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About dDave64

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    Guardian of the Light

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  • Location
    Colorado U.S.A.
  • Gender
  • Interests
    Computer hardware, AV hardware, Home Theater, Live Production Audio, Music, Gaming, Writing
  • Biography
    I have professional experience in both IT and AV. I love building computers, gaming, and doing high end home theater setups.
  • Occupation
    AV Engineer/IT Technician


  • CPU
    AMD Ryzen 5 3500u quad core
  • Motherboard
    Dell Inspiron 14 5000 series
  • RAM
    16GB DDR3 2133
  • GPU
    Vega VII
  • Case
    Dell Inspiron 14 5000 Laptop Shell
  • Storage
    500gb Samsung EVO NVMe
  • PSU
  • Display(s)
    14" 1080p IPS
  • Cooling
    Internal fan and cooling pad
  • Keyboard
    ASUS Cerberus
  • Mouse
    ASUS Cerberus
  • Sound
    Logitech X-530
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Home

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  1. Fire stick is Amazon which competes directly with Apple in certain ways. They don’t support Apple products in that way. The best way is to get an Apple TV but I understand it’s expensive. Next best option is to get the hdmi to lightning adapter from Apple. I have one and it works perfectly and ton fuss at all. Just instantly displays what I need every time.
  2. wireless AC can run a theoretical maximum of 1331mbps. You can only achieve this under absolutely perfect conditions. Cell phones, walls, other wifi networks, radio signals, fluorescent lights, etc. all stop the signal from working perfectly and slow it down. I always feel like the advertisements aren't quite accurate because achieving true maximum speed is essentially impossible. I have a TP Link AC-1750 and get 433mbps connection speed between my laptop and the router. How are you measuring? I guess an equally as important question is why do you care? Once you get abo
  3. This is my opinion, others may disagree. The systems are so comparable that it might as well come down to whether you prefer intel or AMD. I'm pretty impartial on CPUs at this point given the release of 3rd gen ryzen. I have been an intel guy for over 10 years and very recently switched to make my only computer an AMD system. The reason? Simple. It's the cost. I think the performance is so on par for the system I needed. Cost was nearly $300 less in my case. Ryzen does offer an upgrade path at least into next year, I seem to recall Intel is going to retire t
  4. Several of the numbers here seem questionable. 244hz? 1900x1080? It's actually pretty simple why at higher resolutions the refresh rate has to decrease. It's all about bandwidth. This can be impacted by the source, the cable, or the display. Any interfaces or items in your video chain can also impact this. It takes the same amount of bandwidth to move 4k @ 60hz over a cable as it does to move 1080p @ 240hz.
  5. I like organized icons but I don’t actually store anything on the desktop. I can’t stand getting on my moms computer because she has somehow decided the desktop is the only place worth saving documents and files, lol
  6. I just got a Dell Inspiron 14 5000 series with a quad core Ryzen 5 3500u. I upgraded from pretty low base specs to 16gb RAM and a 500gb Samsung NVMe SSD. Keyboard is awesome. Comes with a touchscreen and everything. There is a version with a Ryzen 7 3700u as well as various quad core i5 and i7 models. No dedicated graphics though. I know this machine would do stuff like photo editing pretty well but I got it for more general use purposes. I only paid $650 USD for the computer, brand new. Not sure if you can shop deals in your area. ASUS Zenbook is awesome but the price
  7. I've always followed the philosophy that if we're on the verge or a major release that it's worth the wait unless you absolutely can't. This is more of a minor thing that you'd be waiting for so I would consider going for the super card. I've heard amazing things about the cards, people generally seem to be very happy with them.
  8. I’m not certain but I think labeling certain sites as potentially false information could lead to lawsuits. Sounds like defamation to me and is likely worse than just resorting search results a bit. It seems that most of the tech connected world is ok suppressing right leaning opinions and sources. Most of Hollywood, most major news networks, Facebook, google, Twitter, etc. it’s just something you need to know. It’s becoming a real problem. I, personally, don’t think I want the government stepping in and trying to “fix” the problem. It seems most things gove
  9. At my work we had probably 100 or so PDAs like this and fully discontinued support back in 2013 or so. Still, several of them remain around the building. Stupidly, one of them is set up as the ONLY computer that can reprogram the door to the IT tech shop. This is still a thing and it’s the only one left that gets any use I am aware of. I want to strangle whoever made that decision.
  10. You can run most any external enclosure but I agree with the sentiment others have expressed in this thread that your money is better spent on a more powerful laptop. It’s just not an economically efficient way to accomplish this goal. But maybe that doesn’t matter to you or you have a specific case where it does make sense.
  11. Not necessarily required (on models I’ve seen) but it does prevent a lot of heat from collecting in/on the drive itself. Basic rule with computers is that less heat equals longer life for hardware. Also, thermal throttling is something to consider.
  12. lol, oops. i still think the games are fine for teenagers.
  13. Open world - Skyrim (modded for next gen graphics and gameplay) FPS - Half Life Source, Half Life 2, Portal, Portal 2 Action/Adventure - Mass Effect Trilogy (my favorite games ever), Tomb Raider series (starting 2013)
  14. Exactly right. Tell me if this is correct: The fiber is beneficial for eliminating congestion over large areas. While homes might use coax the fiber can still better feed a large area as all bandwidth for all homes connected is shared through it. in theory, it should make internet service more reliable. Even with the conversion to coax. No?
  15. The last time I personally had this problem my graphics card was the culprit. It was making some super loud coil whine occasionally, fps would drop dramatically. A hard drive will only slow down a computer where data needs to be read or written to the disk. For actual performance in games and things of that sort the HDD shouldn’t be getting involved much if any. my other thought is that you may be just on the edge of hitting a thermal threshold. you won’t know what’s going on until you get some monitoring software and watch what the hardware is doing during