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While building my brother’s new badass computer I decided to also upgrade my (very recent) i7 6700k to an i9 9900k. This also meant upgrading the motherboard too, which I ended up going with the ASUS ROG Maximus XI Hero (Wi-Fi) and a Corsair Hydro Series H150i PRO RGB 360mm Liquid CPU Cooler as well to keep temps down.

This will be a great upgrade, especially to suite my needs with video encoding (+quicker times) and gaming at the same time.

I decided to go the way of Kaby Lake for my new Plex Server build instead of going with something like 2 Xeon L5640’s or L5690’s which I’m sure in the long run would have been much better than going with this CPU, the 7600K yet alone cheaper overall for the CPU and entire build.

But without further due, here’s the build:

CPU: Intel Core i5-7600K 3.8 GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: CRYORIG Hy 49 CFM
Motherboard: ASUS Z170 Pro Gaming ATX LGA1151
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16GB DDR4-3000
Storage: Samsung 860 EVO 2TB SSD
PSU: Corsair RMx 650W 80+ Fully Modular
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 ATX Mid Tower

Within the last week I have finally built a new PC. Here’s the PCPartPicker list: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/ZMfWKZ

The whole build ending up costing me $1,851.67 without taxes. All free shipping.

  • Intel i7 6700k Overclocked 4.6Ghz Skylake Processor
  • ASUS ROG MAXIMUS VIII HERO ALPHA Motherboard
  • ASUS ROG GeForce GTX 1080 STRIX 8GB Graphics Card
  • G.SKILL TridentZ Series 32GB DDR4 3200 Memory
  • Corsair Graphite Series 760T Full Tower Windowed White Case
  • Corsair Hydro Series H100i v2 CPU Cooler
  • Corsair RM850X Power Supply
  • Samsung 850 EVO 1TB M.2
  • LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray Writer
  • Asus VG248QE 24″ 1920×1080 144Hz Monitor

My existing hardware I’ll be using with this still:

  • Corsair Vengeance K70 Black Cherry MX Brown’s Keyboard
  • Logitech Proteus Spectrum G502 Mouse
  • Samsung 850 EVO 250GB SSD (OS Drive)

Farewell to my old PC:

  • Intel i7 860 Lynnfield Processor (Overclocked to 3.8Ghz)
  • EVGA P55 FTW SLI Intel Motherboard
  • EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti FTW 2GB Graphics Card
  • G.SKILL Ripjaws 16GB Memory
  • Antec P180 Case
  • Corsair Hydro Series H60 CPU Cooler
  • Corsair RM850X Power Supply

On March 31st, 2016 you will no longer be able to use Chrome to Phone. Google decided to (sadly) get rid of it a while back. You also may even be aware that Google is advertising another way to still send items to your phone and that’s by typing in “Send a note to my phone” but this feature has actually not worked since November 2015 and it’s now the very end of February of 2016. There are a bunch of posts about this same issue by others on the Google Forums but apparently there’s not a Google employee that ever used either Chrome to Phone or the newly advertised replacement “send a note.” Odd right?

Well a while back I remember a post on the XDA-Developers forums from someone making a replacement for Chrome to Phone. Since Chrome to Phone will stop working in a month, I decided to revisit this application and see it’s progress, I’m glad I did. It’s an exact replica of Chrome to Phone and I love it.

In order to follow the steps in this guide you will need to first make sure you have turned on USB debugging (see bottom of guide) and have installed the PC ADB drivers (troubles? see bottom of guide).

  1. Download this file containing all the necessary files needed.
  2. Extract the files from the zip file.
  3. Open the folder location you extracted the contents to.
  4. Run the file named “1-install-Play-Store.bat” and simply follow the instructions.
  5. When completed, reboot the device and you will now have all the necessary Google apps.

Enjoy!

Questions and Help?

First you need to enable Developer Options if you haven’t already, you can do this by going to Settings > Device Options and then tap on Serial Number several times. Then once they have been enabled, go into Developer Options and enable USB debugging by checking “Enable ADB.”

Second you need to make sure you have installed ADB and PC ADB drivers on your computer, you can install them by downloading them from here. If you have problems installing those, then install this alternative set instead from here.

Once that is installed, connect your Fire to your computer and open up Command Prompt to use the following ADB commands and type in the following:

adb shell
pm hide com.amazon.kindle.kso
exit
adb reboot

That’s it. You should no longer see anymore ads on your lock screen.

This app called DisableWinTracking will give you different options to disable OR remove the types of tracking or apps that Windows 10 comes with, especially the possibly most controversial Windows Telemetry and Data Collection Service.

Everything is straight forward and easy to understand for anyone. You don’t necessary have to use every option either, especially getting rid of the apps but that’s all entirely up to you.

Here are the options I disable (not remove) on every system with Windows 10:

  • Services
  • Telemetry
  • Block tracking domains
  • Block tracking IP addresses
  • Stop Defender/Wifisense Data Collection

Comcast just recently upgraded everyone’s internet speeds for free in June, so I was getting 90 Mbps downstream / 12 Mbps upstream since I had the Blast! package.

Now I’m blazing with 125 Mbps downstream / 25 Mbps upstream having changed my package today. The increased upload speeds are definitely the best part of this upgrade for me.

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The Call of Duty in me has been dying for many years now, however I’m still looking forward to Black Ops 3. Gaming in general has died down a lot, though with all the new exciting releases coming up over the next bunch of months that should see a slight change.

I don’t have many expectations for it, but I do at least hope it’s a lot better and more fun than Advanced Warfare (not that it was horrible). There a lot of other games I look forward to play a lot more than this title though, especially The Division.

Here are essential Chrome Extensions that I believe most types of users should have installed, rather it be to enhance their experience or for security/privacy/etc reasons.

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