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Free Satoshi from your cell phone

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As we all know we are currently in the great graphics card shortage 2017 due to crypto currency mining. So I decided to take this opportunity to learn more about mining devices, currencies, etc. I have also been doing a bit of bitcoin mining myself with my server and gaming PC. Mind you these are single GPU machines with low powered cards so making ~$1 a day is the best I can hope for at the moment.

But the point of this article is not hardware mining but getting paid satoshi for watch quick 5 second ads a couple times a day on your smart phone. But what is satoshi you ask?

"The satoshi is currently the smallest unit of the bitcoin currency recorded on the block chain. It is a one hundred millionth of a single bitcoin (0.00000001 BTC). The unit has been named in collective homage to the original creator of Bitcoin, SatoshiNakamoto."

So you are not going to get rich doing this by any means but if you are trying to accumulate some bit coins with relatively small transfer fees without much effort this is a great app to try. All you have to do is click and a random number will get generated claim your amount and it gets added to your account. There is a second app you can download called wheel of satoshi that connects with the first account and helps you accumulate satoshi a bit faster. 

I have put a link to the google play store below in case you would like to give it a try. 

Plus if you would like to help out my blog and get some BONUS sign up satoshi please use my referral code: VFYX9 

Free Android App for Bitcoin

Thanks for reading!

Hyper 212 Evo Review

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So I know this cooler has been out for awhile and there is even an updated version. But I was looking for a bargain and wanted to see if this cooler lived up to the hype of the last few years. So first off the system this was installed into.

Case: Fractal Design Mini C with window side panel
PSU: EVGA 450 B Bronze rated
CPU: i5-4670k overclocked to 4.0ghz
GPU: RX 460 Sapphire Nitro 4GB
16GB of RAM with heat spreaders (2x team vulcan, 2x G.Skill)
Motherboard: MSI-B85-E45
Case fans: 1 intake, 1 exhaust,

I have to give it to Cooler Master they make sure you know what you are getting before you even open the box. The picture is accurate for assembly and color of what you can expect. It came with thermal paste and all the necessary hardware to attach it to a variety of sockets. I did not see anything for AM4 support included but I am sure you can ask customer service and they can provide another bracket.

Installation was kind of tricky in my Mini C because there is no perfect site line when lining up the pin in the bracket to the center of the base while trying to attach it to the motherboard. But once you get that screwed in. Installation of the fan was a breeze but word of warning here if you have a M-ATX motherboard make sure you have a low profile stick in the slot closest to the CPU socket. I would of had to switch this into a PULL configuration if I had anything other than low profile Team Vulcan DDR3 in slot 1 on my board. 

As far as performance this cpu cooler really lives up to the hype. I payed $24 for this brand new from Newegg and it is able to cool my i5-4670k overclocked to 4.0 ghz all day gaming, rendering etc with no temp issues. I don't believe I have seen my temps over 60°C while gaming for hours on end and thats saying a lot for an air cooler because it is commonly over 100°F where I live for months at a time and my PC is near a window. This is with the included thermal paste as well and only 2 case fans 1 intake and 1 exhaust. 

If you are trying to cool your overclocked chips on a budget and you have a case that can accommodate a giant tower cooler its worth the money. If you are looking for something a little nicer looking (THIS IS PERSONAL OPINION) I would look at the Thermaltake RIING tower cooler for an extra $10-$15. 

Thanks for reading 

Update on the side project *No Name CPU Cooler*

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So first off sorry for the long intervals in between updates lately I have been going back and forth between this blog and my youtube channel and having tons of trouble with adsense. So without further delay what happened with the No name no brand cooler. 

Well my initial look at the cooler was it works decently well no better than a stock cooler though despite the tower design. Its nice that it is only 90mm tall so it fit into my Corsair Air 240 which houses my Plex media server and HTPC. My main complaint is it feels cheap and its kind of fragile. 
Well here is the where


Comes into the game. It was working ok for a few weeks and it would probably still be ok if I hadn't messed with it. But let me go into further detail for people just reading this post in case you haven't read my upcoming projects post from back in March. 

We all know eBay and the chance to get a sweet deal, and to be honest who wouldn't want to save a little money when you have the PCMR addiction and buy PC parts quite often. Well the no name no brand CPU cooler caught my attention and for $14.99 shipped I couldn't help but try it. It arrived 3 weeks later in a black plastic bag with some bubble wrap on it. No instructions and a white tube of "Thermal paste". 

Ok so back to the results. 

First installation went pretty easily I decided to try and use the included paste to give it a chance. The temps were okay about on par with a stock cooler. Well "mystery thermal paste" lasted maybe 2 weeks before I was watching a movie and running my CPU around 62 °C. So obvious solution change out the thermal compound. Well this cooler mounts with little plastic push pins through the motherboard and they were kind of made to only be installed once. Even through careful removal one of them cracked at the bottom. It gets better! After swapping out the thermal paste and figuring out a way to re secure the cracked push pin. I went to reinstall the fan that clips on the front of the fin stack as most tower coolers do. Well one side no problem, stretched the staple thin clip on the other side and it snapped making mounting the fan straight more time consuming than the cooler is worth. So honestly for an extra $5 a Cryorig M9i would be a much better option for CPU coolers on the cheap. But since this case is so shallow I'll stick with the low profile coolers and pay a little more for quality. 

Dawn of War III Open Beta Weekend

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Sorry for the late post on this, but for those of you who are fans of the series. April 21 to April 24 is the Dawn of War III open beta on Steam. I jumped in on Saturday morning to to see what Relic had in store for us this time.

The opening cinematic was great and gave a pretty accurate picture of how quickly 3 vs 3 matches can get. Ultimately the mechanics are still the same. Its real time strategy game following the same factions from the previous game Orcs, Eldar, and Space Marines. The graphics settings are pretty in depth so you can get it working on lesser hardware. The match making was a little slow but this is to be expected in a beta and I really hope they add a human vs AI mode for practice in the full game.

Trying out a mechanical keyboard

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So I have been seeing tons of people talking about and using mechanical keyboards and it seems like they are only getting more and more popular. But since I always like to test things out for myself without spending a ton of money I decided to pick one up for myself. I found a Blue Finger (Never heard of this brand by the way) 87 key mechanical keyboard with Blue switch equivalents for $34.99 on Amazon. I will put a link at the end of the post.

First impressions:

So it comes in a black box with a bunch of Chinese writing on it with an outline of a keyboard. Upon opening the box you will find a large mouse pad with the Blue Finger logo on it. The material doesn't feel too bad and it is always nice to get something for free. Going further into the box you will find the keyboard itself and a wrist rest. Being an 87 key it does not have a num pad therefore it has a very small foot print on your desk which is great if you have very limited desk space like I do. Now although not removable it does have a braided cable which was a nice touch, it would have been slightly nicer if they had gone with a black instead of gray but it is still pretty subtle.

Don't let the picture on Amazon fool you. This is not an RGB keyboard, the colors are pre defined and you cannot change them but you do have several modes you can choose from. I did a quick recording so you can see Blue switches are quite a bit louder than I expected but honestly the typing and gaming experience is great. I am actually typing this article right now and the change in pressure to make the keys work is very noticeable and keeps hand fatigue down quite a bit. Games are very responsive I have been playing a ton of Titanfall 2 with this keyboard and it has improved my movement ability quite a bit and those last second key presses come a little quicker than on a membrane keyboard.

Overall I would recommend this to anyone looking to jump into the mechanical keyboard world on the cheap, BUT if you can try out several different switches first I recommend that. The blue switches have a really nice feel and I like the tactile response but they are just too noisy for typing. So most likely I will be returning this and trying out a couple different switches for a combination between noise and tactile response/ actuation distance. There are much quieter switches like MX Browns, Greens, Blacks, Clear, and Reds. So give them all a go before you make a decision.

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Blue Finer 87 mechanical keyboard

Upcoming reviews and Builds!

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My favorite part of working on this blog and my Youtube channel is the fact that I have an outlet to discuss PC parts, build choices, etc and to give people advice if they need it. I really hope this channel takes off soon and we get a community of readers and active participants who want to learn and help me learn at the same time. Thats really been my experience in the PC Gaming/PC Building community so far and I really hope that continues.

The Home server Plan:
As you guys know from Previous posts I am a huge fan of PLEX media server. So far I have a really basic server but it works perfectly fine for my needs and I plan to continue to evolve and upgrade this as needed. I use this PC primarily for streaming and storing my media files as thats the point of a server and my wife likes to play older games on it like Fallout New Vegas. I currently have all my content creation and video recordings on my main PC. Part of the life of a server is being on 24/7 so I have to trust my parts to remain cool and my hardware to hold up.
As you saw in my post about the plex server update, this PC is currently in an old Acer M16 case which has horrible cooling. There is no intake whatsoever and only 1x 8-mm exhaust fan but its what I had on hand and I made due.

For this PC's upgrade I will be dropping in a new motherboard, adding more RAM, and giving it my desktop PC's case for better cooling.

The desk machine:
For my desktop and do everything PC. I recently bought a Fractal Define Mini C and a EVGA 450B power supply for SILENCE and a more reliable power supply as my old school 300w OEM was starting to act up with my RX 460 over clocked.

Side Project:
Bonus post to come in I bought a CPU cooler from China. No name, No brand, and I have been putting it through the paces. I will be posting the results from a bad case and from a good case, plus how its doing in basic games as this is on my home server, not my gaming pc.

The Defiance Giveaway!

Hey Everyone, There is no reason not to enter for a free chance at a Ryzen 1800X and Vega 64 complete system give away! Good luck to you a...