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by DPete27
Mon Nov 12, 2018 9:31 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 License and Clean install
Replies: 14
Views: 574

Re: Windows 10 License and Clean install

If the system already has its own Win10 license that can't be transferred, why remove it? Computers are more valuable as a "turn-key" product.
by DPete27
Fri Nov 09, 2018 4:37 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 License and Clean install
Replies: 14
Views: 574

Re: Windows 10 License and Clean install

If Windows 10 has already been activated on the old machine, simply download the Windows10 ISO from Microsoft and install it like you would (delete the old partitions is the easiest, secure erase is the safest). The reinstall wont ask for your Windows key because it's already imbedded in the BIOS so...
by DPete27
Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:43 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: 2k/4k monitor recommandation.
Replies: 14
Views: 488

Re: 2k/4k monitor recommandation.

4k is 4x the pixels of 1920x1080. Not sure where they get 2k from though.
by DPete27
Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:16 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: 2k/4k monitor recommandation.
Replies: 14
Views: 488

Re: 2k/4k monitor recommandation.

That monitor I linked is $220 today only. (11/8)
by DPete27
Wed Nov 07, 2018 9:17 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Built new pc
Replies: 55
Views: 941

Re: Built new pc

by DPete27
Tue Nov 06, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Built new pc
Replies: 55
Views: 941

Re: Built new pc

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10 to download the Windows 10 installation to a USB drive. If you're going to reinstall Windows on the HP machine, you wont need to enter the product key. But since you're doing a new build, you'll need a new windows product key to install wi...
by DPete27
Tue Nov 06, 2018 10:13 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: 2k/4k monitor recommandation.
Replies: 14
Views: 488

Re: 2k/4k monitor recommandation.

On October 23 I posted this Acer CB271HU for $220 It's your standard run-of-the-mill 27" 60Hz 2k IPS with an adjustable height stand. Here's the deals post. (some other good prices there) I'd recommend keeping a close eye on pricing this month. Especially as we get into the week of 11/19-11/23 ...
by DPete27
Mon Nov 05, 2018 5:27 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Upgrading or buying new pc
Replies: 66
Views: 1700

Re: Upgrading or buying new pc

First things first. Is this still the A10-7700k that was happily churning away without a graphics card initially when this thread started? 2) please elaborate on "the SSD I reused without wiping" Side note, you don't need VGA AND DVI, it's one or the other. I'm going to assume that was a t...
by DPete27
Mon Nov 05, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Upgrading or buying new pc
Replies: 66
Views: 1700

Re: Upgrading or buying new pc

Is "Input" on the monitor set properly? At one point you said you had an HDMI, DVI, and VGA cable all connected to the monitor at the same time.
by DPete27
Sat Nov 03, 2018 10:43 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: How to remove a heatsink secured with over-torqued screws?
Replies: 8
Views: 340

Re: How to remove a heatsink secured with over-torqued screws?

MOST laptops thermally throttle under constant heavy load of both the CPU and GPU.
That's the unfortunate truth.
by DPete27
Sat Nov 03, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Secure erase an SSD without a manufacturer-provided program
Replies: 26
Views: 596

Re: Secure erase an SSD without a manufacturer-provided program

I use Diskpart to secure erase. "clean" just deletes the partition, but "clean all" overwrites the drive with 0s. OTOH, you could try: First type "Cleanup" into the search bar at the bottom left corner and select "Disk Cleanup". Then select the SSD, then selec...
by DPete27
Thu Nov 01, 2018 12:42 pm
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: RX470 4GB for $90
Replies: 6
Views: 365

RX470 4GB for $90

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=1FT-000B-000E2
$90, no strings attached. Price good till 11/7
For those who don't know the RX570 is no different from this except clock speeds.
by DPete27
Thu Nov 01, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: New build
Replies: 9
Views: 398

Re: New build

Need a Z-series board to run > DDR4-2666 though....FWIW.
by DPete27
Thu Nov 01, 2018 8:57 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: New build
Replies: 9
Views: 398

Re: New build

I think the build looks just fine, but would echo other's recommendations to get the i7-8700K or better yet, an i7-9700K since they've gone back to solder under the heatspreader with 9th gen. The problem with Intel CPUs right now is that they're hard to find at near MSRP. CPU cooler, the Cooler Mast...
by DPete27
Wed Oct 31, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Frametime and memory speed correlation?
Replies: 9
Views: 589

Re: Frametime and memory speed correlation?

Right, DDR3-1600 CL9 was implied as the "normal" operating frequency. However, I can only assume that the OP wasn't testing @ DDR3-800 & CL5 (typical of DDR2) which would be 12.5ns latency but instead maybe 800MHz CL8 which is 20ns . And similarly, DDR3-1600 CL9 incurs 11.2ns latency w...
by DPete27
Tue Oct 30, 2018 8:57 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: i5 7200u and i5 8250u?
Replies: 3
Views: 257

Re: i5 7200u and i5 8250u?

The 7200u is probably old stock that your retailer never bothered to mark down. ^This. The 7200U and 8250U have/had the same MSRP and CPU isn't 100% of the cost of a laptop (although it is a big chunk). Likely the retailer bought the two laptops for the same price, so they don't want to take a hit ...
by DPete27
Mon Oct 29, 2018 8:24 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Upgrading or buying new pc
Replies: 66
Views: 1700

Re: Upgrading or buying new pc

Usacomp2k3 wrote:
I think both of us are on mute.

Nuts! I forgot to disable my mute setting. I've been on mute the whole time!
by DPete27
Mon Oct 29, 2018 8:09 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Upgrading or buying new pc
Replies: 66
Views: 1700

Re: Upgrading or buying new pc

Based on this article and this article I downclocked my i5-3570K to 2.2GHz (60% of 3.4GHz all core frequency) and played BF1 on my RX580 @ 1305MHz.
Game settings: 1920x1080, Medium quality
Average FPS = 82fps across 6 minutes of gameplay recording every single frame time on FRAPS
by DPete27
Mon Oct 29, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Upgrading or buying new pc
Replies: 66
Views: 1700

Re: Upgrading or buying new pc

https://wccftech.com/battlefield-1-amd-a10-apu/
That's with no graphics card, just onboard R7 built into the CPU.
by DPete27
Mon Oct 29, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Upgrading or buying new pc
Replies: 66
Views: 1700

Re: Upgrading or buying new pc

No such thing as an FX 8850, but regardless of whether you meant FX 8350, you shouldn't.
by DPete27
Mon Oct 29, 2018 8:56 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: VGA upgrade possible for photo editing and 4k playback ?
Replies: 47
Views: 1532

Re: VGA upgrade possible for photo editing and 4k playback ?

No to be dissonant, but let the OP go ahead on OC the C2Q. As long as you're not going crazy with voltages I see little harm in it. 3GHz at 1.35V or less seems doable for a near-stock OC. The way I see it, if it dies, it dies, good reason to upgrade. The thing is nearing its 12th birthday for goodne...
by DPete27
Sun Oct 28, 2018 11:25 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Frametime and memory speed correlation?
Replies: 9
Views: 589

Re: Frametime and memory speed correlation?

1) You can't put DDR4 ram into your Haswell machine. 2) Why are you running DDR3-800? That's DDR2-esque speeds. You should be at 1600MHz (min) to 2133Mhz on DDR3. IIRC 1866 was the $/Performance sweet spot at the time of Haswell. If you're starving the CPU of half the memory bandwidth it was designe...
by DPete27
Sun Oct 28, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Upgrading or buying new pc
Replies: 66
Views: 1700

Re: Upgrading or buying new pc

Ok, I wanted you to test BF1 in single player mode because the Battlefield games barely care about what CPU you're using at all without the stresses of online gameplay. What this tells me is that the RX580 isn't being used, it's still using the IGP on the CPU. Look for the default graphics device se...
by DPete27
Sun Oct 28, 2018 2:00 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Upgrading or buying new pc
Replies: 66
Views: 1700

Re: Upgrading or buying new pc

Can you tell us how it runs BF1 in offline/single player?
by DPete27
Sat Oct 27, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: SFF Station
Topic: Fire Extinguisher PC
Replies: 35
Views: 2277

Re: Fire Extinguisher PC

My apologies, I misinterpreted the layout of the PSU. I intend to orient the PSU with the fan and C13 connector at the top, output wires toward the base (the 24 pin and SATA wires will be comically short). I'm not used to seeing a PSU fan on the back panel, so it looks like this fan sucks air throug...
by DPete27
Fri Oct 26, 2018 7:53 pm
Forum: SFF Station
Topic: Fire Extinguisher PC
Replies: 35
Views: 2277

Re: Fire Extinguisher PC

No you're right. I originally thought that SFX was going to work, but once I got everything drawn in CAD it didn't fit because the GPU needs to be located smack in the middle of the cylinder to provide the clearance I need to plug in the aux power on one side and the PCIe riser on the other. Then I ...
by DPete27
Fri Oct 26, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: SFF Station
Topic: Fire Extinguisher PC
Replies: 35
Views: 2277

Re: Fire Extinguisher PC

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/SlC9B6-0jT6Ke0fiKzHou3fKfbUDJCN5Z06vLOp3BhKWFgMs20barAnAuLiczD5lLhoLs8ixnLduzqqmPmUZtCzFmRkoQ_xVVFlIk-XvUmeaEmpDTXUiJ4p-D-_FU3gHnayFWCFaugs_4Bf8yNsX-PUCl-g32FW6BGQoCM2SALcVjZmX9NpwYd3tuDpD35ze7BE_WUm_rzFzFeTV6XzfJG7XwnfTR5-eyieGZrPT_xSBtwsXg9I6e7EkNGsnGvSwEXUvG3C-g...
by DPete27
Fri Oct 26, 2018 1:31 pm
Forum: SFF Station
Topic: Fire Extinguisher PC
Replies: 35
Views: 2277

Re: Fire Extinguisher PC

The project has been on hold for a couple weeks while I figure out how to finish disassembling some things from the top of the extinguisher without destroying them. I keep bobbing back to the cooling solution from time to time though. Thus far, it looks like the unhoused centrifugal fan on the Mac P...
by DPete27
Fri Oct 26, 2018 1:12 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Which hair dryer do you use?
Replies: 31
Views: 1198

Re: Which hair dryer do you use?

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Wow, had to look up the FX5800 Ultra. What an idiotic cooler design. So nice that the intake is right next to the exhaust.....and a centrifugal fan the size of a dime.