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by DeadOfKnight
Tue May 08, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: New futureproof C2Q rig: Please advise!
Replies: 61
Views: 6025

Re: New futureproof C2Q rig: Please advise!

GPU's are still advancing at closer to a doubling/generation. That said, I don't know know that performance/$$ is doubling with each generation. The 1080Ti is still pretty stupid expensive. GPUs are highly parallel, meaning that they can be scaled up as much as they can physically fit more transist...
by DeadOfKnight
Tue May 08, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: New futureproof C2Q rig: Please advise!
Replies: 61
Views: 6025

Re: New futureproof C2Q rig: Please advise!

OT observation -- one of the posts from 10 years ago (yeesh) was pondering whether or not AMD was going to survive. Scary that it's really only been in the past 9 months or so we've been able to say with confidence "yeah, they will." Since all their reduction in overhead and taking over t...
by DeadOfKnight
Tue Feb 13, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: New desktop speaker recommendations
Replies: 91
Views: 6696

Re: New desktop speaker recommendations

To be fair here, you're talking about $350 monitors plus a $250 sub versus $200-300 2.1 systems from two companies that don't make audio gear as their primary focus. You shouldn't be surprised the Klipsch combination sounds better. Not even a little. I'm not surprised, I'm just wondering why it too...
by DeadOfKnight
Tue Feb 13, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: New desktop speaker recommendations
Replies: 91
Views: 6696

Re: New desktop speaker recommendations

I just recently upgraded to the Klipsch R-15PM & R-10SW speakers and they sound far better than the Logitech Z-2300 and Corsair SP2500 2.1 systems I've had before. I would never look back at getting even premium "PC desktop speakers" again. However, you can tell that they aren't really...
by DeadOfKnight
Fri Feb 09, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Top Shelf Chips
Replies: 17
Views: 2580

Re: Top Shelf Chips

Sometimes, those gimped chips punch way above their weight class. https://techreport.com/review/16382/amd-socket-am3-phenom-ii-processors/14 Well that was 9 years ago. Even longer ago than that, most of the segmentation was all about clock speed. Back then, if you weren't afraid to overclock, you c...
by DeadOfKnight
Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Top Shelf Chips
Replies: 17
Views: 2580

Re: Top Shelf Chips

I'm a bit of an EVGA fanboy myself. I have a few of their video cards, and their power supplies, but it's those pointless arguments I don't understand. It's just weird. I get that the EVGA stuff I have isn't really any different than I could get elsewhere, and if their stuff took a dive that's wher...
by DeadOfKnight
Thu Feb 08, 2018 7:53 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Top Shelf Chips
Replies: 17
Views: 2580

Re: Top Shelf Chips

Your OCD-like thinking is far more understandable to me than that of the average fanboy who does.... whatever it is they do in order to continue being a fanboy. So that's a good thing, I guess. :P Well, I guess I'm a bit of a fanboy of Asus and Corsair, but that doesn't seem to get me into pointles...
by DeadOfKnight
Thu Feb 08, 2018 6:50 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Top Shelf Chips
Replies: 17
Views: 2580

Re: Top Shelf Chips

Case in point: I am planning to build my daughter a new desktop, but I'm waiting for Raven Ridge. I could have already built something with the same capabilities, but Raven Ridge APUs seem like a more elegant solution that was engineered to do exactly what I need it to and should save me some money ...
by DeadOfKnight
Thu Feb 08, 2018 6:19 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Top Shelf Chips
Replies: 17
Views: 2580

Re: Top Shelf Chips

Progress in CPUs has been slow enough that it's something I consider a long-term purchase, so I tend to favor the less favorable ends of the performance/price curve. Since my workloads tend to favor fewer threads, I go for the highest single-core throughput I can afford. I just don't see much reaso...
by DeadOfKnight
Thu Feb 08, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Top Shelf Chips
Replies: 17
Views: 2580

Re: Top Shelf Chips

Unless you've got a "time is money" use case where you're doing something computationally intensive professionally, bleeding edge parts just aren't worth it. There's very much a "diminishing returns: effect. I tend to go for price/performance. I also ask myself "Will anything gi...
by DeadOfKnight
Thu Feb 08, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Top Shelf Chips
Replies: 17
Views: 2580

Top Shelf Chips

Does anyone else have a preference for buying the highest binned chips available? For example, Core i7 4790K as opposed to the cut down version, Core i5 4690K, even if HT is unnecessary for gaming and you only get a few hundred MHz increase? Or the GTX 1080 instead of the GTX 1080 Ti, even if you ca...
by DeadOfKnight
Sun Jan 07, 2018 1:44 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 Free Upgrade Expired?
Replies: 18
Views: 2762

Re: Windows 10 Free Upgrade Expired?

I upgraded Windows 7 to Windows 10 and I was able to use my Windows 7 key to install Windows 10 from a flash drive onto a new PC. Dunno if this helps OP out at all, but I thought it was interesting. It probably only worked for me because I have a full license instead of an OEM version of Windows 7.
by DeadOfKnight
Wed Jan 03, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel Processor bug incoming?
Replies: 236
Views: 20815

Re: Intel Processor bug incoming?

For some context about OMG IT'S THE END OF THE WORLD... some synthetic Linux benchmarks showed some hits although the real-world tests like a kernel compile run and x264/FFMPEG encoding were basically unchanged: https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=linux-415-x86pti&num=1 As f...
by DeadOfKnight
Mon Dec 18, 2017 9:33 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Speakers hum when PC is off/standby
Replies: 27
Views: 2546

Re: Speakers hum when PC is off/standby

Yeah, but they aren't as loud as they were at the same volume levels for some reason. Not a problem, easy enough to turn them up a bit more.
by DeadOfKnight
Sun Dec 17, 2017 6:52 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Speakers hum when PC is off/standby
Replies: 27
Views: 2546

Re: Speakers hum when PC is off/standby

The new cable worked! The humming is gone.
by DeadOfKnight
Sun Dec 17, 2017 1:16 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Speakers hum when PC is off/standby
Replies: 27
Views: 2546

Re: Speakers hum when PC is off/standby

I don't know that they are unshielded, and from what I have read most audio cables have some shielding, but it's clearly picking up some interference. This one I ordered is advertised as "double shielded", is not too pricey, and seems to have rave reviews about it not picking up unwanted n...
by DeadOfKnight
Thu Dec 14, 2017 11:36 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Speakers hum when PC is off/standby
Replies: 27
Views: 2546

Re: Speakers hum when PC is off/standby

I just ordered this cable on Amazon: http://a.co/5gMzC96
by DeadOfKnight
Thu Dec 14, 2017 3:24 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Speakers hum when PC is off/standby
Replies: 27
Views: 2546

Re: Speakers hum when PC is off/standby

Maybe all I need is to get shielded cables for audio? It just dawned on me that maybe I should have mentioned this before. I've never spent the extra money on fancy cables and this could be the result. Also, is there any benefit of using either RCA or 3.5 mm over the other?
by DeadOfKnight
Thu Dec 14, 2017 11:50 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Speakers hum when PC is off/standby
Replies: 27
Views: 2546

Re: Speakers hum when PC is off/standby

So the cable is half the problem. I couldn't get it perfect, but moving it did improve the issue. The other half of it is just high gain from the sub. I just had to turn it down and it isn't too bad. It's not silent, but it isn't nearly as loud and obnoxious.
by DeadOfKnight
Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:07 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Speakers hum when PC is off/standby
Replies: 27
Views: 2546

Re: Speakers hum when PC is off/standby

I used to have an ASUS Xonar DX and Logitech z2300 speaker set. Now I have a Creative X-Fi Titanium HD and Corsair SP-2500 speakers. I've also used onboard sound in both setups. Like I said, this is an issue I have always had, which leads me to believe it's some sort of habit that I have. More than ...
by DeadOfKnight
Thu Dec 07, 2017 1:42 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Speakers hum when PC is off/standby
Replies: 27
Views: 2546

Re: Speakers hum when PC is off/standby

Definitely worth a try. Also I was wrong about it not humming if not plugged into the sound card, last night I unplugged it and plugged it back in and it didn't make a difference, still had a loud buzzing noise. Maybe I just need to try to route the cable away from all other cables. Hmm...either it...
by DeadOfKnight
Thu Dec 07, 2017 1:34 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Speakers hum when PC is off/standby
Replies: 27
Views: 2546

Re: Speakers hum when PC is off/standby

Everything is plugged into an UPS. Maybe I need to ensure PC and speakers are plugged into the same side that has the backup battery? Definitely worth a try. Also I was wrong about it not humming if not plugged into the sound card, last night I unplugged it and plugged it back in and it didn't make...
by DeadOfKnight
Thu Dec 07, 2017 1:30 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Speakers hum when PC is off/standby
Replies: 27
Views: 2546

Re: Speakers hum when PC is off/standby

Everything is plugged into an UPS. Maybe I need to ensure PC and speakers are plugged into the same side that has the backup battery?
by DeadOfKnight
Tue Dec 05, 2017 1:34 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Your favorite brand of coffee?
Replies: 128
Views: 6444

Re: Your favorite brand of coffee?

Cold brew. Black with cane sugar, or a bit of flavored cream if I'm in the mood. Brand doesn't matter, a lot of times the fancy expensive brands taste weird to me. Actually though, like others in this thread I've been wanting tea more than coffee lately. English Breakfast. I have a taste for strong ...
by DeadOfKnight
Thu Nov 30, 2017 2:21 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Speakers hum when PC is off/standby
Replies: 27
Views: 2546

Speakers hum when PC is off/standby

I thought this was just normal since it has happened with every PC/sound card/speaker set I have ever owned, so I normally just turn them off if it gets annoying. However, a curious google search of this today tells me this should not be happening, but none of the forum topics I have read seem to of...
by DeadOfKnight
Fri Nov 17, 2017 10:17 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Big Screen 1080p
Replies: 11
Views: 3846

Re: Big Screen 1080p

Based in part on this glowing review from the Wirecutter: https://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-tv/ we purchased a TCL 55P605 for a presentation screen for work, and the screen looks very nice. I can not speak to how movies or TV look on it, but I would say it's worth your time giving it a look. I...
by DeadOfKnight
Wed Nov 15, 2017 2:25 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Big Screen 1080p
Replies: 11
Views: 3846

Re: Big Screen 1080p

A 60 inch 1080p TV that's new out of the box might be a difficult thing to find these days. There's plenty of 40-ish inch 1080p TVs around, but with 4k TVs starting at around $400 there's just not much incentive to make 1080p TVs of that size anymore. Yeah, as I'm looking at them online I'm startin...
by DeadOfKnight
Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:31 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Big Screen 1080p
Replies: 11
Views: 3846

Big Screen 1080p

I'm not ready to upgrade everything for the 4k HDR revolution, but due to a surge I need a new TV in the living room. I figure I can save a lot just by sticking with 1080p. Does anyone have any recommendations for a ~60-inch 1080p TV to pick up this holiday shopping season? Smart or dumb, doesn't ma...
by DeadOfKnight
Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:21 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Quite possibly the greatest car ever
Replies: 45
Views: 5686

Re: Quite possibly the greatest car ever

I can do so much more with my Tacoma.
by DeadOfKnight
Tue Nov 07, 2017 8:15 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: It's Official: Pour one out for Raj [GOING INTEL!]
Replies: 11
Views: 1358

Re: It's Official: Pour one out for Raj [GOING INTEL!]

chuckula wrote:
rumor-tastic WaCkoCFtech

You have to admit, they hit the nail on the head a lot these days. It seems more and more plausible that these supposed "leaks" are deliberate. Not that there isn't a lot of trash as well.
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