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by Chrispy_
Mon Jul 24, 2017 12:05 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?
Replies: 72
Views: 1419

Re: Will high GPU prices kill off PC gaming?

If you look at "PC gaming" the most popular titles run acceptably on 5-year-old hardware, otherwise they'll run at 1080p60 with a mix of medium and high settings on one of the new budget $100-$150 cards like the RX560 or GTX1050. So yeah, the $200+ GPU market may have gone to hell because ...
by Chrispy_
Mon Jul 24, 2017 6:11 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Dumb idea/thought experiment
Replies: 32
Views: 809

Re: Dumb idea/thought experiment

It's funny. She complains about her Win10 box, even though when I close the 80 bazillion things she has open, it's lightning fast, but she doesn't complain about her circa 2011 iMac, which takes a lot longer to load her programs. *shrug* I know. RDF in full effect, or Stockholm Syndrome. You have t...
by Chrispy_
Mon Jul 24, 2017 6:01 am
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: A case with LOTs of mounts for fans, and a question about thermal paste
Replies: 16
Views: 357

Re: A case with LOTs of mounts for fans, and a question about thermal paste

I'm not convinced that Threadripper will even need a liquid cooler; The limiting factor in most air coolers is how many Watts of heat can be moved from the CPU to the fins. There are plenty of 120mm tower coolers capable of dissipating 150+ Watts, and several 140mm tower coolers capable of going bey...
by Chrispy_
Sun Jul 23, 2017 8:04 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Dumb idea/thought experiment
Replies: 32
Views: 809

Re: Dumb idea/thought experiment

Given that there are plenty of laptops on the market that come with only 4 or 8GB of soldered RAM and no extra DIMM slots, I don't think the limitations of a 16GB APU would be a problem. IIRC, one of the big advantages of HBM is the lower power draw than GDDR5, but I'm not sure if it's lower power t...
by Chrispy_
Sat Jul 22, 2017 5:02 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Gamdias Hermes E1
Replies: 9
Views: 315

Re: Gamdias Hermes E1

Well, you should buy a mechanical keyboard on the type of switch. Get yourself to a store or grab a cherry MX sampler off ebay. I'm making the assumption that your want the lightest key activation, because that's what 90% of people prefer - so your choices are: MX Red - linear travel, smooth all the...
by Chrispy_
Sat Jul 22, 2017 6:36 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Another dumb question I likely have the answer to
Replies: 4
Views: 248

Re: Another dumb question I likely have the answer to

Do you have free space on another drive for the windows install? I would clone an image of the Windows partition s to somewhere else for the short-term. Clonezilla or Macrium would handle that kind of partition set-up for sure, if you prefer other cloning tools, they probably would too but I don't h...
by Chrispy_
Sat Jul 22, 2017 5:59 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Gamdias Hermes E1
Replies: 9
Views: 315

Re: Gamdias Hermes E1

Heh, given that the market is flooded with a huge range of excellent mice, why would you even want to look at one that is clearly a turd based on reviews?
by Chrispy_
Fri Jul 21, 2017 6:38 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Anyone know how to get a P222 license key?
Replies: 4
Views: 319

Re: Anyone know how to get a P222 license key?

HP really screwed the pooch with the way they only provide firmware updates to customers with active support contracts.

Is it the add-in card variant of the P222? Just ditch it for a generic LSI SAS card instead. HP nailed their own door up when it comes to SMB server hardware.
by Chrispy_
Thu Jul 20, 2017 3:03 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: i3-4160 Cooling
Replies: 24
Views: 767

Re: i3-4160 Cooling

Noctua will cost a bit more than other brands but they have the bonus of sending you free socket adapters for the lifetime of your cooler.

I'm on a Noctua NH-U12 from about a decade ago and It has been through two free socket upgrade kits so far.
by Chrispy_
Thu Jul 20, 2017 2:51 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Do you use the Windows "Documents" folder?
Replies: 51
Views: 1550

Re: Do you use the Windows "Documents" folder?

devs have all gone insane and think it's a good idea to scatter files all over the place in there. Why keeping files for a program inside that program's directory became something nobody wants to do is beyond me. I also much prefer the idea of keeping all of a programs settings in the program direc...
by Chrispy_
Thu Jul 20, 2017 8:27 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Do you use the Windows "Documents" folder?
Replies: 51
Views: 1550

Re: Do you use the Windows "Documents" folder?

1) Windows' own folders and libraries are an abomination that change every few versions of Windows and are constantly auto-polluted by applications without your consent. 2) Yes. I file stuff in a simple-yet-effective structure regardless of what device I'm using. 3) Absolutely. The key for me is tha...
by Chrispy_
Wed Jul 19, 2017 12:10 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Wow...It finally came.
Replies: 14
Views: 761

Re: Wow...It finally came.

I'd be curious to know which group received more money overall: 1) The consumers who bothered filling out the claims forms 2) The lawyers. My guess is that the payout to the first group was equalled or surpassed by the second group, despite the first group being tens of thousands or even hundreds of...
by Chrispy_
Fri Jul 14, 2017 5:55 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Upgrade Path Suggestions Please
Replies: 9
Views: 459

Re: Upgrade Path Suggestions Please

Run your game at 1280x720 (but all the same detail settings) and see if it runs much smoother. If it DOES run smoother, your GPU is the bottleneck, so spend the money on a new one; GTX 1080 FE models seem to be less affected by the current coin-mining craze if you need one right now. If it still str...
by Chrispy_
Tue Jul 11, 2017 1:00 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Kiss the G4560 goodbye slowly... (Edit: or not)
Replies: 15
Views: 969

Re: Kiss the G4560 goodbye slowly...

Is the Ryzen 3 still an 8-core die, harvested - or will AMD actually be launching native quad core desktop parts soon? A 4C/4T Ryzen 3 is going to compete with the non-K i5 models, most likely. Either way, a 2C/4T Zen-based Raven Ridge chip should be able to pick up the G4560's customers when the G4...
by Chrispy_
Tue Jul 11, 2017 5:33 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Streaming frustrations
Replies: 36
Views: 1474

Re: Streaming frustrations

Some good suggestions here; I'd like to throw the Nvidia Shield TV into the ring as a solid option too, I've used a few devices (Apple TVs, Amazon, Roku, Chromecast, even Microsoft WDA) and I think the Shield TV is the best all rounder, if not the cheapest. Personally, I can always seem to justify a...
by Chrispy_
Sun Jun 25, 2017 6:59 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Mobile Kaby Lake vs Haswell
Replies: 9
Views: 813

Re: Mobile Kaby Lake vs Haswell

It's an improvement in battery life/heat/weight/noise levels, but no - the architectural improvements do not come close to compensating for the loss of half the CPU. I would actually go as far as to say that the 7600U will be significantly slower even in regular single-threaded use, simply because t...
by Chrispy_
Tue Jun 20, 2017 12:26 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Selecting my next Internals
Replies: 14
Views: 695

Re: Selecting my next Internals

When it comes to future-proofing, my advice is to buy the minimum motherboard you need for the current CPU choice. In the case of a 7700K with a reasonable overclock, you're looking at $150 for a good quality but non-bling Z270 board. Treat this as a DISPOSABLE board that will be replaced when (or i...
by Chrispy_
Tue Jun 20, 2017 12:11 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Outlook 2010, search doesn't work since last week.
Replies: 6
Views: 618

Re: Outlook 2010, search doesn't work since last week.

Create a new outlook profile first. It is much faster than rebuilding the entire index for your computer. Creating a new outlook profile will just rebuild the index for your email. You can always rebuild the entire index if need be. What he said. Also, depending on how you bought Outlook 2010, you ...
by Chrispy_
Tue Jun 20, 2017 6:27 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Selecting my next Internals
Replies: 14
Views: 695

Re: Selecting my next Internals

I'm expecting X299 prices to disintegrate when Threadripper arrives. At the rumoured $850 price point for a 16C/32T CPU, it's going to make the vast bulk of the X299 platform look pointless. Sure, AMD are still 20% behind Kaby lake in the outright performance per thread department, but when you've g...
by Chrispy_
Mon Jun 19, 2017 5:34 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: World's First Passive Liquid Cooler
Replies: 30
Views: 5000

Re: World's First Passive Liquid Cooler

<PC not hot enough to be gud chimney, yes?> <NUMBARS> <PC's aren't 2m tall> <The hot bit isn't even in the right place> ???HuH??? So? So, A half-meter tall PC case is going to be a particularly bad chimney. Not only that, but it's not even a half-meter tall chimney because the only part of it actin...
by Chrispy_
Fri Jun 16, 2017 6:41 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: 5 Bad GPUs?
Replies: 6
Views: 870

Re: 5 Bad GPUs?

I've just decided it's best to avoid refurbs. Most RMA departments are full of people who don't give a crap, and it seems that every repair/diagnosis seems to be a sloppy rush job. If the card was defective enough that someone decided it was worth the inconvenience of raising an RMA, removing the ca...
by Chrispy_
Tue Jun 13, 2017 6:14 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Gaming? More RAM for future titles..
Replies: 26
Views: 959

Re: Gaming? More RAM for future titles..

The Egg wrote:
No......it started a loooong time ago, with their flagship product.

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FTFY, since 10 is the highest number ever, and Microsoft won't ever go back on their promises.
by Chrispy_
Tue Jun 13, 2017 6:04 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Samsung C24FG70—best monitor, worst support
Replies: 67
Views: 3202

Re: Samsung C24FG70—best monitor, worst support

LoneWolf15 wrote:
But as Crucial has trended downward some from the vaunted M500/M550 drives from several years ago

At the risk of going off-topic, aren't the MX300 drives from Crucial really good? I've been buying dozens of the 525GB variants and they've been both fast and flawlessly reliable so far.
by Chrispy_
Sat Jun 10, 2017 7:24 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Samsung C24FG70—best monitor, worst support
Replies: 67
Views: 3202

Re: Samsung C24FG70—best monitor, worst support

This is typical Samsung.

I love their products but man, they are quite possibly the worst tech company out there. You are not CUSTOMERS, you are ignorant VICTIMS.
by Chrispy_
Thu Jun 08, 2017 4:54 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SanDisk Cruzer Edge is *horrible*
Replies: 71
Views: 2913

Re: SanDisk Cruzer Edge is *horrible*

So which brands are known to work just fine? AFAIK every brand has good and bad products, assuming they cover all ends of the spectrum. You cannot decide by brand alone, you need brand+model. Corsair and Samsung drives seem to be universally good, but neither of them make anything that's remotely c...
by Chrispy_
Tue Jun 06, 2017 2:53 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SanDisk Cruzer Edge is *horrible*
Replies: 71
Views: 2913

Re: SanDisk Cruzer Edge is *horrible*

I expect ~5MB/s write speeds from a cheap USB flash drive; Anything more than that is a bonus! There's a reason most manufacturers don't list write speeds and unlike SDcards there's no performance classifications like C4, C10, U1, U3 etc. I tend to buy Kingston SE9 USB3 thumbdrives because they're c...
by Chrispy_
Tue Jun 06, 2017 1:07 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: I need help planning cooling
Replies: 16
Views: 540

Re: I need help planning cooling

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. Nah, if you look at the top window fan location it is directly over the CPU socket and won't...
by Chrispy_
Tue Jun 06, 2017 12:46 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: I need help planning cooling
Replies: 16
Views: 540

Re: I need help planning cooling

That case is less than ideal for dual-GPU setups but it's possible as long as you're aware that some of the intakes will be unfiltered so you'll need to clean dust out regularly. Approximately equal pressure will give you the highest cycling of air through the case, so use 1, 2, & 3 as intakes a...
by Chrispy_
Tue Jun 06, 2017 12:19 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Budget Graphics for Ryzen?
Replies: 28
Views: 1554

Re: Budget Graphics for Ryzen?

I build a few PCs on the side for staff - I can knock one together in half an hour so I chew through a couple of builds a month. It's funny how many people who aren't gaming say that they want a GPU - either for eyefinity reasons, or for CUDA/OpenCL reasons. I don't think you need a GPU for web/emai...
by Chrispy_
Tue Jun 06, 2017 7:26 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Budget Graphics for Ryzen?
Replies: 28
Views: 1554

Re: Budget Graphics for Ryzen?

Well Newegg has a bunch of refurbs that will fit the bill for under $15, but otherwise 2D duty is filled by $25-30 cards like the old Terascale (pre-GCN) Radeons and decade-old Geforce 8400GS models that refuse to die.

The APUs you want are coming, they're just not out yet.