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by dwc13
Tue Oct 20, 2020 8:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PC Build Thread 2020
Replies: 314
Views: 19241

Re: PC Build Thread 2020

I am stumped on a computer problem I hope someone might be able to help me with. My wife tells me that this whole thing sounds like the story about rock soup and how my "fixing" is just building a new computer. I just want it to work at this point! Any help SO GREATLY APPRECIATED. Is your wife righ...
by dwc13
Tue Oct 20, 2020 3:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PC Build Thread 2020
Replies: 314
Views: 19241

Re: PC Build Thread 2020

I built 3 systems but it has been years, and from reading this thread it is clear I am really behind in terms of technology. I am considering building another system and have some questions: You'll be fine when (if) you decide to build a PC. In many instances, naming conventions, industry standards...
by dwc13
Wed Oct 14, 2020 3:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PC Build Thread 2020
Replies: 314
Views: 19241

Re: PC Build Thread 2020

I just Googled 3800xt vs 5600x and found this site: https://nanoreview.net/en/cpu-compare/amd-ryzen-7-3800xt-vs-amd-ryzen-5-5600x The 5600X is 5% better for single threading and better on power consumption, but it looks like the 3800xt is slightly better in most other categories. Obviously, all thi...
by dwc13
Sat Oct 10, 2020 1:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PC Build Thread 2020
Replies: 314
Views: 19241

Re: PC Build Thread 2020

Probably best to dump the IDE drives. They are probably smaller capacity and may not be compatible with current HW or NAS SW. But you can certainly build an UnRAID array with drives of various sizes. That's one of the pluses of this software. For those unfamiliar, UnRAID is developed and maintained...
by dwc13
Sat Oct 10, 2020 1:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PC Build Thread 2020
Replies: 314
Views: 19241

Re: PC Build Thread 2020

I have to say, the more I think about it, the less sure I am about going down this road. I'm tempted to buy a Synology for the turnkey aspect and call it a day, especially given a good point someone over on Reddit brought up; the resale value of Synology devices compared to homebrew. Decisions, dec...
by dwc13
Sat Oct 10, 2020 1:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PC Build Thread 2020
Replies: 314
Views: 19241

Re: PC Build Thread 2020

General considerations: 1. Verify (as best you can) that your selected CPU includes a cooler (heatsink/fan). If it doesn't come bundled with one, you'll need to buy a CPU cooler. The pcpartpicker links you posted were interesting. For newegg, the linked listing indicated a CPU only item. I didn't a...
by dwc13
Sat Oct 10, 2020 12:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PC Build Thread 2020
Replies: 314
Views: 19241

Re: PC Build Thread 2020

I have been building my own PCs since 2008. A couple years ago I rebuilt one into a 9-drive NAS using the UnRAID OS. Although this system is in regular use holding backups of my other computers, I built it mostly for hobby interest/curiosity. I have been using Synology NAS units since 2011 and I'm ...
by dwc13
Fri Oct 09, 2020 11:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PC Build Thread 2020
Replies: 314
Views: 19241

Re: PC Build Thread 2020

Thanks, dwc13! I hadn't thought to look at whether the Pentium came with a CPU cooler, so I'll do that. I did look at AMD processors and mobos, but the one thing that took them out of contention for me was that none of the mother boards had more than 4 SATA ports, and I want to have at least six, s...
by dwc13
Fri Oct 09, 2020 6:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PC Build Thread 2020
Replies: 314
Views: 19241

Re: PC Build Thread 2020

I'm leaning toward building a budget NAS instead of buying one off the shelf, primarily to get a more capable rig with more future-proofing than Synology or QNAP offer at my pricepoint (around the $380 or so cost of a Synology DS418). What do you all think of the below configuration? I know the Pen...
by dwc13
Fri Oct 09, 2020 4:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Possible Relocation to Columbus, OH Area
Replies: 49
Views: 3626

Re: Possible Relocation to Columbus, OH Area

I've never actually been to Ohio other than a brief stop at the Cleveland Airport, but as a California native who you couldn't pay (well, maybe 8-figures...for a year) to move back there, I found this quite amusing. There are a grand total of two remaining members of my and my wife's families (both...
by dwc13
Fri Oct 09, 2020 4:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Possible Relocation to Columbus, OH Area
Replies: 49
Views: 3626

Re: Possible Relocation to Columbus, OH Area

Okay, I get that Columbus isn't San Francisco, San Diego or (thankfully) Los Angeles. Nevertheless, I enjoyed living in Columbus while I attended Ohio State. Very friendly people. Fresh air. Change of seasons. Drivers that don't cause multi-car accidents when a few raindrops start falling. Now ther...
by dwc13
Fri Oct 09, 2020 3:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PC Build Thread 2020
Replies: 314
Views: 19241

Re: PC Build Thread 2020

You're basing expectations on CPU reliability. The Zen 3 process uses the same 7 nm process as Zen 2, but with a new architecture. I would expect its lifetime to be similar to Zen 2. If this wasn't the case, I would expect AMD to set those target prices higher - higher reliability is always a highe...
by dwc13
Mon Sep 28, 2020 6:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Microsoft Office 2010 Support Ending October 13, 2020
Replies: 0
Views: 380

Microsoft Office 2010 Support Ending October 13, 2020

Microsoft will be ending support of MS Office 2010 (perpetual license) on October 13, 2020. I get a reminder in the form of a salmon color nag bar every time I start up venerable Excel 2010. https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/office/end-of-support-for-office-2010-3a3e45de-51ac-4944-b2ba-c2e41543278...
by dwc13
Sun Sep 27, 2020 12:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Rolling Stone Top 500 Albums (which is a must buy?)
Replies: 49
Views: 4014

Re: New Rolling Stone Top 500 Albums (which is a must buy?)

Nicolas wrote: Sat Sep 26, 2020 6:00 pm I wish I still had access to the old list, anybody got it?

2003 edition
https://www.rollingstone.com/music/musi ... me-156826/
by dwc13
Fri Sep 25, 2020 4:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 3G 4G 5G
Replies: 35
Views: 2314

Re: 3G 4G 5G

The sunsetting of 3G networks has been delayed because of Covid-19. However, the three largest Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) in the US -- Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile/Sprint -- have publicly stated their intention to shut down 3G on or before the end of 2022. The actual 3G shutdown date varies by M...
by dwc13
Fri Sep 25, 2020 11:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Possible Relocation to Columbus, OH Area
Replies: 49
Views: 3626

Re: Possible Relocation to Columbus, OH Area

Thank you dwc13! I appreciate your informative and entertaining reply. You're welcome. Written from experience, having lived in the Bay Area years ago when it was still marginally affordable. Besides, there are times when an injection of levity is needed in these threads. On a more serious note, ot...
by dwc13
Fri Sep 25, 2020 9:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Possible Relocation to Columbus, OH Area
Replies: 49
Views: 3626

Re: Possible Relocation to Columbus, OH Area

KarenC wrote: Thu Sep 24, 2020 7:23 am
"There's no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes."
+1

Reminds me of a bumper sticker I saw in Jackson Hole, Wyoming: "There is no bad skiing, only bad skiers".
by dwc13
Thu Sep 24, 2020 3:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Possible Relocation to Columbus, OH Area
Replies: 49
Views: 3626

Re: Possible Relocation to Columbus, OH Area

I hesitated a couple of times before posting such overwhelmingly negative comments, but counterpoints so far have been few... so I'm offering mine. We relocated from Southern California to Columbus in 2014. This was a "temporary" move as well (career stepping stone for my spouse while he got his Gr...
by dwc13
Thu Sep 24, 2020 12:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PC Build Thread 2020
Replies: 314
Views: 19241

Re: PC Build Thread 2020

Here's my preliminary build configuration. I made my CPU and GPU choices before I saw what was posted in the thread. CPU - AMD Ryzen 7 3700X Cooling - Noctua NH-U12S AM4 GPU - Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060S Motherboard - ASUS AM4 TUF Gaming X570-Plus (Wi-Fi) RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 32GB (2 x 16GB)...
by dwc13
Wed Sep 23, 2020 2:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PC Build Thread 2020
Replies: 314
Views: 19241

Re: PC Build Thread 2020

Hopefully this is message isn't considered "hijacking" a thread. I am building TWO gaming machines. One for each of my boys. The case I selected only have two fans and I am concerned about heat management. Generally speaking, what is an acceptable temperature inside a computer case? Any advice on h...
by dwc13
Wed Sep 23, 2020 1:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PC Build Thread 2020
Replies: 314
Views: 19241

Re: PC Build Thread 2020

This evening I received an email from Dell -- curiously sent Saturday evening -- informing me of a delay in delivery of a monitor I had ordered in late August. The website listing had indicated a delivery date by September 22 (2020). I decided I could wait a few weeks for delivery and therefore did...
by dwc13
Wed Sep 23, 2020 3:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PC Build Thread 2020
Replies: 314
Views: 19241

Re: PC Build Thread 2020

Good timing, as I just decided to start my new build. There's no point to force my Win 10 Lenovo to failure by overheating simply because it's an "extra" PC. The SSD and HD drives (1 each) will be transferred to the new build. My first choice is CPU. Here's a really good article: AMD vs Intel 2020:...
by dwc13
Mon Sep 21, 2020 5:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PC Build Thread 2020
Replies: 314
Views: 19241

Re: PC Build Thread 2020

This evening I received an email from Dell -- curiously sent Saturday evening -- informing me of a delay in delivery of a monitor I had ordered in late August. The website listing had indicated a delivery date by September 22 (2020). I decided I could wait a few weeks for delivery and therefore did...
by dwc13
Sun Sep 20, 2020 12:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PC Build Thread 2020
Replies: 314
Views: 19241

Re: PC Build Thread 2020

This evening I received an email from Dell -- curiously sent Saturday evening -- informing me of a delay in delivery of a monitor I had ordered in late August. The website listing had indicated a delivery date by September 22 (2020). I decided I could wait a few weeks for delivery and therefore didn...
by dwc13
Thu Sep 17, 2020 4:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PC Build Thread 2020
Replies: 314
Views: 19241

Re: PC Build Thread 2020

^^^ Good info, thanks. My previous home-brew was a Lian-Li case and Silverstone power supply. Every time I upgraded, I'd put the CPU and GPU product brand sticker on the front. The front panel was full of stickers. ...According to the specs, you have some tight tolerances for a video card. From htt...
by dwc13
Thu Sep 17, 2020 3:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PC Build Thread 2020
Replies: 314
Views: 19241

Re: PC Build Thread 2020

Is anyone else having trouble finding isopropyl alcohol? I haven't experienced any thermal issues with my cpu, but given that it's twelve years old, I'm betting it's bone dry by now. I should probably put down some fresh paste while I'm building the new system, but I haven't seen any alcohol in sto...
by dwc13
Wed Sep 16, 2020 5:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PC Build Thread 2020
Replies: 314
Views: 19241

Re: PC Build Thread 2020

I'm holding off my next build for another month or so, in anticipation of Ryzen 4000 series processors becoming available for desktops. You can already buy laptops with R5 4600H and 4600U, so the desktop versions should be here soon. I'm expecting significantly better performance and lower power co...
by dwc13
Wed Sep 16, 2020 4:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020
Replies: 67
Views: 6749

Re: Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020

If you're interested in a very well done & informative review of Microsoft Flight Simulator (2020), check out this one:

LGR - Flight Simulator 2020 Review
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsGyqezRaWM
by dwc13
Wed Sep 16, 2020 4:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020
Replies: 67
Views: 6749

Re: Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020

............Bigfoot roaming the forests,........ His name is Daryl! :) Re the topic, it's a nice upgrade from FS and FSX. I'm running 2020 on a laptop, no issues so far, though it runs warmer than usual which I expected. You sure it's not Flo? Glad you're able to enjoy the latest iteration of Fligh...
by dwc13
Wed Sep 16, 2020 2:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PC Build Thread 2020
Replies: 314
Views: 19241

Re: PC Build Thread 2020

Honestly, my dream build would be a Micro ITX using the NZXT H1 and these custom side panels . I think the Tesselation pattern in cherry would look fantastic ; I just can't stomach the $450 price tag. Solar System looks pretty good, too. If I had the woodworking skills, I'd make my own custom case ...
by dwc13
Tue Sep 15, 2020 5:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PC Build Thread 2020
Replies: 314
Views: 19241

Re: PC Build Thread 2020

Did you upgrade the stock fans and/or add any additional fans? I just installed 2 Corsair ML120 Pro fans for front intake in an Antec Three Hundred case. At some point I'll probably replace the stock exhaust fans (TriCool 120mm & 140mm), but they're quiet enough and working so it's not a priority a...
by dwc13
Tue Sep 15, 2020 5:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PC Build Thread 2020
Replies: 314
Views: 19241

Re: PC Build Thread 2020

Did you upgrade the stock fans and/or add any additional fans? I just installed 2 Corsair ML120 Pro fans for front intake in an Antec Three Hundred case. At some point I'll probably replace the stock exhaust fans (TriCool 120mm & 140mm), but they're quiet enough and working so it's not a priority a...
by dwc13
Tue Sep 15, 2020 1:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PC Build Thread 2020
Replies: 314
Views: 19241

Re: PC Build Thread 2020

The motherboard also has that same color scheme, and I bought white memory modules to round the whole thing out. Why I spent so much time color-coordinating when almost no one is going to see it, I don't know. But it was cheaper to buy the regular heat sink and swap out for Chromax fans than to buy...
by dwc13
Mon Sep 14, 2020 9:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PC Build Thread 2020
Replies: 314
Views: 19241

Re: PC Build Thread 2020

NAND prices plummet! Inland Platinum 2TB SSD for $200 at MicroCenter. It's QLC with only a 3-year warranty, but at $200 the price to performance ratio is amazing. It's only $10 more than their lower level drive , with faster max speeds and longer durability. The $200 price point (for 2 TB M.2 NVMe ...
by dwc13
Mon Sep 14, 2020 9:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PC Build Thread 2020
Replies: 314
Views: 19241

Re: PC Build Thread 2020

If you're looking for a good airflow case, Gamers Nexus has some of the best and most informative reviews (including thermal testing) out there. In their testing, they found that better airflow generally resulted in less noise compared to sound dampening cases - as long as you have PWM fans, good a...
by dwc13
Mon Sep 14, 2020 5:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PC Build Thread 2020
Replies: 314
Views: 19241

Re: PC Build Thread 2020

Just wanted to chime in about coolers. Noctua of course are regarded as the best, especially the NH-D15. However they are a bit spendy at $89.99 for the unsightly standard version and $99.99 for the much more visually appealing Chromax Black. For a more economical solution, look into the Scythe Fum...
by dwc13
Mon Sep 14, 2020 5:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Computer Setup for Photoshop
Replies: 47
Views: 2765

Re: New Computer Setup for Photoshop

Are there any desktop computers today sold with M.2 SATA ports? I haven't seen one for a while. There are still desktop computers available with a hard drive installed (no SSDs), so I wouldn't be too surprised. https://store.acer.com/en-us/desktops/tower/veriton-x-desktop-vx4660g-i3810h1 Slightly o...
by dwc13
Mon Sep 14, 2020 1:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Computer Setup for Photoshop
Replies: 47
Views: 2765

Re: New Computer Setup for Photoshop

Instead of a machine with an SSD I would recommend an M.2 drive. Aren't M.2 drives SSDs? just a smaller form-factor (and generally faster but that should be confirmed). So if you get an M.2 drive you are getting an SSD. Yes, an M.2 drive (form factor) is an SSD. Perhaps OP meant an SSD with an NVMe...
by dwc13
Sun Sep 13, 2020 12:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020
Replies: 67
Views: 6749

Re: Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020

Have you seen any UFOs over Vegas/Area 51? I'll be on the lookout once I have finished with my computer build and installed MS Flight Simulator (2020). Hopefully a third party developer will have some fun and offer UFOs as part of an add-in of unusual objects. In addition, perhaps Loch Ness Monster...
by dwc13
Sat Sep 12, 2020 7:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PC Build Thread 2020
Replies: 314
Views: 19241

Re: PC Build Thread 2020

In addition to gaming, I've had a long-standing interest in fractal generation. That's at an entirely different level and needs a high performance GPU. Does anyone do fractal generation (beside me)? That's one thing I've missed with my store-bought desktop. It's just not possible with the built-in ...
by dwc13
Sat Sep 12, 2020 6:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Computer Setup for Photoshop
Replies: 47
Views: 2765

Re: New Computer Setup for Photoshop

Photoshop runs better with more available RAM. Period. It will utilize what it needs up to the set resource limit (70% of available by default). There might be times when multiple images are simultaneously open, increasing the need for RAM. And it's not just Photoshop that will be using system memo...
by dwc13
Sat Sep 12, 2020 3:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Computer Setup for Photoshop
Replies: 47
Views: 2765

Re: New Computer Setup for Photoshop

I am a photographer and use Photoshop constantly. The suggestions you've gotten are good. You'll love running the operating system on the SSD (you could also use part of it for the Photoshop scratch disk). It's nice to store your working image files on an SSD also, but if money is tight you could g...
by dwc13
Sat Sep 12, 2020 3:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Computer Setup for Photoshop
Replies: 47
Views: 2765

Re: New Computer Setup for Photoshop

I will respectfully disagree with those stating 16 GB RAM is sufficient. Photoshop will not bottleneck on 16GB of RAM unless the user is applying more than 100 layers to a 50 megapixel image. Few professional photographers will do that, much less even a hardcore amateur. Photoshop runs better with ...
by dwc13
Sat Sep 12, 2020 4:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Computer Setup for Photoshop
Replies: 47
Views: 2765

Re: New Computer Setup for Photoshop

I will respectfully disagree with those stating 16 GB RAM is sufficient. IMHO, OP should opt for 32 GB RAM. If an AMD Ryzen (Zen 2) CPU is powering the PC, then the 32 GB RAM should be configured as 2 x 16 GB DDR4 3200 MHz UDIMMs. AMD CPUs love dual channel fast memory. FWIW, on another thread sever...
by dwc13
Fri Sep 11, 2020 2:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PC Build Thread 2020
Replies: 314
Views: 19241

Re: PC Build Thread 2020

Personally, I don't expect Zen 3 CPUs to be discounted much, if at all, for the 2020 holiday season, especially if the rumored increase in IPC is realized. Intel hasn't indicated it has much in the pipeline near term for desktop CPUs. I think you'll see some pretty aggressive deals on Zen 2 chips, ...
by dwc13
Fri Sep 11, 2020 1:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PC Build Thread 2020
Replies: 314
Views: 19241

Re: PC Build Thread 2020

I wish I hadn't seen this thread... :) I've been building my own PCs since forever. My one and only exception is my current PC - a Lenovo desktop with an Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-7700 CPU @ 3.60GHz and 16 GB RAM. What do I need a graphics card for? I'm using the mobo built-in video. **sigh** Actually, ...
by dwc13
Fri Sep 11, 2020 12:51 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: About to lose my job - How do I prepare
Replies: 18
Views: 5133

Re: About to lose my job - How do I prepare

8. If you have HSA claims to file, do so now. If any awaiting approval, follow up now and submit appropriate documentation as needed. Keep copies of all such documents you submit. No hurry whatsoever on HSA (Health Savings Account) claims. OP can roll his HSA wherever he pleases and take years on f...
by dwc13
Fri Sep 11, 2020 12:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PC Build Thread 2020
Replies: 314
Views: 19241

Re: PC Build Thread 2020

I feel silly posting an announcement of an announcement, but I'm typing this on an i7-920. I'm allowed to be excited. https://www.anandtech.com/show/16077/amd-announces-ryzen-zen-3-and-radeon-rdna2-presentations-for-october-a-new-journey-begins Here's my question for those of you who have been buil...
by dwc13
Mon Sep 07, 2020 4:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020
Replies: 67
Views: 6749

Re: Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020

Did you manage to get the keyboard controls sorted out? I printed a couple of the cheat sheets and had them handy the last time I fired it up. Still makes for some "search panic" looking for a proper key when it's needed. :happy I'm sure the muscle memory will come over time. Ah, very good. Enjoy v...
by dwc13
Mon Sep 07, 2020 4:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020
Replies: 67
Views: 6749

Re: Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020

Is there any Amazon reviews that are real? I haven't trusted any Amazon or Home Depot reviews in years. Nothing but fake. Anyways, Fakespot gave it a review of an F, looks like nothing but fake reviews, surprise surprise, not! Uh, no comment about reviews on Amazon.com, lol. In general, I think mos...