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Comment reply on Forum Topic "How to check my chipset temp"

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I just accidently impulse ordered this. Thanks. ;-)

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Again, is buying a quality keyboard/mouse important and worth it for gaming or any other tasks?"

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I just want to add that you can pick up / use a basic mouse and keyboard for the time being and when your budget can handle it, pick up a better-than-you'd-get-now mouse and keyboard....

Comment reply on Forum Topic "What to use for cable management?"

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I should be working too!

Comment reply on Forum Topic "What to use for cable management?"

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I favor zip ties; I only use a velcro strap when the situation calls for it. Something I'm going to move a lot or while I'm working -- until it's ready for the zip tie.

Zip ties are quite cheap.... I admit, I waste quite a few of them (but still have too many).

Comment reply on Forum Topic "i5-6600k vs Xeon E3-1231v3"

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd lean towards the 6600k.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "New router or Wi-Fi extender?"

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm quite sure the n7000 would be suitable. I don't know what I use on the n8000 but the 7000 didn't exist (to my knowledge) when I picked the n8000. Regardless, can't go wrong with either and yes, they'll be much better than what you use now. I've had a very good experience with three total netgear routers over the last 12 years or so.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "GTX 1060: Performance of a 980 for $250?"

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

NVidia proprietary technology such as HairFX and PhysX, v-sync and by my count, more games are optimized for nvidia than AMD.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Nvidia or AMD in making youtube content, rendering, working with 3d programs and etc."

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

how does it overclock? Is it 50 euro worth it for unlocked chip?

It overclocks well. I've not overclocked it to max potential (only 4.5 GHz). I didn't push mine that hard is I don't need the power, per se and I want it to last. So, is it worth it? Yes, I think so.

Well, if you have a bit of a restricted budget, you can't go wrong with the i7 6700k. I think that should be more than enough for almost everything. As for the video card, I'm going with GTX 1060 once I can get my hand on it. I think that will work very well for me and will allow me to run most of my games at 1080p@60 FPS with max or very high settings.

Although I've played CS:GO quite a bit, I've never tried my hand at map creation. (I used to do that for Quake but never for CS:GO). Anyway, I still think the skylake i7 would be fine for that. It may not matter as the compiling tool would need to be multithread optimized. I don't know if it is but I'm absolutely sure it'll work either way.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "New router or Wi-Fi extender?"

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I faced this issue and went with a new router. I ended up getting an Netgear Nighthawk N8000 which I love very much. Huge upgrade for me in terms of both speed and connection quality. Problem is is that is a $300 router.

What you should consider is centering the router in your house. This might not seem practical but a bit of networking cable ran cleverly on or in the wall can help with this. And a centered router will help a lot with signal strength all over the house. Depending on your improvement here, then get a new router.

An extender is fine but has hidden gotchas like delay and adding additional congestion to the crowed airwaves.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Ram as storage"

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

I've used it. It's fast; faster than an SSD but it doesn't survive between restarts. So, you can install windows in it. Hell, you can't even put small games on it. I used it as a scratch drive when I had 32 GBs. I gave it 8 GBs.

If you want to try this, don't use more than half your ram and probably only if you have more than 16 GBs in the system.

SSD is much better.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Nvidia or AMD in making youtube content, rendering, working with 3d programs and etc."

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Depending on how "in to this" you are going to get -- that is how much you'll spend on both hardware and software, your processor is going to matter a tad more than your video card when it comes to recording and rendering. There is software out there that can use your video card to render but for "average" packages, it's a CPU thing.

That said, you want to run games at ultra, you are going to need a good video card. GTX 1070 or 1080. And then you'll also need a good i7 processor such as the Core™ i7-6850K which is 6 core (12 thread) processor. This is to help with the video rendering and editing. Of course, you could do with less* but factoring in that you seem to want better than not this is what I'd go with if i was going to pursue what you note.

*I use an i7 6700K for my video rendering; but I'm not that into it as it's a side muse. Works very well but depending on settings, it can time some time to render out the videos. Still faster than the FX-8350 I had though.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "i5 price!?"

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Prices change. A source was probably probably running a special and it ended. So the price went up. Look at the price history

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Fan layout in Corsair 750D - Probable Negative Pressure"

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Before I do anything, I will try to run the computer without the front panel. Thanks for the idea/insight.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Fan layout in Corsair 750D - Probable Negative Pressure"

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I meant to correct the radiator size during editing and forgot. THanks.

what makes you say that?

Simply put, I don't feel much air coming out of any of the exhaust points.

though the case has a very restrictive front intake too.

This crossed my mind too. I could move one of the front intakes to be a bitton intake...

Thanks for the airflow kit; I didn't know that was available and that seems like a reasonable addition for $15....

I'm not too concerned about dust as my computer sits on my desk...

Comment reply on Forum Topic "CPU cooler for i7 6700K"

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

For a black build, the Corsair h100i v2 would be suitable. Really, any double width radiator from Corsair would match your scheme and be effective.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "i5 6500 and rx480..Good?"

  • 45 months ago
  • 0 points

I think it mostly would work quite well.

Would also like to know if these two would bottleneck each other, no an expect on detecting bottlenecks.

No, you'll be fine. Not even close to bottlenecking.

GTA V will be fine; I'd expect you'd be able to run it at ultra settings.

Tera, however, is an MMO and CPU bound. This is true for most, if not all MMOs. So, this means that no matter the GPU the CPU is the bigger factor here and if that is a mainstay game, you may want to consider the fastest processor available (or overclock). I don't think the i5 will cap out but higher clock speed will noticeable help that game. As I recall, that game only uses 4 threads (or less, maybe). But each thread needs as much clock speed as possible to feed & process the GPU and networking pipeline effectively.

Ok, so that info aside, I think this will be a good setup. I don't think you'll get Tera up to Ultra settings but it'll be pretty high.

Enjoy doing the build.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "GTX 1060 specs"

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

which will be aiming the budget market with a sub-$300 US pricing

It's amazing that under $300 is considered "budget". That's pretty expensive for a "budget" item. I'd think of budget video card as under $150... Maybe $175...

Comment reply on Forum Topic "GTX 1060: Performance of a 980 for $250?"

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I've been waiting for this card. I don't know (nor care) how it compares to the RX 480. Tired of the limitations of running an AMD card just to save $50 at the time of purchase. I digress though. I don't know if it'll be as fast as the 980 but it'll probably be pretty close (within 15% +/-) and that'll be an upgrade to my 7950 (which, to be honest does great in 95% of games)

Comment reply on Forum Topic "1 SSD for Steam/ 1 SSD for OS / 1 HDD for extras"

  • 45 months ago
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Yes, last I used this was for my new build. But, I have reinstalled windows previously to "reset" it.

Get rid of old Direct X versions and such.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "1 SSD for Steam/ 1 SSD for OS / 1 HDD for extras"

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Why would you even reinstall Windows?

A new build, just to restart. Different folks have different reasons. There are times where you want to or decide to. True, not too frequent but that just means that you probably will have a lot of games downloaded.

you also need to reinstall Steam itself

This doesn't make a difference. If you point steam back to the retained steam folder, it'll pull the existing games in, cross check them and accept them in your library without redowloading them. Trust me, it saves a ton of time.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Headphones that Meet the Requirements?"

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

For just a microphone? Eh.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "1 SSD for Steam/ 1 SSD for OS / 1 HDD for extras"

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

This is my exact setup; I find it very useful. The steam drive is really nice because when I reinstall windows I don't need to re-download the games.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Cooling an i5 6600k in canada"

  • 45 months ago
  • 0 points

I'd like to suggest you consider the h60 but you called out that you want an air cooler. I really liked the Cooler Master EVO. There are several designs. I'm confident any of them would work.

http://www.coolermaster.com/product/Lines/cpu-air-cooler/

I think the V series looks badass but the EVO series is more practical.

The Noctua is also highly suggested but I have no expierence with them.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Fixed my Mom's Laptop, can't launch Steam"

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

... could be ...

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Tech youtubers are a joke"

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Read within the parenthesis.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Headphones that Meet the Requirements?"

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

any good pair of headphones and slap a modmic on it

Never heard of modmic until now but did a quick search. Seems expensive for what it is... I suppose if you have an awesome pair of headphones and need a mic, it's cool but still kinda pricy for what it is.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Fixed my Mom's Laptop, can't launch Steam"

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Probably not. Not unless you or someone did something extremely dodgy. It takes sudo level access to install something like malware and virus are not common on Linux (plus, sudo is needed). And the ones that are out there are not all that effective. (Of course, if you didn't set up a password, this would be easier to bypass but malware doesn't corrupt OS installs and a virus usually has a grander purpose).

Just because you are "using it" doesn't mean the hard drive fine. Hard Drives fail progressively and as that fail, the data starts to go bad.

The symptoms you described best match a failing hard disk. I strongly suggest you follow up on the disk check and at least eliminate it as possibility.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Fixed my Mom's Laptop, can't launch Steam"

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Which exactly? I'm willing to help but please provide more than two words of feedback.

So, did the commands not work or were you not able to disable the firewall? Or, did you disable the firewall and steam still not work?

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Tech youtubers are a joke"

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Never heard of techsource; I only watch Linus Tech Tips and I swear it's because it sounds like 'Linux' (and yes, I know Linux was derived by another Linus's name).

Joking aside, never heard of techsource and it doesn't seem like I wanted to know about them.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Fixed my Mom's Laptop, can't launch Steam"

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I think the question is why was the OS corrupted? This, in conjunction with your Steam issues makes me wonder if your hard drive is alright.

Have you done any disk checks? Please take a look here at the Ubnutu Docs and run the disk check. Report back on that. As I noted in another comment, I ubuntu knowledge is a bit fleeting but present. I'll keep an eye out and follow up as necessary here.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Fixed my Mom's Laptop, can't launch Steam"

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

It's been a while for me but I've used Linux. Regarding ubuntu, it should be as simple as opening the 'start' menu and typing firewall. Then, using admin permissions you can disable it. The UI should be pretty clear.

If you want to give this a try, it should work as well. Note that sudo means superuser do and you'll need the admin credentials to perform this action.

sudo ufw disable

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Video Editing Software - Please make recommendation"

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I think your question was answered but I want to add that Blender does so much. It's extremely powerful.

3d models, Animation, Movie editing (apparently, I didn't know this until yesterday). Pretty much anything to do with media production, Blender can help you in some way.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Need help choosing a keyboard"

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

So, what do you want from a keyboard? your budget seems limited (note, I assume $80 AU (about $60 USD, for others).

Desktop keyboards are mostly the same size. Sometimes things like the F# (FN) keys are smaller or whatever, but baring specially keyboards, the Shift, Control and space bar are all the same size.

Given your budget, I'd suggest you just get a quality keyboard. Something like a Logitech, Microsoft or whatever keyboard.

Lets say you want a mechanical keyboards, here's some options

But, I'd say this is better filter criteria for you:

Comment reply on Forum Topic "POWER SUPPLY EXPLODED! Could it burn my house down"

  • 45 months ago
  • 3 points

I think your definition of exploded is different than mine.... Or you are an apprentice clickbatier.

Anyway, It "exploded" when not plugged in because power supplies (and other electronics) have components that hold on to electricity. You're supposed to discharge it before doing certain work. (Chances are, you created a short without realizing it and it had just enough juice to "explode" it.)

As long as you haven't plugged it in, it's probably discharged itself upon the incident. It won't start on fire (as long as you don't give it more energy (IE Plug it in). if you have plugged in it, dispose of it immediately

Finally, regardless, replace it. Even if it "works" (why are you even trying it?!), it is likely to damage the various components of a computer. Better to be safe than without a computer.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Which one should I pick?"

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Asus Z170 PRO GAMING ATX (What's the difference between A and Pro Gaming?!)

I was originally planning on getting the A but it wasn't available at the time of purchase. I ended up going with the Pro Gaming. While I'm not an expert in the differences, I conclude that the differences were not significant enough to stop me from buying the Pro Gaming.

I think the outputs are slightly different and then the pro gaming has 5 or so LEDs that "breath" when the computer is plugged in (booted or not). I don't think the A has this.

I think either would serve you quite well.

Ref: my build: "Three"

Comment reply on Forum Topic "What type of wifi card will I need?"

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Assuming you have a PCI-E free, I really like this card:

Asus PCE-AC68 PCI-Express

I use it in Three to play things like Overwatch and CS:GO and have no issue (I also have a nighthawk x6 router, for the record).

Comment reply on Forum Topic "RAM: DDR4 2666 vs DDR4 3000"

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

2 X 8GB DDR4 2666 KINGSTON HYPEX instead of the 2 x 8GB DDR4 3000 KINGSTON Savage This will save me 57$.

Yes, save the money. You won't see a difference in any task -- gaming or otherwise.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "i5 6600K temps while playing dota 2"

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

My advice is to remove the waterblock, clean up the thermal paste, apply fresh and reinstall.

While, yes the thermal paste on there should have been fine, something isn't right and either way you are going to need to remove the water block and remount it.

I suppose before doing that you could try to tighten the waterblock down. Make sure it's quite snug (by hand -- don't use a power tool) . If it's not snug enough, it's possible the thermal transfer isn't good. But barring that, you are going to remount it (to eliminate this variable) and that means fresh thermal paste.

Also, ensure your fan direction is correct. As you probably know, there are arrows for reference. I'd say this is unlikely to be the issue though.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Video Editing Software - Please make recommendation"

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Blender is free and I know I use to use it for 3D modeling but feel it's not focused enough. Given my inexperience, something a little more directed seems more suitable.

Vegas is too expense.

Pr Pro and Ae are more than I'm looking for. Pr pro on it's own is viable (though, on the pricy side technically). Care to share your thoughts and experience with that package? I'd appreciate more detail.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Video Editing Software - Please make recommendation"

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Good suggestion. I'm tempted to buy but after messing with Premier (nice, powerful product but simple tasks are headdesk frustrating) I'm considering an automatic workflow to my mac. Not optimal but free.

On the other hand, if I were to buy a package, I'd want to spend a few days with it and this offer feels like pressure. (Stupid sales people pressuring us)

Are you able to share anything about the package? Codec compatibility, ease of use? Speed?

Regardless, thank you much for the suggestion and sharing your 4k test

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Video Editing Software - Please make recommendation"

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for the suggestion but this isn't suitable for my purposes.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Video Editing Software - Please make recommendation"

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Fair point.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Looking to Backup my DVD collection"

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

In the event I back up DVDs (something I do less of now, if at all, given that I can usually stream what I want), I use a combination of makemkv and handbrake as suggested here.

Thing is though, you don't need the 'very slow' preset. I suppose it depends on your purpose but you should try different settings and see what works for you -- what you notice and don't notice. Time will vary a lot depending on settings. Handbrake has a preview system, it does a small section so you can see what the compression will look like.

Next, lets address approach. Yes, if you do makemkv then handbrake for each disc, you'll get 1 or 2 done a night. But you don't need to do that. I'd suggest that you rip like 5-10 DVDs (which actually goes pretty fast). This will give you the mkv files. Then, queue them up in handbrake and let it do the work overnight. Then you can get 5 - 10 a night. Next day, check the results and delete the mkvs.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Need help with poor pc performance"

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

This.... is.... insane..... How does AMD allow these parts to keep being made. It's such bad PR...

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Need help with poor pc performance"

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

You are not too clear but I understand you for the processor the FX-9590 and for the motherboard the 970 chipset.

This is a strange pairing. Why? You've picked the top processor and lowest motherboard chip-set. That unto itself isn't a problem but it's weird.... Not specifically a problem but may be one... Anyway, double check the BIOs, you may need to update the motherboard's BIOs to ensure it's fully compatible with the CPU.

Speaking of the CPU, what power supply are you using? As I recall, the FX-9590 requires a lot of power and therefore a high-wattage power-supply along with a motherboard that can provide the needed watts to the CPU. Which then leads me to your cooling solution. Again, you don't list it but why type of cooling are you using on the CPU? And what about the motherboard?

Please consider the stuff above but as far as raw diagnostics, start a game but run it in a window. Pull open the task manager and check to see what speed the processor is running at. If it's running at full (stock [4.7 GHz]) speed for 15 minutes then good, we can move on. If not, that is a problem.

Next, get something like MSI afterburner. It has charts and such. I don't want to explain how to use it, its pretty easy but find the chart that shows the core speed and memory speed. Again, run your game and watch the chart for 15 minutes (at least). Is it throttling? Core clock on that is 1266 MHz. If below this then something is up with the video card (could be as simple as inadequate cooling). Memory speed should be around 7000 MHz. If below that, then that's a problem.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Did this hurt the motherboard?"

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

depending on where you bought it, I'd return it. Say it never booted. No idea why.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Hyper 212 Evo for an i5/i7"

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

For anything an i5 isn't as good as an i7; you do understand that is why it costs more right? The i7 is better.

An i5 will be suitable for any of those -- including video and photo editing.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Help with criteria in selecting a power supply"

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I probably share this opinion. I don't want to spend more than $100 on this. Less is better though.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Help with criteria in selecting a power supply"

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

GPU for sure. Either a GTX 1070 or more likely a 1060 (I'm theorizing it is coming). More hard drives are possible. I won't run two video cards so that isn't an issue. Mainly the two things I need to replace is the PSU and later the video card.

Vaguely possible more RAM but not likely -- at least in the next year.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Fan is making a lot of noise"

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

If it's at the top it's probably an exhaust fan. It's intended to push the hot air in the case out of the case.

Yes, you need that and you should replace it or fix it.

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