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by DPete27
Mon Oct 16, 2017 2:02 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 645
Views: 74772

Re: What are you playing right now?

1 year late and one of the most popular games, but I started Battlefield 1 campaign last night. It's neat and unique how they tie everything in historically. Admittedly I don't know much about WW1, so some of the facts snippets were interesting. Also, the "memorial" that shows when you die...
by DPete27
Sun Oct 15, 2017 11:43 am
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: TR Frankenbot 2017
Replies: 16
Views: 1110

Re: TR Frankenbot 2017

Can't quite break that 3M mark.
by DPete27
Sat Oct 14, 2017 11:51 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: fixing outdoor furinture aluminum bent chair leg?
Replies: 19
Views: 5405

Re: fixing outdoor furinture aluminum bent chair leg?

Would like to see the damage. Tough to recommend a fix without knowing exactly what we're dealing with.
by DPete27
Sat Oct 14, 2017 7:04 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: best mobo with wifi
Replies: 8
Views: 484

Re: best mobo with wifi

mobo size? ATX, mATX, mITX?
by DPete27
Sat Oct 14, 2017 10:19 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Price Drop ?
Replies: 6
Views: 638

Re: Price Drop ?

If the past is anything to go by, the answer is never. However, just because Intel won't officially make any price cuts doesn't mean you can't find a good sale here and there.
by DPete27
Thu Oct 12, 2017 10:36 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Holy Mining Crash Batman
Replies: 99
Views: 5878

Re: Holy Mining Crash Batman

Are there any coins worth mining that show any signs of becoming more valuable? If someone can answer that with certainty, I'd advise you to go buy such a coin right away. Nothing wrong with mining, but there are (and have been) opportunities in crypto that you could make 2x / 3x / 10x / 20x gains ...
by DPete27
Thu Oct 12, 2017 10:30 pm
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: TR Frankenbot 2017
Replies: 16
Views: 1110

Re: TR Frankenbot 2017

Late start for me, but up and running now.
by DPete27
Wed Oct 11, 2017 9:44 pm
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: 31½" 2560x1440 @144Hz FreeSync2 for $550
Replies: 29
Views: 1003

Re: 31½" 2560x1440 @144Hz FreeSync2 for $550

For reference. This is the second time since the monitor launched in June/ July that it's been at $550-$560 on newegg. (I'm following this VERY closely)
by DPete27
Fri Oct 06, 2017 11:40 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Your Personal Smart Phone Evolution
Replies: 65
Views: 1948

Re: Your Personal Smart Phone Evolution

Blackberry Pearl 8100 Moto Razr XT910 (crappy battery life, I'm still using a Razr Maxx for my work phone) Moto X Gen 1 (favorite phone, borked camera software via pushed update less than a year after I bought it significantly degraded camera quality and had to manually adjust exposure) Samsung Gala...
by DPete27
Wed Oct 04, 2017 9:11 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3918
Views: 626097

Re: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?

Keweenaw Berewing Company - Borealis Broo

Coffee amber ale. VERY good. I like coffee beers, but I think they're better when they're not a porter or stout based.
by DPete27
Fri Sep 29, 2017 12:24 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Dedicated Kinect 2 Host PC
Replies: 8
Views: 406

Re: Dedicated Kinect 2 Host PC

Sorry. USB3.0 = USB3.1 Gen1 (forgive me if I refuse to fall for marketing BS. It's much LESS confusing to just leave USB3.0 as USB3.0 and give USB3.1 Gen2 the USB3.1 moniker..../rant). The USB3.1 Gen 2 ports are ones that would be accompanied by the ASMedia controller.
by DPete27
Fri Sep 29, 2017 8:51 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Help with System Guide: Sept 2017 Work and Play
Replies: 48
Views: 1448

Re: Help with System Guide: Sept 2017 Work and Play

Just a quick tip. I think TR's build guide video (at the bottom of the first page) can be very helpful for lesser experienced builders. Worth a watch if you haven't already.
by DPete27
Fri Sep 29, 2017 8:44 am
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Help to Undervolt FX 8320
Replies: 23
Views: 943

Re: Help to Undervolt FX 8320

Sounds like you're describing voltage offsets. Essentially that tells the mobo to subtract ___ voltage from each default pstate value.
by DPete27
Thu Sep 28, 2017 4:30 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Help to Undervolt FX 8320
Replies: 23
Views: 943

Re: Help to Undervolt FX 8320

fixed. thanks.

BTW. Testing is typically done by running Prime95. You can view your CPU voltage/frequency using CPUz.
by DPete27
Thu Sep 28, 2017 4:27 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Help to Undervolt FX 8320
Replies: 23
Views: 943

Re: Help to Undervolt FX 8320

Okay. We've established the need for TIM (at the very least) I prefer to do my frequency/voltage adjustments in the BIOS instead of in software. In the MSI BIOS, there is a tab labeled "OC". That's where you can adjust CPU voltage. You'll have to adjust&test various settings until you ...
by DPete27
Wed Sep 27, 2017 10:21 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Help with System Guide: Sept 2017 Work and Play
Replies: 48
Views: 1448

Re: Help with System Guide: Sept 2017 Work and Play

I haven't looked at the manual (since I don't own this board) but would it be safe to say that installing the M.2 SSD in the slot below the chipset heatsink would be preferable to the other two slots?
by DPete27
Mon Sep 25, 2017 1:13 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: HTPC/file server
Replies: 17
Views: 504

Re: HTPC/file server

krishnaroskin wrote:
Is that because the Kaby Lakes won't do dual channel memory with 4 DIMMS? Need exactly 2?

No, it's because 4x4GB costs basically the same as 2x8GB. Going with 2x8GB leaves you the ability to add RAM later without having to remove some of what you already have.
by DPete27
Fri Sep 22, 2017 9:53 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Dedicated Kinect 2 Host PC
Replies: 8
Views: 406

Re: Dedicated Kinect 2 Host PC

I apologize for not having enough time to actually confirm my comments with references. Again (IIRC) you'll see ASMedia controllers on boards with USB3.1c since that's currently the only way to offer that connectivity. It might be helpful to just talk about a specific board as an example. The AsRock...
by DPete27
Fri Sep 22, 2017 9:01 am
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Overclocking CPU (Ivy Bridge) and RAM
Replies: 7
Views: 1631

Re: Overclocking CPU (Ivy Bridge) and RAM

CPU: Like others said, you can probably hit 4.7 with a bit more vcore. If instability hits before you get there, LLC adjustments can help. RAM: You might get 1866 out of a 1600 kit, but 2000 is probably a stretch. When OCing RAM, make sure you're considering the effect that loosening timings to get ...
by DPete27
Thu Sep 21, 2017 4:30 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Dedicated Kinect 2 Host PC
Replies: 8
Views: 406

Re: Dedicated Kinect 2 Host PC

USB3.0 is native on the CPU now, no controller on the mobo IIRC.
by DPete27
Thu Sep 21, 2017 4:16 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Dedicated Kinect 2 Host PC
Replies: 8
Views: 406

Re: Dedicated Kinect 2 Host PC

Kinect 2 uses a single USB3.0 connection. IIRC both the AM4 300 series and Intel 200 series mobos can drive at least 8 USB3.0 devices at full bandwidth concurrently. That wouldn't push you out of mITX territory. The Silverstone SG05 is a nice case. If you want something more rectangular, the Silvers...
by DPete27
Wed Sep 20, 2017 10:17 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Everything look kosher with this build?
Replies: 45
Views: 1505

Re: Everything look kosher with this build?

Seasonic G Series are pretty dated as far as hybrid fan operation is concerned (don't get me wrong, they're still high quality PSUs). Even the Seasonic XP series had full-off fan control (S 3 FC) back in 2012. That's something I looked for when I bought my EVGA 550 G2 which could actually operate fa...
by DPete27
Wed Sep 20, 2017 10:43 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Everything look kosher with this build?
Replies: 45
Views: 1505

Re: Everything look kosher with this build?

On MSI cards, if the Gaming X version is the same price at time of purchase, definitely go with that. IMO, thermal paste selection is more of a consistency preference. AS5 may not be the "best" product out there anymore, but I do like it's work-ability. It's been a while since I've researc...
by DPete27
Wed Sep 20, 2017 8:43 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Everything look kosher with this build?
Replies: 45
Views: 1505

Re: Everything look kosher with this build?

Save yourself a lot of money on the OS....http://www.bonanza.com/listings/Windows-10-Home-32-64-Lifetime-Key/505443914 Bought Windows OS, Office and anti-virus stuff there at fell-off-the-truck prices and never had anything go wrong. Office 2016 was a steal... Is this place legit? If so, I'm totall...
by DPete27
Wed Sep 20, 2017 8:23 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Burst ye crypto bubble!!!
Replies: 12
Views: 518

Re: Burst ye crypto bubble!!!

Not gonna happen.
by DPete27
Mon Sep 18, 2017 11:12 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: First build parts advice needed
Replies: 10
Views: 753

Re: First build parts advice needed

Fun! OK Base build: i7-7700K for $340 Cyrorig H7 CPU cooler for $35 (other options available of course) MSI Mortar Z270M for $130 (could upgrade, but would need to discuss needs) 2x16GB DDR4-3000MHz for $270 Phanteks Enthoo Evolv mATX case for $120 EVGA 750G3 or Seasonic Focus+ Platinum 750W for $12...
by DPete27
Mon Sep 18, 2017 10:05 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Everything look kosher with this build?
Replies: 45
Views: 1505

Re: Everything look kosher with this build?

If you look into 3200MHz RAM, make sure you're getting Samsung B-Die chips. AFAIK, that's the only way to get to 3200MHz on Ryzen.

Ugh, full ATX......
by DPete27
Thu Sep 14, 2017 1:49 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: ExpressCard, is it still a thing?
Replies: 38
Views: 1852

Re: ExpressCard, is it still a thing?

USB3.0 ExpressCard or 2 ports from China
***Check for compatibility in your device.
by DPete27
Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:56 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Which budget case?
Replies: 4
Views: 715

Re: Which budget case?

I don't necessarily have anything to add except to echo JAE's recommendations. The Fractal Focus G Mini and the Corsair 88R cases would be my top picks. All three cases use basically the same internal layout, but the Fractal and Corsair have fan filters.
by DPete27
Tue Sep 12, 2017 10:30 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Darn it, Equifax!
Replies: 79
Views: 4346

Re: Darn it, Equifax!

Not sure if anyone else has said this, but what if this whole breach was cooked up by Equifax and/or related parties. Just think of all the credit monitoring revenue this has generated, especially to Equifax when the 1 year free monitoring expires and people renew their subscription.