- Nov 14, 2017
I bought a used Gigabyte GA-H170N and can't use the onboard audio for anything. It crackles and fuzzes like CRAZY. And picks up a lot of feedback from mouse movements. Some of the pins in the CPU socket are bent but the CPU's working fine. Could that have anything to do with my bad audio experience, though? Don't know if it's possible. I haven't tried the audio headers of the mobo, just plugged in headphones directly from the I/O in the back.I do expect it to WORK, though.
That's the motherboard and problem I have (well except for the mouse thing), but the staticy sound doesn't start until I've been using my PC for a bit, and goes away when I haven't used the onboard sound for a bit.I bought a used Gigabyte GA-H170N and can't use the onboard audio for anything. It crackles and fuzzes like CRAZY. And picks up a lot of feedback from mouse movements. Some of the pins in the CPU socket are bent but the CPU's working fine. Could that have anything to do with my bad audio experience, though? Don't know if it's possible. I haven't tried the audio headers of the mobo, just plugged in headphones directly from the I/O in the back.
I replace my laptop whenever it starts to fall apart (as with my old laptop), my phone when it really can't do anything more than call or text (since having apps is sometimes nice when you don't have to delete everything to install them), and since I don't have a desktop, I would usually keep it going with some newer parts and then throw it through normal life.Randomish question but what are everyone's general take on how long desktop and laptop purchases should occur in terms of "I should budget for replacing my desktop or laptop (and smartphone) every X number of years"?
I'm doing some general budget projections and have put down:
- $1200 for replacing my laptop every 4 years - note I have a 5 year old Asus laptop that was nice in its day running Win 7 and kind of want to buy a new one during next year's Black Friday
- $1200 for replacing my desktop every 4 years - note I just built a DANCASE A4v2 with i5 8400 and 1060 w/27" 144Hz GSync monitor earlier this year ... this is only the second PC I've ever built and I've honestly never done individual component upgrades
- $600 for replacing my smartphone every 4 years - note I tend to buy mid-high smartphones and currently own a used Oneplus 3T that I plan on using for at least 1-2 more years minimum ... I like Oneplus a lot and this was my first "nice" smartphone
I wish we had cheaper Thunderbolt docks with moar bandwidth... Plug 1 cable in and get moar storage, graphics power, monitor, keyboard, etc.@el01
So I semirecently (over the last several years) got back into owning a desktop and laptop. I think I sorta realize that it's a bit of a money waste and probably better to just have a laptop (which you replace every 4ish years or so) and a nice monitor that you hook it up to when you use it at home. It's just bit too redundant in some ways. I have yet to really upgrade my desktop components to make it worth the cost savings in doing your diy incremental upgrades.
But then again, it sucks owning a laptop that is nearing its end of life. I bought my Oneplus 3T used for I think under $300 a few years back so my $600 every 4 years for a smartphone might be a tad on the high side if I never plan on buying the cutting edge phones when they come out.
What do you have as of now?ooookay I'm off the list-hunting rush ._. rational part of me says I don't have anything so far that would necessitate a GPU upgrade (and even if I want to do this for kicking the itch I'll save it for Threadripper 3)
listing in question by the way: https://www.ebay.com/itm/PALiT-NVIDIA-GeForce-GTX-1070-Dual-8GB-GDDR5-Graphics-Card-DVID-HDMI-D-Port/123519181161