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GAMING RIGS TODAY

MSI B350M Bazooka with CPU, RAM and SSD installed

When we assembled our new machine for 2019 we selected parts of more modest means. We had an existing GTX 1060 and a Corsair AX860i power supply. This eliminated the need for some new parts. MSI M350M $89+tax Intel 660p SSD $99+tax R5 2400G $179+tax 24GB DDR4 $199+tax Chassis $99+tax The total cast was …

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BITCOIN FELL OFF A CLIFF

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We check the value of digital coins and we are happy to see Bitcoin fell off a cliff today down hard. It closed recently at $3,738.99 which is now another 52 week low. This will mean more video cards for gaming which works for us. Other digital coins are also falling hard as more step …

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TRAFFIC HAS CHANGED ON THE SITE

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Used to be our page on 64-bit games was popular. That has faded slightly in favor of playable games on some low end video cards. GT 710 Playable Games GT 1030 Playable Games The a transition in games on Steam resulted in one game getting banned and restored. Policies on Steam …

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MORE PARTS ARE AVAILABLE

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As we have available funds, more parts are now available for the 2019 machine.  We are now simply awaiting the chassis to begin the build. The Corsair Carbide is still the best bet for most users. They are low cost and well designed. We will need to buy some fans but otherwise the chassis …

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NEW MACHINE FOR 2019

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We have built a new machine for 2019 to replace the ageing Phenom II 965 platform. The old Phenom has lasted far longer than expected and it still is respectable to this day. The new R5 2400G has more threads and it is faster while using 1/2 the power. Corsair Carbide SPEC-1 chassis

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AMAZON IS AT IT AGAIN

Amazon ads with insane prices

We also have noticed  some ads from Amazon with prices way out of line with pricing. One ad had a Sapphire RX 470 for US $599 which is triple the price when the card launched. Sapphire is the asian manufacturer previously owned by AMD before they spun it off as an independent company. Sapphire offers …

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SANDISK 32GB STICKS FOR BOXING DAY

SanDisk CZ59 Cruzer U Series USB 2.0 Flash Drive

We grabbed some cheap Sandisk Cruzer CZ59 U-Clip 32GB USB sticks for 10 beleaguered peos (Canadian dollars) each. We bought 3, one in each of 3 colors available. Given the loss of our Transcend 128GB it was time to leverage the Canadian Boxing Day tradition. We find it handy to have several USB …

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MORE GAMES EXPECTED FOR 2019

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Over the holidays we are downloading a large number of games for review. We constantly need more hard disks to handle the vast number of games. Low cost 2TB hard disks are fine for the system disk but vast game libraries need larger capacity secondary disks. GAMES BIGGER THAN EVER Many games are now over …

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LENOVO T500 NOW RETIRED

Lenovo T500

Our old venerable Lenovo T500 has long served on our studio. The machine has a cold cathode backlight and while its possible to modify the LCD, the old T9400 only has 2 cores which is enough for Windows 10. The brightness of CCFL slowly declines over the years. Compared to a LED based panel …

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SITE CLEANUP FOR WORDPRESS 5

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This winter we are expecting to have time to update the site to be more efficient. We installed a nocache header as the site uses compressed HTTP from the site cache so pages are fast for new users. WordPress 5 is now expected to be rolled out on November 27, 2018. We are considering moving …

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