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Everything about your or seen somewhere computer builds, parts, accessories. Recommendations on upgrading your PC.
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  2. GPU supply went extinct around 9~ months ago. As soon as the factories in China started shutting down very early last year, tech influencers started recommending upgrading ASAP before things went bad. I finally upgraded to an EVGA RTX 2060 KO from an ancient GTX 770, which I previously acquired used but was having trouble with crashes and poor framerate. I wanted to be able to do VR eventually as well. The RTX 2060 KO isn't amazing, but for $300, it's been good enough to run everything I want acceptably at 1080p on desktop or VR like Beat Saber. RTX also has the newer hardware video recording encoders, and the 2060 KO version has the same video rendering chip from the GTX 1080, so that's nice. But definitely not worth the $600-700 used it's going for on eBay now... it will likely not be until at least 2022, more likely 2023 before supply can anywhere near meet demand. Or the crypto market will crash again tomorrow and they might drop, who knows. I honestly considered going for a 3070 or 3080 (there's no practical value in buying a 3090 over a 3080) with the stimulus checks the USA has been getting, but because I'm on disability, I can't deal with the taxes and other insanity involved with mining cryptocurrency to recoup the cost of investment. And then there's the problem of being able to find one and buying it, my lack of being able to get around or having a Micro Center nearby... It's not like I'd be getting a greatly better experience either, I'd have to upgrade my monitor from 1080p 144hz to the much more expensive 1440p 144hz to take advantage of the graphical horsepower, upgrade my CPU, etc etc... I don't care that much, mine's good enough. Well, I should upgrade my Ryzen 1600 to a Ryzen 3700 or Ryzen 5600, but that's another issue. As things are currently here in the USA, the only affordable options for a decent GPU are buying a prebuilt from a reputable system builder like https://www.ibuypower.com/, or going for one of the newer RTX 3050-3060 laptops with a high TDP. Not on par with a desktop chip due to power delivery, heat and noise, but what else can you do. Not sure why many people think they need a 3080. I mean, they are above and beyond when it comes to being able to run games and video editing at 4k, but they're not a great value unless you are specifically subsidizing the investment with cryptocurrency mining... which is why they are impossible to find, because rich people buy literally all of them with bots to mine in factories.
  3. https://videoconverter.iskysoft.com/convert-mp3/convert-wma-to-mp3-windows-media-player.html
  4. Thanks...now currently trying to figure out how to convert the files
  5. I haven't done that but I have used a free program called GoldWave to convert a lot of files to MP3.
  6. Hello I have a quick question... How do I convert WMA files ( from a Jump drive or flash drive ) to MP3 using windows media player? thanks
  7. This is very good advice. Store your valuable data in at least two devices and then keep them in separate places. Like two harddisks, or a hardisk and an online copy cloud. And never trust pendrives, they break very easily and without warning.
  8. I have 2 external hard-drives that would not be recognised, or would not detect power (no light flashing on hard-drive) when connected to PC Thinking that they permanently failed, I left them alone for 2-3 years. Today I took them apart and removed bare drives from cases, then connected to another external case and BANG! they both work! Recovered some old photos, happy. Please store your files on 2 different hard-drives, just in case.
  9. I just watch a lot of hardware and tech reviews. Independent benchmarks and reviews are the ONLY way to properly compare actual hardware performance. Number theory means much less in real world performance or value. Gigahertz isn't the 'speed' factor for a long time now. Die size and Instructions per clock are more important. Also, yes, more cores (and threads) are absolutely more important than raw speed moving forward for all types of software. I don't have too much time to explain atm, so watch Techquickie and it will make more sense. These vids are already 3 and 6 years old though, which is ages in tech time.
  10. Also number of threads ... I understand cores but not threads ... need some clarity You're spot on Alex, picked the same GPU card to be installed in a new system ....
  11. @Myew, what's your opinion about number of cores and CPU's clock speed? What do you prefer - more cores or higher speed? I read different thoughts about this but I personally guess more cores is better.
  12. Here is what I would probably personally build if I needed that much CPU: https://pcpartpicker.com/user/Myew/saved/HyxJbv Though you would probably rather have an x570 board than a b450. But that's the gist. It's about 1k USD for equivalent parts. I haven't watched this fully, but I scrubbed through some videos to look at some of the benchmarks. You're only saving a few minutes on render times if you spend a whole lot more to get something higher than a 3700x.
  13. If you can get a 3rd gen Ryzen CPU, it's a much better value than Intel's current generation stuff. Especially if it's a 3600, which has the higher value per dollar at $200. But depending specifically on what you're doing, you may want to consider the 3700 and save a couple hundred off the intel. You may also want 32GB of RAM if the video files are very large. Logical increments has some reasonable build guides: https://www.logicalincrements.com/articles/videoediting Personally, I recommend anyone building a PC use PC Part Picker. They have a very large selection of guides you can browse or request to see what you might need for your video editing. Then plug your own parts into your own build for comparison. https://pcpartpicker.com/guide/ https://pcpartpicker.com/forums/forum/27-create-a-part-list-for-me/ https://pcpartpicker.com/forums/search/?q=4k+edit Are you editing 4k at 30FPS or 60FPS? Personal or professional? Do you need the best? Those can make a huge difference in the recommended requirements. I'm sure you would be able to do quite well nonetheless with a 3700X and 32GB of 3000-3200 DDR4 RAM. You probably don't need to consider anything higher than that? Also a GPU, ebay here has used RX 580s for $100 or you can get new equivalent GPUs for around $200.
  14. Many people don't recommend AMD Ryzen 7 3800X because its price/value ratio isn't good, this processor is overpriced comparing to 3700X. And it takes more energy (105W) comparing to 3700X (65W). I think Intel's option is better for now.
  15. To build the computer - selecting own components cost only $90 in a very reputable computer shop (in my area) But the dilemma I face is the AMD vs Intel CPU ...., I am looking at AMD RYZEN R7 3800X, 8C 16T, 36MB CACHE, 105W TDP Vs Intel Core i9-9900KF 3.6GHz 9th Gen CPU ($130 more expensive than AMD) Advice? (is it overkill? better stick with something i7 equivalent? )
  16. We do have, what is called product over saturation and only small population, so many shops offer good prices etc In my are alone there is several computer shops and some of them, very affordable and well run.
  17. Not so much, really, don't have practice in these things... I saw one of them in Australia, and they had a markup for about 200 dollars... Maybe not everyone store has that big markup?
  18. Wow, you really know computer stuff... We have many computer shops, where they build computer according to personal selection of components ...
  19. As suggests many websites, the best processor for 4K video editing are AMD Ryzen 3900X (12 cores) or Intel Core i9-9900K (8 cores, K means processor without cooler, you would need to buy one). More cores = better. But as I see, the AMD one costs around 800 Aussie dollars, so it would be a half of your budget for the whole PC... i9-9900K costs a little less but I'm not sure it would pay off if to buy this one. Also, other good options are AMD Ryzen 1700X, 3600X, they're cheaper but should do their work. GPU. There's being recommended RX 580 - not so expensive, but enough for 4K video editing. I tried to build that type of PC in userbenchmark.com (very good website with the tool to benchmark your own PC and see how it works and how you can upgrade it). So, there's results: If you're able to build the PC yourself, it's way better than to buy the build from somewhere.
  20. I think when I am ready I will build new box with strongest components that I can afford, Apart from 4k editing I need to rip my whole blu Ray library - so I need some kind of blu Ray DVD reader and player installed in the computer ... yeah I think Building new computer will be better.
  21. I don't understand why it shows that your motherboard has 4 RAM slots in all, if in official website it's written that it should have only 2... Maybe it's a mistake of Speecy. 😃 However, you have 16 GB of RAM, what's very good thing (maximum available by the motherboard). But there's one thing. It only supports (as it's said in the manual) 2560x1600 resolution using HDMI, or 1920x1080 using VGA/DVI-D, so 4K (3840×2160) is too much for your motherboard. But I guess your GPU (graphics card) supports 4K (not sure if all versions of GT 730 support that, I don't know the exact version of yours). So you can try put your HDMI (if you're using one) to GPU's HDMI port, not the motherboard's one. "GB" stands not for Governing Body, I hope you understand that...
  22. Alan, ProShow is fine... running latest version 9. My computer would not run 4K video straight from GoProblack7 Total memory slots 4 Used memory slots 2 Free memory slots 2 Memory Type DDR3 Size 16384 MBytes Channels # Dual DRAM Frequency 799.9 MHz CAS# Latency (CL) 11 clocks RAS# to CAS# Delay (tRCD) 11 clocks RAS# Precharge (tRP) 11 clocks Cycle Time (tRAS) 28 clocks Command Rate (CR) 1T
  23. Hi Greg... these are the recommended specs for ProShow Recommended: Windows 7, 8, or 10 1920 x 1080 display 2Ghz, dual-core processor or better 8GB system memory or more Accelerated 3D graphics – 512MB ram or higher DirectX 9.0 or better Requires and active internet connection how much system memory do you have and how much memory on the GT730? which version ProShow are you running too.
  24. CPU Intel Core i7 4790 Cores 4 Threads 8 Name Intel Core i7 4790 Code Name Haswell Package Socket 1150 LGA Technology 22nm Specification Intel Core i7-4790 CPU @ 3.60GHz Family 6 Extended Family 6 Model C Extended Model 3C Stepping 3 Revision C0 Instructions MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, SSE4.1, SSE4.2, Intel 64, NX, VMX, AES, AVX, AVX2, FMA3 Virtualization Supported, Enabled Hyperthreading Supported, Enabled Fan Speed 1214 RPM Bus Speed 100.0 MHz Stock Core Speed 3600 MHz Stock Bus Speed 100 MHz Average Temperature 51 °C DELL U2414H on NVIDIA GeForce GT 730 Current Resolution 1920x1080 pixels Work Resolution 1920x1032 pixels State Enabled, Primary Monitor Width 1920 Monitor Height 1080 Monitor BPP 32 bits per pixel Monitor Frequency 60 Hz Device \\.\DISPLAY1\Monitor0 Manufacturer MSI motherboard Model H81M-P33 (MS-7817) (SOCKET 0) Version 1.0 Chipset Vendor Intel Chipset Model Haswell Chipset Revision 06 Southbridge Vendor Intel Southbridge Model H81 Southbridge Revision C2 System Temperature 28 °C BIOS Brand American Megatrends Inc. Version V1.9 Date 30/03/2015
  25. Thanks Alan, I use ProShow Producer and Pinnacle 23 Ultimate with blue plugins .... Should I concentrate on graphic card or main processor more? Both?
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