Media PC Build – The Witcher

The Witcher 3 PC Build.

If you did not know already, The Witcher is Netflix series, which is due to be released on the 20th of December. Before that, it was a series of books written by Andrzej Sapkowski. In 2015, The Witcher 3 game was released and it won numerous Game of the year awards. This was one game that I felt like I missed out on playing, so when I found out that the Witcher 3 supports XBOX controller on the PC. I decided to build a media pc complete with an XBOX controller.

In this build, I repurpose an OLD HP Z800 which featured in a Cryptocurrency CPU build I did. And I will be reusing an RX 570 card which I used in the Kraken mining rig build. I will put a link to that video as well.

All right let get started.

If we take, a look at the specs needed to run the Witcher in the z800 we have 12 GB of ram and duel Xeon X5660s which is more than enough and adding the rx570 should give us a great result for a media pc build.

Media PC Build
AMD RX 570 GPU install.

First up let’s remove the Nvidia Quadro 4000 card. Remove the 6 pin power plug first. You might have noticed I did not use the GPU clip, which unlocks the card from the motherboard. That is because I’ve modified the clip and when I say modified I really mean I broke it. I did this because I found the clip annoying when adding and removing cards.

Install the GPU RX 570

Let’s remove the Sapphire RX 570 from the Kraken mining rig by removing the 8 pin power cable. As well as removing the PCIE connector from the bottom. The Sapphire RX 570 cards are great for mining and gaming and heres why. They have a dual bios switch, which means you can have one bios for Mining and one bios for Gaming. So I just switch the bios switch over and start gaming with it. I do not have to flash the bios or anything messy like that.

As you can see she’s a bit dirty, so let’s give her a quick clean up before we move her into the case.

Alright let’s add the GPU to the case. Pretty straight forward. Just add the card in the same spot we removed the Quadro 4000 card from.

The Z800 only comes with 6 pin power connectors. So we need to add a 6 pin to 8 pin power connector. You can get these cheap online.

Make it power efficient as possible.

I am going to remove the SATA hard drives and replace them with a faster SSD. You could keep these in if you wanted extra storage for games or movies, but I do not need it and they will just waste power being plugged in.

The SSD I am going with is a Kingston brand and I could slot it into the same spot as the SATA hard drive, however it will not have any support there so I am going to gerry rig it inside the case.

Add in a new SATA cable and give it some power. And then I just find a spot to wedge it in the drive bay area and it’s good to go. Plug the SSD into the motherboard on bay 0. Remove the power from the DVD drive since I am not going to be using that.

Close the case and hopefully we are done on the inside of the build. Next up plug in power keyboard and mouse into the media pc build.

Install Windows 10

To install Windows 10 I’ve got an installer copy on this Seagate USB hard drive. Newer USBs do not seem to detect properly on this older computer. Do not forget our HDMI cable for our monitor. To boot into bios or boot menu. On your keyboard you might have tap F2 Delete or in this case of the Z800 you press F9. Once you are in the boot menu select the USB device. Then go ahead and install Windows. When windows finishes installing remove your USB hard drive.

Check that your RX 570 card is correctly installed. This is important if they were used for Cryptocurrency as they will show up with a yellow exclamation mark next to them and your game will be slow or not even load. Make sure your driver date is on the money as you can see here mine is recent so we are good to go. This next addition is what will really make the build shine. We are going to add in the XBOX controller. The Beauty of the XBOX controller is when family or friends come over to your house and they are a bit bored, you throw them an XBOX controller and they are instantly entertained.

XBOX Controller working?

All right plug in your XBOX USB and let it detect in Windows. Go ahead and pair your controller it, the USB should flash when successful.

The Witcher build going live!

Ok so I have connected the Z800 to my LG TV and I’ve got my XBOX controller ready to go for the media pc build. But I feel like there is something missing. I still feel like there is something missing. How about LEDS? That is better!

Cool, let’s fix up the TV settings. On the LG TV I have this button called Q menu and it allows me to choose a few different TV options such as Gaming and Cinema. What I noticed is the picture on Cinema was far superior to Gaming. Because I am not playing the game competitively, I am just going for the best picture and man it really made a difference. Take a look.

I decided to leave it on Cinema. A quick check to see how many frames the RX 570 is giving me and as you can see here, it is a solid 60 frames. Its a great result. I tested this on my 120 hertz monitor. I set the game to unlimited so I am sure it is higher than this but maybe it is a limitation of the TV.

Let check out some gameplay!

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HP ProBook 430 G5 Unboxing FirstLook

HP ProBook 430 G5 Unboxing FirstLook

The HP ProBook 430 G5 is HP’s low cost answer to enterprise or education laptops.

The main difference between the HP ProBook 430 G5 and the HP ProBook 430 G4 is the CPU upgrade and some cosmetic changes to the outside of the laptop.
For me I preferred the silver plastic on the HP ProBook 430 G4 and if you want to see the 123myIT review on that model check it out here.

Probook 430 g5 top

The CPU is a 8th Generation Intel® Core™ i5-8250U Processor, up to 3.4 GHz with Intel®Turbo Boost Technology, 6 MB cache, 4 cores. This model also has a 256 GB M.2 SSD, this means that the computers overall performance will be much faster then the HP ProBook 430 G4. There is enough power in this laptop to do some video editing.
This laptop can play some games but not really recommended as it has an Intel® HD Graphics 620 built in graphics. If you are looking to play the latest games maybe try and get a Nvidia or AMD Graphics card in your laptop.

13.3″ diagonal HD anti-glare LED-backlit (1366 x 768)
8 GB DDR4-2133 SDRAM (1 x 8 GB)
256 GB M.2 SSD

Prices for this model start $639USD and the model we got came with a free HP carry bag. So its a pretty good deal if you actually use the carry bag.

Probook 430 G5
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One of the negatives to this laptop is the trackpad. I find that I am constantly missing the area for a right click. This means that when I want to right click I have to press the trackpad several times to find the right spot. While this is not a massive deal it is kind of frustrating and should be something that HP take note of moving forward with new laptops.
I hope you liked this video and that it helped out.

HP ProBook 430 G4 Notebook – MacBook Killer?

HP ProBook 430 G4 Notebook – MacBook Killer?

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This video will show you an unboxing of the HP ProBook 430 G4 Notebook.

Intel® Core™ i5-7200U Processor ,Intel® HD Graphics 620, 2.5 GHz, up to 3.1 GHz with Intel®Turbo Boost Technology, 3 MB cache, 2 cores
Windows 10 Pro 64
13.3″ diagonal HD anti-glare LED-backlit (1366 x 768)
8 GB DDR4-2133 SDRAM (1 x 8 GB)
128 GB M.2 SSD

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Unboxing & First Look at the HP ProBook 430 G2 Laptop

This video will show you an Unboxing & First Look at the HP ProBook 430 G2 Laptop.

Hi All
I had a chance recently to Unbox the HP ProBook 430 G2 model and I must say it has a very nice sleek design, however not much has changed over the HP ProBook 430 G1 model. If you are looking for a Windows based laptop that you would use for web browsing word processing and a bit of YouTube play back then this laptop might be for you. If you are into gaming then I would suggest you probably look else where.
While this laptop can run games its more designed for corporate use.
If you did want to play games on the laptop then you would be advised to upgrade the memory in the laptop so that you have a second working memory module. Once this is done the memory will work in duel-channel mode and you will get more performance out of the GPU.
One change from the G1 model is the removal of the separate headphone and mic jack and this has been replaced with an all in one combined mic and headphones port.
The display is probably the least exciting part of the G2 while the laptop is designed for indoor use the screen just isn’t as bright as other laptops in its class.
Battery life is pretty good with this model and power consumption when the device is idle is low.

HP ProBook 430 G2 Battery

This is really good because it mean if you step away form the laptop you can expect the battery to last even if you are not using the laptop.
You can expect the battery life to last around 4.5 to 5.5 hours depending on use, so that actually not to bad.

For a more in deapth write up you can check out a great review on the HP ProBook 430 G2 at the NotebookCheck website here.
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Cheers
Matt

Unboxing and First Look at HP Probook 430 G1 Laptop

This video will show you an Unboxing and First Look the at HP Probook 430 G1 Laptop.

Want to see a review on the bigger brother of this laptop? click here for the review on the HP 650 G1 Probook.