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Everything posted by kuri

  1. No duties or taxes for me either. They just left it at my front door when I wasn't home, so I assume they didn't need to collect anything.
  2. I had some time today, so here it is after the hardware migration. I guess I should look into fan color coordination now that I have a glass side panel case... And being an older motherboard, I have to add that USB 3 expansion card at the bottom which messes up cable management a bit, but otherwise this case was so easy to build a system in. I love it!
  3. Wow, you guys weren't kidding when you said the prizes may arrive this week. I got home and saw this at my front door! I'll post another pic after I move my system into it, hopefully sometime next week. Hope all the other winners will get their prizes soon too. Thank you OCC and all the sponsors again!
  4. I think you'd have better audiophile feedback on forums like https://www.canuckaudiomart.com
  5. Just saw this thread. It looks like there are lots of us "old timers" here. I have a similar system with an i7-930, and it had a 5770 for the longest time. With my kids a little older, I finally get some time to myself, so I decided to upgrade the GPU to a RX570 this Christmas, catching a deal for it for $150 CAD (~$110 USD) for some light 1080p gaming. I can probably squeeze more frames with a newer CPU/mobo, but it seems good enough for my needs (occasional video editing for family videos, light gaming, internet/youtube, VPN to office for work, etc.). That said, if you haven't decided yet, the prices will likely come down more closer we get to the summer (though that's still a few months away) once Ryzen 3 hits.
  6. Holy... I can't believe I actually won the thing I needed most - the Fractal Design case. My Antec case had been failing me with its power button and reset button literally disintegrating into pieces. I guess I had been using the same case for 10+ years. I had made makeshift cardboard + duct tape buttons as a temporary measure. Thank you so much OCC! You guys are amazing. I can hardly wait for the case to arrive! And big congratulations to all the winners!
  7. I guess a motherboard change is considered too big a change, requiring a new OS license?
  8. I received my Noctua Chromax NF-F12 fan today! Thank you OCC and all the sponsors!
  9. How did your reinstall go? Any tips/pitfalls encountered for people wanting to do the same? I have a Win 10 machine too (upgraded for free from Windows 7). I'm thinking of getting a new mobo+CPU+RAM, but keeping all the other components (GPU, SSD, keyboard, mouse, monitor). Is there any chance I'd be able to keep using the same free Win 10 license?
  10. Nice review. Welcome back AMD! Personally I'm more in the market for their low-mid end offerings. Hope they deliver bang for the buck across the board even in their non-flagship lineup.
  11. Happy new year all. I think it's pretty clear now what Bosco is waiting for, with the latest CES teases happening
  12. Bought a clearance sale Logitech G710+ Cherry MX Brown keyboard. I definitely like these brown switches more than the reds, especially for typing.
  13. To follow up on this, I purchased the Shield a while back and haven't looked back. It's been running SPMC flawlessly, and the recent firmware update even enabled Plex Server support with hardware aided transcoding.
  14. Those specs look tight. Can't wait to see actual benchmarks.
  15. Wow this thing looks and feels better than I thought! I need to find a wrist rest though. Thank you so much OCC and Zalman!
  16. lol @ the XL mouse pad. That's awesome. I think in your case it fits better as the keyboard "pad".
  17. Yeah, I'm definitely leaning towards the Shield at this point. I wasn't planning on gaming on the HTPC if I was going with a NUC that's in the same price range, so that's a bonus with the Shield. The slick interface is most definitely a plus versus full blown Windows 10, not to mention HDMI 2.0 for proper 4k support (even the latest NUCs are still HDMI 1.4b). Other than that, both will run Kodi so that's a non-factor. The offset is I won't be able to use the Shield for misc tasks such as a torrent server, or potential media server doing transcoding work, but I easily have workarounds for those.
  18. Wow, I won a Zalman mechanical keyboard! I've never had a mechanical keyboard before. This will be sweet. Thank you OCC and Zalman, and congrats to all the winners too!
  19. Nice, I was wondering about the Shield too since the free remote deal is back on Amazon and B&H. I was thinking of building a NUC for a HTPC for flexibility but the Shield is really making me second guess my plan.
  20. Nice prizes this year! Good luck everyone
  21. This is what I did. Heck, even 5-6 Mbps upload is good enough to stream most stuff at decent quality from a Plex server. For sure. I also installed a few IP cams to check on my kids at home. I only have 5Mbps up, but that gives me pretty clear 720p streams (tho not 30fps smooth) from the IP cams already.
  22. If your upload speeds are good enough, maybe a home media server that you can access on the go?
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