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by DPete27
Tue Jun 20, 2017 3:45 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 575
Views: 68480

Re: What are you playing right now?

Got XCOM2 on the cheap. I like strategy/thinking games. I'd say I'm thoroughly enjoying the game, but it's hard to justify it's full $60 price tag. Of course, I don't know how many hours of gameplay to expect out of this either. I suppose that could vary. The last mission I did took me 3 hours since...
by DPete27
Tue Jun 20, 2017 8:15 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Selecting my next Internals
Replies: 14
Views: 425

Re: Selecting my next Internals

Go Z270.
What in the world do you think you're going to need such an expensive motherboard for?
Get 2x16GB RAM.
by DPete27
Mon Jun 19, 2017 10:00 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: How about an Rx 480... for $640
Replies: 88
Views: 2897

Re: How about an Rx 480... for $640

If some buffoon wants to pay me $600 for my RX480 I'm more than willing to give up gaming for the rest of the year until prices come back down and I can buy an RX Vega.
by DPete27
Mon Jun 19, 2017 12:43 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: New HTPC build in a Fractal Nano S - ultra-quiet
Replies: 36
Views: 2044

Re: New HTPC build in a Fractal Nano S - ultra-quiet

Price being equal, the i3-7100 is faster. Not sure if you're still shopping at Microcenter or? Don't forget about the 2C4T Kaby Lake Pentiums. They're basically the same as the i3-6100 for cheaper.
by DPete27
Mon Jun 19, 2017 10:07 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: How about an Rx 480... for $640
Replies: 88
Views: 2897

Re: How about an Rx 480... for $640

southrncomfortjm wrote:
Well, my used Sapphire Nitro+ RX 480 OC just sold in 2 days for $559.99. That's a solid $325 more than I paid for it.

Wow. Did you have to ship international? I'm teetering back toward selling my card. Just too much hassle to mine.
by DPete27
Fri Jun 16, 2017 4:16 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: How about an Rx 480... for $640
Replies: 88
Views: 2897

Re: How about an Rx 480... for $640

AMD has been known for their superior compute capabilities for quite a few generations. Removing that advantage wouldn't be a wise move. They don't have a lot of advantages working in their favor to begin with.
by DPete27
Wed Jun 14, 2017 10:55 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Tell me about the new Crypto-Currency
Replies: 94
Views: 2443

Re: Tell me about the new Crypto-Currency

The only way I've even gotten this far is to google everything. Admittedly I didn't have enough time to do more than a quick google search this morning in attempts to solve this problem due to having to get the kid to daycare and being 45 minutes late to work....I tried the few things that came up a...
by DPete27
Wed Jun 14, 2017 9:06 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Tell me about the new Crypto-Currency
Replies: 94
Views: 2443

Re: Tell me about the new Crypto-Currency

I had seen some things about mining pools when I initially started. Looks like I do indeed want to get into a pool since I'm not in this for the long haul (or confident that ethereum will stay at it's current value) I got into nanopool last night. However, when I checked this morning, ethminer had c...
by DPete27
Tue Jun 13, 2017 7:37 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Tell me about the new Crypto-Currency
Replies: 94
Views: 2443

Re: Tell me about the new Crypto-Currency

Nearing 24 hours of Ethereum mining and.....color me frustrated. 1) I spent a few hours getting everything set up last night. It was no easy task. It just amazes me how someone good enough at coding/programming to make such a complex computing system such as Ethereum can somehow not manage to create...
by DPete27
Tue Jun 13, 2017 4:16 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: How about an Rx 480... for $640
Replies: 88
Views: 2897

Re: How about an Rx 480... for $640

It sure as hell helps AMD to sell out of GPUs as fast as they can make them. Even if AMD isn't making more per card.
by DPete27
Tue Jun 13, 2017 12:30 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Tell me about the new Crypto-Currency
Replies: 94
Views: 2443

Re: Tell me about the new Crypto-Currency

At the very least, it forces the fan to run at full speed all the time. That'll wear the fan out faster even if the electronic components are not damaged at all. I checked in on my mining this morning. GPU humming along at 100% utilization, 63C, fans at 17%. Since I know I need exponentially more v...
by DPete27
Tue Jun 13, 2017 9:29 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: How about an Rx 480... for $640
Replies: 88
Views: 2897

Re: How about an Rx 480... for $640

As enticing as it was to sell my $210 RX480 for $400, I chose to enter into Ethereum mining last night. Figured I'd try it for a month and see what it's all about. Heck, according to ROI calculators, my one RX480 should net me $150/mo profit (after power bill). And at least I can still play games, w...
by DPete27
Tue Jun 13, 2017 9:24 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Tell me about the new Crypto-Currency
Replies: 94
Views: 2443

Re: Tell me about the new Crypto-Currency

Captain Ned wrote:
I hope he paid his capital gains taxes.

How many TR Gerbils claim their unpaid sales taxes from newegg purchases?
by DPete27
Mon Jun 12, 2017 11:17 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Tell me about the new Crypto-Currency
Replies: 94
Views: 2443

Re: Tell me about the new Crypto-Currency

Well it certainly wasn't an easy process, but I think it's working. My GPU is pegged at 100%. I'll let it grind for a couple days, then try to figure out how to see what I have. No idea how that works since it only prompts you to create a password for a (randomly generated? ) account name that I hav...
by DPete27
Mon Jun 12, 2017 6:08 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Tell me about the new Crypto-Currency
Replies: 94
Views: 2443

Re: Tell me about the new Crypto-Currency

Just looking for caveat warnings. It seems too good to be true. Don't want to get into something that's unsafe. Is it probably best to format a new drive to use this instead of on my main OS drive/rig? I'm fine trying it out even if I don't make anything. Heck, I do TRFrankenbot every October with n...
by DPete27
Mon Jun 12, 2017 5:09 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Tell me about the new Crypto-Currency
Replies: 94
Views: 2443

Re: Tell me about the new Crypto-Currency

So if I were just to enter my RX480 into the Ethereum fold today (with Ethereum currently valued at $400/unit) how long would it take to make $250 worth? I've seen youtube vids made at the end of May 2017 saying the payoff of a $2700 rig is about 3 months and the value of ethereum has gone up 50% si...
by DPete27
Mon Jun 12, 2017 4:49 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: How about an Rx 480... for $640
Replies: 88
Views: 2897

Re: How about an Rx 480... for $640

So is the recent Bitcoin surge to blame for this? What are people buying these to mine? Bitcoin? Ethereum?
by DPete27
Mon Jun 12, 2017 4:43 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: A crazy idea?
Replies: 42
Views: 943

Re: A crazy idea?

Just think of all the "broken" computers out there that end up in e-waste and only needed a reformat (or something similarly easy), but the owner didn't want to pay geek squad to fix it. Many of those systems never get listed for sale and if you knew the person, they'd probably rather give...
by DPete27
Mon Jun 12, 2017 4:03 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: How about an Rx 480... for $640
Replies: 88
Views: 2897

Re: How about an Rx 480... for $640

southrncomfortjm wrote:
I get the feeling I should sell my nice RX 480 and get a 1070 instead...

I was thinking the same thing. Except wait till Vega launch. Looks like RX480s are getting bid on for $400 on ebay.
by DPete27
Mon Jun 12, 2017 12:30 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Gaming? More RAM for future titles..
Replies: 26
Views: 791

Re: Gaming? More RAM for future titles..

LostCat wrote:
Arkham Knight was one of a few that seemed a bit more stuttery with 8GB

Wasn't Arkham Knight stuttery on ANY combination of hardware?
by DPete27
Mon Jun 12, 2017 10:47 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Gaming? More RAM for future titles..
Replies: 26
Views: 791

Re: Gaming? More RAM for future titles..

whm1974 wrote:
titles recommending 16GB of memory since last year.

If you've ever paid much attention to "minimum / recommended system specs" from game devs, you'll know that it's absolute garbage that should just be ignored most of the time.
by DPete27
Thu Jun 08, 2017 10:31 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Plis help don't know what's wrong :/
Replies: 16
Views: 558

Re: Plis help don't know what's wrong :/

On the old hard drive I had windows 10 installed Then you should install windows 10 on the new drive as I described/linked above. and it fast booted therefore I had no way of accessing bios Then you need to reset the CMOS. That will disable fast boot so you can access the BIOS again. If you can pro...
by DPete27
Thu Jun 08, 2017 2:18 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Plis help don't know what's wrong :/
Replies: 16
Views: 558

Re: Plis help don't know what's wrong :/

As soon as you press the power button, start tapping the Delete key repeatedly until you see something. The BIOS should pop up eventually. Then you're looking for Boot Priority.
by DPete27
Thu Jun 08, 2017 2:11 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Plis help don't know what's wrong :/
Replies: 16
Views: 558

Re: Plis help don't know what's wrong :/

Ok, new hard drives come blank (think of an external hard drive, this is the same thing, just not in a plastic shell). So Windows has to be installed on them. What version of windows you do you have? Do you have the windows disc? Do you have your windows activation key? If you have the disc, insert ...
by DPete27
Thu Jun 08, 2017 1:13 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Excel Hell
Replies: 6
Views: 351

Re: Excel Hell

yeah, I'm having a hard time figuring out what the text file would look like that you're importing and why you can't seem to get it to import correctly. There are a number of Delimited import options (tab, semicolon, comma, space, other) that you can select from what would tell excel how to divide u...
by DPete27
Thu Jun 08, 2017 10:47 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Plis help don't know what's wrong :/
Replies: 16
Views: 558

Re: Plis help don't know what's wrong :/

Is this a laptop or desktop? What was the system 32 error / what did it say? Did you get a blue screen with white letters at any time? Do you recall an unusual event (software download/install, drop, power outage, etc) that may have triggered this behavior? Do you know how to format a new hard drive...
by DPete27
Wed Jun 07, 2017 12:58 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: X370 Motherboard Headache...
Replies: 14
Views: 581

Re: X370 Motherboard Headache...

Likely to be an insignificant difference in overclock-ability. However, taking the B350 gaming and the X370 gaming as MSI examples, clearly the X370 has a more robust power delivery circuitry. In general trend, yes, B350 boards tend to have less VRM phases than X370 boards. However, boards like the ...
by DPete27
Wed Jun 07, 2017 12:09 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: X370 Motherboard Headache...
Replies: 14
Views: 581

Re: X370 Motherboard Headache...

slowriot wrote:
Honestly if you're not seeing value in features like 2x M.2 slots you should be looking at B350 based boards instead anyway.

Very true. Looks like you'd give up USB3.1 Gen 2 though, FWIW. My vote would still go to the MSI X370 Gaming Plus for $110 after MIR.
by DPete27
Tue Jun 06, 2017 2:28 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SanDisk Cruzer Edge is *horrible*
Replies: 71
Views: 2348

Re: SanDisk Cruzer Edge is *horrible*

My current flash drive. Bought in April 2012. And yes, it meets/exceeds 70MB/s when writing large files. I paid $40 for the thing back then!!! $12 for 32GB drives are enough to saturate usb2 writes at around 30MB/s double that to $20-$25 and you can be nearing 100MB/s writes. There are some $15 for...
by DPete27
Tue Jun 06, 2017 12:49 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: I need help planning cooling
Replies: 16
Views: 392

Re: I need help planning cooling

get fresh air from intake number 1 straight to your CPU fan If he's GPU folding/mining then it's probably better to let the GPUs feed from intake 1. It looks like half the air from that fan would spill over the top of the first GPU anyway and go directly to the CPU. The cooler you keep the GPUs, th...
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