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by Khali
Tue May 23, 2017 12:24 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: What cases and PSUs are you guys using?
Replies: 83
Views: 2698

Re: What cases and PSUs are you guys using?

I bought these back in 2012 but, the prices are current prices and I don't know how much they have changed since then. Unless I find a case that I like exceptionally more than the 600T I will be using it over at least once more for my next build. Corsair Graphite Series 600T Arctic White - $119.99 S...
by Khali
Tue Apr 18, 2017 4:22 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: 3770K, when to upgrade?
Replies: 23
Views: 2958

Re: 3770K, when to upgrade?

I'm running a 3570K with a GTX 1070 on a 2560x1440 monitor and I have not noticed any issues with the CPU holding my system back. At this point I plan on running it until it dies.
by Khali
Thu Apr 13, 2017 3:30 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Single Slot GTX 1070
Replies: 2
Views: 680

Single Slot GTX 1070

by Khali
Mon Apr 03, 2017 3:13 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: 1440 monitors?
Replies: 37
Views: 2387

Re: 1440 monitors?

I just spent over a month researching monitors for a friend. It was a confusing mess trying to find something decent that wasn't $500 or more. She ended up going with this one. Its just over your $300 budget but worth the extra $30 as far as I am concerned. Acer UM.HX2AA.D03 27" Widescreen LCD ...
by Khali
Wed Mar 01, 2017 6:19 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Need some advice helping select a monitor
Replies: 19
Views: 5702

Re: Need some advice helping select a monitor

I also have the Acer K272HULbmiidp and it's a good 1440p IPS monitor at $280 (maybe it's been lower than that? 260?). The frustrating thing to me is that there are two versions of the K272HUL. One is TN, the other is IPS. The TN is easy to spot because it's much cheaper, and has an advertised 1ms G...
by Khali
Wed Mar 01, 2017 5:24 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Need some advice helping select a monitor
Replies: 19
Views: 5702

Re: Need some advice helping select a monitor

Just thought I would give you folks an update. She went with the Gigabyte 1070 and the Acer 2560x1440 monitor and is tickled pink. :P After installing and seeing how her system turned out I decided I liked it well enough to do the same. I needed to replace my failing 780 Ti and I was still using an ...
by Khali
Wed Feb 22, 2017 7:43 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 620
Views: 71616

Re: What are you playing right now?

Its been slow game wise around here. Been alternating between Star Trek Online and Fallout 4 the last week or so. Just killing time until I find something new to tackle. Been watching news about Mass Effect Andromeda. So far it looks promising but keep reminding myself about the way they flubbed ME ...
by Khali
Mon Feb 20, 2017 12:51 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: How long before your last build started to fail?
Replies: 76
Views: 3232

Re: How long before your last build started to fail?

My last system was a core2duo and it went about 8 years before the Geforce 8800 died. I replaced it with a cheap GTX 550. It wasn't a week later when the fan on the CPU cooler started making grinding noises. At that point I decided it was time to replace the whole thing instead of patching/replacing...
by Khali
Fri Feb 10, 2017 8:44 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Need some advice helping select a monitor
Replies: 19
Views: 5702

Re: Need some advice helping select a monitor

If money were not an issue I would definitely recommend a G-sync monitor. But, money is an issue and that rules out the 144 Hz as well. I found two Acer 144 Hz monitors with IPS and DisplayPort, $740 and $800 for those. The others that came up were the Crossover brand I had never heard of before. K...
by Khali
Fri Feb 10, 2017 5:13 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Need some advice helping select a monitor
Replies: 19
Views: 5702

Re: Need some advice helping select a monitor

Running a 1080 or 1070 with a sub-par monitor is likey buying a Porsche and then putting bargain basement tyres on it. Just like the tyres are the only part of the car that touches the road, the monitor is the only part of the computer that touches your eyes (metaphorically speaking). I would recom...
by Khali
Fri Feb 10, 2017 11:53 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Need some advice helping select a monitor
Replies: 19
Views: 5702

Re: Need some advice helping select a monitor

The 1070 is pretty much locked in if she goes for updating her monitor. If not she will fall back to the 1080 that she originally wanted. Its her money and her choice. Just thought I would try to get more bang for the buck with the 1070 and a monitor over the 1080. I looked at that Dell and its only...
by Khali
Fri Feb 10, 2017 11:20 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Need some advice helping select a monitor
Replies: 19
Views: 5702

Re: Need some advice helping select a monitor

I suggested a 1060 and hit a brick wall. It took some convincing to drop to a 1070. Plus dropping down to GPU's with lesser capabilities to save a few bucks for a better monitor leads to having more monitor than said GPU can utilize. Just where that line is I'm not sure but I'm sure its there some w...
by Khali
Fri Feb 10, 2017 10:28 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Need some advice helping select a monitor
Replies: 19
Views: 5702

Need some advice helping select a monitor

I built my cousin a system a few years ago and now she is wanting to update the GPU. First thing she says is that she wants a GTX 1080. But after discussing it for a bit it became clear she would never use it to its full potential and would be a waste of money considering she is still using an old 1...
by Khali
Wed Jan 04, 2017 1:05 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Mariah Carey NYE Disaster
Replies: 13
Views: 1001

Re: Mariah Carey NYE Disaster

I'm not a fan of her work but I don't think this one can be blamed on her. From what I have been reading it can be laid at the feet of whoever was in charge from Dick Clark Productions. They were told three times, before and during the show, that her headphones where not working. They decided to go ...
by Khali
Thu Oct 13, 2016 4:42 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Is Deus Ex: Mankind Divided worth getting?
Replies: 18
Views: 1792

Re: Is Deus Ex: Mankind Divided worth getting?

My advice is to wait until the "super duper all in one" version gets released with all the DLC included for about half the current price. By the time it comes out they will have squashed a majority of the bugs and done some tweaking to the game. This is the route I normally take when getti...
by Khali
Mon Aug 29, 2016 12:10 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 620
Views: 71616

Re: What are you playing right now?

I got bored with FO4 and revisited a few favorite games. I made my way through Dragon Age Origins and Dragon Age 2. I had full intentions of doing the whole trilogy but I got bored quickly with Dragon Age Inquisition once I made it to Skyhold. I also did a full Mass Effect Trilogy play through. Dabb...
by Khali
Fri Jul 22, 2016 2:59 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Need help choosing a tablet
Replies: 24
Views: 1919

Re: Need help choosing a tablet

JustAnEngineer, that ASUS Zenpad looks like it would fit perfectly. Not a bad price from Newegg at $150 either. How large of a Micro SD should I consider getting along with a tablet? Its only going to be used for web surfing, maybe email, and watching videos. I highly doubt she is going to be downlo...
by Khali
Thu Jul 21, 2016 12:25 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Need help choosing a tablet
Replies: 24
Views: 1919

Need help choosing a tablet

My mother, who is 76, finally broke down and said she would like to try using a computer to surf the web. Up to this point in time she has never used a computer in her life. The closest she has come to a computer would be the Credit Card reader at the grocery. :roll: So simpler is definitely going t...
by Khali
Mon Jul 04, 2016 10:48 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 620
Views: 71616

Re: What are you playing right now?

Still dabbling with FO4. Trying out a lot of new mods.

On the side I have been messing around with Banished since I picked it up from the Steam Summer sale.
by Khali
Sun Jul 03, 2016 7:42 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3884
Views: 619991

Re: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?

Believe it or not, I found Egg Nog at the grocery the other day. Yup, 4th of July and I have me some fresh Egg Nog.

I have never ever seen Egg Nog for sale outside of Christmas season before. I couldn't resist and had to get a couple of quarts. :lol:
by Khali
Sun Jul 03, 2016 4:46 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Getting a new PSU
Replies: 49
Views: 5318

Re: Getting a new PSU

I consider the PSU to be one of the most important parts of any build. I have had excellent luck with Seasonic PSU's. I prefer to spend a little more and get a PSU I know will go the distance and not take a chance on having a cheaper/lower quality one die leaving my system down waiting on a new PSU ...
by Khali
Mon Jun 27, 2016 8:49 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: I'm not sure 8GB of GPU memory is enough
Replies: 25
Views: 2126

Re: I'm not sure 8GB of GPU memory is enough

Hah! I posted some where saying I was maxing out the memory on a GTX 780 Ti 3 GB with a heavily graphics modded version of Skyrim a couple of years ago. I got several replies that there was no way I should be maxing out the memory and/or it wasn't even possible. The general consensus at the time was...
by Khali
Mon Apr 25, 2016 11:25 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Rant - bright blue LEDs on everything
Replies: 51
Views: 2471

Re: Rant - bright blue LEDs on everything

Meh, I happen to like/don't mind Blue or White LED's. Its the Red ones I can't stand.
by Khali
Mon Feb 08, 2016 12:34 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Motherboards Should Come with WiFi as Standard Gear
Replies: 89
Views: 4317

Re: Motherboards Should Come with WiFi as Standard Gear

No, I do not want WiFi as standard gear on my motherboard. I would never use it and would rather not pay for something that is useless to me. :x
by Khali
Thu Feb 04, 2016 7:53 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: SSD only or Hard drive and SSD?
Replies: 29
Views: 24559

Re: SSD only or Hard drive and SSD?

Its a judgement call on what mix of drive types to use. I don't like to make a recommendation unless I fully understand what the hardware is going to be used for. However I will pass on what I have done and what changes I am going to make in any future systems I put together. I have two 512GB SSD's ...
by Khali
Sun Jan 31, 2016 6:43 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Circuit Breaker Size
Replies: 59
Views: 4807

Re: Circuit Breaker Size

I would like to re-enforce Ned's advice. Put the AC unit on its own circuit. Doing otherwise is asking for problems. When the compressor in the AC unit kicks in it takes a lot of juice. If anything else is on the circuit your taking the risk of damaging the other items. If you try to patch over the ...
by Khali
Tue Jan 19, 2016 11:45 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Why install W10 instead of W8.1
Replies: 120
Views: 5141

Re: Why install W10 instead of W8.1

(Ned and I aren't that old...) :lol: Even I feel positively ancient when watching something like this .... LOL, I have an old 386 system in the next room. Just a step up from that poor apple in the video. It runs on MSDOS, has a built in 300 baud modem and a whopping 30MB hard drive card to go alon...
by Khali
Mon Jan 18, 2016 10:43 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Why install W10 instead of W8.1
Replies: 120
Views: 5141

Re: Why install W10 instead of W8.1

I ran an old core duo system with XP up until 2012 (system lasted me around 8 years). As long as it did what I wanted it to do I could have cared less about updating the OS. The hardware started dying off one piece at a time and forced me to upgrade the whole system. I am now running a i5-3570k syst...
by Khali
Sat Jan 02, 2016 6:44 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: How to get good service from a dealership?
Replies: 55
Views: 2298

Re: How to get good service from a dealership?

Yes batteries fail/wear out over time. In years past I would get from 5 to 10 years out of a car battery depending on how much I drove the vehicle. In the last 10 years or so that has dropped to 3 to 5 years. I can only guess that the EPA has mandated some dumb rule that changed the way batteries we...
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