Computer advice thread ("What's the best way to do this?")


#462

NOW I KNOW WHY MY WORK TABLET CHARGER TOASTED MY PHONE BATTERY EVEN THOUGH THE TRANSFORMER BRICK SAID THE VOLTAGE WAS THE SAME.


#463

Got home and messed around with the monitor. I think it’s dead. Tried unplugging the power. Tried swapping the display port cables. Tried using HDMI. It’s now just a very large USB 2.0 hub.

What’s the best 4k monitor that isn’t unreasonably large or expensive? Is there something out there better than a Dell U2718Q?

Maybe a P2415Q?

Same resolution and smaller screen means smaller pixels. Bezel is way big, though.


#464

The U2718Q is perfect for me, and I am very happy with two. The pixels are plenty small.


#465

Is spinrite still how you want to recover a spinning disk?


#466

Wow, I realize I actually don’t know.

I no longer have any spinning disks that aren’t in a RAID, so I’ve given up on the idea of recovering from one…


#467

The recovery plan for a failed disk of any kind is always to buy a new disc and load from your backups.


#468

I’m more saying that I honestly don’t know the best way to approach a data recovery in 2019.


#469

Well, it’s still up for sale: https://www.grc.com/intro.htm


#470

I want to get back into gaming. It’s been a growing itch that I just haven’t been able to scratch in a number of years. So many years, in fact, that I no longer have any computers that are capable of doing so. I have a smartphone and a Chromebook, that’s it for devices that can run games. And the games on the Play Store aren’t scratching that itch. I have probably four or five major games that I backed on KS that I just haven’t even considered playing, plus an urge to try and see if there’s a good platforming game that scratches that Metroidvania itch.

But building a PC is damned expensive if you don’t make a lot of money. Building a good gaming rig? Pretty much out of the question. And I don’t have much space to put anything. I live in a studio apartment, there’s no room to put a desk/monitors. I’d have to run whatever I got off my TV.

I was considering Shadow as a solution since the fee for it is reasonable enough. $400/year is something I can find in my budget, I think.

Anyone else looked at or considered anything like this? Or should I just save up? And what would I save up for, even?


#471

I recommend putting your blood, sweat, and tears into getting a good deal. Comb deals sites and stuff like /r/buildapcsales. Get familiar with what parts are out there. Shop gently used parts where necessary. Get familiar with certain things to watch out for like EVGA’s wednesday b-stock sales. Set reasonable expectations, a 1050ti is still a fine card to do a lot of gaming.


#472

How about like, a Nintendo Switch? There are some Metroidvania on there.


#473

And that’s probably why I’ve wanted to build a PC for almost three years, and haven’t.

I no longer have a knowledge base for “How to Build a PC.” I don’t know where to go. Yes, I can go look, but that’s draining as hell to be constantly on the hunt. That seems like it’s the level of emotional energy for a higher level of need.

I want this, will spend some money to get this, but it’s no longer worth my time. Certainly not worth my time trying to refamilize myself with a framework that I haven’t looked at in twenty years. The last video card I bought was the one that went in the PC I took to college. Since then I’ve been through two Macs.

@Apreche, I’m considering it. The biggest mental obstacle there is leaving all the games I have waiting for me on Steam to lie fallow. I stopped having a PC when there was starting to be a decent selection of Mac ports of games, so I have a minor library there.

If I did that, what would your top recommendations be?


#474

You can play a LOT of steam games with an old cheap slow PC. You just can’t play the newest hotness.

For reference CIV VI minum specs:

  • OS: Windows 7 64bit / 8.1 64bit / 10 64bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i3 2.5 Ghz or AMD Phenom II 2.6 Ghz or greater
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Hard Drive: 13 GB or more
  • Video Card: 1 GB DirectX 11 Video Card (AMD 5570 or Nvidia 450)

You can get like, a GTX 750 for like $50 or less.

https://techguided.com/best-gaming-pc-under-300-dollars/#5

Boom. $300 gaming PC. Same price as a Nintendo Switch.


#475

Thank you, bookmarked for later. I’d tried looking before, and most builds were landing around $800. That’s in the range where I should be able to save up for it in a few months.


#476

Save up then. An $800 PC will last you a lot longer.


#477

If you skimp on something, skimp on lots of storage and skimp on the video card. I made it until pretty recently with a GTX770, and I play a lot of games on my current HTPC which is still rocking a god damned GTX450.


#478

An HTPC is pretty much what I’m going for here, and I’m several years retired from my oceanic endeavours; don’t really need the space. I’m aiming at a 720p TV, not a gaming monitor, so that also means more room to skimp.

I think no matter what happens, I’ll probably end up bouncing any finished parts list off Dan to see what he thinks, since he’s still making his own PC’s.


#479

Yeah, even at 1080 you don’t need to push that many pixels.


#480

You could probably start with integrated graphics and just upgrade later on if you ever need it.

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/Nx7M7W

$350 before windows. Has two open memory slots for later upgrade, and supposedly AMD is keeping the same socket for a while so you’ve got options to drop something nicer in later. For $50 more you can get the 2400g for a graphics and cpu upgrade at once.


#481

At this point, there may not be much difference in price between 720p and 1080p TVs. I recently got a 4K that was slightly bigger than my 1080p for about the same amount of money.