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by Chrispy_
Fri Nov 24, 2017 8:48 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: AntiVirus suggestions
Replies: 87
Views: 9189

Re: AntiVirus suggestions

I don't use AntiVirus program actually, I found most of them don't help much when it come to real virus issues. QFT. The best antivirus is to be smart and learn to recognise scams, redirects and obviously dubious files, whilst avoiding Internet Explorer, ActiveX, Java and Flash as much as humanly p...
by Chrispy_
Thu Nov 23, 2017 10:23 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Investing in Hardware
Replies: 16
Views: 625

Re: Investing in Hardware

The only hardware that has gained in value for me in the last decade is a trio of RX480 cards that I bought for €249 each and sold for ~€550 each a few months later (after the Etherium mining craze dried up all the existing stocks).
by Chrispy_
Tue Nov 21, 2017 8:08 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Can't format partition on HD
Replies: 6
Views: 386

Re: Can't format partition on HD

If all else fails, and you're prepared to wipe the drive before an RMA, use Diskpart with the clean command. It's the best tool I know for screwed up partitions and GPT data on a drive. OCZ's bad rep was deserved from the fast-and-loose Sandforce firmware issues, but those days are nearing a decade ...
by Chrispy_
Mon Nov 20, 2017 5:08 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: OK I finally had with binge drinking soda.
Replies: 74
Views: 1635

Re: OK I finally had with binge drinking soda.

The problem is you're breaking two physically taxing addictions at once. Caffeine, likely the more serious, and high doses of HFCSyrup. Switching from soda to espresso is not a bad idea; Coffee is different enough to soda that over time your body will associate a caffeine craving with coffee o'cloc...
by Chrispy_
Mon Nov 20, 2017 5:03 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: OK I finally had with binge drinking soda.
Replies: 74
Views: 1635

Re: OK I finally had with binge drinking soda.

Keep water in your fridge at all times so that it's cool and refreshing without any effort when you are thirsty, or failing that, ice cubes, always ready to go. A dash of lemon or lime juice goes a long way towards making the water more satisfying to your sugar-craving tastebuds; Use half a real lem...
by Chrispy_
Mon Nov 20, 2017 4:02 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Got to try VR today...
Replies: 3
Views: 310

Re: Got to try VR today...

As an Oculus (DK2) user, I have to say that it is always worth spending more to get a higher-resolution display, and if the Samsung is lighter, that just makes it more comfortable.
by Chrispy_
Mon Nov 20, 2017 3:43 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 Start Menu and Taskbar Issue
Replies: 6
Views: 618

Re: Windows 10 Start Menu and Taskbar Issue

For the first 18 months of Windows 10 release, I saw start menu / taskbar lockups caused by Cortana in so many different ways and in so many different environments that I thought Microsoft had just officially lost the plot. The fact that more than half the installs were independent installs that I w...
by Chrispy_
Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:14 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: 10bit color on Dell P2715q
Replies: 6
Views: 528

Re: 10bit color on Dell P2715q

Just to chime in on this and concur with Airmantharp. Our graphics department spends significant amounts of time, money and effort on professional screen and printer calibration, so they know what they're talking about. If you can see any obvious difference between 8-bit and 10-bit colour, there's s...
by Chrispy_
Sun Nov 19, 2017 9:10 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Another "Time for a new PSU?" thread
Replies: 22
Views: 960

Re: Another "Time for a new PSU?" thread

It's worse that that now - most modern cases mount the PSU at the bottom, and most of those now have segregated PSU shrouds that force you to mount a PSU with the fan facing down over some filtered intake. For a passively-cooled PSU that relies on either convection or case airflow, an isolated PSU l...
by Chrispy_
Sun Nov 19, 2017 7:25 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega very strong in newly released games
Replies: 39
Views: 1653

Re: Vega very strong in newly released games

Rza79 wrote:
Funny how basically nobody stayed on topic. Must have been boring af.


"New architecture is better in new game engines with new drivers" shocker

Captain Obvious to the rescue, now please continue with the OT, it's more entertaining ;)
by Chrispy_
Sun Nov 19, 2017 7:18 am
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: CoolerMaster Liquid Coolers
Replies: 18
Views: 938

Re: CoolerMaster Liquid Coolers

Thanks for the info. I was comparing CoolerMaster to Corsair the cooler. This seems to be something that if I have a 10 year old system, I'll be expected to replace it halfway through the life cycle, at least*...? I've personally seen Corsair AIOs fail through galvanic corrosion in under 5 years an...
by Chrispy_
Sun Nov 19, 2017 7:02 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Another "Time for a new PSU?" thread
Replies: 22
Views: 960

Re: Another "Time for a new PSU?" thread

As such, I always suggest Seasonic PSUs. Corsair also makes some great models, but I just don't have experience with them so I can't speak to their reliability and performance personally. Couldn't agree more on Seasonic-They are the only one's one can give a blanket recommendation. They have PSU's ...
by Chrispy_
Sun Nov 19, 2017 6:58 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: What is your sound set up?
Replies: 103
Views: 3283

Re: What is your sound set up?

For speakers just some cheap Logitechs. Headphones: Schiit Bifrost Multibit Schiit Valhalla 2 amp Beyerdynamic T90s I'm curious, why do you have a decent headphone stack, but ignore the speakers? For a quarter the price of any single item in your headphone stack you could get yourself some half-dec...
by Chrispy_
Sat Nov 18, 2017 3:11 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: "Will it run Crysis," 10-year anniversary edition
Replies: 21
Views: 994

Re: "Will it run Crysis," 10-year anniversary edition

just brew it! wrote:
Yeah, really more of a meme than a joke. Tech site version of a Rickroll, without the YouTube link.


But Rickrolling is specifically about tricking someone into clicking the link. No link, no Rickroll :(
by Chrispy_
Fri Nov 17, 2017 3:53 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: CoolerMaster Liquid Coolers
Replies: 18
Views: 938

Re: CoolerMaster Liquid Coolers

Asetek have a patent on the only sensible layout for an integrated CPU pump/block. The only other manufacturer that licenses this patent is CoolIT, so to get a sensible design that doesn't do stupid things just to avoid some lawyers, you need to buy an Asetek-licensed product That means Corsair, NZX...
by Chrispy_
Fri Nov 17, 2017 10:57 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega very strong in newly released games
Replies: 39
Views: 1653

Re: Vega very strong in newly released games

Because it's not actually German. It's English just with vaguely German sounding prefixes and Admittedly, some of the words are actual German, because the German word already sounds close to the English word. A lot of it is utterly meaningless gibberish in German. Actual translation: ATTENTION! ALL ...
by Chrispy_
Thu Nov 16, 2017 3:20 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Form factor trends
Replies: 52
Views: 4250

Re: Form factor trends

I wish Silverstone made an upmarket version of the SG05. It's a great little case but it's just a bit cheap and flimsy. I'd pay 3x more to have the frame made out of a stronger steel and an anodised alloy shell rather than the badly-painted steel. Given the premium that mITX components command, ther...
by Chrispy_
Thu Nov 16, 2017 9:52 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Quite possibly the greatest car ever
Replies: 45
Views: 1755

Re: Quite possibly the greatest car ever

I haven't mentioned the 458; it wasn't me that even brought it up.

I just rolled my eyes when you start trying to justify new vs used prices. Apples vs Oranges etc.
by Chrispy_
Thu Nov 16, 2017 7:02 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Quite possibly the greatest car ever
Replies: 45
Views: 1755

Re: Quite possibly the greatest car ever

By the way, a 458 Challenge (the "sportier" version) with 5000km costs less than a new 911GT3, so the Ferrari enters into the equation if you are not opposed to buying second hand. Actually, I counted 22 used Ferrari 458 that are on sale for less than a new GT3 in a range of 200km, so you...
by Chrispy_
Wed Nov 15, 2017 1:37 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Quite possibly the greatest car ever
Replies: 45
Views: 1755

Re: Quite possibly the greatest car ever

Most people who have actually driven both feel that the Caymans are more agile, for the exact reasons you describe. And the older 911s, when electronic aids were much less abundant, were notoriously difficult to drive. You're confusing driver performance and car performance here: Yes, older 911s we...
by Chrispy_
Wed Nov 15, 2017 7:08 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Quite possibly the greatest car ever
Replies: 45
Views: 1755

Re: Quite possibly the greatest car ever

Sorry, but a car with rear-engine is fundamentally wrong. I'd rather have a Cayman 981 GT4 (if you are into Porsche) or Ferrari 458 (no, not the latest turbo one). Porsche's success, numerous world records and race wins beg to differ. I sort of agree with you that the engine should be in the middle...
by Chrispy_
Wed Nov 15, 2017 6:57 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: I sure wish I have a 40" 4K display...
Replies: 106
Views: 2626

Re: I sure wish I have a 40" 4K display...

save a cubic assload of cash This. The panels that go into 40" TVs and 40" Monitors are pretty much the same thing off the same production line. The difference is that TV's come with a lot of other BS and postprocessing, which you can disable to make it behave more like a monitor: ⋅&...
by Chrispy_
Tue Nov 14, 2017 10:52 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Power supply question for new build
Replies: 14
Views: 419

Re: Power supply question for new build

I can confirm that an Antec 80+ bronze 350W PSU is insufficient to run a 95W CPU and 160W graphics card. Once you add in fans and drives, and consider the potential peak power draws rather than the average TDPs combined, you're probably looking at a 450W minimum but I'd step up to 550 or 600W+ just ...
by Chrispy_
Fri Nov 10, 2017 1:35 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Need expert help on first computer build (2)
Replies: 14
Views: 660

Re: Need expert help on first computer build (2)

If you're on a budget and want to get the fastest single core, the 7700K might still be a reasonable option, but the i3-8350K ought to be about as fast and a good $100 cheaper (it's a quad-core without HT, but it's the same silicon as the 8700K so it ought to clock to the same 4.7GHz without requiri...
by Chrispy_
Fri Nov 10, 2017 10:53 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Need expert help on first computer build (2)
Replies: 14
Views: 660

Re: Need expert help on first computer build (2)

If you can afford it, the 8700K is what you should be buying in the i7 range these days - 6 cores instead of 4, but you'll need a Z370 motherboard too. Cryorig H7 or any of the 120mm coolermaster air coolers should be fine for a mild overclock, otherwise get the AIO with the largest radiator that wi...
by Chrispy_
Wed Nov 08, 2017 10:00 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Ergonomic "gaming" keyboard. Does it exist?
Replies: 46
Views: 8409

Re: Ergonomic "gaming" keyboard. Does it exist?

I've been using variations of the Microsoft Natural keyboards since '95 and I wish there was a black USB variant with MX browns. In an ideal world, it'd be an MNKE2 with MX reds for gaming, but I'll take the browns as a compromise that's nicer to type on when I'm not gaming. My gaming machines no lo...
by Chrispy_
Wed Nov 08, 2017 9:44 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: New monitor/video card decisions
Replies: 24
Views: 1631

Re: New monitor/video card decisions

4K panels seem to largely target ignorant punters who don't care about high refresh, VRR, contrast ratios or colour accuracy. It's a resolution that is, for the most part, compromised by limited bandwidth in many setups - so manufacturers seem to be focusing their efforts on providing 4K resolution ...
by Chrispy_
Tue Nov 07, 2017 7:19 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: New monitor/video card decisions
Replies: 24
Views: 1631

Re: New monitor/video card decisions

Check the games of interest actually have 4K assets and work well. I ended up ditching 4K because it's very expensive to feed (you'd be getting 60fps from a $700 graphics card, whilst the same settings at 1080p will get you 100fps from a $275 graphics card) and in a lot of cases, the art assets were...
by Chrispy_
Fri Nov 03, 2017 11:49 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus – PC Specs and Features
Replies: 27
Views: 2144

Re: Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus – PC Specs and Features

Well yeah, I dislike Windows too. But I'm actually putting together a Windows 10 system (first Windows box in nearly a decade that isn't for someone else) to get back into a little gaming. Hopefully I can just upgrade one of my spare Windows 7 licenses instead of buying it fresh. You'd better be qu...
by Chrispy_
Thu Nov 02, 2017 10:51 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel i7-8700 vs 8700k
Replies: 33
Views: 3465

Re: Intel i7-8700 vs 8700k

No, it's not that - even if you look at TR's average framerate data, it's more than elsewhere.