Got a question. Kinda techyish

plommer

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plommer

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Nice, Windows doesn't even ask you for a key anymore
Funny thing. When I dual boot my Windows gets activated, obviously running in a virtual machine inside Linux it won't be activated but its not crippled in any meaningful way. I mean you can't customize the background etc but I logged in using my Outlook email and it uses the last background I had on my previous install because its synced with my Microsoft acct.

Of course Windows runs slower inside the VM but its fine for the short spurts I use Windows. If I was going to use Windows a lot I'd dual boot because the performance hit is noticeable. Linux runs sooo fucking fast on my desktop.
 

roguejuror

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I think you get a performance hit because your CPU is so old, them new Ryzen CPUs can run games, capture video and stream the output, all the while the machine running in a VM without a sweat.

My CPU is a generation older than yours, under W10 with every semiannual feature update it was getting more sluggish, with Pop is like a new machine.
 

plommer

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I think you get a performance hit because your CPU is so old, them new Ryzen CPUs can run games, capture video and stream the output, all the while the machine running in a VM without a sweat.

My CPU is a generation older than yours, under W10 with every semiannual feature update it was getting more sluggish, with Pop is like a new machine.
I'm a compulsive builder/fixer/tinkerer. In the fall I sold my custom built pc (8th gen intel quad core i3 built in 2018) because I was going to build a brand spanking new Ryzen system. I got this Lenovo 4th gen pc for $90 Canadian without a hard drive as a temp computer until the Ryzen got built.

Then I started asking myself if I really needed a new Ryzen - I don't. This Lenovo does everything I need. 90% of my use is browser based stuff.
A 4th gen quad core i5 with 8GB RAM is fine. I put in a small 120GB SSD for the operating system with a 1TB mechanical hard drive for storage/backup etc and then added a cheap 1GB GTX 710 graphics card ($40 CAD) because the onboard graphics couldn't do 2560X1080 on my ultra-wide monitor.

My current setup is fine. I tried bumping up RAM from 8GB to 16GB and it had ZERO effect and I know this because I had the system monitors running and used benchmark progs to see how it would perform. So 8GB is definitely more than enough for a non gaming pc running Linux.
I pulled the extra 8GB of RAM and sold them on kijiji.

Since the only things I do on my pc are browser based or videos on VLC or Spotify music I really don't need anything more powerful. The SSD is critical to reasonable performance. Plus I've always LOVED Lenovo(IBM) Gigabyte and ASUS since I got involved in pc's years ago.
 

roguejuror

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You're right for most it's enough. Only I would like is a 4k monitor, mine has an old VGA connector sans a video card so can only do 1080p.
 

Boner_18

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My MIL gave me a mechanical keyboard from WASD.com for Xmas. I dont think i "get it"?
 

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Unless you're nostalgic for early IBM PC keyboards, they're just annoying.
 

plommer

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You're right for most it's enough. Only I would like is a 4k monitor, mine has an old VGA connector sans a video card so can only do 1080p.
VGA? That is really old. VGA being phased out and definitely not found on monitors with high resolutions. VGA cant do 4k, not even close.

HDMI & DVI are proprietary and are also being phased out on PC's. I prefer DVI over HDMI because you can tighten the connection with screws which makes it much more secure/stable. If you are someone that connects/disconnects a lot then you'll find your HDMI port connections will get loose over time. Also, its annoying when an HDMI cable comes loose from just slightly moving the PC. The problem I usually have is that most TV's include an HDMI port or VGA but not DVI. Luckily there are always adapters etc that solve this problem.

The KING is Display Port. Its open source, created by geeks and well thought out. It is able to handle much more data than an HDMI connection, has a locking mechanism so the cable stays securely connected and will be my preferred method of connecting to monitors/displays from now on (when possible).