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Scott P

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  1. It's very close to a build I want to do. I just plan on a lower end video card. I don't game at all any more, so I just need something to run a couple monitors. Per my Newegg order history, the core of my current build was purchased in 2011, so I think I am about due.
  2. I was excited to see that I won a game, Star Control - Origins. Before I got a chance to see if my machine could even run it, I saw the article here that it was pulled from Steam. Still, I am glad to see I won something! I love this contest every year. Thanks OCC!
  3. I looked up my account on Newegg. My Motherboard and video card were purchased in April of 2011. I never thought I would ever own the same computer for five years, much less for seven and a half years. The memory in that machine is from the OCC Christmas contest back in 2009.
  4. I look forward to this contest every year. As a stay at home dad of five year old twins, my time for gaming and computer usage has gone down. As a result, my computer has gone without an overhaul for years. This contest gives me a chance at an upgrade without having to justify the expense to the office of budget management (the wife).
  5. Entered! I love this contest!. Thanks for doing it again.
  6. Amazon has an Asus with an i5-8250, 8 GB of RAM, 1920x1080 14.9" display, USB type C, HDMI and a 1 TB 5,400 RPM drive. It just lacks an SSD, which can be added easily. It's $500 new, plus the cost of an SSD. SO about $600 I get a nicely equipped system for my needs. If I go used, I think I would target about half that price or less.
  7. I know this forum is mainly focused on desktops, but it's the only computer forum I am on. I am starting my MS150 training and need a laptop for my indoor trainer. I need to attach a USB dongle for speed/cadence data, wifi, bluetooth and the ability to connect via HDMI to my 13 year old Sony TV (720p/1080i). I would also like to use it for regular browsing, Office 365 and maybe, some light Photoshop Elements. And by light, I mean autocorrect and crop. Yes, I am that guy. I don't know how much I would honestly use it, so I am looking at the used market. I am thinking i5 or i7. How much have these chips changed over the years? Would I notice a huge difference in performance for my needs with a processor that is three or four generations old? Is it worth it to upgrade to an SSD and boost in RAM to help performance or is that money better spent on a new machine? I think a new laptop would be in the $700 range while my used price target is $100-$200.
  8. I won a game! I look forward to giving it a shot! Thanks!
  9. At least your processor is newer than mine...
  10. I always look forward to this contest. I've become brand loyal to certain companies solely because of the stuff I've gotten. I also once build a new computer just go with some RAM that I won.
  11. Isn't it winter down under? Just call it Australian Christmas.
  12. Update - I completely removed the AC86U from the network and am using just the N12. Everything is connecting, which leads me to believe something is wrong with the AC86U. don't know if I should try to deal with Asus on it or go buy something new.
  13. I have a 19 month old Asus RT-AC86U Over the past few days, it seems lost have lost connectivity with the interwebs through the wireless connections. You can connect to the network, but there is no internet access. I have the most recent firmware update, have rebooted it several times and even reset it back to factory settings and started fresh. Is it time to get a new one? Do I have to figure out how to assign static IP addresses? I have a second router, an Asus RT-N12, that I was using as a repeater to extend the range. Is there a way I can use that to handle the wireless while I keep the RT-AC86U as the main router while I figure out my net steps?
  14. I am running Windows 10. It is an upgrade from the Windows 7 Pro pre-order. I figured on having to buy a new OS copy. It's been seven years, so that seems fair. The heat considerations were a concern of mine to resist a simple CPU upgrade.
  15. The computer in my signature is getting a bit old and slow. It also runs a bit warm. I figure the time has come to upgrade. I just have no idea what direction to go. I am a stay at home dad of almost three year old twins. I can't even remember the last time i played a game. I know nothing of Photoshop, but do use it very lightly. Honestly, it's mostly cropping and auto-correct type stuff. It's basically become a machine for web surfing, some online video streaming and Microsoft Office type stuff. I would like to get back into a STarcraft II type gaming, but I honestly do not think I have the time. So, the question becomes this. Do I build a new machine, buy a pre-built, upgrade my current one, get a laptop or get something like a Surface. There have been plenty of times when I've wanted something more portable or handheld. But I always feared that they had limited capacity in regards to performance, capacity and usable lifespan. But, when faced with the reality of my current usage patterns, they might be more than adequate. I've been building these things since 1995, so it's a hard habit to break. My computer sits inside my desk, so heat build-up is a problem. My current case is about as big as I could go and I would most likely reuse it. My drives should be fine, unless I opt for an additional SSD. My monitor is only 1680x1050, so I would like to upgrade that. Adding a second one is not in the current plans, but could be in the future. I also have an Insignia 1080p tv that I would use as a second display until then via HDMI. I've always build AMD since they were cheaper. But I do not have any brand loyalty. I figure this build should last several years unless things change. Any suggestions on which direction I should go? Any component recommendations? My budget is under a $1,000 all in. I'd prefer it to be lower than that if possible.
  16. My fancy new ID-Cooling CPU cooler arrived last weekend. I meant to get a picture up, but was busy with MS150 prep. I'll try and get one posted today. Thanks OCC!
  17. I missed that I also won a CPU cooler. I only saw the thermal grease. Two prizes? I am a lucky guy. Sure, I may not be able to see my own name listed twice when only two lines apart, but still...whoo hoo!
  18. I got some thermal grease. That will definitely come in handy. It's great to have around. Thanks OCC!
  19. This showed up a few weeks ago. It's already had a few broken parts replaced or upgraded. The first track trip last weekend broke a few more.
  20. That sounds like a great idea. It is already a crazy enough time of year without piling more work on you.
  21. I did a clean install from a USB drive. It is stable so far. Now I just have to reinstall stuff. I also have to find all the original CDs for those programs.
  22. That was a good idea. Unfortunately, it did not help. It was an upgrade install on an older Win 7 installation, so there may be something helpful about clean install. I just don't really want to go through all the reinstalling of program if it doesn't help.
  23. Ever since I did the upgrade to Windows 10, I often,as in many times per day, get a blue screen error stating Internal_Power_Error. My web searches point to video or LAN driver issues. I have uninstalled and reinstalled both drivers and even used the stock widows video driver to no avail. The beta video drivers were even worse. I am getting them from the AMD website, so they are the most current ones. So, should I uninstall Windows 10 and revert to Windows 7, do a clean install of Windows 10 or do a clean install of Windows 7? The only problems I had with Win 7 was that it occasionally would go into a sleep mode that required me to turn off the power supply and turn it back on. It would come back with all of the windows open that were there before it went to sleep. Is also the possibility of a hardware problem? The computer is the one in my signature.
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