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Comment reply on Forum Topic "PSU Passes Paperclip Test But Still Won't Start?"

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree with this. It's my conclusion as well.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "i am a streamer a hardcore gamer budget 900 CAD"

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes but wouldn't that exceed your stated budget?

Comment reply on Forum Topic "EVGA 1070 FTW - Overclocking Potential"

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Can't push it any further or am I by adding the +100 MHz?

Comment reply on Forum Topic "TF2s massive storage requirement"

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Massive? That is on the small side for a game. Battlefield 4 is around 100 GBs with the expansions.... That is unusually large for games.

Laptop SSDs are not great for games. Just keep installed what you play and use an external drive to archive downloaded games and Steams' "move game" feature to move games to the SSD for playing.

Not that you coudn't play games from the extternal but they'll be slow to laod.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Should I sell me RX 480 4gb now or keep it"

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

"rationalize" being the key word, I agree.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Multiple Display Questions"

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL, writing this made me remember once I ran two games concurrently displaying each one to a different monitor. The games in question were not graphically complex but it ran each game over 60 FPS.

One was Eve Online and the other was probably Civ 5 or something (given the time).

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Multiple Display Questions"

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

If you're mirroring -- displaying the same thing on all three monitors, It has no impact on performance. (it would annoy my eyes though) The same drawn image is sent to the screens. No measurable impact.

I was wondering if and to what degree each setup affects performance, and if I could for instance game on one screen in 4k and keep a 1080p monitor on the side just for web browsing or chats.

Not much. I, in fact, do this. I have three monitors and they are all different resolution and one even has a different orientation. The impact to framerate isn't noticeable for the most part but I've had a computer like this for so long that I guess I truly don't know the impact.

would this confuse your computer to be displaying two different screens at two different resolutions?

No, the computer doesn't care. It does what it's told.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Steam Questions"

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

You buy games, they are in your library. You can buy games even if you can't play them and download them later. They are bound to your account. It's fantastic.

That said, don't worry about missing the steam sale. they have a sale every quarter. I'm not exaggerating. Newer games you want now will be on deeper discount on the next sale (which is the fall sale around August or September.

If you want a specific game to play on your new build, go ahead and pick it up on sale but don't buy 30 games you can't play in 3 months just because they are on sale now. Buy what you intend to play over the next few months and pick up more games on the next sales.

I say this as someone who has over 200 games in my steam library. Most bought during different sales in groups of about 5 at a time. I promise you there will be another sale in a few months.

Also, if you are new to PC gaming, check out Humble Bundle's monthly subscription service. Pretty good deal with good games.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "4x4GB vs. 2x8GB DIMMS"

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

All things being equal, I'd favor 2x8 so that you can upgrade +16GBs later.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Pump turns on and moves water, PC wont turn on."

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Can my motherboard be bad if the pump still moves water?

Yes

My suggestion is to reconnect / re-seat all of the motherboard connectors. Make sure everything is plugged in. If the pump is working, it means the power supply is kicking on. It doesn't mean the rest of the system is getting power (or at least all of the power it needs.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Pump/Reservoir combo paint?"

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't see why but have no reason or points to disagree with.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Help"

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

If the cooler is still under warranty I'd suggest you contact beQueit and try to get a warranty replacement. If nothing else, perhaps they can at least get you the right size fan for a reasonable cost.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "My Corsair k55 is being weird!"

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I've seen issues with USB hub and such disconnects (and docks would be implemented as a USB hub). Connect it directly to the computer. Do you have anything else plugged into the Dock thing?

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Pump/Reservoir combo paint?"

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't think the pump gets that hot... at least on the outside. Those are for pretty extreme temptures...

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Beginner at pc building need your help will all the parts in this build fit in the case? wanting to make sure before i buy anything"

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I think so, given you use a stock cooler.

But, if this is the first time you are building a computer, I'd suggest you go more towards a mid- or full-tower build. More flexibility for space should something need to be swapped out or is too big. I think mini builds are more for experienced builders.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Does this look stable"

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, not bad. Is it overclocked?

Comment reply on Forum Topic "CPU advice..."

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Regarding Ryzen 6 being noob friendly. I'd expect the Intel line is going to be a bit friendlier. Depending on the motherboard you buy, the BIOs could be out of date or otherwise have minor incompatibility issues.

This should be a lot better now than it was a few months ago but it's still a concern for someone who is new. Also, I found that XMP profiles work much better on Intel than AMD. I'd hope AMD is fixing this since I built with an FX but this caused a lot of annoyance for me.

I'd suggest someone new build with Intel. Nothing against AMD but I find they tend to work in conjunction with other components better out of the box.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Overclocking a gtx 1060 in a laptop?"

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

A GPU isn't too risky per se but you're not going to get much out of it and I think it's really worth the time. You might get +20 MHz on it. Maybe... just maybe.... +50 MHz.

that said, I did it to my laptop and it didn't cause long-term issue. It didn't improve much though either. Maybe 2-3 FPS depending on the game.

That said, I replaced it with a custom build shortly after starting to tool around with such concepts.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Help"

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

What's a "normal fan" to you? You should use a PWM static pressure fan. Most aftermarket heatsink CPU fans are 120mm

Edit: It appears there are two fans on that particular heatsink. Which fan died?

Comment reply on Forum Topic "SSD or HDD for gaming"

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Mix and match. SSD for boot drive and games that are loaded a lot (like multiplayer games) and then I use a large HDD for games that are single player and/or I only load on occasion. (Such as Civ 6 or such).

Comment reply on Forum Topic "The best alternative to AIO's? (Custom water cooling kits for less than $200)"

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

I agree with the OP but for anyone who stops here looking for a so-called "AIO killer" do be mindful that these kits are more complex to install. AIO, you just mount the water block, screw in the radiator and fans and plug a few cables in. AIOs are very similar to mounting air coolers. You hook it up and finish your build.

These guys, you need the mount the CPU block (possibly changing the jetting and the GPU block if you are going that route), mount the radiator and fans, affix the fittings, and then measure, cut and install the tubing. After that, you then need to fill it with distilled water mixed to a specific ratio with a provided concentrate and run a leak test for 24 hours with your computer not powered up but with the pump, some how powered (I used a secondary power supply I had -- not everyone has this luxury).

Anyway, none of this is hard but it is a consideration to keep in mind. It also adds a clean 24 hours to your build (assuming you don't cut corners). Again, something to be aware of.

All that said and kept in mind, I do believe I'd recommend an EK gaming kit over an AIO when appropriate.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "The best alternative to AIO's? (Custom water cooling kits for less than $200)"

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Installed properly, the soft tube looks good. I just did mine in soft tube with some angled fittings, and to me, it looks quite nice. I'm very pleased and impressed with how my custom loop turned out.

You need to be mindful of your runs and you need to pick up angled fittings to reduce the curves in the soft tubes but from a picture, I'd suspect some people would mistake my soft-tubes for hard-lines. Or at least would do a double take.

Plus, folks looking at kits in this price range wouldn't want to invest int the time and equipment needed to bend hard tubing.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "My brand new build randomly restarts!"

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, given the info you provided I would wonder if it's the PSU as well.

If possible replace or test that but I think you are doing what you need. Eliminating ideas. The PSU would be the next thing to check....

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Best Buy refurbished acer laptop $309 wrong specs?"

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, it would be but there is clearly some data entry (loading) error.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "CPU Advice"

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

If your core purpose is gaming, I don't think you're going to run into problems your build. I think for gaming for the next 3 or 4 years, this will be fine (I believe it so that my build is based on a Skylake i7 as well)

That said, you are going for a pretty premium build and if I was going to spend $800 on a GPU, I'd probably get a 6/12 CPU (or similar lower end Skylake-X). Not because I need it per se but to "round out" the build. At least, in my mind.

Ultimately, either way, you'll have an awesome computer here.... you'll be fine. It's just a matter of whether you want to spend the money.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "FX-8320 for streaming?"

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I expect you'd stay above 30fps (which is playable but usually not preferred).

I don't know anything about H1Z1 but, I think PUBG you'd have some trouble in the city centers. It could drop down depending on where they stand with optimizations.

At the moment I write this, I know the city centers lean too much on the CPU and it causes a bottlenecking-the-GPU effect. I don't know if it'd drop to less than 30 FPS when streaming but it would have an impact.... for sure.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "FX-8320 for streaming?"

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Like has been said; it depends on the game. Particularly the CPU usage of the game. Something like GTA 5 won't work so well. But, Overwatch or Counter Strike should be pretty good.

Ultimately, It'll probably work but that isn't the best CPU for that. It's good in that it has 8 cores but the FX series suffers from an efficiency issue. that said, it'll get the job done.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Best Buy refurbished acer laptop $309 wrong specs?"

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Look at the bottom of the page:

Refurbished Acer Laptop: Stay productive wherever you are with this refurbished Acer Aspire laptop. It has a 1TB hard drive, which provides enough space to store plenty of images, videos, games and other files, and its 4GB of RAM and Intel Core i3 processor let you multitask effortlessly. This 15.6-inch Acer Aspire laptop comes with Windows 10 Home preinstalled.

For what it's worth, whether available or not, I wouldn't buy it. It's not that interesting of a laptop.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "My brand new build randomly restarts!"

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

When it restarts, what exactly happens? Doe stay off and you need to press the power button? Does it require 'waiting' of any kind? Does the OS indicate a crash or anything? Does the preboot (BIOS) screen provide any info?

Based on the frequency, you may want to re-mount the cooler. Sake of argument, did you apply thermal paste and/or remove the plastic cover that is usually on the cooler? Which cooler are you using?

A couple of other ideas, are all the fans running? Do you hear/see the fans spin up?

My guess is that it's overheating (so I agree with Captaincow285 (awesome name)

Comment reply on Forum Topic "LOUD!"

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

At that price point, I'd suggest you consider a AIO liquid cooler. I can't say it'll be quieter than an air cooler at the same price point but it should be just a touch more efficient and allow the fans to run lower...

Comment reply on Forum Topic "XCode"

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Even running OS X in an emulator or VM (outside of a Mac OS X host) is a violation of their license agreement. They are pretty adamant about you running it on Mac hardware (probably because the OS is technically free assuming you follow their agreement).

Regardless, good luck on your pursuit. I hope you find a workable solution for you.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Liquid Cooling Questions"

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

rule of thumb is indeed about every six months.

I suspect some folks would even say you want to remove and disassemble the blocks and clean those ever year or two. That'll depend on the source. I don't have an opinion on that second part but my plan is to replace the coolant in my custom loop every 6 months or so.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "XCode"

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I suppose you are wanting to build an Hackintosh but, frankly, that is a violation of their license agreement.

Builders of such computer ignore that, fine -- but if you intend to publish anything, that is probably not the best way to start. I'd suggest you just buy an appropriate Mac for such work.

While expensive, their computers are pretty nice and last quite a while...

Comment reply on Forum Topic "2 1080s in SLI or 1 1080ti"

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not a fan of SLI; I'd go with the 1080 ti and if I had a 1080, I'd sell it. (Although, in the latter case I probably wouldn't be upgrading anyway)

Comment reply on Forum Topic "SSD HDD computer slow down"

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

To elaborate a bit, anything installed on the HDD would still be slower. While the main system may come up fairly quickly, any services that load at start up that are on the HDD will be slow and that could slow the loading of the computer.

But, ultimately, yes, all computers will get a bit waterlogged after years of usage and things being installed on them.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "7600k Overclocking"

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

It's really not too bad. More time consuming and takes more attention to details but actually assembling it isn't difficult. Oh, also, they are quite expensive. And I don't mean like $200 you can squeeze to $150. I mean $400 that may go up to $500 if you are going for a specific look.

Just something to be aware of going in.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "7600k Overclocking"

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

In my opinion, the temps are too high to run it like that always. Of course, that is at a full load for intense operations so it might be ok but that is your choice. If you don't run folding@home or such programs, your temps will be fine. If you do run said apps, I'd suggest you downclock a bit. Note that I alway read over 80c is an indication you should back off a bit.

For reference (cause I always appreciated comparison) I run mine at 4.6Ghz. On my h100i v2, I hit temps around 70-75c (and I recall I'd touch 80 on synthetic benchmarks). On the custom loop that I just installed, I'm at 60c (steady, regardless of load type (It's actually quite amazing)).

Just some ideas to consider.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "I'm very new to PC Gaming, and I'm just looking for some advice regarding a build I have"

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I never said 7th gen and I meant regarding gaming rigs. Perhaps the G4560 is more popular than I realize but still. Most folks parting out a gaming PC would go i5 (save for new AMD chips)

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Will the watercooling fit"

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I was unaware of such products; that takes care of the modification I was speaking of.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "How fast is the RX 580?"

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

No, DX11 but regardless, it's not a demanding game.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Will the watercooling fit"

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

No. You need to cover the VRAM chips and other components too. You can't take a CPU AIO and install it on a GPU. At least, not without modification and pretty high risk.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "I'm very new to PC Gaming, and I'm just looking for some advice regarding a build I have"

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

What is your budget? If you're going to build a computer for PC gaming, I'd suggest you go for more mainstream specs.

i5 and a GTX 1060...

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Which 1070 should I buy ?"

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I've come to prefer EVGA for build quality and product backing.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Case fans"

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Two fans are probably enough technically speaking.

But it's less about fan count and more about balance. I'm going to assume you'll be using an air cooler. So, that fan aside, my rule of thumb is for every one fan blowing in, you should have one fan blowing out. If you have an odd number of fans, I have the "extra" be intake (to create positive pressure in the case).

You'll have a GPU in the build so I'm thinking having at least one more intake fan is probably a good idea. To ensure solid air movement and fresh air for the GPU cooler.

LinusTechTips posted a video that showed extremely diminishing returns after 4 fans or more. If I recall right, they found that at least 2 but probably 3 was the best balance.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Custom Cooling Loop: Factor in GPU Temp"

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool. Thank you again for the insight.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Custom Cooling Loop: Factor in GPU Temp"

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, I appreciate the info and insight. You mentioned fans but never the pump. Do you arrange it so pump speed increases a bit in the same situations or do you run the pump at a constant rate?

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Ryzen 1700 or icore7 kaby lake"

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Either would be fine. Those games are not demanding. an i5 with a GTX 1060 would be great.

Want "extra" power, then I'd go i7 + GTX 1070 ( the exact configuration I have). Good balance of power and price.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "nvidia geforce"

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

no, it's all combined.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "WiFi adapters keep disconnecting"

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

That sounds like a driver crash but it's surprising that it happens to three different devices. You might consider reinstalling windows. (which version of Windows, btw?)

Before you do that, however, go through and update all of your motherboard and component drivers. Even if unrelated -- GPU, soundcard, any hardware drivers you can find. Update them. My thinking is some unrelated crash might be affecting the driver for the WiFi cards.

Frankly, this seems like a possible symptom of a larger issue....

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