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  1. Judas

    Judas Obvious Closet Brony Pony

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    affordable? I get a phone for free.. i can pretty much pick anything i want and my carrier pays me money to take it.
     
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    Calliers Administrator/Editor Staff Member

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    Yes the affordable option, and it is sort of like a S20.5, since it was released just prior to the S21 releasing.
     
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    Trusteft HH's Asteroids' Dominator

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    I see it's like 650-700 euros here. How much is it there?
    Obviously what affordable is for each person it's different.
    I paid once 750 euros for a mobile phone, years ago when I had money and it was for a gift. I didn't think it was too much money when I bought it.
    Before and after that period though, if I pay over 350 euros per at least 3-4 years, I will commit myself for psychiatric evaluation.
     
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    Judas Obvious Closet Brony Pony

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    phones are cheap here since we get back ended repeatedly on the monthly fees
     
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    Given how much I've been in and out of hospital and to specialist appointments over the last 6 months I decided to grab myself a couple somethings to pass the time, and that I could live with throwing or even giving away without bothering me too much.

    First up:

    PowKiddy V90 (flashed to run the MiyooCFW 1.3.3 firmware) - $40 US (got mine from Tomtop).

    Fashioned after a GBA SP (although slightly smaller), this thing is so much fun. Runs everything from Gameboy to CPS (PS1 is really ruff, but it's getting there). Comes with me everywhere I go. AND.. it's only $40 US. It even runs on a Nokia BL-5C cellphone battery that's easily replaced. There's also the Powkiddy Q90, which has the same specs, is a horizontal unit, costs about the same, has a bigger battery, and an analog stick/pad. Kinda reminds me of a Switch Lite mini. You can check out a review and more details for the V90 at Retro Gaming Corps.

    Oh.. and the firmware is a key thing to note. With the firmware that it comes with the unit works well overall, but it's far from optimized (SNES can struggle). With the above mentioned MiyooCFW... night and day.

    kiboTEK_Powkiddy_V90_002.jpg

    Next up:

    Anbernic RG351P (running ArkOS 1.5 CFW). - $90 to $100 US (got mine off Aliexpress which came with a wi-fi dongle, carry case, and screen protector for $100).

    This thing is just insane. It's bigger (obviously) both in size and screen (320x240 for the V90, 480x320 laminated IPS for the RG351P) and runs a more powerful chip than the V90 (by a long shot). I use it more at home or when I'm staying somewhere overnight. Plays everything the V90 can along with Dreamcast, N64, 3DO, PSP, and PS1. Pretty much everything up to 5th gen. Plus it has dual analog sticks, not switches. If there's one unit I recommend, it's this one. There's technically 2 versions of this model: RG351P which is plastic with no built in wi-fi, and the RG351M which is CNC metal (sides are plastic due to the wi-fi signal), plus it has built in wi-fi (but it costs nearly $135 US). Check Retro Game Corps for more.

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    I should mention my carrier did pay me to take this phone lol.
     
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    Installed the last part of my Upgrade:

    980.Pro.500GB.jpg

    QB
     
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    Judas Obvious Closet Brony Pony

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    still using an x-fi?
     
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    I moved to an internal m2 for my build as well - makes for a much cleaner build IMO. As for XFi, I am still running mine. Haven't used anything other than an XFi since they released them back in the early noughties.

    Nothing has been released since that is a worthwhile upgrade IMO. I did buy a pair of Creative SXfi headphones last year. Good heaphones but the vaunted SuperXFi 3D audio tech that they promote does not sound as good as XFI CMSS 3D to my ears. I'd love to see a sound card manufacturer develop a hardware accelerated sound card that can do real time ray-traced audio - that would be a step forawrd.
     
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    As stated above... I still have yet to find anything to replace it, and it is better sound than onboard (although I am sure it is very minimal at this time).

    My main drawback for replacement is I am still rocking my Logitech Z-5300e speakers with their 3.5mm jacks... No sense trying to sell it, no sense in retiring it... so it lives :)

    QB

    edit: I also did not get the m.2 for a cleaner build... I have 4 x 3.5" HDD (14TB) and 3 x 2.5" SSD in there as well :p
     
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    I'm thinking about a dedicated sound card if nothing else because, when gaming, the onboard front panel gets a lot of noise and static from the system.
     
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    Trusteft HH's Asteroids' Dominator

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    Plug them in the back panel.
     
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    I love my Sound Blaster Zx. Thought I'd never replace my X-Fi (an Auzentech X-Fi Forte 7.1... which I still have in my secondary rig), but after the first week of using the Zx... I fell in love with it. Wish I had gotten the ZxR though due to the upgradeable OP-AMPs.
     
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    It's funny. Posted about my new 980 Pro... and we're talking about my ancient XFi... This thread is fun

    QB
     
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    Judas Obvious Closet Brony Pony

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    Some of you should consider if the onboard audio is truly that bad (which imo hasn't been for the most part since i'd say the ALC1200 series and latter 800 series ICs and modern mainboards started focusing on trimming out and optimising audio).... perhaps a good HDMI ~> Analog 3.5mm powered DAC that can intercept bit streamed and LPCM audio.
     
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    Not sure I want to go down this rabbit hole, but for the most part, buying a dedicated card, for me: consistent component quality (because mobo manufacturers have all sort of different setups for audio from manufacturer to manufacturer, and series to series, like shielding/no shielding, cheaper caps to using top end caps, cheaper supporting components on the board, bare minimum phase control, and so on), and inconsistent driver support from mobo and chip manufacturers (equalizer: yes/no/3rd party/modded driver pack?). Not that some boards don't have good onboard audio, just that... like I said.. don't want to go down this rabbit hole, or we'll be here all day.
     
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    this is why i've enjoyed the problem free experience of consistent, proper, bit perfect hdmi lossless audio.
     
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    You're right. Hassle-free at all.
     
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    Dyre Straits 10 Grandkids -2 Great-grandsons

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    A friend of ours is in IT...has been for several years. A couple weeks ago he brought my son and me a couple of Dell 790 USFF PCs. However, he needed the HDDs out of them. I removed those and they were returned to him.

    Although not new, they are "new" to us.

    He also gave us the official Dell installation disks for Windows 7 Pro.

    So, a few days ago I picked up a new HDD to install, and used the disks to install Windows 7 Pro 64-bit.

    Today, I used the Windows Media Creation Tool in upgrade it to Windows 10 Pro 64-bit.

    You might ask, "What do you plan to do with this?" And, THAT is a very good question! :)

    At any rate, I've been surprised at just how trouble-free the entire process has been. I even picked up a cheap wireless keyboard/mouse combo at Wal-Mart in order to not have to use the Onscreen Keyboard. Even that worked flawlessly.

    This image is from online....just a screen grab as it shows just how compact this thing is!

    Dell 790 USFF-snip.jpg
     
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    Trusteft HH's Asteroids' Dominator

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    You could use it to run older games. It looks good.
     
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