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  1. Happy Bday!

  2. Happy birthday brother :)

    rly miss ya, come stop by awp and say hello <3 

  3. Home Theater I know most of you guys are still living at home with the folks or in a college dorm and this may not seem feasible, but I am gonna show you how simple setting up a basic home theater can be. Some of you may have read it already, but I have a thread on my own home theater that I’ve spent the better part of the past 6 months setting up. It is basically done now besides a few decor touches that need to be made. The hardware is all there though, and it is great. It is definitely not anywhere close to being the best around, but it suits me just fine. Check the link out if you want to see what I’ve done with my room. I won’t lie to you guys, this hobby can get expensive. When I start to think about the money I’ve spent on my media room I can get a little disappointed with myself, but then I load up a movie, crank it up and it is glorious! This is what I want for you guys, but obviously I want to show you how to do a more basic setup on a more basic budget. What year is this, 2017 already, almost 2018? Technology in this decade has come so far it is amazing. My first “home theater” was a 2.1 computer speaker system hooked up to a VCR! Some of you may be asking what exactly a VCR is, it would be best described as ancient technology. That was around 1999 or 2000, I was about 14 at the time. Honestly at that point in time, I really didn’t think it could get much better. I had a TV in my room and a couple speakers with a tiny 4” subwoofer that I could watch movies with! Today I’m sure most of you guys just watch movies on your laptop, streaming from Netflix or Vudu. 17 years ago, streaming services were just a thought in someone’s head. I wish I had a picture of what my first setup was like, humble beginnings you know. It was about 3 years later after I had gotten my first job that I saved up a bit of dough and bought some real components. I bought a Yamaha AVR (Audio Video Receiver) from Circuit City of all places. Was pretty sure they were gonna be around forever, haha. I bought the receiver because my dad had gifted me with his old Marantz speakers that he had owned since he was about 20. I still have those speakers today and use them in my game room. With the hand-me-down speakers and brand-new receiver, I was well on my way to a better version of my room theater. After saving a little more, I bought some smaller speakers to use as my center and surround sound speakers. It was great, I ran wire all over my room and put the speakers on the wall behind my bed (much to moms’ disapproval). I didn’t have a subwoofer now, but it was ok since the speakers my dad gave me provided the bass. This is what I want to help you set up for yourself. Even if you don’t have a TV in your room and just your computer or laptop to watch your movies, you can still have a nice surround sound system. It is much cheaper now than it was when I was a teenager. Plus, most of your basic AVRs today include a lot of awesome features that didn’t even exist when I started. Just having a quick glance at the BestBuy website and I see some nice AVRs starting at $189. That gets you a 5.1 channel surround system, which would be three speakers in front of you, your main left and right speakers and a center speaker. The other two speakers would be the surrounds that go behind you. Of course, for $189 you’re only getting the actual receiver, you would still need to purchase speakers. There are some places where you could find a “Home theater in a Box” system, which basically consist of the receiver, five speakers of the same size and a small subwoofer. Obviously, that would be a bit more expensive than just the AVR, but if you don’t have speakers you can use already that may be the cheaper way to go. Speakers can be extremely expensive, but there are some cheaper options as well. Companies like Polk Audio and Klipsch offer cheaper bookshelf speakers that still sound very decent. They also offer very expensive bookshelf speakers that sound amazing. You could also look in to getting floor standing speakers that will give you more sound for more money. Most movies, even streamed movies come with very high-quality audio. DTS-HD or DTS-MA. Basically, whoever mixed the soundtrack for the movie made sure to keep the audio bandwidth high so you don’t miss any of the action. This is the most basic of what is available today, but is the most budget friendly and affordable. You can get very complex like my system if you have the budget available and I am open to questions if you have them. There is much more you can do than a basic 5.1 system. There are people with home systems that have over 30 speakers in a single room, not including the subwoofers. It is pretty crazy, especially to think where home theater began. Now they have ways of placing sounds around you in the room with the use of overhead speakers and Dolby Atmos or DTS-X. Those two audio formats are the newest in the movie world. Whoever mixes the audio does so in a studio both equipped with Dolby Atmos or DTS-X and make the sound project where they want it. The process is pretty amazing. I wish I could go in to more detail about how they do it, but honestly, I do not know how they do it exactly. A system capable of Atmos or DTS-X will be very expensive. Most of the receivers that are able to decode the sound correctly start around $1500. That doesn’t even include speakers. I think overall if you are looking for a 5.1 surround system for your room you will probably be spending around $1000. It seems like a lot, but if you are movie junkie or want to play games in surround sound it is totally worth it. It would be the start of a great hobby. Much like building your own computer, it pretty much never stops. Always something to upgrade, always a better component that will make your system just right! I have put some links below to more better explanations about the audio formats and more specific speaker placement for correct immersion. If anyone really wants to start setting up their own system, please do not hesitate to PM me. I am always willing to talk more about this subject and answer any question you may have. I hope you guys enjoyed this article, and, as always, thanks for reading! 「§NG」| Jarvis My Media Room Thread: https://skynetgaming.net/forums/topic/4938-my-media-experiemnt/ Dolby Atmos explained: https://www.dolby.com/us/en/technologies/home/dolby-atmos.html Cheap Onkyo 5.1 Receiver: https://www.bestbuy.com/site/onkyo-700w-5-1-ch-4k-ultra-hd-and-3d-pass-through-a-v-home-theater-receiver-black/5017403.p?skuId=5017403 Home Theater in a Box: https://www.bestbuy.com/site/yamaha-725w-5-1-ch-3d-home-theater-system-black/5787200.p?skuId=5787200
  4. In Game Name - Jarvis Steam ID - STEAM_1:0:3562281 Age - 31 Community Rank - Sodality Member Why would you be a good Editorial Team Member - Honestly, I am not some English Lit major or something like that. I barely even liked reading and writing when I was in school. But, over the past few years, I have realized I have a kind of hidden talent for this stuff. I don't write often and that is something I would like to change, plus I would like to be a bigger part of this community and this team seems like a pretty good fit for me. Most of you know I am one of the older guys here, I have a family, and I work a lot 7-6 every week day, and then most Saturdays too. I have a 7 month old daughter and an almost 11 year old daughter, she just started 5th grade today. With family and work responsibilities, it can be difficult to be active everyday, the way Pedro describes the Editorial team, it makes it sound like I won't have to invest too much time in to this endeavor. I can tell you this though, any free time I do have that isn't spent with family, is spent around this community. Or watching movies, but really Ive seen most all of them by now lol. Plus thats only a couple hours at a time. I would like something that makes me more active in the community, but also gives me the freedom to do it on my own time. I thought about the Event team or Mentor team, but they may need me more than I would be available and I wouldn't want to let anyone down or leave more work for someone else. I understand if this make you weary about having me on any team in this community, but just know that I will do my part and do my best to make the Editorial team a great part of SNG. Thank you for your consideration, Jarvis What is Intel doing? Let me start this with a little preface, I am just a basic consumer consumed with having the top of the line stuff. Will I ever use a 16 core or up processor to its full potential? No, more than likely not. Do I want to say that I have the opportunity to use one to its full potential? Hell yes! I am a fan of both Intel and AMD, I think both make a great product, and I have used both in my builds over the past few years. AMD has always run hot and as I’m sure everyone knows, heat is a killer of all things electrical. So for pretty much that reason alone, for the last three or four builds that I have done, they have been Intel. Why sacrifice money that could be spent on better hardware on stuff that would be required for cooling? Intel just does not get hot under pressure. I did use AMD in a couple of my media computers. This was before the Raspberry Pi or simple streaming sticks like Amazons Firestick. A simple AMD build with their great built-in graphics was much cheaper than an Intel setup. I think the cheapest I built was about $250, it consisted of a case, MB, CPU, 1 Fan, 100GB SSD, and a 250 watt PS. The only thing it was used for was watching movies and Youtube. My $35 Firestick does the same thing now. When I was in high school the best CPUs around were the Intel Pentium 4s. They were awesome man! I had one of the first 64-bit Pentium 4s clocked at a whopping 2.0GHz! FAST! That was in 2003 or 2004, thought I was king shit when I got that. It was a few years later Intel started releasing core 2 duo, then quad cores. Since then it has become a race to be the one with the most cores and threads apparently. As it sits right now AMD is winning this race with their Threadrippers(TR). These beast are massive, 16 core 32 thread processor with a base clock speed of 3.4GHz and turbo boost to 4.2GHz, incredible. I’ve already seen people overclocking them with speeds up to 5.2GHz per core. That is insane, at least from my perspective. From what I have read, they seem to be holding up well, and do not have the same heating characteristics of other AMD products. They do run warm, but it is to be expected with such a huge chip. It seems only fair to say that currently AMD is ahead of the curve for the time being. Of course, all this leads me to ask, what in the world is Intel doing? Good question self, it seems they are working on some new chips that may be smaller, with more cores, and faster than the TR. Next week Intel is going to drop some knowledge on us about their upcoming Coffee Lake and Cannon Lake lines, but what I am really looking forward to is their new i9-7980XE. This processor will be based on the Sky Lake chip-set that has been out for quite some time now, but this chip is a beast in its own right. 18 cores, 36 threads, a base clock of 2.6GHz with turbo boost up to 4.4GHz. The chip is not out yet, but I am sure we will see some overclocking once it is released. Most of us that are casual gamers will not see high temps due to not stressing the CPU or using more than a couple cores at a time. This applies to both the i9 and TR. Intel decided to use a different thermal material under the lid of the i9 chips resulting in a bit higher temperature. AMD used solder and seems to be working fairly well to keep the temps under control. The rumors are if you delid and apply a better thermal paste to the Intel chips you can drastically reduce temps, but I was never one to mess with that. Also, AMD wins in price. Nearly $1000 cheaper than a comparable Intel chip. Crazy, but I would think that eventually Intel will have to come down in their pricing. AMD also has more PCIE lanes at 64 compared to 44 on the Intel chips, which matter for people that want to use NVMe drives and/or multiple GPUs. It looks like Intel is trying, and at a quick glance it would appear they may be able to take the lead, but as stated, until they lower pricing and upgrade a few areas in their lower tier chips and even the top of the line i9, they may behind AMD for a while. I guess we will find out in the next couple of weeks once they release more information on the new chips and when the new Sky Lake-X comes out. All I know for sure is the way it looks right now, when it comes time to upgrade my rig again, AMD will be the way to go.
  5. 1.In game name- Jarvis 2.Steam ID- STEAM_1:0:3562281 3.Name of the Sodality members recommending you (2 minimum)- Redflubber, Tuba, Kurp, Forge 4.What age are you (Minimum 16)- 30 5.Why do you believe you are right for SNG Sodality?- I have been playing CS since most of the people in this group were in diapers, I have been in a few groups, mainly Gravity Kills, back when I was just outta high school. I like the way SNG reminds me of those days, and the way these servers have brought so many people together. I really want to be a part of that more, and hope I can bring a little old man knowledge to the group :). Do you agree to equip the 「§NG」| tag if accepted?- Of course! 6.What server are you most known in- SK Thanks for the consideration!
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