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Is this the correct group to discuss PC builds?

I was wondering if we could discuss PC parts in this group or if this is an unwanted topic for this group.

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    Grand0rbiter (edited ) Link
    This is the first tip i give to everyone looking to buy a new PC. Buy a SSD to install your OS. I got mine one or two years ago and now my life is divided in two periods. Before and after the ssd....

    This is the first tip i give to everyone looking to buy a new PC. Buy a SSD to install your OS. I got mine one or two years ago and now my life is divided in two periods. Before and after the ssd. The boot time is really fast, specially if you use Linux.

    The only thing that takes time now is the motherboard bios screen.

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      Maven Link Parent
      You can probably reduce/eliminate that time in the bios settings. But yeah, the best part of building my own computer was getting an ssd and oodles of ram.

      The only thing that takes time now is the motherboard bios screen.

      You can probably reduce/eliminate that time in the bios settings.

      But yeah, the best part of building my own computer was getting an ssd and oodles of ram.

      7 votes
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        cfabbro Link Parent
        Yeah, these days even most entry level mobos BIOS' have a quick/fast boot setting somewhere in them now. Although if you're dual booting using your BIOS' default disk select options (rather than a...

        Yeah, these days even most entry level mobos BIOS' have a quick/fast boot setting somewhere in them now. Although if you're dual booting using your BIOS' default disk select options (rather than a bootloader) that can sometimes result in it being too quick, IMO. :P

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          Grand0rbiter Link Parent
          I wonder if mine has this. It's a 7yo mobo. My cpu is an ivy bridge.

          I wonder if mine has this. It's a 7yo mobo. My cpu is an ivy bridge.

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            cfabbro Link Parent
            Even if not, there are usually a few things you can do to speed up the boot process, e.g. disable the RAID controller if your mobo has one and you aren't using it, disable POST report screen,...

            Even if not, there are usually a few things you can do to speed up the boot process, e.g. disable the RAID controller if your mobo has one and you aren't using it, disable POST report screen, disable anything you aren't using (like Firewire, PS/2), etc.

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            1. Grand0rbiter Link Parent
              Thanks, i'll look into it. Never thought a about it. My setup is simple so i probably can disable a lot.

              Thanks, i'll look into it. Never thought a about it. My setup is simple so i probably can disable a lot.

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    2. CrustyBodyPillow Link Parent
      I recently bought a Kingston A400 SSD to serve as the boot drive for my mother’s computer. So far it’s worked as expected as any SSD would for basic computer use despite its criticism, such as...

      I recently bought a Kingston A400 SSD to serve as the boot drive for my mother’s computer. So far it’s worked as expected as any SSD would for basic computer use despite its criticism, such as lacking DRAM and its regard as “cheap” SSD compared to other ones. I would like to a buy a higher quality one for her in the future. However it’s, been a significant improvement over the 7200 RPM HDD she’s been using previously.

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      mrbig Link Parent
      I rarely bot my machine and have quite enough RAM, though, so I wonder how much of a difference that would make.

      the boot time is really fast, specially if you use Linux

      I rarely bot my machine and have quite enough RAM, though, so I wonder how much of a difference that would make.

      1. hungariantoast Link Parent
        It's not just booting the computer either. Any program that generates read and write operations to the SSD is going to be able to do that faster. An obvious example is games loading faster, but...

        It's not just booting the computer either. Any program that generates read and write operations to the SSD is going to be able to do that faster.

        An obvious example is games loading faster, but any program that heavily relies on disk activity will benefit immensely with a SSD.

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      2. Grand0rbiter Link Parent
        It makes a world of difference. Trust me. Read/writes are fast.

        It makes a world of difference. Trust me. Read/writes are fast.

        2 votes
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    patience_limited Link
    Well, then I might ask for this topic to be moved from ~tech to ~comp. I'm a little bit fuzzy on where to draw the line between general technology discussion and more professional material on...

    Well, then I might ask for this topic to be moved from ~tech to ~comp.

    I'm a little bit fuzzy on where to draw the line between general technology discussion and more professional material on computing. I'd assumed ~comp was specifically about programming and mathematics of computation - algorithms, machine learning, etc.

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        patience_limited Link Parent
        I've been using Tildes too long to be this ignorant, but please bear with me a moment. I just spent the last half-hour looking for a user-friendly listing of group descriptions, and wasn't able to...

        I've been using Tildes too long to be this ignorant, but please bear with me a moment. I just spent the last half-hour looking for a user-friendly listing of group descriptions, and wasn't able to locate anything like the text you just provided. Help, please?

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          1. patience_limited Link Parent
            And that's what I get for posting before coffee. I know I've seen those a thousand times, and they're simply not registering right now. Thank you for taking the time to indulge me.

            And that's what I get for posting before coffee. I know I've seen those a thousand times, and they're simply not registering right now. Thank you for taking the time to indulge me.

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    2. hereticalgorithm Link Parent
      On the flipside, I've gotten the assumption that ~tech is more of an "end user" perspective [end user being relative to the tildes audience]. PC builds cross the line between technician & end...

      On the flipside, I've gotten the assumption that ~tech is more of an "end user" perspective [end user being relative to the tildes audience].

      PC builds cross the line between technician & end user, but I'd consider the average gaming/browsing build discussion to be more apropriate for ~tech unless there's something really state of the art going on (like building a cluster).

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    3. Nashooo Link Parent
      This is exactly why I asked this question!

      This is exactly why I asked this question!

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    1. Soptik Link Parent
      Shouldn't meta posts like this be in ~tildes, even if they are about one certain group?

      Shouldn't meta posts like this be in ~tildes, even if they are about one certain group?

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      Nashooo Link Parent
      Great! Are there any proposed tags?

      Great! Are there any proposed tags?

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        1. cfabbro Link Parent
          Me too, now that you mention it. Added those to my old build topic. And as a PC building enthusiast myself, I am looking forward to seeing what you post, @Nashooo. :) p.s. Anyone else here a fan...

          I think adding maybe hardware and pc could be beneficial.

          Me too, now that you mention it. Added those to my old build topic. And as a PC building enthusiast myself, I am looking forward to seeing what you post, @Nashooo. :)

          p.s. Anyone else here a fan of LTT (Linus Tech Tips) at all?

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    3. apoctr Link Parent
      Ah, I'd forgotten I'd made that thread! I've had to put a pin in building a PC for a while due to other things going on, but I can check back there for reference once everything clears up.

      It definitely is.

      Ah, I'd forgotten I'd made that thread! I've had to put a pin in building a PC for a while due to other things going on, but I can check back there for reference once everything clears up.

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    jackson Link
    Hmm... the wording of this topic is kinda odd for ~tildes. Any chance @Deimos or @Nashooo could edit it a little to make a bit more sense given its current location? I actually opened this one...

    Hmm... the wording of this topic is kinda odd for ~tildes. Any chance @Deimos or @Nashooo could edit it a little to make a bit more sense given its current location?

    I actually opened this one since I thought OP was asking if ~tildes was an appropriate place for computer discussion, haha

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    1. Deimos Link Parent
      That's my fault, I moved it here from ~comp and updated the title, but I probably shouldn't have. I'll just reverse my changes.

      That's my fault, I moved it here from ~comp and updated the title, but I probably shouldn't have. I'll just reverse my changes.

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    2. Nashooo (edited ) Link Parent
      It has been moved and renamed it seems :)

      It has been moved and renamed it seems :)

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