General PC Help Thread 2

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PostRe: General PC Help Thread 2
by Finiarél » Tue Sep 22, 2020 10:43 pm

Bit of a strange one this - Past few days our internet has absolutely been shocking. I'm paying full wack for Fiber Max super mega addition. Trying to install anything at all and It's dragging it's way through at less than 500kbs.
Tried all the usual stuff, Router on and off, disconnect some devices, changing the wireless channel. Nothing.

Any ideas? No way for us to go wires either. Router is in the living room and we're in the office.

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PostRe: General PC Help Thread 2
by Jenuall » Tue Sep 22, 2020 11:58 pm

Finiarél wrote:Bit of a strange one this - Past few days our internet has absolutely been shocking. I'm paying full wack for Fiber Max super mega addition. Trying to install anything at all and It's dragging it's way through at less than 500kbs.
Tried all the usual stuff, Router on and off, disconnect some devices, changing the wireless channel. Nothing.

Any ideas? No way for us to go wires either. Router is in the living room and we're in the office.

Probably some old dude nearby firing up his ancient TV: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/uk-wales-54239180

But genuinely not sure what you can try there, have you contacted your ISP? Is there no way you can do a wired test, even temporarily? That might help isolate if it's a WiFi problem

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PostRe: General PC Help Thread 2
by Chocolate-Milk » Wed Nov 04, 2020 2:53 pm

My brother is looking for a new laptop for Christmas and asked for my advice, but I don't know gooseberry fool about strawberry float, so I turn to you lovely folks.

His budget is £350, and it will primarily be for his photo editing and suchlike. He specified that it has to be Windows, not a Chromebook, and that he'd like to be able to play some Steam games on it, but it's not essential.

Any suggestions?

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PostRe: General PC Help Thread 2
by Winckle » Wed Nov 04, 2020 2:58 pm

At that price point it doesn't really matter.

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by Kezzer » Wed Nov 04, 2020 2:59 pm

depends on the photo editing software. I use Photoshop and Lightroom and they barely run well enough on a surfacebook :dread:

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PostRe: General PC Help Thread 2
by Jenuall » Wed Nov 04, 2020 3:02 pm

Yeah £350 is a very tight budget for a Windows laptop, you'll be looking at a low powered Celeron machine at best and that is going to struggle with even desktop tasks let alone gaming.

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by Kezzer » Wed Nov 04, 2020 3:14 pm

I remember emailing in to PCgamer mag about a sub £1000 laptop to play ArmaII

their published answer was world peace would happen first. :lol:

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PostRe: General PC Help Thread 2
by Chocolate-Milk » Wed Nov 04, 2020 4:55 pm

So it's either pony up or just get what you're given, I suspected that might be the case.

Cheers all. :)

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PostRe: General PC Help Thread 2
by ignition » Sat Nov 28, 2020 5:59 am

I'm considering buying an external HDD to shuck and use as an internal drive in my PC for high capacity general storage. I've found an 6TB model with a decent discount, however it's a 'desktop' model that requires addional mains power in normal (external) use.

My question is, if using this as an internal drive, does this matter? Is the standard internal PSU connection perfectly fine for this? Can't seem to find any sources that specifically say, so just wanted to check before dropping money.

This is the one I'm looking at. Unfortunately the reviews amalgamate with other non-powered versions so hard to tell whether buyers have done it with specifically this model.

https://smile.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07C7V494 ... WFbHQH3YS7

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PostRe: General PC Help Thread 2
by That's not a growth » Sat Nov 28, 2020 7:33 am

At the end of the day a harddrive is a harddrive - I see no reason to be concerned.

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PostRe: General PC Help Thread 2
by Dowbocop » Sat Nov 28, 2020 9:51 am

ignition wrote:I'm considering buying an external HDD to shuck and use as an internal drive in my PC for high capacity general storage. I've found an 6TB model with a decent discount, however it's a 'desktop' model that requires addional mains power in normal (external) use.

My question is, if using this as an internal drive, does this matter? Is the standard internal PSU connection perfectly fine for this? Can't seem to find any sources that specifically say, so just wanted to check before dropping money.

This is the one I'm looking at. Unfortunately the reviews amalgamate with other non-powered versions so hard to tell whether buyers have done it with specifically this model.

https://smile.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07C7V494 ... WFbHQH3YS7

I just looked at a shucking video for it (used your model number but might not be exactly the same) and it should be absolutely fine. I've only ever taken hard drives out of set top boxes but they're just standard 3.5 inch models with PSU and SATA inputs. Apparently the main minefield is whether you'll get a shingled magnetic recording drive which is apparently sub-optimal for certain tasks (no idea about that though...)

Edit: just be really careful when opening it and you should be able to reassemble into an external HDD if it doesn't work out for you.

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PostRe: General PC Help Thread 2
by ignition » Sat Nov 28, 2020 2:29 pm

Thanks guys :wub: Didn't even cross my mind to look for a tutorial video so will check those out before I do anything to it.

Placed an order for a similar 8TB model in the end which had the same price per gb.

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