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  1. Twiggy
    April 5th, 2013 12:16 AM
    Twiggy
    Mousing around the desktop using the Razer Orochi... who knew that smaller can be more comfortable? I think it's all in the shape. The shorter cable also helps a lot in reducing clutter - the Microsoft mice was designed for desktops, and hence have a cable length too long for laptop use.

    Now to figure out how to "fix" the laptop's Bluetooth to recognize the Razer Orochi 2013 properly. (I also got a new mouse mat to go along with it.)

    Also...

    I need to get used to high DPI settings without any acceleration in CS:GO fast. At least it's tied to applications, so on the desktop, I can still use it comfortably with the exact same precision and acceleration.

    For some reason acceleration settings in Razer Synapse 2.0 also affects the laptop's trackpad.

  2. Twiggy
    December 18th, 2012 12:01 AM
    Twiggy
    It's been forever since the last time I downloaded NVIDIA graphics drivers.

  3. Twiggy
    December 11th, 2012 09:19 PM
    Twiggy
    Well...

    Since I can't find HTPC cases here, I guess I'll have to settle for a laptop.

    But, hey, full-size laptops are awesome for the bang for your buck. Core i7s + a dedicated card = OMG

  4. Archer
    December 5th, 2012 03:44 PM
    Archer
    It really depends on what you need. If being able to take it places is really important , just get a laptop. If you're wanting to build it yourself, there are some pretty small ITX cases from Silverstone and CoolerMaster, just get one with a standard PSU and make sure your future GPU will fit.

    Also, I'd keep the 500 GB WD drive as a storage drive and grab a 120GB SSD for the OS and Apps. That's the wonderful thing about desktops - you can have multiple drives. I personally have a SSD and 3 1TB HDDs. Granted, my case is huge, lol. I have a Corsair 650D.

  5. Twiggy
    December 4th, 2012 08:37 PM
    Twiggy
    Funny thing.

    Seems like I'm going to go for a recent Core i5 that's not ULV, then.

    This is gonna get interesting - a laptop can be easily carried as carry-on luggage, while a mini desktop or HTPC might be stretching it. Individual components, though, should be a sure-fire as long as there's not too much of them.

    *wonders about salvaging the 500 GB WD in his dead desktop*

  6. Archer
    December 4th, 2012 03:54 PM
    Archer
    Eh, even then, you're much better off quickly reading up on what beats what. You should make the decision on what specs you want before you go looking in stores. Also, it's not a linear score. Something might need to be twice as fast as something else to get .2 higher. In other cases, not. It's too unreliable.

    Re OpenGL, AMD is usually much better, but it all depends on optimisation. For certain OpenGL programs (and OpenCL Programs) the vendor has worked with Nvidia to make it better, but from what I've noticed, when Nvidia is better, it's by a small margin. When AMD is better, it's by a massive lead. I couldn't tell you for Intel, but I don't believe it's too bad for openGL. Have a look at some benchmarks of programs you intend to use.

  7. Twiggy
    December 2nd, 2012 11:39 PM
    Twiggy
    Time to head out and looks for deals in person again.

    I still think that WEI can be a bit handy when you can't access the usual methods of testing... or when you're using a showroom computer.

    When it comes to OpenGL performance, has AMD always had the advantage over NVIDIA, and especially over Intel?

  8. Archer
    December 2nd, 2012 11:13 PM
    Archer
    Depends on what you're using to transcode, but two things to note: firstly, for dedicated transcoders (handbrake and the like) they will mostly use as many threads as you can throw at them. For those, quads are great. Secondly, if you have software that will use it, Intel's Quick Sync can drastically improve transcoding. So that's worth a look.

    On the other hand, the AMD APUs are going to be 50-100% better for gaming, but neither is going to work for 1080p. The other option is a desktop build with an i5 quad and a Nvidia 550/AMD 7770. Desktops are much better value for money (and you already have a screen/keyboard/mouse, don't you?) and more upgradeable. Means you can also use a SSD OS/App Drive and a separate storage drive.

    WEI scores are absolutely useless, for the record.

  9. Twiggy
    December 2nd, 2012 10:12 PM
    Twiggy
    One of the things I've noticed with my laptop is that video transcodes seem to take forever.

    I think I'm going for mixed usage here, with emphasis on gaming performance at 720p (yes) and transcodes.

    If I go for Intel, it'd mean better CPU performance for the most part as long as I have something with at least 4 threads, but I'd also need to shell out for a real graphics card.

    Comparing WEI scores, anything is going to be an upgrade for the CPU anyway.

    Hmm...

    Man, this is tough.

    I think I can get away with a compact desktop. Not full towers (nowhere to put) - Slim cases on horizontal or HTPCs only.

    If I go desktop, though, I will need to either relocate the wireless router for it to be within easy reach of an Ethernet cable or pay extra for Wi-Fi. Bluetooth might be a consideration, too.

  10. Archer
    December 2nd, 2012 08:55 PM
    Archer
    The Trinity APUs are pretty underwhelming, although a desktop PC will be a much better option if you don't need portability.

    Core i5/i7 for notebooks really depends on whether or not you need a quad-core. In fact, even the quad i7s are a decent speed now, so still deal well with lightly-threaded loads. The original mobile i7s were 1.6Ghz, when the i5s were 2.4GHz (usually), so the i5s were much better with single threaded stuff, but now you have like 2.4GHz+ i7s, so there's no reason to avoid the i7s other than cost and battery life.

    What is the purpose of the PC that you need? Gaming/productivity/editing/programming/etc? Portable or not? If not, normal-sized PC or does it have to be small form-factor?


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