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Best Graphics Card for Video Editing

August 21, 2016

I was reading up on a forum post regarding this very topic and figured I should share my own light into this. The question was:

"For After Effects or Premiere, both video editing and processing software, which graphics card would work best? The GTX 960 or R9 380?"

Of course, both of those cards are viable options, both simply strong enough for all kinds of video production. However, we want the best value so here is my take. I think NVIDIA's graphics card is easily the best of the two. Without taking anything away from the R9 380, which in its own right is a seriously great gaming card, the GTX 960 is just a solid and reliable card with reliable drivers. 

I have had all sorts of issues with AMD's drivers, mostly while doing my own video processing. They freak out when using Premiere and it kind of takes away all of my hard work. Luckily I autosave but for many people, crashing software is enough to be swayed away from a particular driver, in this case the R9 card.

Don't get me wrong, both are incredible for gaming. I actually like the 380 card by AMD more for gaming than the GTX 960. But we are talking about video production, and in this case, AMD's drivers are too faulty.

A6 Processor on HP

June 16, 2016

I had the opportunity to unbox one of my favorite processors and record it.

PC and Console Trolling

May 2, 2016

It has been a long time since my last blog update, but I wanted to revisit this site and talk about the trolling going on. I have noticed it more prominently on the PC platform as opposed to consoles and I just thought it was funny how that is.

I think the main reason is because on consoles, people don't really put on their mics and talk. As opposed to the PC, most everyone has a mic and are willing to strategize with gamers, especially on games like CS: Source or Global Offensive. Still, because more people have mics on Steam, we get trolled far more often. 

The Struggle With PC Gaming

December 20, 2015

There are a lot of benefits to playing video games on the PC platform. However, there are also a ton of cons that come with it and this post is to highlight some of those, and hopefully come to some kind of solution (if that) on what we could do.

Here are some of the issues I identified in a very quick outline:

  • PC gaming is expensive
  • There are significantly more trolls on the PC platform
  • PC hardware just seems to last less than consoles

First of all, gaming is expensive as hell. It is probably one of the more expensive hobbies out there and is also quite time-consuming, which can indeed throttle production and sometimes cause you to skip work (losing even more money; but more on that next time). Even the video games alone are enough to justify my argument that gaming on desktops, or just gaming in general, is expensive. Just take a look at some of the launch games that have released. Each game that comes out, regardless of quality, retails at right around $59.99 USD. If you are lucky and find some on sale at launch or even for pre-order, it might drop to something like 45-50 bucks each, but that is still pushing the bank.

Then we can go talk about hardware and the different parts a personal computer needs. I have found that building my own setup is going to be the cheapest route, especially if I am patiently waiting on deals for different hardware. But I also found that waiting to buy an affordable computer, preferably one that is already pre-built and packaged for you (along with keyboard, a mouse, an operating system, etc.) is going to be a fairly good deal. Still, hardware is expensive, and with each new launch being as exciting as it is, it will continue to be expensive for us gamers.

Next issue on this platform is the sheer number of trolls on here. Sure, there are less children playing on consoles scientifically (since parents usually opt to buy their children the more affordable gaming consoles like an Xbox One, and adults usually are able to build a desktop of their own rather than just teenagers). But the issue remains on computers because even adults like to troll. I have not been on a single Black Ops III server on Steam where someone is not either trolling on the mic or teabagging unnecessarily. It is ridiculous and should not be this big an issue, but yet it is.

Lastly, I feel like hardware on a gaming computer platform just lasts less longer than consoles do. Think about it. How often are you PC enthusiasts upgrading parts of your desktop? Quite often, I bet. Even I, a cheap gamer that does not like to spend money if I do not need to, purchase new parts for my computer at least twice a year. Console gamers do not have to worry about their hardware being updated until the next console comes around. Yes, they may get inferior graphics or whatever, but think about how much money they are saving on hardware alone just because they are not upgrading every so often in a year.

I don't know, maybe this whole post was just a rant. I do absolutely enjoy the Windows platform and love the customizability I get from being a part of it. Just some of the things I mentioned are wearing me down and it gets tiring. Oh well, this is not a bash on the platform itself, but just some issues that should be addressed. If anything it is not that big of a deal, but I would still like to see the problems minimized.

A6 Processors and HP

December 14, 2015

I made up a small image media right here in this post, so do check out some of these images.

I was particularly interested in comparing the A6 processor against the older iPhone A5 processor, mainly because I just purchased the new iPhone 6S, and noticed remarkable speeds vs. something older.

Also, as I was browsing Pinterest for A6 images, I noticed a few HP laptops came up and realized that some of their processors also have mobile chips in them. Also, what do you guys think of the HP Elitebook 745? Looks to be a good, lightweight laptop to me.

 

The Deal With Unbranded Tablets

November 23, 2015

I have come across numerous tablet "deals", especially since it is that time of year where deals absolutely have to be published and run out by companies in order to get their customers to buy.

The problem is that these deals really are not so. Companies think that, just because they can print out an image of a tablet running Windows 8 or the Android OS, that people would be interested. In a way, yes, they are right since a lot of people are falling for this sort of scam. But in my opinion, it is just a dirty tactic to have hard-working people purchase tablets that look like the next big thing, for only a small price, and then they realize that the tablet the just bought was a "cheapie", which is my word for an unbranded pile of garbage technology.

Watch out for those brands, people! Believe it or not, at least in the technology industry, branding does matter. Some of those lesser-known tablet makers are really bad in quality control, hence resulting in some laggy -- and often very faulty -- tablets that are available for "only $50".

The Best Black Friday Laptop

November 17, 2015

This post is dedicated to the best laptop deal I found for this upcoming Black Friday. Walmart has just recently released their Black Friday ad scan, and while a lot of the things I found were not really deals, I did find this somewhere in the middle of it all:

  • HP 17" laptop for $299 (discounted from $499)
  • HP 15.6" laptop for $199 (discounted from $399)

While the slashed prices, in terms of how much is actually removed from the retail value, are nothing to write home about, the values within themselves just makes this whole deal worth it.

HP is a very reputable brand, in my case anyway. Most of the laptops I have purchased and recommended from them have been nothing short of reliable. So to get a laptop at just $199 (15.6 inches is regular size to me, though you may want to drop an extra hundred for the 17-inch screen plus additional specs) is totally worth going to Walmart for. You can even buy online.

I will display the specs when I have more time to do this, but just look out for those laptop deals. 

 

Hello From Jeff

November 13, 2015

Greetings everyone, Jeff here!

If you did not already figure, I am the author, publisher, and page manager of OBH, or Only Budget Hardware, which is the blog you are on right now. Here, you will find a lot of information on the computing field, since it has become one of my favorite things to do as of recently.

I will post information regarding the latest pieces of hardware, which parts you can get for cheap (especially since holiday season is coming up!), and some other related pieces of content.

You can read more about me here, or more information on the Home page of the blog. Thank you for reading and stay tuned.