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by Chrispy_
Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:58 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Saving change fo new PC in three years.
Replies: 18
Views: 486

Re: Saving change fo new PC in three years.

The odd mistake I can forgive, especially since a lot of people don't speak English as a first language. Whm's post was a disaster from start to finish and not even in the right subforum, just to add the proverbial cherry on top of that train-smash. My grammar-nazism was intentional, to point out th...
by Chrispy_
Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:02 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Upgrading to CoffeeLake, or should I wait ?
Replies: 40
Views: 3449

Re: Upgrading to CoffeeLake, or should I wait ?

On a related note, it would be interesting to revisit how modern games respond to different numbers of cores/threads with some scientific testing. Since nothing meaningful has changed with the architecture since Skylake, we should be able to get the full range of 2/2, 2/4, 4/4, 4/8, 6/6, 6/12 and d...
by Chrispy_
Mon Feb 19, 2018 6:41 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Saving change fo new PC in three years.
Replies: 18
Views: 486

Re: Saving change fo new PC in three years.

I have a 24 oz container about a quarter of of change and other one of the same type half full with food(stale?). My plan is save up any change and once both of them are full or three years passes, and cash in the change for building a new system. I will going back to school so working part time is...
by Chrispy_
Sun Feb 18, 2018 5:23 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: New desktop speaker recommendations
Replies: 87
Views: 1994

Re: New desktop speaker recommendations

Ah fair enough. Almost certainly unity gain (0dB) already. Seriously though, check out Room EQ Wizard. If your speakers are decent and even remotely level-matched to your sub, you can use it to tweak the crossovers manually, and then smooth out the remaining peaks and troughs. Room interference is s...
by Chrispy_
Sun Feb 18, 2018 5:17 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Upgrading to CoffeeLake, or should I wait ?
Replies: 40
Views: 3449

Re: Upgrading to CoffeeLake, or should I wait ?

There may be more to it than just the four-core four-thread thread limit. Sure, Intel slowed down development and dribbled out performance improvements to desktop processors at a slow pace when AMD wasn't challenging them, but even at +5% per generation, a lot of time has passed since the Core i5-2...
by Chrispy_
Sun Feb 18, 2018 2:23 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: New desktop speaker recommendations
Replies: 87
Views: 1994

Re: New desktop speaker recommendations

0 dB = full blast anywhere. You don't want that on an amp for daily driving. :) No, not 0dB volume attenuation, 0dB input gain . Sometimes this is called unity gain , but it just depends on how geared towards studio use the kit is, usually. I tend to think of it as a pre-amp setting. For my Presonu...
by Chrispy_
Sun Feb 18, 2018 2:01 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: New desktop speaker recommendations
Replies: 87
Views: 1994

Re: New desktop speaker recommendations

Do the speakers not have a 0db gain setting on their volume knob? It's a minor point but that'll be the likely setting at which the speakers are at their best. I'd recommend using the DAC's volume control , or an inline control knob since the Dragonfly Black doesn't have one. Assuming you ha...
by Chrispy_
Sun Feb 18, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Upgrading to CoffeeLake, or should I wait ?
Replies: 40
Views: 3449

Re: Upgrading to CoffeeLake, or should I wait ?

Just this week I've had the experience of upgrading someone who was gaming on a 2500K. I found them a used GTX 970, doubled their RAM to 16GB and threw an SSD in there that I had lying around. Don't get me wrong; They were thrilled with the upgrade from mechanical storage and their GTX 460, but I kn...
by Chrispy_
Fri Feb 16, 2018 7:12 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: z-5500 hum hiss - updated :(
Replies: 47
Views: 13761

Re: z-5500 hum hiss

SpotTheCat wrote:
Here is a video of the weirdness. Optical no longer freezes it, but analog does.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7S3vwHsC5c


Wow....
Trust Logitech to put cheap Chinese electronics where they have no place being.
by Chrispy_
Fri Feb 16, 2018 7:05 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 218
Views: 4644

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

I'm sure my patience muting the racist slurs and substance abuse claims of fourteen year olds might be entirely gone altogether. You're showing your age now, bro. In the current post-fact, Trumpified reality we're living in, nobody cares if you're a racist or not anymore, it's all about who's mum y...
by Chrispy_
Thu Feb 15, 2018 8:59 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: MSI RX 580 deal for $399
Replies: 10
Views: 348

Re: MSI RX 580 deal for $399

If people want to game instead of mine, the $250 GTX980 cards kicking around on ebay are much better value than the RX 580s that seem to float around $500 when in stock.

I picked up a sub-£200 MSI one this week to replace my Vega56 so that I can profit yet again from the ridiculous mining demand.
by Chrispy_
Thu Feb 15, 2018 7:11 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Blurry BIOS screen
Replies: 20
Views: 906

Re: Blurry BIOS screen

What's the GPU? You could try flashing the BIOS but they're not the sort of thing that vendors tend to offer. Nonetheless, and at your own risk, there are plenty of sites that have GPU BIOS repositories and flashing tools. I'd still be tempted to swap monitors with another system if you can, just to...
by Chrispy_
Wed Feb 14, 2018 5:56 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: RX 580 problems
Replies: 9
Views: 467

Re: RX 580 problems

3440x1440@100Hz is a lot of bandwidth. Are you using the right-spec cables, and are they shorter than 6 feet? That refresh/resolution combination is on the way to 20GBit/s and you're going to need at least a DP 1.2a cable to handle that, probably a short one to ensure the bandwidth isn't going to be...
by Chrispy_
Wed Feb 14, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Blurry BIOS screen
Replies: 20
Views: 906

Re: Blurry BIOS screen

Oh, I've seen that before - Progressive scan over DVI- X with EDID horizontal resolution mismatch; It commonly used to happen on 1366x768 panels that were reporting by the EDID as 1360x768 instead. 1) Bad cable - have you tested with another one yet? 2) Faulty EDID entries in monitor firmware - eith...
by Chrispy_
Wed Feb 14, 2018 8:38 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Blurry BIOS screen
Replies: 20
Views: 906

Re: Blurry BIOS screen

Yan wrote:
I don't usually do this, but bump.

I've been away for a week and your image link has expired - care to upload again?
by Chrispy_
Wed Feb 14, 2018 8:37 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Dual Fax
Replies: 17
Views: 610

Re: Dual Fax

If you need a complaints hotline, surely your current business model isn't working very well ;)

Maybe it's the fax machine and dated technology to blame :P
by Chrispy_
Wed Feb 14, 2018 8:35 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 218
Views: 4644

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

[Microsoft] used to sell products to their customers. More recently they've switched over to the Google/Facebook model, where they sell users to their customers. QFT. Though it raises the question of "Why does Windows 10 still cost money?" I'll pay for control of my OS, or I'll take a fre...
by Chrispy_
Tue Feb 13, 2018 6:26 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Dual Fax
Replies: 17
Views: 610

Re: Dual Fax

The daily spam trap summaries I get from our third-part filtering service still contain attempts to spoof various scan-to-email and fax-to-email file types. Well of course. That's because the demographic who still use fax machines are the ripest targets for the scammers. Let's face it, fax has been...
by Chrispy_
Tue Feb 13, 2018 6:10 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Dual Fax
Replies: 17
Views: 610

Re: Dual Fax

*blinks* What year is it? 1998, apparently. For the last 20 years, we've used a fax-to-email service. It's vastly superior to an old analogue fax machine and it's probably cheaper than the toner cartridges alone. Oh, and you can send/receive faxes from any device without needing a clunky and expens...
by Chrispy_
Tue Feb 13, 2018 1:09 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 218
Views: 4644

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

I wish Microsoft would re-architect the entire Control Panel into PC Settings through internal beta testing, settle on a final layout, then move the entire thing into production in a fall update and Leave.It.Alone. afterwards. Anyone who couldn't do what they needed to do following that transition ...
by Chrispy_
Tue Feb 13, 2018 12:51 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: New desktop speaker recommendations
Replies: 87
Views: 1994

Re: New desktop speaker recommendations

Captain Ned wrote:
As I noted on the previous page the trigger has been pulled. FWIW, the existing set is an ancient Logitech Z-640 5.1.


Oops, missed that. I just spotted it float to the top of the frontpage hot threads list.
by Chrispy_
Tue Feb 13, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Need help to do a parts-list to upgrade my PC
Replies: 14
Views: 501

Re: Need help to do a parts-list to upgrade my PC

If the old system is getting replaced for the sake of a newer OS, I find that the NUC6CAYH is a pretty great web/video player with performance in the same ballpark as the old Core2. It's a functional system that includes a Windows 10 license for under $230, but for another $70 you can stick a 240GB ...
by Chrispy_
Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:44 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: New desktop speaker recommendations
Replies: 87
Views: 1994

Re: New desktop speaker recommendations

If you want to de-clutter with a focus on better-quality audio, you should probably have a look at the smaller Audioengines that seem to be incredibly popular and decent quality. Personally, if you're coming from a 5.1 system, I think you'll miss the subwoofer, so take a look at M-Audio - they do a ...
by Chrispy_
Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:43 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: How bad is Windows 10 Really?
Replies: 218
Views: 4644

Re: How bad is Windows 10 Really?

The only thing wrong with Windows 10 these days seems to be the schizophrenia of the UI. I've honestly tried to use the PC settings app instead of Control Panel as much as possible but it's frustratingly incomplete in practically every area, so you end up having to use Control Panel anyway. Many oth...
by Chrispy_
Tue Feb 13, 2018 6:13 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Need help to do a parts-list to upgrade my PC
Replies: 14
Views: 501

Re: Need help to do a parts-list to upgrade my PC

The low resolution will be an issue with the drivers, most likely. Although the integrated graphics (GMA 3100) are terrible by modern standards, they should still be capable of rendering video at a half-decent resolution - 720p HD should work smoothly via software-decoding on the Core2 alone. In dev...
by Chrispy_
Thu Feb 01, 2018 8:24 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Blurry BIOS screen
Replies: 20
Views: 906

Re: Blurry BIOS screen

I wouldn't worry about it. The initiation time of your monitor varies slightly because it polls periodically for signal in low-power/sleep. The low resolution is totally harmless, it's just evidence that your motherboard firmware prioritizes startup speed over waiting for connected peripherals to re...
by Chrispy_
Thu Feb 01, 2018 12:03 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Upgrade from HD7850? Yes/No?
Replies: 8
Views: 267

Re: Upgrade from HD7850? Yes/No?

Anything more powerful than a 7850 is horrendously overpriced right now. The GTX 1050 or RX560 are going to be approximately the same speed as your HD7850. Both are affordable at around the $135 mark and both almost of no benefit to you if you want more performance. Twice as fast as the 1050 and RX5...
by Chrispy_
Thu Feb 01, 2018 8:57 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Asus RX550-2G Loud as Hell
Replies: 25
Views: 973

Re: Asus RX550-2G Loud as Hell

I don't buy Asus graphics cards.

At the low-end you have inexcusable corner-cutting like this. They've ruined the user experience to save 10 cents.
At the high-end you have cards that are 30-50% more expensive than the competition, because RGBLED.
by Chrispy_
Wed Jan 31, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Need some advice/help on my new build: 1080 ti and i5-8600k?
Replies: 16
Views: 1205

Re: Need some advice/help on my new build: 1080 ti and i5-8600k?

I don't think AMD can match an i7-8700 for gaming. Even the Ryzen+ refresh due to arrive soon is unlikely to allow the 1800X successor to match an i7-8700 unless AMD release a 5GHz chip, which I don't think is likely. Ryzen is amazing at muti-threaded workloads. It's faster than similarly-priced Int...
by Chrispy_
Wed Jan 31, 2018 6:54 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Need some advice/help on my new build: 1080 ti and i5-8600k?
Replies: 16
Views: 1205

Re: Need some advice/help on my new build: 1080 ti and i5-8600k?

I agree with jihadjoe. 8700 and MCE or MCA or whatever your board vendor calls it. You should be running 4.6GHz minimum at all times like that, maybe more if the MCE is aggressive. The reason the Ryzen5 was so popular with gamers on a budget last year is because despite the lower clocks and lower IP...