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Forum Topic "Are dual monitors worth it?"

haleth 1 point 16 days ago

All I can say is once you go dual, you CAN'T go back... it'll feel terrible. Like you're missing out. The weird thing is you can go from 3 monitors to 2, and your neck will probably thank you, even if you tilt your screens, it is more added movement to your neck, eyes and head in general.

Life is too short, enjoy the 2nd monitor bro...

Forum Topic "Which music genre do you listen to?"

haleth 0 points 16 days ago

Literally everything. I LOVE music. (sorry for the long post, skip if you don't have the time or inclination)

OF all types, countries, instruments, moods. Pretty much anything from the 1850s (American music, Irish, Scottish and British folk music) to music from the 1900s and then every decade from the 20s to today. Yes even Rap, Heavy Metal, Country, Disco, Hip Hop, Salsa, Socca, Reggae, Ska, New Age, Classical Instrumental, Opera, Blue Grass, Ragtime, Jazz, Motown, The Beatles, Elvis, some Grunge, 90s Old School Rap, Broadway, Disney, Movie Soundtracks, Mariachi, some Tejano, Cumbias, 1 Hit Wonders, some Techno, Japanese Drumming, Maori chants & choral, Acapella...

I know there is a lot more, but that should give you a general idea. I like it all. As for today's music, I try to keep up, but obviously there's so much of it, I can only cover what's popular, of which I am terribly behind in. But every year I try to listen to the Grammy nominations in each category, and the winners of course. And I do the same for any genre I like, so the CMAs, the Latin Grammys, etc...

To me music fits your mood, if you only listen to one type, that's fine, that's what effects you. I guess lol, I could never make up my mind. And yes of course in every genre, there are people I don't like. Never was a big fan of Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, or sad to say Beyonce, after she went solo, I did like her in Destiny's Child. I don't like every hair band from the 80s, and while I admit some people can sing & play, their public personality sometimes ruins the music for me.

Some days I'll listen to one song 12 times, to really get the feel for it, then I'll do a 180 and listen to a completely different genre.

I went to a great high school where half the population were artists (visual), and the other half were musicians and singers. We were very diversified racially, and many of us are still friends to this day, 35+ years after the fact. I think that, and growing up in NYC (from 1970 - 1997) helped subject me to a lot of different styles. My son sometimes keeps me current with stuff like Florence and the Machine, people I've never heard of...

Again, sorry for the long post. Peace!

manirelli's Build Guide: Excellent Gaming Build

haleth 1 point 27 days ago

Yes I learned that the hard way, my motherboard (an Asus Z170-A) lowered the RAM to a 2133 clock speed.

Forum Topic "So many questions build?"

haleth submitter 1 point 1 month ago

Yeah the thing is I only bought 1 new copy for the new rig... a fresh install of Windows 10 would also make me have to reinstall ALL my programs. And frankly this old rig is not long for this earth... I think it knows that, which is why it's falling apart on me as we speak. And yeah I only plan to install all those programs once this month...

Fixing this pc would be nice, but I don't plan on using it anymore for art or gaming. If my friends in NYC lived closer, I'd give it to a buddy, but he's sol alas... whoops forgot to add, I'm an ex-patriot living in Canada, the wife is a farm girl from Ontario... my town only has 50K in it's population, and I tell everyone it's still the 80s here. I call this place Witness Relocation, except I never got to whack nobody!

Forum Topic "So many questions build?"

haleth submitter 1 point 1 month ago

Normally I would. I didn't ask for this gift, but my wife wanted me to have it as she got a nice bonus from work this month. She's a graphic designer... I told her I didn't NEED it, I was planning on simply wiping the drives, starting a fresh install, and living with 1 monitor... I have a decent Asus 27 inch IPS for about 6 months now.

But with this new rig, I wanted to try 2K graphics, and I found an amazing deal on a new 32 inch Asus. Some people have reported problems with it, but overall the reviews on Amazon for it have been good. So I am hoping I get a good one. It was a boxing day sale for $299, and I haven't found anything better... well for that price. The monitor was a last minute add on.

If the monitor tends out to be a dud, I may upgrade to a 29 inch wide 1080p IPS... as I've seen those on sale for under $400. But this new rig is a dream come true. I've never had this much RAM, never had this good storage quality and size, never had this good a graphics card. So I am pretty excited. :D

Forum Topic "So many questions build?"

haleth submitter 1 point 1 month ago

It's so annoying, today every time I try to open the control panel, it stays on the task bar and won't maximize. I'm ready to call it quits on this one, and the install of Windows 10 is over Windows 7, if that makes any difference... the new rig will have a clean install.

Forum Topic "So many questions build?"

haleth submitter 1 point 1 month ago

No that's the plan to only use the ssd for boot and photoshop, and windows stuff. EVERYTHING else will be on HHD. As to the old PC, I may end up giving the GPU to my new friend Steve who is helping me build it. He does IT for our school system here in Ontario, and knows his stuff, he helped me discuss parts all week... as to saving the old PC. I plan to wipe the drives, and use them in the new build if there's room. I may put music on 1 ssd, the 120gb, and save the old 250gb for a partial scratch disk on Photoshop.

The 1.5 TB, I may use for back up and client work. I will harvest what else I can from it...

Forum Topic "So many questions build?"

haleth submitter 1 point 1 month ago

Yes unfortunately something happened in the install, and 2 of my monitors are not recognized by the Gpu... been looking into it today, and apparently to fix it, I have to go into the BIOS, a little above my pay grade... gonna have to ask the more tech savvy son.

EDIT: and with photoshop, and a lot of other programs(Skype, ITunes, etc) on the boot drive, it has little to no space at the moment, so I am installing stuff on the smaller 120 ssd and the 1.5 HDD, but the C: drive is bonked... :(

manirelli's Build Guide: Excellent Gaming Build

haleth 1 point 1 month ago

What's wrong with that cooler? Could you suggest something else?

manirelli's Build Guide: Excellent Gaming Build

haleth 1 point 1 month ago

I bought one size of RAM faster, the 2666, but had initially started with 3000 until I read between them (the 2666 and the 3000) there wouldn't be much of a difference. I also went bigger in the PSW, since my wattage came out to 379W according to the site. And I read somewhere to double your wattage when picking a PSW, so I got 850 just to have a little insurance over an 800. :)

What case did you pick? I was so torn over that, ended up going for the mini fridge Corsair Air 740... but I had a ton of others that were also tempting. At one point the InWin 303 was so tempting, because of it's inverted build... but I think that was beyond my particular skills of building, even though it's a gorgeous case.

manirelli's Build Guide: Excellent Gaming Build

haleth 2 points 1 month ago

Had the same exact question, thank you so much for your thorough explanation, now I can't wait to receive my parts even more... some time this week they say!

Have a great new year harr1847!

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