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  1. Benzino

    Which VR headset to buy in 2020?

    I'm looking into VR for Half Life: Alyx. I don't have Facebook but can create a throw-away account if needed for the Oculus Rift S (where I'm leaning) or the Link. Reviews say Valve Index is best for HL:A but screw the pricing and eBay gouging. May wait for Reverb G2.
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    Google invests $450 million in ADT, gets exclusive hardware deal

    So looks like ADT customers are getting Nest hardware for new installs. As a current ADT customer I'm cautious. The moment they try to force Nest hardware or link my ADT to my Google account I'm gutting the hardware and cancelling services. Google invests $450 million in ADT, gets exclusive...
  3. Benzino

    FAH has COVID-19 projects

    I initially didn't install the GPU cooler correctly and had hard shutdowns when GPU folding (hitting 90C) had to stop for a while. Finally got some Grizzly thermal paste and some aluminum heatsinks and reassembled, fodling quite nicely now. At 58C under GPU load now and stable. The orientation...
  4. Benzino

    SETI.Germany's 11 Annual BOINC Pentathlon (2020)

    Noticed Boinc wasn't running after checking on it today, who knows how many days I was off (hopefully no more than a few). A lesson in checking in on your folding rig! Been busy with work and house projects, I usually check daily. :/
  5. Benzino

    AMD FX Class Action Lawsuit Checks

    Anyone else get a check from the AMD class action lawsuit for the FX series CPUs? Coworker and I got ours in the mail. A whopping $34 for buying a 8320 (still have it on shelf) back in 2012, 2013 maybe.
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    FAH has COVID-19 projects

    Update: Installed everything and wow, this case is quiet! I hear a low hum at most. CPU temp dropped also, average was 75C now low 60C range on folding load. Unfortunately I must have messed up the GPU install since F@H causes a hard shut down doing GPU folding. Running Unigine benchmark puts my...
  7. Benzino

    FAH has COVID-19 projects

    Getting back into this for the first time in years has prompted some upgrades to deal with cooling and noise: be quiet! DARK BASE 900 case be quiet! DARK ROCK 4 CPU cooler Arctic Accelero Twin Turbo III cooler for the GTX 1070 Doing Rosetta when F@H doesn't have work units available, trying to...
  8. Benzino

    Coronavirus : Folding@home takes the challenge, needs your help.

    I burned through some F@H CPU/GPU work units and am doing Rosetta while F@H is idle. I've been getting Coronavirus WUs, just depends on what is available. You could technically do both if you really want to strain your computer. I had F@H running at the same time as BOINC with BOINC throttled.
  9. Benzino

    Combined COVID-19 thread for DC updates

    Throwing in my rig for BOINC plus F@H with the recommended config file. Have BOINC at 70% CPU utilization. CPU at 73F max with stock cooler, will keep an eye on it. I think I need a new case with some sound dampening as the Corsair 200R is bloody loud. Work from home will be interesting with the...
  10. Benzino

    [H]OT - Microcenter AMD sale (2600x - 79.99, 3600x - 159.99, 3700x - 259.99, 3800x - 279.99, 3950x - 699.99) + $20 mobo discount!

    I'm going today for the 2600x and 3600x with motherboard bundles. The 2600x for my brother's build and the 3600x will be my divorce build.
  11. Benzino

    AMD Ryzen 5 1600 (12nm refresh edition) *** 2/25 back at $85 shipped

    This CPU plus a mobo and RAM would be a cheap core swap on my rig if I reuse the other parts. I don't think Minecraft will tax it. :ROFLMAO:
  12. Benzino

    Budget Oculus Quest Rig

    If this is better suited for the VR forum it can certainly be moved. I have a buddy who is going to buy an Oculus Quest and wants a computer to do VR gaming. He is not tech savvy at all and just wants a shovel-ready computer to play VR games. He was looking at the following computer at Best...
  13. Benzino

    spotify giving away free Google Home Mini

    I linked my spam Google account to Spotify to score one. I just keep the mic off on the now two I have.
  14. Benzino

    Samsung's Ditching The Headphone Jack and Furiously Deleting Its Ads That Made Fun of Apple

    I griped about losing headphone jacks until I got a Samsung Galaxy S9 and paired it with the Sony WH1000XM3 over LDAC. Mathematically I understand its not "Hi-Def" but to my ears its golden and I don't need any better.
  15. Benzino

    Fx 8320, still doesn't suck

    Have an 8320 + GTX 970 for my gaming rig. PubG at 1080 and all graphics settings set to performance settings net me 60-90fps consistently. My old 22" monitor is at 1280x1024 just to get 75hz. Its playable. I have never tried gaming on 144hz so I don't know what I'm missing. This will have to...
  16. Benzino

    AMD FX-8350 via NewEgg (eBay) - $58.99 w FS

    I still use the FX chips, just don't see the point in dropping new money into old tech outside of a cheap Minecraft rig.
  17. Benzino

    New Rig for Video Editing

    Assembled the rig today. Only have cable management left to do (wanted to wait until I verified it boots). I somehow am short a SATA cable for the optical drive so I get to figure out how to order only one SATA cable without going out of the way to MicroCenter (a good 30+ minutes for me). This...
  18. Benzino

    LG V20 with Some Extras

    I am selling my well loved LG V20 (Verizon) with 2 OEM fast chargers, fully enclosed case that kept it in great shape, and arm band. I am glad to answer any questions. $127.\ EDIT: Sold...
  19. Benzino

    AMD Ryzen 1700X $149

    Picked up this and the ASROCK B450 PRO4 ATX today at Microcenter. Combo came out to $174.98.
  20. Benzino

    New Rig for Video Editing

    Went with the following: Microcenter Mobo: CPU: Cooler: Optical...
  21. Benzino

    New Rig for Video Editing

    Thanks for the feedback. I'll drop by MC today for the CPU/Mobo combo in addition to the case (don't want a damaged case arriving.) I'll go through Newegg or even Amazon for the rest (signed up for the 90 day free Prime offer with AMEX). EDIT: Newegg will ship to a Fedex facility. Orders placed!
  22. Benzino

    New Rig for Video Editing

    Here's a quick build I cranked out with the local MicroCenter. Mobo: CPU: RAM...
  23. Benzino

    AMD Ryzen 1700X $149

    I'm looking to build a video editing rig (discussed here) and may drop by Microcenter tomorrow to pick up this bundle.
  24. Benzino

    New Rig for Video Editing

    I posted about this probably last year but now its time to do the damn thing. The old man is looking for a rig to work on family home videos. He will probably have VHS already converted to digital, just playing with videos and exporting to a polished video. 1) What will you be doing with this...
  25. Benzino

    New Life in an FX Gaming Rig?

    Thanks for the feedback folks. I'll work on overclocking this guy. I've been saving my pennies so maybe I'll jump on a new build around Black Friday/Cyber Monday time. I grabbed Battlefield I for $10 so I'll see how this behaves on my rig. EDIT: Already have a Hyper 212+ for cooling so...
  26. Benzino

    New Life in an FX Gaming Rig?

    This is what I have for RAM. Never got into overclocking, not sure if this RAM can be tweaked or if swapping it out would be better. I can drop this stick into my Hyper-V rig and juice that to 32GB.
  27. Benzino

    BATTLEFIELD 1 Revolution $9.99 @ Origin

    Picked this up. At 60GB I had to clear out some space on the SSD. :eek:
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    New Life in an FX Gaming Rig?

    I have two FX rigs, one is my current gaming rig and the other I use for a Hyper-V test rig. See below for specs: Gaming: Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 | AMD FX 8320 | 8GB G-Skill RAM | GTX 970 | EVGA 750w PSU Hyper-V: Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 Ultra | AMD FX 8320e | 24GB G-Skill RAM | Nvidia GeForce GT 710 |...
  29. Benzino

    2017 WCG X-mas Race

    Heading out of town for Christmas, will leave my AMD rigs running. Laptop is coming with me and will be hit or miss for being online. Merry C[H]ristmas folks!
  30. Benzino

    2017 WCG X-mas Race

    Setting both of my FX rigs on this. First time doing Boinc and a challenge.
  31. Benzino

    New Build for VHS Capturing and Video Editing

    This project was postponed, have nothing to report.
  32. Benzino

    US Air Force to Migrate 776,000 Users to Microsoft Office 365

    From what I recall hearing about how the Air Force managed email systems this may be a good thing. They suffered the usual PST sprawl due to tiny mailbox limits.
  33. Benzino

    AMD FX 8350 Black Edition 69$

    I love my FX rigs, would be hard to buy 5 year old technology at this point outside of low budget virtualization builds.
  34. Benzino

    Amazon to Add Second Headquarters with up to 50,000 Jobs

    St Paul/Minneapolis metro area. Have Minneapolis International Airport plus they already have a distribution center in Shakopee.
  35. Benzino

    Crashplan Is Exiting the Consumer Market

    I use SpiderOak, all encrypted zero-knowledge. Just don't forget your password, you are mega boned if you do.
  36. Benzino

    Consumer Reports: Don't Buy a Microsoft Surface Laptop or Tablet

    I've supported various iterations of the Surface product, from RT to Surface to Surface Pro. I like them but would hate to have issues after the warranty is up. If a screen cracks after the warranty the best you can do is take it to the Microsoft store for credit towards a new one, which is less...
  37. Benzino

    The LG V30 Camera Will Have an f/1.6 Aperture, the Largest Ever in a Smartphone

    I have the LG V20 and love it. Don't see the need to get the newest one after just a year of use though.
  38. Benzino

    Cheap kids / grandma / NAS PC - C2D E8400 $38 shipped

    For the folks complaining that a Raspberry Pie won't run PS1 or N64 games well this may be a good alternative. Retropie should run on PC hardware from what I've read.
  39. Benzino

    New Build for VHS Capturing and Video Editing

    Thanks for the feedback all.
  40. Benzino

    New Build for VHS Capturing and Video Editing

    I tweaked the budget and threw together a Ryzen build to see if I could generate discussion. Capture devices seem to be USB 2 only these days.