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Reintroducing myself after a decade


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Hi Everyone. I'm actually an old member. I joined back at the beginning of 2002. I can't believe it's been eighteen years. I'm sure there are some people here who aren't even that old.
I used to visit Neowin all the time back then. It was my go-to website for computer advice/news. Always loved the style of this website. But I haven't been here in a decade. :( 
Looks like my last post was 2010. Which is around the around time I built my last PC before quickly trading it to my girlfriend for her Macbook. I've been a mac user ever since, at least at home. I've used Windows for years at work until switching jobs and using a mac at the new one a couple years back. Although to be fair, I was also a mac user for several years back in the 00s at different times. So I'm familiar with both and I'm thinking about building a new Windows 10 PC today. I kinda got the bug again after helping my girlfriend upgrade her PC this past weekend. Not sure if I should get into my PC building ideas and questions here or start another topic elsewhere for that. Let me know.

But for now. Hi!

    

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22 hours ago, roxics said:

I kinda got the bug again after helping my girlfriend...

Same girlfriend? :p

 

Don't answer that. Welcome back to the fold! I'd suggest a separate topic under the hardware hangout, there are plenty of knowledgeable people to get you up to speed. I've been thinking about building my own rig recently too, and the graphics cards and processors have me uneasy. I know that if I really decide to go for it that's where I will ask for advice. (Y)

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Welcome back. It seems you stopped visiting right around the time I joined the forum so I don't believe we've had the pleasure yet 🙂

 

What type of build you thinking of making? AMD seems to be the way to go now a days with the Ryzens. Seriously giving Intel a run for their money with price, performance, and low wattage on their CPUs

 

As Nick said, feel free to start a thread in the Hardware section. Plenty of us would love to help you put something together.

 

One thing to keep in mind; there's low stock on a lot of items right now due to COVID so depending on what you're looking for it may be harder to find parts or you may need to compromise on some things. This is mostly higher end stuff that's facing a shortage though so your average build should still be pretty easy to put together

 

🙂 🙂 

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3 minutes ago, Brandon H said:

AMD seems to be the way to go now a days with the Ryzens.

Thank you for validating my opinion I gave to someone that asked me at work today! I'm not overly savvy on what to go for, I work in the sector that fixes what the user has. Good to know my advice was reasonable! :laugh:

 

Damn, I'm getting that bug again...maybe I'll create my own thread, with blackjack and hoo...umm, processors and graphics cards. :laugh:

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57 minutes ago, Nick H. said:

Same girlfriend? :p

 

Don't answer that. Welcome back to the fold! I'd suggest a separate topic under the hardware hangout, there are plenty of knowledgeable people to get you up to speed. I've been thinking about building my own rig recently too, and the graphics cards and processors have me uneasy. I know that if I really decide to go for it that's where I will ask for advice. (Y)

Thanks everyone. 
 

Actually yeah. Same girlfriend. Over twelve years together. She decided to go back to college at the time and bought the macbook for that, but discovered she wasn't using it much, since her school was mostly PC based. I was completely upgrading my tower to an almost entirely new system running an Athlon II back then. She wanted to game and I was starting a new website project with a friend where we were meeting in a coffee shop every week, and I really needed a laptop not a new tower. So we traded. I've been on a mac ever since. Also buying a mac mini and macbook pro in the following years. She's been upgrading that PC ever since.

But now I'm looking to do something different. I'm not really looking for hardware advice. I've kept up with what's going on over the years, somewhat. I think I've settled on a mid level Ryzen 5 system running a nVidia 1650 super. It's really more about deciding whether I want to pull the trigger and spend the money to build it or if I'm fine with what I have. It's a bit of a luxury buy/build for me. My Macbook Pro is my daily driver for most things, but my Mac Mini is doing double duty as  my editing machine and Plex server. Which can slow each other down. So really I'm just trying to decide if I want to take some of the strain off the Mac Mini by adding a PC, to either do editing or act as the Plex server. I can't decided which I would task with which, if I did build a new PC. 

I don't even want to think about how I would share my external hard drives between both OSs. Right now all the big ones are formated for mac and the smaller are exFAT.       

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A Ryzan 5 build with a 1650 Super would treat you well in either situation

 

17 hours ago, roxics said:

I don't even want to think about how I would share my external hard drives between both OSs. Right now all the big ones are formated for mac and the smaller are exFAT.       

If you have spare externals or enough space to move things around so you can format the drives MacOS can read/write NTFS with a little work; there are some free solutions but the best option that I've used personally is Paragon NTFS; it's $20 but it works perfectly.

https://www.howtogeek.com/236055/how-to-write-to-ntfs-drives-on-a-mac/

 

alternatively Windows can read/write mac formatted drives too with some custom drivers. Paragon has an app for that too https://www.paragon-software.com/home/hfs-windows/

 

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What I personally do is I have my external drive hooked up to my Linksys WRT1900AC router that has OpenWRT on it and share it across my network. Works like a charm 🙂

 

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