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[BauerSystems] $245/Refurb T430/1600*900(14 inch)/128 SSD/i5 3320M/4GB RAM/Win7 Pro

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ji2o0k wrote:
Mar 15th, 2018 10:33 pm
the same guys are now selling the WQHD mod kits (2560 x 1440) resolution - I picked up two recently but pricey, not for everyone:

https://forum.thinkpads.com/viewtopic.php?f=45&t=124841

For "S" versions only.....
Thanks for this. We have a T520 and a T530, bought new, both 1920x1080 (non-IPS). One recently suffered flood damage, so we're short one. I hoped that buying a used 1366x768 and slapping in a 1920x1080 was easy. Thanks for straightening me out.

The 2560x1440 option is interesting. Still, incremental investment in an old notebook is hard to justify.

These notebooks are not great for carrying around. They are heavy. Their batteries don't last a long time. The Haswell mobile processors (T540) and later burn significantly less power, especially when sleeping.
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Are there similar online store like these guys that sell refurbs? Just to compare prices
I know of refurb.io already
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What opearting system are you using? I have the same laptop collecting dust since i upgraded to Window 10.
Thinking to downgrade it to window7 or try some other OS.
JattFauj wrote:
Mar 16th, 2018 12:25 am
wth I bought a t430 a couple years ago when that refurbio thread was going around... I thought the laptop would be hella outdated by now... still runs good though, battery is crap. I gotta clean it because sometimes it overheats and turns off.. maybe it's the linux mint running ineffeciently.
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Hexane wrote:
Mar 24th, 2018 5:31 pm
What opearting system are you using?
The OP that you quoted said they were running Linux Mint in the last line of the text you quoted :)
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Totoriko wrote:
Mar 21st, 2018 8:37 pm
Are there similar online store like these guys that sell refurbs? Just to compare prices
I know of refurb.io already
there are some on bestbuy site as well.
Bauer systems seem to have consistently great prices though.
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mikka2017 wrote:
Mar 12th, 2018 10:36 am
cheapest CPU and mobo that do 4k mkv files at 60hz , i already have a video card that does 4k using hdmi2.0 port
You'll want a CPU that offers hardware-accelerated video decoding. It allows a slow CPU to perform a task that would otherwise require a fast CPU. 4K mkv will often be encoded in h265 (also called HEVC). There's also VP9 encoding, used by YouTube and others. Intel handles both encodings in hardware from Skylake Kaby Lake onward.

If you pirate all your content, best cheap bets are:

Celeron G3900 @ $45
Celeron G3930 @ $50
Pentium G4560 @ $70

If you get content via legal means, it may be protected by HDCP 2.2. None of these cheaper processors comes with onboard GPU that does HDCP 2.2. You either need a video card that does it, or you can buy a CPU with Intel HD Graphics 630; cheapest there is Pentium G4600 @ $110.

Any compatible motherboard will do. Use pcpartpicker to find one. At the moment there's an Asus for $65: https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/list/VhV3wV

EDIT: apparently Skylake acceleration is "partial" and you need Kaby Lake for the good stuff.
Last edited by redbag on Mar 24th, 2018 6:49 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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redbag wrote:
Mar 24th, 2018 6:49 pm
You'll want a CPU that offers hardware-accelerated video decoding. It allows a slow CPU to perform a task that would otherwise require a fast CPU. 4K mkv will often be encoded in h265 (also called HEVC). There's also VP9 encoding, used by YouTube and others. Intel handles both encodings in hardware from Skylake onward.

If you pirate all your content, best cheap bets are:

Celeron G3900 @ $45
Celeron G3930 @ $50
Celeron G4560 @ $70

If you get content via legal means, it may be protected by HDCP 2.2. None of these cheaper processors comes with onboard GPU that does HDCP 2.2. You either need a video card that does it, or you can buy a CPU with Intel HD Graphics 630; cheapest there is Pentium G4600 @ $110.

Any compatible motherboard will do. Use pcpartpicker to find one. At the moment there's an Asus for $65: https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/list/VhV3wV
thx for the info...i can now play big mkv files at 60hz using windows MEDIA classic player with Klite codecs! very smooth... not sure why the other programs give me issues..maybe codec problems?
my system:
optiplex 790 with 12gb ddr3 Ram i5 2400 2nd gen?
vidcard: asus radeon rx460 2gb , i tried to unlock the flashing bios but it didn't work, had to reflash backup

can anyone play this file using chrome browser? i cannot hear sound and its very choppy!
also i cannot play any youtube 4k files at 60fps either! choppy and looks bad

http://videos.hd-trailers.net/DARK-KNIG ... K-HDTN.mp4

plays fine when i dload and use WMPC 321 app
*SIG: OptiPlex™ 790 i5-2400 @3.1ghz 12gb DDR3 ram win10pro w/radeon rx460 rogers gigabit VIP using D-Link DIR-890L AC3200
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mikka2017 wrote:
Mar 24th, 2018 10:04 pm
i can now play big mkv files at 60hz using windows MEDIA classic player with Klite codecs! very smooth... not sure why the other programs give me issues..maybe codec problems?
Different programs use different ways to decode the video. Media Player Classic uses FFmpeg and other similar community efforts that are usually the fastest thing around. The player inside Chrome may not be as fast.

That Batman trailer you linked has AC3 audio. I get no sound in Chrome either.
also i cannot play any youtube 4k files at 60fps either! choppy and looks bad
A lot of people say the decoding in AMD cards doesn't work too good. And Youtube 4k60 is just tough. You need all the pieces working together - browser, gpu, cpu, internet. Here is a good thread about the challenges: https://www.reddit.com/r/Amd/comments/6 ... k/di58u2m/ .. that specific post is about 8k(!!) video but the broader thread is about 4k.

G4560 seems like a good upgrade from your i5-2400. About the same speed but adds a bunch of hardware decoding.
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What do you think of the Tiny desktops? There’s a M93P that seems pretty good for $255.
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imclumzy wrote:
Mar 25th, 2018 10:14 am
What do you think of the Tiny desktops? There’s a M93P that seems pretty good for $255.
I think the tininess needs to be valuable to you. They cost more than SFF with similar specs, and they bear hidden costs: no place for a 2nd hard drive, only 1 or 2 RAM slots instead of 4, needs laptop memory instead of desktop memory, no PCIe expansion, and worse airflow which equals more fan noise (or the heat and reduced performance of fanless). All this inflexibility adds up to a good chance that you'll replace it sooner than you would have replaced a more configurable unit. (These are general comments about tiny computers; they may not all apply to this particular unit)

I'm not saying it's a bad deal and there is definite appeal to a little box you can tape to the back of a monitor. Just make sure you're seeing the total cost of owning one.
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Is there any laptop that someone recommends for a University student on hear. Mostly to watch videos, social media, web searches and microsoft office.
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$245/Refurb T430/1600*900(14 inch)/128 SSD/i5 3320M/4GB RAM/Win7 Pro
Glancealot wrote:
Mar 11th, 2018 2:56 pm
Search for T430 or look at row 122ish
Not sure if i missed it but I cannot find any T430 with the above specs,

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