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About BondiBlue

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    Probably fixing a Mac


  • CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 2700 (8C/16T)
  • Motherboard
    ASRock B450 Steel Legend
  • RAM
    16GB 3000MHz DDR4
  • GPU
    XFX AMD Radeon RX 570 4GB
  • Case
    Corsair Carbide 175R
  • Storage
    960GB Crucial M500 SATA SSD, 1TB WD Blue SN550 NVMe SSD, 256GB Toshiba M.2 SATA SSD, 2TB Seagate BarraCuda HDD
  • PSU
    450W Corsair CX450M
  • Display(s)
    27" Late 2009 iMac (1440p@67Hz), 27" AOC Q27V3 (1440p@60Hz)
  • Cooling
    AMD Wraith Spire RGB
  • Keyboard
    Apple Aluminium USB Keyboard
  • Mouse
    Logitech MX Anywhere 2S
  • Sound
    Harman Kardon 2.1
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro for Workstations
  • Laptop
    MacBook Pro 13" (Mid-2017), 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-7360U, 8GB 2133MHz LPDDR3, 128GB PCIe SSD, Intel Iris Plus 640, macOS Mojave
  • Phone
    Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

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  1. Can you get into the boot menu by holding option at power on?
  2. Since you're coming from Windows I'd highly recommend at least giving Mint a try. It's pretty easy to pick up on things, and it works well from all of my experience.
  3. Mint is my go-to recommendation. I've been using it for years, and it runs very well on all sorts of hardware. A few years ago I had an old Athlon 64 X2 machine running Mint that was being used as a music recording machine, and it worked great. Ubuntu is nice as well, but Mint would likely prove to be a bit easier to get started with since you're coming from Windows. Why? Apart from the elitist groups of Linux users the Linux community as a whole is pretty decent, and there's certainly lots that one can learn.
  4. Is this what high schoolers do these days for fun?
  5. Tape is not what you should use to mount a motherboard in the wrong case. You'd still need to deal with cooler mounting, and standoffs in incorrect positions could short the board.
  6. The size of the motherboard does not determine whether or not the CPU can utilize Turbo Boost. However, finding a case might be a bit of an issue.
  7. You most likely don't need most of that stuff. Windows 10 runs perfectly fine as-is, even on lower end hardware. You can do it if you want to, but I don't see the point.
  8. Down the line I'll upgrade to Windows 11. I'll probably time it with a major hardware upgrade if I can, but otherwise I'll be sticking with my current installation of Windows 10 for now. This is the most stable copy of Windows 10 I've ever had, and that's really saying something given the fact that it runs 24/7 and has a lot of things running on it at all times.
  9. You ran the drive in IDE mode, so of course no SATA drivers were needed. If you wanted to use the drives as proper SATA drives (enabling higher speeds than IDE) then you'd have to install a driver when installing Windows.
  10. That mostly depends on the desk. I have two desk setups, and one comfortably holds three 27" monitors with plenty of room to spare while the other only comfortably holds two before feeling cramped.
  11. If it's a boot drive then absolutely get an SSD, nothing else. As for the price - the 1TB MX500 is a bit over budget at $120, but the 500GB model is still excellent.
  12. That completely depends on condition, seller, included accessories, etc. An original 128K is definitely somewhat valuable, but I wouldn't suggest buying one unless you really know what you're doing when it comes to these old Macs. Not trying to discourage you from buying one or anything, but they can be a bit of a challenge to get running and keep them running. Ehh, sometimes it's worth that risk. I've picked up countless vintage and retro machines from people who don't know what the heck they're looking at apart from "vintage computer". Shipping is definitely a PITA, so I try
  13. You're looking for an SSD? If that price is USD then you can easily get a 1TB Crucial MX500 or Samsung 860/870 EVO for that money. Those are both excellent choices, and if you can afford it that's what I'd go with.
  14. What? What does Edge have to do with US elections? I don't see what Edge has to do with freedom of speech...
  15. Yes, but you really shouldn't for a number of reasons: 1) It'll be really slow unless you have a great flash drive. 2) You can't directly install Windows onto the flash drive like you can a normal SATA or NVMe drive. 3) You run the risk of wearing out the drive rather quickly as opposed to a proper SSD. Just get yourself a cheap SSD if that's all you can afford. It's a MUCH better solution than installing your OS onto a flash drive. Just to add: some Linux distros run alright from USB flash drives, but I still wouldn't recommend it.