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Throughput isnt really important for normal use.
Fast Ssd is fast.
Rugged doesn't mean as much anymore because ssds Don't have moving parts.
Warranty is about the best to look into.
Ssds go all atvonce if they go bad. Very hard to recover. So warranty is key

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I’ve got a query.

I’ve been playing a lot of FFXV. Currently at lvl 80+, and want to ensure I don’t lose that progress (mobo died last week, so now doing a nearly all new build of the machine)

I acquired my current copy through... unscrupulous means, and want to buy the game on steam. However, I don’t know what steam supports in terms of taking an existing save file, and integrating that into the library and cloud. I also don’t know if it can tell if it’s not a legit copy of the game-save file, and prevents it working.

Has anyone done this before?

Ta

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Should be okay if it is a locally saved game.
Cloud? Got no clue but everything points to 'no'.

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Sorry, not sure if I follow.

What I’m asking is if you have a locally saved game, then purchase that game on steam specifically, can you upload the save file to steams cloud save utility and pickup right where you left off?

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The game should have a save game folder.  I don't see why it would tagged as questionable so you should just be able to make a back up of the save file and copy it into the Steam save game folder and let the cloud do it's thing.

I keep a separate save game folder for some games that I can just swap into the Steam save game folder.

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Quite.

Turn off Steam cloud backup of your save files for that game.
Put the save file in the Steam folder for local game saves.
Turn on Steam cloud backup for the game.

Steam backs up your save game to the cloud, something something Tifa - Cloud - Final Fantasy joke.

 

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What are peoples thoughts on antivirus software?  My Kaspersky has expired and I don't want to renew it due to the security concerns, warranted or not.  I was thinking about going with Bitdefender but it seems a lot of people think Windows Defender is sufficient nowadays.  Baked into OS etc.  I run adblockers so that filters out a lot of . 

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I'm not really keen into the subject (and I know most people are wary of any of it) but my laptop has avast, Malwarebytes, and I run ublock origin and I seem to not have any issues.

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I installed Bitdefender and the machine started running like a dog. Tried total AV, was just an advert machine.

Back to malwarebytes and just keep extending the trial.

The steam upload worked, took some detective work as there were 2 places it kept overwriting my decent saves, figured it out in the end!

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Evening, all! 

Can anyone recommend any 'ok' video editing software? That's free! 

I'm a complete novice, and won't be going to the nth degree, just something I can, well, edit footage with. User friendly would help! 

On top of that, maybe a cheap laptop capable of using said software. Second hand is fine. Lower cost, the better, as I will be using it solely for this purpose and it will live in a bag for days at a time. Something off the shelf, I'm not wanting to build one. 

Thanks in advance! 

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Quite a lot of free software out there depending on your needs.

DaVinci Resolve.  Very capable software but needs a somewhat beefy PC and maybe a bit advanced for a novice.

https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/uk/products/davinciresolve/

Maybe take a look at HitFilm Express.

https://fxhome.com/hitfilm-express

VideoPad, Avidemux,  Openshot, are a bit more basic.

No idea on laptops though.

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AVIdemux is really basic but does the job for free and works on Linux so you can build a cheap reconditioned laptop with no OS to save money and install a free distro of Linux.

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Cheers! 

Unfortunately, I'm not building things. 

If I can't use a hammer, I'm not in to fabrication. 

With electricky stuff, I want to hand over money and it work. 

Hence me buying a dji drone, and not building one that will function better but cost a vast amount of swearing and time... 

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Monitor issue.  The taskbar in windows 10 puts a highlight around currently running programs with a couple of pixels at the very bottom edge of the screen that are double-highlighted.  The highlight being stuck on the same colour for many hours is causing stuck pixels with increasing regularity.

I tried changing the colour scheme of windows to something grey and neutral but the problem persists  Auto-hiding the task bar still shows the slim highlighted line at the very bottom of the display at all times.  Looked around online but nobody else seems to be having this and I can't figure out how to disable it in windows, which seems pretty ridiculous.   Any ideas anyone might have would be great.

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Odd.

Mess with themes?
Check the screen resolution matches the monitor resolution.
Check Windows Scaling.
Check to see if the monitor has a mode to move the image around on the panel, try bumping it up or down a bit?

 

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Yep tried all the theme settings, res matches.  Not sure what scaling is but I'll look in to it.

I think the monitor has that but I'd end up with a pretty noticeable black line along the bottom permanently.  I also get the feeling that the pixels that are now highlighted for long periods would also end up getting temporarily stuck and they'd be higher in my view that way, I do get the idea though.  For now I've moved the whole taskbar up along the left edge of the screen which is super weird and nasty but I'll see what ASUS replies to me with.

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