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About PianoPlayer88Key

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  • Birthday Apr 29, 1981

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  • Discord
    2 accounts, ran into server limit.
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Profile Information

  • Location
    San Diego county, CA, USA
  • Gender
  • Interests
    Computer hardware, software (games, media production & editing, some others, not so much into office type stuff though), playing piano, listening to a variety of music, photography & videography, other things
  • Occupation
    Currently volunteering at a computer refurbishing warehouse. (Idk if it's similar to FreeGeek.)


  • CPU
    Desktop: Intel Core i7-4790K | Laptop: Intel Core i7-6700K
  • Motherboard
    Desktop: ASRock Z97 Extreme6 | Laptop: Clevo P750DM-G
  • RAM
    Desktop: G.Skill Ares Red 32GB (2x 8x2GB) DDR3-1600 CL9 | Laptop: G.Skill Ripjaws 40GB (1x 8GB + 2x16GB) DDR4-2133 CL15 SO-DIMM
  • GPU
    Desktop: EVGA (Nvidia) GeForce GTX 1060 SC 3GB | Laptop: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M 6GB
  • Case
    Desktop: Rosewill Thor V2 Black | Laptop: Clevo P750DM-G
  • Storage
    Desktop (not all are in system): 80GB WD IDE (WD800BB - dying), 250GB WD IDE (WD2500JB), 2x 750GB WD Black (WD7500AAKS & WD7501AALS), 1TB WD Green (WD10EADS), 2x 1.5TB WD Green (WD15EADS), 2x 2TB WD Green (WD20EADS & WD20EZRX), 3x 4TB HGST NAS (0S03664), 3x 5TB HGST NAS (0S03835), 3x 8TB HGST NAS (0S04012), 256GB Crucial M550 2.5" SSD | Laptop: 250GB Crucial MX200 M.2 60mm, 1.05TB Crucial MX300 2.5", (removed) 2TB Samsung/Seagate Spinpoint M9T 2.5"
  • PSU
    Desktop: Corsair AX760 | Laptop: battery & 230W AC adapter
  • Display(s)
    Desktop: Dell U2414H | Laptop: built-in 1080p IPS G-Sync
  • Cooling
    Desktop: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO | Laptop: copper plates + heatpipes + fans
  • Keyboard
    Desktop: Logitech K200 | Laptop: built in
  • Mouse
    Desktop: Logitech G602 | Laptop: Logitech M510
  • Sound
    onboard on both. Laptop mentions Sound Blaster X-Fi on sticker, but there's a RealTek HD Audio Manager icon in my system tray I've noticed sound is cleaner in my laptop than desktop.
  • Operating System
    Both: Windows 10 Pro. Build 1703 as of August 2017.
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  1. This. I'd actually strictly enforce PL1 - treating it like PL3 or even PL4, which couldn't be exceeded for >10 ms (Intel spec afaik), or ever. And if it was allowed to be exceeded at all, it would be limited to something like <~0.01 zW (zepto, not Zetta) or so, for zs / (max single-core speed in Hz * thread count). Basically, the CPU would NEVER be allowed to exceed the prominently-advertised 125W (or 65W or 35W) TDP. If I had my way, though, I'd revise the TDP spec to show the maximum possible power consumption in a worst-case scenario, like for a CP
  2. This, this, this and this. Basically when you have a light source directly in the frame, those lights would blow out the picture. (An example would be your RGB lights, or sometimes in my case my computer monitor or phone screen.) This is exacerbated when the rest of the room is relatively dark (like some pictures of people's setups I've seen, although I prefer a well-lit environment). When you lower the exposure compensation (that's the term I learned, idk if there's a more n00b-friendly term) to make the exposure darker, the lights might look nicer, but you might not be able to
  3. Yeah... "unless you use some ridiculously high sticks" ... that still means it blocks RAM slots. For me, ANYTHING above the RAM slots, no matter how high, especially if it's attached to the motherboard, would be considered to "block RAM slots". (Exceptions of course can be allowed for the case itself, and where applicable, any fan / AIO mounted there, within reason.) When I built my desktop, I originally got G.Skill Sniper DDR3 RAM. Turned out that was too high: So I exchanged the 32GB of Sniper (the above pic was taken during the brief time I only had 16GB) fo
  4. Ahh, yeah, I'm starting to consider the U12A a bit more than I had been. Do you mean single-drive eSATA enclosures, or single USB / SATA enclosures, or something else? I actually used to have a Rosewill SATA to eSATA / USB (2.0 I think) enclosure several years ago, but I found out it only supported drives up to 2 TB, so I no longer have it anymore. Also I think my current motherboard (ASRock Z97 Extreme6) does have an eSATA port, but I don't think it supports hot swap. (Having an eSATA port isn't a requirement for my next motherboard - chances are it won't have one.)
  5. Ahh, I wish I could, but TR Pro is a bit high for me right now. Also I was planning on waiting to go to a platform like that until at least the 2nd, or maybe 3rd, generation on DDR5. (Also Epyc might be under consideration then as well.) I want to have a long-life socket (for example be able to upgrade several times, even with skipping a couple CPU generations each time or only upgrading when there's a 3x-8x performance / efficiency improvement for the same CPU price, without having to change the motherboard), while also letting the early adopters / "alpha/beta testers" work out
  6. I thought the 3900X came with the Wraith Prism LED? The U12A made my initial list, but I'm not sure I'd want to pay upwards of $100+ for an air cooler. (What about the U12S though, or the Dark Rock Slim or Shadow Rock 3, or others?) You don't think a 240mm AIO would work? Technically a 280 or larger would fit my case, but it would require compromises: 280mm: maximum total/combined thickness = 55mm; can't use rear fan 360mm: can't use ODD cage (I do use a Pioneer BDR-209DBK once in a while.) 420mm: maximum thickness 55mm, can't use rear f
  7. Ah. Looking at that VRM tier list... I'm pretty sure Tier S, and even S-, would be way overkill for me, as I don't plan on ever using LN2 on this setup. I'm not even sure if I'd need Tier A either, as I don't think I would max out a 5950X. (Although idk what is meant by maxing it out ... running it at high voltage like 1.45-1.5V? Running all cores at least 0.5 to 1+ GHz above the stock single-core boost? Achieving the "OC Madness" achievement on the Steam version of 3DMark? Some other OC on air or under dihydrogen monoxide that would have Pentium G3258, Sandy Brid
  8. Hi, I have a topic in New Builds & Planning that goes into more detail on some other aspects of an upgrade I'm considering, but I wanted to split discussion on a CPU cooler into its own topic. Basically, I'm looking at upgrading, possibly to an R9-5950X (from an i7-4790K). I haven't decided what motherboard I'm getting (other than it won't be smaller than Β΅ATX or larger than standard ATX), in case that makes a difference in what CPU cooler I should get. One under consideration is the MSI B550M Mortar, but I'm also considering other options. (I may also go for just a 5900
  9. Ah, well some of that I'm still figuring out, but I've been dabbling some with Handbrake and DaVinci Resolve. I used to use Avidemux and Virtualdub some time ago but haven't used them recently (except Avidemux for a little bit of transcoding to formats that Handbrake doesn't support, although I've had issues sometimes with videos over 4 GB. I haven't done much with Openshot, Kdenlive or others that I forget at the moment. (And I don't feel like booting up the Ubuntu Studio SSD on my desktop right now, it's not a VM, it's dual boot.) Yeah I'm aware of that. I don't wan
  10. Ah @Spotty ... I did want it to retain some of the formatting (like bold, font sizes, etc) but for "automatic" color I wanted it to use this forum's theme as a guide/template. Guess not that's how it works here That's interesting though ... when I was editing before I posted (in new builds & planning btw) in one of the text boxes (in a copy-paste into a spoiler), highlighted text, clicked "automatic" ... it set it as almost white on here even though I'm using day theme. Were you using night theme? And yeah, I was trying to fix it myself. (Reminds me, some time ago
  11. Budget (including currency): US$ - originally hoping around $730 (same $ as parts I'm replacing), prefer about $1100, realize I may have to go to around $1500. Country: USA - near San Diego, CA Games, programs or workloads that it will be used for: posted some screenshots/pics at https://photos.app.goo.gl/Pvq5h4wxAiUQyX2J8 - basically not much gaming, but a lot of multitasking, VMs, video / photo / audio editing, etc. 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 yo
  12. Browser, version and OS: FireFox 91.0.2, Windows 10 1909 Build 18363.1256) Steps to reproduce/what were you doing before it happened? Editing a topic (in Test Posts - mods: it's my one that talks about a stop-gap upgrade from a 4790K). Had copied/pasted some text from another forum into a spoiler, then was going to insert some of my comments in there. What happened? When I went to set the text color to "automatic" in one of the text boxes I was editing (in a sub-spoiler, below "r/buildapcforme - from https://www.reddit.com/r/buildapcforme/comments/p629bi/met
  13. So does anyone have any ideas what FF extension I should use? I tried Session Sync in a VM on my other PC that I set up for testing, but I don't think it'll work for me. It does apparently save all the windows and tabs, but each window is its own session. It looks like it doesn't group a bunch of windows into one session, nor does it have a list (or a grid/spreadsheet would be okay too) of ALL tabs in ALL windows for a given session, like Session Buddy has. I also tried Tabby, but that's just a little popup in the corner, not a full window / full screen view, so that won't work eit
  14. As in, save groups of tabs, including remembering multiple windows per session, makes automatic backups, lets you see an at-a-glance scrollable list of your tabs & windows in each session, etc? I need to find some way of saving these tabs, first as one big session, then probably several windows at a time into categorized sessions, so I can start paring down and closing a bunch of them. (I think I've heard something about a FF port coming in the future, but seems like that could still be a few years before its development is even started, idk.) Also is there a
  15. That's already better than I can do (in GIMP, there's not enough $ left in the budget for PS after hardware purchases) ... I still haven't learned how to properly do I guess perspective shifting, to put something on the wall like that. (I've tried a couple times in other circumstances but messed things up.) Another thing I still haven't gotten the hang of is selecting someone's long hair when, for example, they're laying on a similar-color shag carpet next to another person (or maybe a dog) with the same color hair.