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Jan 16, 2015 09:04 |  #7681

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Well will be having my cousins build this out tomorrow :) Taking pictures will be my job :lol:


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Jan 16, 2015 09:06 |  #7682

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Well will be having my cousins build this out tomorrow :) Taking pictures will be my job :lol:

Cool...

One of my first jobs in IT was to put these systems together and a majority of them were gaming systems. I had fun doing it but hated the fact that they weren't mine. :lol:

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Jan 16, 2015 09:06 |  #7683

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Why did you choose a Crucial ssd? I'm trying to figure out what makes for a good one. I bought a couple Kingston ones for my work box and so far they are pretty sweet.

Based on reviews for the size and price point i was looking at. :)


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Jan 16, 2015 09:10 |  #7684

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Cool...

One of my first jobs in IT was to put these systems together and a majority of them were gaming systems. I had fun doing it but hated the fact that they weren't mine. :lol:

Enjoy it!

Thanks Dan! When i told my cousins i was buying up all the pieces they asked if they could build it. Like you they have a lot of fun putting them together. I used to do it but i dont mind sitting back and taking pictures of them going at it :)


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Jan 16, 2015 09:21 |  #7685

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Thanks Dan! When i told my cousins i was buying up all the pieces they asked if they could build it. Like you they have a lot of fun putting them together. I used to do it but i dont mind sitting back and taking pictures of them going at it :)

I still get requests from family to refurb systems. Right now I have my sister's old Thinkpad but I don't think I'm going to do much in the way of hardware modifications.




  
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Jan 16, 2015 09:23 |  #7686

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I still get requests from family to refurb systems. Right now I have my sister's old Thinkpad but I don't think I'm going to do much in the way of hardware modifications.

Tougher to mod due to it being a laptop?


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Jan 16, 2015 09:41 |  #7687

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Tougher to mod due to it being a laptop?

Normally you can at least upgrade hard drive and memory relatively easily. Need a gaming laptop to upgrade other parts. I got to look for some of my old pics when I was modifying laptops. Here's a boot up video of a laptop I did not too long ago:
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I even had some painted as well.




  
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Jan 16, 2015 10:02 |  #7688

My work is getting rid of four or five computers that are set to be upgraded. They are a mixed bag of ASUS, ACER, and DELL boxes, and their all probably 3-4 years old. Some of them are giving people troubles but I think that may be either user error or a problem with our network, from what I can tell they are pretty serviceable still.

I think I have my boss talked into letting me take them since their just going to throw them out. I think I'm gunna pull em all apart and cobble the best bits together into a multimedia PC for the living room. Just something to stream netflix/youtube and spotify on, and to store a bunch of movies I have downloaded on.


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Jan 16, 2015 10:42 |  #7689

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Normally you can at least upgrade hard drive and memory relatively easily. Need a gaming laptop to upgrade other parts. I got to look for some of my old pics when I was modifying laptops. Here's a boot up video of a laptop I did not too long ago:
http://youtu.be/BAUCTr​gz02U (external link)

I even had some painted as well.

Figured that match. That is what i did with my macbook. Upgraded the RAM and the HD to SSD. Rest you cant do much especially in the apple world. Thats a quick boot up especially for the time when you built it!


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Jan 16, 2015 18:47 |  #7690

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Just something to stream netflix/youtube and spotify on, and to store a bunch of movies I have downloaded on.

have you tried Tidal HI-FI , Its main claim is that while Spotify offers 320kbps music, it will offer CD quality streaming using the “Free Lossless Audio Codec” or FLAC – ALAC (Apple AAPL -0.86% Lossless Audio Codec) is used on iPhone and other iOS devices. The specs say that you’ll get the full CD sampling rate of 44 kHz, 16bit and at a bitrate of 1411kbps.

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Jan 16, 2015 19:08 as a reply to  @ vipergts831's post |  #7691

I remember replacing a burned out CFL in my first laptop. Shops wanted $250+. Cost me $20 ($10 for the first bulb that I snapped while soldering it in, $10 for the one that I didn't snap).



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Jan 16, 2015 19:31 |  #7692

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have you tried Tidal HI-FI , Its main claim is that while Spotify offers 320kbps music, it will offer CD quality streaming using the “Free Lossless Audio Codec” or FLAC – ALAC (Apple AAPL -0.86% Lossless Audio Codec) is used on iPhone and other iOS devices. The specs say that you’ll get the full CD sampling rate of 44 kHz, 16bit and at a bitrate of 1411kbps.

http://www.tidalhifi.c​om/ca (external link)

Just started a free trial. I'll report back with what I think, I hadn't heard of it before.


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Jan 18, 2015 12:44 |  #7693

Alright so I've been switching back and forth between Tidal HI-FI and Spotify whenever I've been on the computer this weekend. If you're an audiophile and have a good pream and set of speakers or headphones(I have used both with my M-Audio BX-8a monitors and Sennheiser 404 HD headphones) there is a perceptible difference in the audio quality. The music does tend to sound a little fuller and a little warmer, I believe most people will probably notice that there is generally more bass, but my roomate didn't hear any difference in the highs although I could. It isn't a huge difference however and for some songs I didn't really hear any difference at all. I also tried listening on my roomates laptop speakers, and the earbuds I use with my phone for running. I couldn't hear a difference at all, so if you don't have access to pretty good hardware I would save your money and go with Spotify.

I tend to prefer the Spotify interface for both the PC and Android versions over Tidal's. It's mostly just an aesthetic thing but functionally the biggest advantage is that it shows the songs on each album together so that you don't have to go to each album's page to see the songs from that album. I also feel like the search function on Spotify works a bit better, it is usually able to predict what it is that I'm looking for before I get the entire title or artist name typed out. I did not find this to be the case with Tidal. I have not really tried out the discovery options on Tidal but Spotify gives you a much larger list of similar artist than Tidal does.

Spotify has a slightly better selection, for big name artist both platforms have pretty much the same stuff on offer and the big omissions from Spotify seem to be consistently missing from Tidal as well. Where spotify eeks ahead here are with artist that aren't as well known, I noticed this when going through last months BIRP.fm playlist(which anyone that is into indie artist should check out) and adding the songs I like to my playlist and Spotify had noticeably more of them. Spotify also includes singles and where the artist appears on compilation albums in their discography as well which is nice.

I would love to see a social feature like what Spotify offers in Tidal, I have a lot of friends who I agree with musically and being able to see what they are listening to is amazing. I would also love to see the listen and find feature from Tidal implemented in spotify, this is similar to Shazaam where the app can listen to a song and find it in the library. Otherwise they seem to be pretty even feature wist. A feature that I am very happy to see from Spotify is the ability to download anything you want for playback when you don't have a data/internet connection. I use this daily for my commute to and from work.

The price difference is pretty massive though, with Tidal twice as expensive as Spotify I don't think I will be making the switch. For most people I think spotify is probably the way to go just because I doubt most people have the hardware needed to hear the difference, its cheaper, a little more polished, offers a slightly larger library, and if you're going to use it with mobile you will probably be turning the bit rate down so that you don't have to sell your soul to your wireless provider. It is very cool though that the option is out there, and I hope that Spotify sees this and gets motivated to offer FLAC themselves at least for offline playback.


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Jan 18, 2015 12:46 |  #7694

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Comet Lovejoy with Pleiades- Canon 5D2, 70-200 mm at 70 mm, iso 6400, F2.8, 20 seconds on Celestron CG5 mount

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