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Re: building a new computer
« Reply #25 on: February 11, 2018, 07:22:28 am »
Max out your RAM.  Get some SSDs.  Take a look at the new NVME drives. (https://www.kingston.com/us/ssd/consumer/SKC1000)  Consider upgrading your GPU.  Make sure your MOBO can support the new hardware (or get the best stuff you can for your MOBO.)

16 GB RAM is really the lowest you want to go with Win 10. 

The NVME SSDs have unbelievable performance.  Well over 1 Gigabyte (yes BYTE) per second performance.
Don’t get NVMe though as you won’t be able to boot from it unless you splice your machine’s UEFI BIOS and create an unofficial one with a NVMe driver from a donor board’s UEFI BIOS added. This runs the risk of bricking your machine.
 

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Re: building a new computer
« Reply #26 on: February 11, 2018, 07:33:33 am »
Don’t get NVMe though as you won’t be able to boot from it unless you splice your machine’s UEFI BIOS and create an unofficial one with a NVMe driver from a donor board’s UEFI BIOS added. This runs the risk of bricking your machine.
Create a small (128MB should be plenty) /boot partition on a SATA device and also install the bootloader to that device. It should work as long as the kernel supports NVMe.
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Re: building a new computer
« Reply #27 on: February 11, 2018, 11:06:47 am »
Don’t get NVMe though as you won’t be able to boot from it unless you splice your machine’s UEFI BIOS and create an unofficial one with a NVMe driver from a donor board’s UEFI BIOS added. This runs the risk of bricking your machine.
Create a small (128MB should be plenty) /boot partition on a SATA device and also install the bootloader to that device. It should work as long as the kernel supports NVMe.
If you want to use any other OS you will have to splice the UEFI BIOS though. IMO for such old devices it is better to go with PCIe AHCI SSD's since it still uses AHCI as SATA does for the sake of the compatibility, but you do get some benefit of a PCIe SSD since such drives are still much faster than a SATA 6Gb/s SSD.
 

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Re: building a new computer
« Reply #28 on: February 12, 2018, 11:58:22 pm »
For the princely sum of 100-200 USD: https://www.amazon.com/Best-Sellers-Electronics-Mini-Computers/zgbs/electronics/13896591011

I really don't want to see anymore of S. Mavica posts.  Is there some way on these forums for me to Ignore/Block his posts? 
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Re: building a new computer
« Reply #29 on: February 13, 2018, 01:26:18 am »
For the princely sum of 100-200 USD: https://www.amazon.com/Best-Sellers-Electronics-Mini-Computers/zgbs/electronics/13896591011

I really don't want to see anymore of S. Mavica posts.  Is there some way on these forums for me to Ignore/Block his posts? 
What he already has is likely better than many/most of those cheap mini desktops.
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Re: building a new computer
« Reply #30 on: February 13, 2018, 01:44:03 am »
For the princely sum of 100-200 USD: https://www.amazon.com/Best-Sellers-Electronics-Mini-Computers/zgbs/electronics/13896591011

I really don't want to see anymore of S. Mavica posts.  Is there some way on these forums for me to Ignore/Block his posts?

The best way to ignore someone you don't like is to just not acknowledge them. It's also a bit harsh to straight up say you don't like someone straight to their face.

If you don't want to see his posts, don't click on them. The two words sony mavica aren't going to rend your flesh just by looking at them.
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Re: building a new computer
« Reply #31 on: February 13, 2018, 10:40:37 am »
The best way to ignore someone you don't like is to just not acknowledge them. It's also a bit harsh to straight up say you don't like someone straight to their face.

If you don't want to see his posts, don't click on them. The two words sony mavica aren't going to rend your flesh just by looking at them.
I am too used to EVE Online, where you just right click on a name and choose Block.  And never see them again.
 

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Re: building a new computer
« Reply #32 on: February 13, 2018, 04:54:33 pm »
There is no block function in the real world. The internet is only a choice of how much you wish to abstract from the real world.
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Re: building a new computer
« Reply #33 on: February 13, 2018, 05:13:21 pm »
I think buying something new that's better than what you have now is out of the question. So upgrading it it. You will need to establish what you current computer won't do that you would like it to do. Play games? Render animations? Basic browsing?
 

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Re: building a new computer
« Reply #34 on: February 13, 2018, 06:45:33 pm »
As Halcyon said, depends on your intent.

My computer building experience is this. When I was younger my intent was making the best gaming system that can run Crysis. I sunk alot into GPUs. Nowadays my intent is to run programs like J Model test which really need a system to be good at crunching numbers. So nowadays I sink my money into the CPU and RAM. For quick boots and start ups I like SSDs. You only need the OS and some programs installed on the SSD. Everything else like files pertaining to results, text, documents, movies, pictures etc can be on HDDs. As for PSU you need to calculate how much power you need from the specs of each part. Lastly I know we're moving to an age of downloadable content but I suggest planning for some form of CD/DVD drive and even a floppy. You may want to image/save a disk's content one day. Water cooling and overclocking is for pros and I wouldn't recommend unless you do know what you're doing (what to and how to set clock speeds and voltage levels in the bios for example). Regular air fans will suffice. You can even get the quiet performance water cooling offers if you pick the right fan (# of fan blades, rotational speed, rubber mounts, etc.)
 


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