Recent tech purchases

satanboy

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No, I just like the ability to make a poster size print of a photo if it looks really good, not something you can do with snaps from a phone camera.

Neither of my "proper" cameras (a mirrorless and a DSLR) are all that expensive or new.
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Johnatan56

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And done, this is all in EUR, best possible price I could get will be to the right, I paid a premium on basically all parts so it's in one place, brackets is my price, italic is best:

i7 12700 (365) 350 + 5 shipping, so 355, non K as overclock is 5-10% difference, not worth the +60 EUR / +15%; right now the price/performance is intel side here, around 15-20% faster than the 5700X with a ~10% price difference, without counting e-cores.
32GB CL16 (126) 110 but slightly looser timings, this was the biggest discrepancy imho
ASUS TUF B660 Plus WiFI D4 (181) 178 + 2 shipping, picked this as WiFi and higher possible memory OC profile, WiFi is when this gets relegated as a secondary later on
Noctua NH-U12S Redux (50) 50, could go stock, but this runs quieter
Gigabyte RTX 3060 Ti VENTUS 3X 6G OC LHR (590) Asus has a 3 blower for 570 at another retailer, picked three over two blower just because of noise, could have gone smaller case if two blower instead. 3060 Ti is worth the 130 EUR (price difference of +28% is worth to me as ~30% higher performance base 3060 Ti, the higher texture rate should have a larger impact in VR and the memory bandwidth should definitely be better)
Samsung 970 Evo Plus 1TB (99) this is on special on amazon., currently not worth the 40 EUR jump to PCIe 4, will upgrade later as will need more storage anyways, I am hitting 6TB of SSD storage in the house though...
Seasonic Focus Plus 1000 Gold (161) cheapest I could find, way over specced as fan curve is silent till 30% load, so need to be properly gaming for fan to spin, I currently undervolt laptop etc. to stop noise when working, fine with fans kicking in for a sec while compiling or something, just not constant, and my room is quite quiet. If someone only games, would have gone down to 600W I think. Also PSU is the only one I stick with brand.
Fractal Design Meshify 2 Black TG Dark (183) 142, could have gone quite a bit cheaper, e.g. wanted to get the compact at 127 but ended up deciding against it due to possibly going radiator later, cases you need to keep checking shipping cost and they pushed up price to 170+ in most, so rather went consolidated shipping.
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1755 + 35 shipping, so 1790'ish (R30k)
Could have gone to 1618 EUR + ~70 shipping, so 1690'ish (R28.4k), so ~6% saving, but this way one point of contact for all the parts and it's a very reputable seller that's a couple of roads away (I've dropped by the physical store before).

Why not wait for new GPU/CPU generation? GPU side Nvidia won't release 3070 and below before next year June I'd guess, they'll repeat what they did before, AMD is not competitive. Could have waited a little longer on GPU pricing to fall, probably another 5-10% probably. AMD not interested right now as I need the CUDA cores for some ML stuff, which is annoying, this is besides NVENC encoding for VR being substantially better (hopefully AMD make a better H265 encoder in the new gen).

CPU side, only AMD's new chip looks interesting, and then we're probably talking maybe 5% faster than the Intel equivalent single core, and I kind of doubt the price/performance to undercut by much, will probably be just slightly cheaper, not going to be worth the wait probably unless really wanting the single core crown, and I want a new PC now.

Everything should arrive end of the week/beginning of next.
 

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Have you found that being so knowledgeable makes it more or less easy for you to pick computer hardware?
 

Johnatan56

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Have you found that being so knowledgeable makes it more or less easy for you to pick computer hardware?
It makes it easier when I want to catch up and check. Tech used to move very slowly post 2011, and pandemic it did again, it was basically a dead market from April 2020-march 2022, pricing was so out of whack.

The topics interest me, and I'm probably going to be less on top of graphics cards again, this is like 2/3 hours research as I know what is important.

It's the same as I'll ask my med docs if what other doc said makes sense, they have an understanding of the topic and even if different field can generally give an opinion.

I'll ask another friend about cars, even though he stopped being a mechanic 7 years ago now because he built the base, he can catch up pretty quick and give a generally educated guess. Not to say cutting edge, just generally.

We all have people we ask about certain topics, in my circle I'm the hardware guy.
 

DA-LION-619

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For testing? You can't really dev on it itself?
Still need my laptop for hardware integration dev, drivers etc. That’s why I didn’t go MacBook, didn’t want another keyboard.

The recent release of VS Code Server also made things more practical.
Wasn’t too sure on the size of the Mini so I went with the Air, everything else like Ethernet works perfectly.
 

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We should start calling you Tim then.

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Didn't see this, technically I am in my family as well.

Gone to my aunt for the third time where I stayed for more than a week, each time I end up fixing/building stuff, be it planing the door (not sure why they didn't do it in the last 20 years), redoing the magnet strips for the mosquito door cover stuff, to outdoor IKEA furniture, to just generally oiling the doors/windows, etc.

Do the same at my grandfather's place whenever I'm there every second week, always do something, but that one I kind of need to redo near all of it. I still have no interest in learning how to do plumbing, going to be annoying doing that. I've previously tiled and done wallpaper before, and done some electrical ducting and stuff, just never in non-cement walls, have no clue about how to handle studs and stuff, will learn that later (right now I just use command strips for all the pics in my place since don't want to drill, though have two heavy paintings I just inherited, want to hang them up, will see if I can rig a different solution).

Got the powerplay mat, a wireless G502 arriving tomorrow. Need to replace my old one from 2014, it's giving double right click issues randomly, did take it apart and try to clean, didn't really help. Paying the extra wireless as can then also use BT to my work laptop and just chuck it in the bag.

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Mouse form factor is since I really like it, including the horizontal scroll. Was thinking of going to the 703/903 but not a fan of the form factor, have large hands with palm grip, so the 502 is better for me. The 604 might also work, plus no stupid sniper button thing, but three buttons on the left there would make it a bit more annoying to go back/forward, and not a fan of the shortened dpi change buttons as I often use them when jumping between screens.

Also ordered another 2TB Samsung 970 Evo since building the PC, was on special for ~180 with coupons (normal price is 210).
 

AfricanTech

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Didn't see this, technically I am in my family as well.

Gone to my aunt for the third time where I stayed for more than a week, each time I end up fixing/building stuff, be it planing the door (not sure why they didn't do it in the last 20 years), redoing the magnet strips for the mosquito door cover stuff, to outdoor IKEA furniture, to just generally oiling the doors/windows, etc.

Do the same at my grandfather's place whenever I'm there every second week, always do something, but that one I kind of need to redo near all of it. I still have no interest in learning how to do plumbing, going to be annoying doing that. I've previously tiled and done wallpaper before, and done some electrical ducting and stuff, just never in non-cement walls, have no clue about how to handle studs and stuff, will learn that later (right now I just use command strips for all the pics in my place since don't want to drill, though have two heavy paintings I just inherited, want to hang them up, will see if I can rig a different solution).

Got the powerplay mat, a wireless G502 arriving tomorrow. Need to replace my old one from 2014, it's giving double right click issues randomly, did take it apart and try to clean, didn't really help. Paying the extra wireless as can then also use BT to my work laptop and just chuck it in the bag.

71m66hQLLTL._AC_SL1500_.jpg

Mouse form factor is since I really like it, including the horizontal scroll. Was thinking of going to the 703/903 but not a fan of the form factor, have large hands with palm grip, so the 502 is better for me. The 604 might also work, plus no stupid sniper button thing, but three buttons on the left there would make it a bit more annoying to go back/forward, and not a fan of the shortened dpi change buttons as I often use them when jumping between screens.

Also ordered another 2TB Samsung 970 Evo since building the PC, was on special for ~180 with coupons (normal price is 210).

There's a guy who replaced the switches on my mouse. If you're interested I'll PM you his details
 

Johnatan56

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There's a guy who replaced the switches on my mouse. If you're interested I'll PM you his details
All the way from Austria? :p

I'll do it myself at one point as a hobby thing, but wanted a wireless mouse anyways that I can take with to double up as a work mouse as well, can carry with. End of the month work is doing away with lockers on the premises while they rework the entire floor, so can't just keep a mouse/keyboard set there, have to take with me.
 
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