Well I haven’t written anything in awhile and since my webpage for some reason is not loading I’m going to have to write this in Word. Not that it’s a bad thing and copy and paste is easy but it would have just made life a little easier.
I have no idea why the webpage won’t load. Every website I go to loads quickly but for some reason my website just loads and loads. But never actually loads. I had an idea about what I wanted to talk about but I’ve forgotten it now. Shame. And now after all of that I’ve forgotten everything. I can’t even write.
I guess I should stop smoking pot. Na. That’s OK.
But seriously, I had something I wanted to talk about.
Oh, that’s right!
So I’ve recently spent a little of my tax return buying more add-ons for my already sweet PC but decided to add a more powerful GPU, a STRIX R9 390x (more on that in a minute.), a couple of Noctua and Corsair fans and two 4TB Seagate NAS drives. I must say, this thing is amazing. I keep getting distracted. I was trying to fine tune my fan speeds. I don’t really know what I’m doing but it’s fun testing different settings and seeing if it affects temperatures at all. I know that doesn’t sound fun but it really is. The great thing about it is the connectivity that I get. I haven’t turned on any other device in my entertainment center in a week or two. And if you don’t have two TVs in your living room you are definitely missing out. Right now I’m watching Archer on a 40” Samsung UN40J5200 mounted above a 65” UN65JS9500 which is the monitor I’m using to type this.
This type of setup may seem like overkill but it’s really not. I haven’t touched my tablet much since I built the computer last month. It’s easier and much more comfortable to have a keyboard and mouse on my lap. I like to type as well so that really helps in making this decision. Instead of a traditional style mouse you should try a trackball mouse like the Logitech M570 which I raved about a few posts back. (Normally I would link to that for easy clicking but since I’m in word I’ll have to add it later.) If I do want to play my PS4 or watch TV or a Blu-ray I’ve got this all connected to a Pioneer Elite SC-85 and a Logitech Harmony Ultimate controlling all of that. Again it sounds like a lot but it really is not that complicated; if my brother can learn to use it then anyone can!
I do warn that while it may seem like everything just happens when you plug it in there is a lot of behind the scenes work and it takes time to fine tune settings and image. Theoretically everything works fantastic but it could always be better but, once everything is plugged in and you are done adding and subtracting components and accessories you can begin fine tuning your remotes and getting used to the new layout.
After all of that I forgot one of the main reasons why I did all of this. Setting up a PLEX server is by far the greatest thing you can do for your own home theater and media needs. It’s free and easy to use. You can stream to anywhere (for a fee) or to your own home network for free and as far as I can tell there’s no limit to how much you can stream at a time unlike Netflix which makes you pay for more users. The only downside (and it’s only a downside if you have a lot of movies) is copying your entire library of media to a computer. My parents have well over 600 movies and TV shows on DVD with more discs than actual shows/movies. It took me a little over two weeks of almost non stop copying of media but the great thing is that all fit on a 1TB HDD. I shit you not, using Handbrake made it easy to copy everything and I even passed through the native audio. Personally, I have several hundred Blu-rays and those take at least four times as long to copy. Fortunately I’ve blown up my Blu-ray drive so I’ll have to order a new one, so I’ve got some time to take a break from copying everything. I forgot, all of our CDs were copied in FLAC as well and that was only 65GBs of data. Not too bad.
Now that it’s underway it’s still an extremely useful and functional work in progress. Once everything is copied and fine tuned it will be a force to reckon with when it comes to HTPC setups.
I’ll save the graphics card for another day.