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by CScottG
Thu Nov 23, 2017 4:15 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Econo box with less gaming focus
Replies: 40
Views: 2028

Re: Econo box with less gaming focus

Looks as if the sporadic (deal-sniping) purchasing is going well. 8)
by CScottG
Wed Nov 22, 2017 6:56 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Black Friday Approaches!
Replies: 10
Views: 514

Re: Black Friday Approaches!

I'd wait this year. -memory is at an all time high. CPU's (Intel) will likely experience a "tick" and "tock" in the not distant future (..maybe 9 months at the latest?) Nvidia cards - probably 4 months. Cooler? -wait until you are purchasing your board and CPU. So maybe a case? :...
by CScottG
Tue Nov 21, 2017 11:54 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Another "Time for a new PSU?" thread
Replies: 22
Views: 945

Re: Another "Time for a new PSU?" thread

Those passively cooled Seasonics are interesting, though the vent placement seems problematic to me. I've got one (older "gold" 450 watt). It produces very little heat. It's nearly "open" on 4 sides (that 4th side is however only about a 3rd open), but does need to be oriented p...
by CScottG
Tue Nov 21, 2017 11:43 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Another "Time for a new PSU?" thread
Replies: 22
Views: 945

Re: Another "Time for a new PSU?" thread

The best Corsair PSUs are Seasonic. I think this is purely on a contract basis - who ever bids the lowest and will make based on Corsair's design to "spec." (..and I believe that the design is "in-house" for Corsair with most of their PSU's, not sourced from suppliers.) -for a w...
by CScottG
Tue Nov 21, 2017 2:17 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Power supply question for new build
Replies: 14
Views: 411

Re: Power supply question for new build

-you've got about 12 hours from this post..

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product. ... 00524&SID=
by CScottG
Sun Nov 19, 2017 2:59 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: What is your sound set up?
Replies: 103
Views: 3258

Re: What is your sound set up?

FWIW, I have a Jotunheim pre-outing to Audioengine A5+s and analog out to Senn 598s and it's wonderful. (I have the same balanced DAC version of the Jotunheim) The versatility is awesome. Two gain settings (for instance, for a set of HD 600s), XLR balanced in and out, preamp outs, unbalanced headph...
by CScottG
Sat Nov 18, 2017 8:26 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Another "Time for a new PSU?" thread
Replies: 22
Views: 945

Re: Another "Time for a new PSU?" thread

It depends on what the power draw is for the rest of the system when used at its limit (peak power). Peak power for the 1070 is around 160. Peak power for the 1080 is around 185. -not a big difference. BUT - IF your system draws a lot of power peak then that extra 25 watts *might* be enough to want ...
by CScottG
Fri Nov 17, 2017 4:39 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: I sure wish I have a 40" 4K display...
Replies: 106
Views: 2604

Re: I sure wish I have a 40" 4K display...

That is not bad for a 42" 4K TV. what did you have to do to make it suitable for computer use? Any downsides? I think it's on "gaming mode" (or something like that). A bit of playing with the color balance as well. In windows itself there was a bit of fiddling with sizing - and even ...
by CScottG
Fri Nov 17, 2017 3:19 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: I sure wish I have a 40" 4K display...
Replies: 106
Views: 2604

Re: I sure wish I have a 40" 4K display...

..40" to 43" is the really sweat spot for those who are heavy multi-taskers. I setup my father's system with a 42" 4k Hisense I got around Christmas for $230. It works well for his financial charting program. What I did to "augment" it was: -use his older 27" in *portr...
by CScottG
Tue Nov 14, 2017 11:26 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: I sure wish I have a 40" 4K display...
Replies: 106
Views: 2604

Re: I sure wish I have a 40" 4K display...

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01N29XPO3?tag=rtings-tv-bs10b-20&ie=UTF8 This is the one that's cheap and has a very low input lag (..for a TV). From rtings.com: 80% Response Time: 6.3 ms 100% Response Time: 14.4 ms -and don't forget that Black Friday isn't far away, the price might come down...
by CScottG
Tue Nov 14, 2017 2:58 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Another "Time for a new PSU?" thread
Replies: 22
Views: 945

Re: Another "Time for a new PSU?" thread

..probably not. 80 Plus is only as much as 10% less efficient than Gold, and only as much as 12% less efficient than Platinum (..14% for Titanium). IF you have it on 24/7, then it can make a difference - otherwise: not so much. :oops: (..and as noted: a change to a more efficient video card isn't go...
by CScottG
Thu Nov 09, 2017 5:04 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Ergonomic "gaming" keyboard. Does it exist?
Replies: 46
Views: 8371

Re: Ergonomic "gaming" keyboard. Does it exist?

..The reason it'll never happen is because it's a Microsoft product. In typical fashion, they started with a good design and are currently implementing their mastermind plan of non-advertisement, neglect, (the 4000 hasn't had a true successor in 12+ years), and eventual abandonment (despite a sizab...
by CScottG
Tue Nov 07, 2017 7:06 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: New monitor/video card decisions
Replies: 24
Views: 1623

Re: New monitor/video card decisions

..(sadly I imagine the AMD equivalent wouldn’t be an option until 2019...maybe mid 2019). The dearth of split screen co-op games on the PC is ridiculous BTW, having to force Borderlands 2 to scaled down window mode so two people can play at once when it is an option in the console versions is insan...
by CScottG
Tue Nov 07, 2017 6:52 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: New monitor/video card decisions
Replies: 24
Views: 1623

Re: New monitor/video card decisions

The Nixeus NX-EDG27 includes LFC. The very wide range of FreeSync frequency is a telltale, if you didn't go to the AMD web page that I linked. ..yup, as is the AOC. Plus, the Nixeus is IPS where the AOC is VA. ..but the AOC is bigger (..and in this case bigger is almost always better provided other...
by CScottG
Tue Nov 07, 2017 12:09 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: New monitor/video card decisions
Replies: 24
Views: 1623

Re: New monitor/video card decisions

If you're looking at FreeSync capability, you'd really like to get a monitor that supports low frequency compensation ( LFC ) to automatically double frames when the rate drops below the monitor's minimum. -it really needs to be emphasized. This one's slightly larger (for not a lot more than the Ni...
by CScottG
Fri Nov 03, 2017 2:06 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Need a new office chair.
Replies: 59
Views: 5438

Re: Need a new office chair.

Walk into a Sam's Club and try out the Lazyboy office chair there, it's better than the Staples one already mentioned - and it's *very* comfortable for a range of sizes (..even though it's listed for "Big and Tall"). It's also a very solid design. https://www.samsclub.com/sams/big-and-tall...
by CScottG
Wed Nov 01, 2017 4:05 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Econo box with less gaming focus
Replies: 40
Views: 2028

Re: Econo box with less gaming focus

Hell, last Black Friday I finagled a 1060 3 gb for just under $120 (with *rebates). (..of course I wasn't on the back-end of a bit-miner craze.) :oops: Hopefully several good deals will show-up around then. :wink: *this was on jet.com which had (and perhaps still does) promo-code stacking, with the ...
by CScottG
Wed Nov 01, 2017 2:44 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Econo box with less gaming focus
Replies: 40
Views: 2028

Re: Econo box with less gaming focus

Well, I said 1030 because it's slightly cheaper than an RX550/560, offers enough performance to be worth using over an IGP and is very low power, usually passively-cooled with no cheap fans to wear out. True, if you are more concerned with GPU performance for the dollar, then a discreet card and a ...
by CScottG
Tue Oct 31, 2017 2:45 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Econo box with less gaming focus
Replies: 40
Views: 2028

Re: Econo box with less gaming focus

The goal is to have a rough idea of what to buy for Black Friday and actually pull the trigger based on what's on sale then. ..but he's definitely against a better GPU.. By then the i3-8100 and a less expensive m-board should be available. Even now, the processor is like $129 (..and about $110 for ...
by CScottG
Sat Oct 28, 2017 2:35 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Purchasing Windows 10
Replies: 17
Views: 1789

Re: Purchasing Windows 10

Yeah, you can get the OS from MS and then purchase a Windows 10 key from EBAY for less than $5: ex. https://www.ebay.com/p/Instant-Windows-10-Pro-Professional-32-64-Bit-Genuine-Product-License-Key/2167992918?iid=162626983775&_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIM.MBE%26ao%3D2%26asc%3D41375%26meid%3...
by CScottG
Mon Oct 23, 2017 11:29 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Talk me out of it!
Replies: 34
Views: 2095

Re: Talk me out of it!

Heiwashin wrote:
I know to never come here if I need talking out of something. :lol: You guys are a bunch of enablers.



What?

No..

no..

..err, no? :P
by CScottG
Mon Oct 23, 2017 11:23 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Talk me out of it!
Replies: 34
Views: 2095

Re: Talk me out of it!

I think my last 2-3 builds have had the RAM costing close to (if not more than) the CPU. But then, given my use case I tend to value RAM size over raw CPU horsepower, and I also tend to buy ECC RAM if the system supports it. So it does not seem at all odd to me to spend a lot on the RAM. Same here....
by CScottG
Thu Oct 19, 2017 8:13 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Talk me out of it!
Replies: 34
Views: 2095

Re: Talk me out of it!

just brew it! wrote:
..And yes, paying for 16 GB of DDR4 was painful.)


..Testify brother. Testify. :o
by CScottG
Thu Oct 19, 2017 12:56 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Talk me out of it!
Replies: 34
Views: 2095

Re: Talk me out of it!

Yeah, apparently ludi's not too good at talking you out of it either. :D
by CScottG
Thu Oct 19, 2017 12:45 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Talk me out of it!
Replies: 34
Views: 2095

Re: Talk me out of it!

Never welch on a deal. :lol:

-sorry, couldn't resist. :oops:


If you want the Ryzen 1600x anyway, why the hell not? :wink: (..and that's the only thing I'd question here.)

I know, epic fail at your request.. :oops:
by CScottG
Mon Oct 16, 2017 2:10 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: TPM for a new system?
Replies: 33
Views: 1697

Re: TPM for a new system?

From the article:
"..TPM version 2.0 doesn't use factorizable keys for BitLocker."


The one that you are looking at is TPM 2.0 - so no worries (..in this context). :wink:
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