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by Chrispy_
Mon Nov 12, 2018 7:36 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Fallout 76
Replies: 7
Views: 541

Re: Fallout 76

Feedback from a friend in the beta said that it's a trainwreck to be avoided at all costs. Terrible idea in the first place (single-player narrative is dead in Fallout76) and it's executed abysmally; Over-promised and falling very short of the mark. Buy it on Steam for $4.99 with all the DLC next ye...
by Chrispy_
Fri Nov 09, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Replacing PC audio setup
Replies: 12
Views: 617

Re: Replacing PC audio setup

I use REW and Equalizer APO and can definitely recommend spending the couple of hours it takes to figure out how it works, what it does and tweaking your room. The learning curve is a bit steep but it's sooooo worth the result.
by Chrispy_
Fri Nov 09, 2018 8:09 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Replacing PC audio setup
Replies: 12
Views: 617

Re: Replacing PC audio setup

Ouch, $100 is nothing for decent audio. Decent monitors start at about $100 each, and you still want a DAC. Decent amps start at $50 and you won't have decent speakers for it to power with the remaining $50. There are some 3" monitors under $100 that aren't terrible (Presonus Eris 3.5, Samson M...
by Chrispy_
Thu Nov 08, 2018 6:01 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: My system is really annoying me
Replies: 20
Views: 706

Re: My system is really annoying me

It's actually under-clocked, it's rated for 4266, but my system didn't like the XMP profile. Yeah, maybe (though those ratings are always IMO a little sketchy) but the iMC is rated for 2666. I concur, IMC determines whether the RAM is overclocked or not, not the XMP profile. It's as clear as mud bu...
by Chrispy_
Thu Nov 08, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: 2k/4k monitor recommandation.
Replies: 14
Views: 528

Re: 2k/4k monitor recommandation.

If you're working on web development I can highly recommend sticking as close to 96dpi as possible. That means, ideally 22"-23" 1080p 30-32" 1440p 42-46" TV at 4K (better to think of it as a bezel free 2x2 array of 1080p screens. If you have to resort to OS-level scaling as a web...
by Chrispy_
Thu Nov 08, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: My system is really annoying me
Replies: 20
Views: 706

Re: My system is really annoying me

When an overclocked machine is getting screwy, just run it at stock for a week, especially during troubleshooting. If I had a dollar for every time someone had said "but my overclock is stable" and it was found the be contributing to the problem, I'd be able to buy a very small helicopter....
by Chrispy_
Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:15 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Streaming PC Build
Replies: 17
Views: 544

Re: Streaming PC Build

FYI, if you want the best quality stream for your viewers, what you actually want to do is achieve exactly 60fps with regular old vsync so that the 1080p60 H.264 encoder exactly matches your framerate and resolution. You can also run at 120Hz with vsync, and it's still glassy smooth like 60Hz vsync ...
by Chrispy_
Wed Nov 07, 2018 10:50 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Built new pc
Replies: 55
Views: 962

Re: Built new pc

And yea I’d love to hook it up by lan, but current setup has the router downstairs and that’s not budging without professional maintenance. Recommended adapter for WiFi? You can always connect two computers directly with an ethernet cable and do the transfer from there. (Cable / twisted pair issues...
by Chrispy_
Wed Nov 07, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Replacing PC audio setup
Replies: 12
Views: 617

Re: Replacing PC audio setup

This. I have a really nice dolby AV receiver and 5.1 setup in the main room and some decent but ordinary studio monitors on my desktop. Both sound mediocre (they have issues) without calibration, the desktop particularly so because they're in an alcove. In saying that the Z337s are pretty basic spea...
by Chrispy_
Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Built new pc
Replies: 55
Views: 962

Re: Built new pc

If your RAM is faster than DDR4-2400 and the board is an older model, you might want to try a BIOS update since early Ryzen board BIOS versions had pretty flaky AGESA/Bootstrap support. It was all updated within a few months of Ryzen's original launch date but if your board is older stock and you've...
by Chrispy_
Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Playing CoD BO4 with SLI 780 Ti
Replies: 8
Views: 440

Re: Playing CoD BO4 with SLI 780 Ti

If you think it's overheating, install GPU-z and have it log temperatures to a file so that you can check it out after a crash. Nvidia cards target 80C I think, though it might be 78C for the 780Ti. If everything on the card/driver is working properly I would expect it to gradually ramp up to a cert...
by Chrispy_
Fri Nov 02, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Playing CoD BO4 with SLI 780 Ti
Replies: 8
Views: 440

Re: Playing CoD BO4 with SLI 780 Ti

Oh I was just saying that slow crashes aren't always hardware.

In this instance my gut feeling is either one of the cards or the PSU :)
by Chrispy_
Fri Nov 02, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Playing CoD BO4 with SLI 780 Ti
Replies: 8
Views: 440

Re: Playing CoD BO4 with SLI 780 Ti

Delayed crashing can easily be a software problem too - memory leaks and buffer overflows can take time to manifest too. Several of the games I've been playing this year have been fine for a period and then crash - and all were eventually fixed by patches from the developer (Bungie, Frontier, HelloG...
by Chrispy_
Fri Nov 02, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Playing CoD BO4 with SLI 780 Ti
Replies: 8
Views: 440

Re: Playing CoD BO4 with SLI 780 Ti

Sounds like a hardware failure. 780Ti is power-hungry. Could be that your PSU can no longer deliver enough to feed both cards at peak load, could be that one of your cards is dying. I would take one card out. That reduces the power load and removes SLI driver shenanigans from the situation. If it's ...
by Chrispy_
Thu Nov 01, 2018 3:35 pm
Forum: Hot Deals
Topic: RX470 4GB for $90
Replies: 6
Views: 389

Re: RX470 4GB for $90

It's showing as $157 for me.

That's still a reasonable deal, but not quite the $90 :(

Edit - NM, that's an auto-redirect because it's sold out.

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by Chrispy_
Thu Nov 01, 2018 10:12 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: New build
Replies: 9
Views: 408

Re: New build

The i5-8400 is cheaper than the i7s and almost as fast for gaming, where the bottleneck is almost always the graphics card. Dropping down to an i5 would let her fit a GTX 1070Ti or even a 1080 into the same budget - and that would result in a stronger gaming machine overall. https://techreport.com/r...
by Chrispy_
Tue Oct 30, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: 1700X and ESXi madness
Replies: 12
Views: 793

Re: 1700X and ESXi madness

AD runs on a potato, but the 1700X isn't really the best gaming chip to support two 1070's even when it's dedicated to that job. Also, if you're creating an AD domain, you'll want the domain controller to be running 24/7. I think you should build a low-power server for jobs A, C, and D and stick it ...
by Chrispy_
Tue Oct 30, 2018 9:30 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Upgrading or buying new pc
Replies: 66
Views: 1745

Re: Upgrading or buying new pc

Something's not right yet.

10fps at 720p when you should be getting 60fps at 1080p?!

I'm not saying a new CPU is a bad idea, but if you don't sort out the software problems, you'll install a new CPU/board/RAM and then perhaps still only get 10fps at 720p
by Chrispy_
Mon Oct 29, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Upgrading or buying new pc
Replies: 66
Views: 1745

Re: Upgrading or buying new pc

I'm about to head out so this is a bit brief but you can either ask here or Google the steps. Before you try anything though, turn everything off and just make sure that the only display cable is the HDMI from the RX 580 to the monitor, and that the OSD on the monitor is set to the correct HDMI inpu...
by Chrispy_
Mon Oct 29, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Upgrading or buying new pc
Replies: 66
Views: 1745

Re: Upgrading or buying new pc

Is that the only cable plugged into the monitor, and have you checked that the monitor is on the correct HDMI input in the OSD? If you're not getting signal from the RX580 when you force the PC to use the RX580, you may need to update your motherboard BIOS. It's common when the graphics card is much...
by Chrispy_
Mon Oct 29, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Upgrading or buying new pc
Replies: 66
Views: 1745

Re: Upgrading or buying new pc

Make sure you're plugging the monitor into the RX 580 and not the motherboard, as DPete suggests, and to be completely sure, you should be able to manually force your PC to use the RX 580 in the BIOS. The setting varies from board to board but most BIOSes have a graphics or display device option tha...
by Chrispy_
Mon Oct 29, 2018 12:22 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Upgrading or buying new pc
Replies: 66
Views: 1745

Re: Upgrading or buying new pc

Something's definitely not right with your BF1 install, settings or drivers. I've run it on a potato at better framerates than that (okay, not a potato but a core2 quad from over a decade ago) so your A10 should be faster still. Gamers Nexus tested it on an A10 and an even older Athlon X4 845 and th...
by Chrispy_
Mon Oct 29, 2018 9:24 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: VGA upgrade possible for photo editing and 4k playback ?
Replies: 47
Views: 1578

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

Most C2Q chips overclock like a champ on little to no extra voltage, but in a machine this old for something as undemanding as OpenCL photo editing, the CPU is borderline irrelevant, as long as it isn't a horrible experience everywhere else. Software 4K playback may be an issue for it because newer ...
by Chrispy_
Sat Oct 27, 2018 5:48 am
Forum: SFF Station
Topic: Fire Extinguisher PC
Replies: 35
Views: 2331

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 Chrispy_
Fri Oct 26, 2018 4:28 pm
Forum: SFF Station
Topic: Fire Extinguisher PC
Replies: 35
Views: 2331

Re: Fire Extinguisher PC

Okay, I'm getting my head around the airflow a bit now. Couple of questions: 1) Are the components different to your first post? That PSU doesn't look SFX, it looks more like an old shuttle XPC or 1U server PSU from the ratio of dimensions. 2) GPU is in backwards/upside down - presumably so that the...
by Chrispy_
Fri Oct 26, 2018 2:46 pm
Forum: SFF Station
Topic: Fire Extinguisher PC
Replies: 35
Views: 2331

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 ...
by Chrispy_
Fri Oct 26, 2018 8:13 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Which hair dryer do you use?
Replies: 31
Views: 1276

Re: Which hair dryer do you use?

Kretschmer wrote:
Geforce 5900.


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I'm a little upset with myself for not thinking of that.
by Chrispy_
Fri Oct 26, 2018 5:33 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Which hair dryer do you use?
Replies: 31
Views: 1276

Re: Which hair dryer do you use?

OP is spammer? If so, this thread will be deleted, but not before I contribute! https://images.mytoolshed.co.uk/catalog/product/cache/image/e9c3970ab036de70892d86c6d221abfe/d/e/dewd26411_mtsm.jpg ....pretty sure that's a newer model than mine. Also, mine's covered in paint and the product sticker fe...
by Chrispy_
Thu Oct 25, 2018 11:19 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Comments pls on 4K Video editing build
Replies: 32
Views: 1230

Re: Comments pls on 4K Video editing build

The 970 EVO is in that list and actually looks like it'll be fine. It loses two thirds of its performance potential almost immediately - teeny tiny SLC cache I guess - but at least its steady-state write speed is plenty fast enough. SSD's vary immensely in their sustained write performance, but the ...
by Chrispy_
Thu Oct 25, 2018 6:29 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: VGA upgrade possible for photo editing and 4k playback ?
Replies: 47
Views: 1578

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

Literally anything. Puget Systems do a lot of application benchmarking, and the GTX1050 2GB comes up cheap and performs well in Photoshop 2017 and 2018. There's absolutely no point in spending more for a non-gaming system and the only reason I'm not suggesting a cheaper GT1030 is because it's not te...