 I just looked up about single channel vs dual channel and to be fair, often when I hear a post like "your cpu will run at 50% of its potential", it comes off to me as an exaggeration. But according to https://www.hardwaretimes.com/dual-channel-vs-single-channel-ram-gaming-amd-ryzen/ , in some games it actually is as much as 50% difference. So I have this: P
  8. Yeah I wanted the 240GB SSD but needed to make cutbacks in order to plug in a motherboard that would support four DIMMs because going dual channel with only 8GB isn't going to be a great experience. Basically, I pretty much know if the system is only going to have 8GB of RAM, I want to be able to expand it, so it's either single-channel on a two-slot board until the user can afford a second stick, or dual-channel on a four-slot board. That monitor looks good but it's nearly £20 more. I assume that when I'm told a budget that there's almost no room for wiggling - maybe £10 at most,
  9. I tried. The cheapest 240ish GB SSD wasn't even £1 lower than this one, so it was either that or drop down to ~120GB for a difference of about £10. The biggest reason I went with single is that the RAM is still upgradable, since the motherboard only has two slots for memory. If I did go 2x4GB I could get 3000MHz memory for £36.89 (https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/product/p4cMnQ/) or almost an extra £5. If the board had four slots it wouldn't bother me so much... what about this? PCPartPicker Part List CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 3100 3.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor (£96.85 @ Amazon UK) Mother
  10. Budget (including currency): £500 Country: England Games, programs or workloads that it will be used for: Far Cry 3, Command & Conquer Remastered Other details (existing parts lists, whether any peripherals are needed, what you're upgrading from, when you're going to buy, what resolution and refresh rate you want to play at, etc): Got a message from a friend. She has a friend in the UK who needs a new computer and only has about £500 to spend on a system, including peripherals and presumably Windows. I remembered one Youtuber I watch likes to promote sites that
  11. The machine I currently work on (where I'm typing this post right now) seems to work fine in general. However, I've recently got into a particular game on my Android phone to the point where I've installed Bluestacks and have three (!) instances of it running on my PC, giving me three accounts for the game. With one instance my computer is fine, but with all three open my PC tends to lag. (Note I tend to leave them open all the time, which might be part of the issue as well.) As a result I'm looking to update to a newer system, with more cores, threads, and faster memory. At this point I'm run
  12. Wait.. is he from Vancouver, BC, or Vancouver, WA? (Cheek, meet tongue...) Mindstab Thrull
  13. I think 15" would probably be enough to get started. Thing is, the machine can always be replaced once enough money has come in from work. I personally am only expecting this machine to be needed once she's hired for maybe a year or so for this task. Mindstab Thrull
  14. That says it's $1100 and I presume that's USD. Maybe I should have mentioned in the main body as well as the topic that I was looking at Canadian dollars (comes to roughly 750 US), so a bit more than I was looking to spend. Do you have any suggestions on brands or lines to avoid? Also I find that when I search for other stuff, it's hard to narrow down options on eBay (eg show me the laptops on this list that have an i5 and cut out the rest). Maybe I am just bad at eBay
  15. So I have a friend attending college for trades (welding to start) and at some point is going to need to pick up a laptop for industrial graphic design work for when she finishes her course next year. Any suggestions on models or lines to look into? Dedicated graphics is a necessity here. EDIT: The $1000 in the topic is Canadian dollars, which at the current rate of exchange is approximately $750 US. Thanks Mindstab Thrull