Ryzen 7 Gaming Benchmarks

For those who have been asking, this is the latest processor from AMD. The Ryzen lineup is arguably the most (and possibly over) hyped CPU to hit the shelves in a long time. The overall benchmarks look great but from a strictly gaming POV they don’t really stand up the hype or even the costs!

Ryzen 5 though is said to be “for gamers” – we will wait and see!

Upgrading My Computer With a Z270 Motherboard & i7 7700K

As many of you know I am big into my music, being a guitarist and all probably was a hint?! What most of you don’t know though is I have another interest, one that I spend more time on than I do music. Building gaming PCs. Yes, I am that type of person. There is just something about building a PC that makes me feel amazing inside like it’s my own little creation. I often build PCs for friends and have even tried to open my own business building gaming PCs.

Like many gamers, I want to try VR (Virtual Reality). To do this though I need to seriously upgrade my computer. I have chosen the components and already have them ready for the build this weekend. But I wanted to share with you some tips on how to choose the best components for your computer.

Finding The Best Z270 Motherboard

So I already have an I7 7700k bought. Reason being, its affordable provides the power I want for both VR and work. Ideal CPU for me. Also, the K models allow me to overclock the CPU clock speed, in some cases as high as 5GHz! In order to apply an overclock though you need to have a motherboard that is overclockable, in other words, you need to find a Z270 motherboard (or a Z170 – older model).

If you have looked online for a Z270 motherboard then you will notice that there are plenty to choose from but all at different prices ranges. The price is tied to how many added features a board comes with. In most cases, I would say its best to go for the best Z270 motherboard that you can afford as long as the features your buying will be used. With that in mind, I would actually say something with reliably good audio from a trusted brand is a bare minimum. If you want to look for built in wifi, extra PCIe slots, a specific number of I/O slots etc. then you should ideally look at something like this best Z270 motherboard buying guide, it will give a lot more info about each “best” board. Also, reviews… Read the damn reviews!

What did I go for? ASUS STRIX Z270E Gaming Motherboard. It provides the best gaming features in my opinion without being super expensive and allows for fast RAM at a 3866MHz (overclock). Not to mention the 6 SATA III slots will come in handy.

ASUS ROG Strix Z270E – Motherboard Review

Learning Guitar in 2017 with the best online lessons

It is almost 2017 so if you’re like me you will be looking to pick up a new hobby or interest. For me in 2016 it has been learning guitar – I used to play the piano many years ago which, to be honest, I found boring but it got me through high school! My wife bought me a guitar for Christmas, clearly, she was bored of me saying I wanted to get into it and decided to help me along the way.  So there and then my mission was to learn guitar in 2016. Through January I did have done the usual thing of buying books and using YouTube but it really didn’t help. I am much more of a see, do and learn person instead of reading or watching another amateur player. At the end of January, I decided to start looking for the best online guitar lessons that I could basically turn on and off when I had free time. For me learning guitar was a hobby and needed to take a back seat so having an online course with lessons was the best fit for my lifestyle – and likely it’s going to suit you too!

Face to face lessons were a big no considering I have a job, family and my weekends are busy watching sports! Learning the guitar became a million times easier for one reason – I didn’t have to research and read about what I should start learning. The paid learning websites come with courses set up for the absolute beginner meaning all I had to do was pay attention and follow along. I am happy to announce now that I can literally pick up the guitar and just play, I don’t need to stop and start, I don’t need sheets music in front of me and more importantly I can simply just jam at my desk while I chill out.

What to look for in online guitar lessons

Simply put you need to read reviews to make sure it’s worth your while. That being said they all have free trials and promos so spending 20 bucks on something shouldn’t be too much of a concern.

What I looked for though was a beginner course that I can use to then move into rock and metal with a bit of blues in between. JamPlay has done just that for me so I would personally recommend them but again there are many options so just ensure you get what you need from the lessons.